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PEACEFUL DEATH
Tony | SOUTH DAKOTA | April 07, 2018

Doonesbury has always handled the death of characters in a gentle, humane way. Andy Lippincott's is no different. He died a peaceful death surrounded by his friends, his music, and his city. Who wouldn't want that?

ASIMOV
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 05, 2018

The recent Classics series about Andy reminds me of my friend and nextdoor neighbor Stu, who died of AIDS in 1993. When Isaac Asimov died in 1992, Stu made note of the fact that he had outlived that famous scientist/writer. It wasn't until Janet Asimov edited and re-published his memoirs in 2002 that we knew that Asimov was also an AIDS sufferer.

THE BEST
Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 05, 2018

I think the panel where Andy dies is the best in all of the many years I've enjoyed the strip. Andy's thinned-out hair, and his frail-looking shoulders in his pyjamas is a devastatingly sad image. The view out over the Bay, and the feeling of the fresh air coming into his room (and Joanie's visiting him) at least makes the viewer think he was as comfortable as he could be. The panel hits me as hard now as it did when I saw it when it was first published.

DESTROYED ME
Patrick Michael | Chicago, IL | April 05, 2018

I remember the original posting of today’s strip like yesterday. It destroyed me then and again this morning. Simply stellar.

JOANIE AND ANDY
David Lutes | Norfolk, MA | April 05, 2018

Thank you for running today’s strip. When it originally ran, I remember it being the first time I ever teared up at a comic strip. Joanie and Andy’s relationship was so well developed over the years that I was emotionally invested in both characters.

MARK
Patti H. | Rome, NY | April 02, 2018

Poor Mark. Another existential crisis, as he had many years ago at the end of the first Sixties Revival Party. (Also known as Reverend Sloan's publication party.)

GENERATION ALPHA
Suzy | Henderson, NV | April 01, 2018

Don't overthink it, Mark. Just be happy there is finally a generation willing to speak up and show up and think about something beyond self-gratification. Go Generation Alpha, and all the best to you!

POIGNANT
BigGuy | Forest Hills, NY | April 01, 2018

Today's strip, with Mark imagining himself 40 years ago as he interviews Ben on the radio, is poignant. Thank you.

HOPES AND DREAMS
Rich Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | April 01, 2018

Looks like Mark may have developed PTSD. As someone with significant levels of post combat stress I know that anyone who has been through any form of emotional trauma can be so affected. As far as the human brain is concerned, seeing your hopes and dreams for a better world crushed is the same as losing a friend in a firefight. The experiences are different but the mechanism is the same. People respond to PTSD in different ways. Some withdraw from society, and others, like Mark, withdraw in other ways. Once a decision is made people like to feel vindicated, so look for "proof" that they did the right thing; hence Mark's smugness that he has "learned" and "grown," when he has done the very opposite. So where did Mark go? Like almost everyone, he went through the demolition derby of life, picked up some knocks, and was forced to quit for the sake of his sanity.

MELISSA
shellEy | Billerica, MA | March 29, 2018

For those who want to vote for Melissa, there are lots of women veterans running for Congress -- MJ Hegar in Texas, for one!

MELISSA
Julia Byrne | Silver Spring, MD | March 26, 2018

I'm so excited to see Melissa running for office! She's long been one of my favorite characters. Her storyline about command rape was one of the first I saw really address the problem head-on. She will be an amazing representative. I wish I could vote for her.

THE RIDE
Mike | Bayonne, NJ | March 21, 2018

Doonesbury came a long way over the years and brought us along for the ride. I remember when Andy informed a disappointed Joanie that he was gay and she asked, "Are they sure?"

ROLAND'S TWEETS
Linda Weinberg | Anmore, CANADA | March 19, 2018

"And yet, there's no collusion." Roland's tweets are almost as good as having the daily strip back. Thank you, GBT, for staying the course and keeping us alive to the humour in the insanity always around us.

GREAT TRIP
Jo-Ann Neuhaus | Washington, D.C. | March 18, 2018

I just want to thank you for the Timeline ("An Illustrated Chronology of Impact"). I am recuperating from foot surgery, which gave me a bit of time to relax and read. What a great trip down memory lane. Let's hope we can keep democracy alive.

POOR PANAMANIANS
Steve Travers | Moorhead, MN | March 17, 2018

Poor Panamanians suffered the most from the invasion. I'm glad to see their perspective was covered.

UNCLE DUKE
Gaylon Kent | Hayden, CO | March 14, 2018

Uncle Duke's "Yeah, but I don't" line still makes me laugh.

NINA
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | March 12, 2018

I love the shoutout to Al Hirschfeld in Sunday's strip! In panel three, on the left side, there's a partial view of a podium with a seal with writing around its outside, and if you zoom in you can see that it says "NINA."

BUSBOY
Rick Vogel | Port Charlotte, FL | March 11, 2018

"Train a good busboy..." Ouch! Best Sunday Doonesbury yet.

TROLLING
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | March 11, 2018

"He's 40 years old and he spends his entire day trolling." Nice work if you can get it.

IRAQ
Joshua Rey | London, UK | March 10, 2018

I can't help thinking that yesterday's fifteen-years-ago Flashback strip was just slightly irresponsible. The ground invasion of Iraq started 11 days later, if memory serves, and I've always wondered whether GWB wasn't shamed into it by GBT.