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Today's strip is a thing of beauty. The South is trying to rise again. The words and attitude of today's strip match the fright wing's continuing assault on 21st century America.
Wait a minute. In 1861 a Republican sat in the White House. In today's strip you forgot to use the 'irony' font. The last panel should have read "I'm a Democrat, and I will fight for slavery." That would have made it germane to modern times.
Today's "1861" strip was powerful. As George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
I've been a fan since the very beginning. Just viewed today's strip. It very well may be your best ever. Thank you...
Thanks so much for letting me see "Welcome to the world, Alex!" I've been following you pretty faithfully since before Watergate (which I thought you did fab!) but some years I was on the road, or raising my own kids, or just subscribed to the Sunday paper, or whatever, so I missed some things. Anyway, I love it that I can now catch up with missed story lines. They're great, even if years have passed.
Regarding today's strip: Does Toggle know that Alex's birth was shown live, on cable, all over the country? May we have that flashback?
That memorable episode resides in the FAQ archive. You can view the "Welcome to the world, Alex!" strip-set here.
Some of Mr. GBT's strips truly deserve several reprints, because they are infinitely profound and awesome. Case in point, yesterday's: "Dating you is like free cable!" resonates with so much of our functioning as humans, on so many levels, that it is just wonderful!...
Edward Snowden chose the worst time for his extended revelations: a Doonesbury hiatus. It's a bit sad that the nation's highest hope for opinion-building critical reporting lies with Mark Slackmeyer. I hope he remembers his zeal back in the Nixon era. Things have gotten worse since then.
The 25-years-ago-today Flashback strip of Duke shooting at John Denver in the Soviet orbiter is one of my all-time favorites. I remember reading that as a kid and laughing until it hurt, and it's every bit as funny today. (I do a strip called With the Band.)
Readers of The Guardian throughout the world have been missing our daily Doonesbury fix for too long. Roll on, 18 November.
GBT can take as long as he likes to resume the strip. My god, he's been keeping us sane, single-handedly, for decades. If he's working on a new TV show, that should raise all boats on the Internet, too. Whatever he wants to do, including rest for about a year, is fine with me. I had missed Alex and Toggle's whole courtship, so I'm thrilled to see that Flashback series. That said, I am so excited new strips are coming.
There's nothing more destructive of the morale necessary to maintain sobriety than a sense of purposelessness. B.D. will have felt this hiatus more than any of the other characters.
B.D. drinking again? I thought he was better than that now. The other characters can fall apart all they want, but to see B.D. relapse just as a stupid joke, without treating it with the dignity a serious and tragic development like this deserves? I'm disappointed.
I can't help but think that Zipper and Duke were discussing Breaking Bad...
I just read today's strip. Does this mean the hiatus is over??? Will there be a new strip tomorrow? Yippee!!!!
Almost. New Sunday strips began on September 8th. New dailies resume on Monday, November 18th.
I'm getting old(er). It would help sooo much if everyone in the strip would wear name tags. Thank you for your attention. I think I'll remember this.
You might find it helpful to consult the four-page centerfold in 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, a map which traces the complex web of relationships amongst the strip's 90-some characters.
The current Mudline reminded me a something I heard recently from my son. He's long had a fascination with the group-names for various animals -- a herd of cows, a pod of whales, a flock of chickens. Well, the name for a group of baboons is a "congress." Explains a lot about our House of Representatives, doesn't it.
Seeing B.D. working hard to convince his newly minted Walden paid athletes that schoolwork is contrary to their established purpose really shows that no matter what the years have brought to his life, we are never that far from the author of "Our Friend, The Beaver". Thanks so much!
Alex's IQ may soar over that of her husband, but he is out ahead of her with regard to that other sort of smarts: EQ - emotional intelligence. If humanity can save itself from destruction, it will be owing to a significant rise in collective EQ.