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ASTONISHED
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | September 11, 2016

Today's cartoon completely cracked me up. While I consider Trump a disaster on the loose, I can understand his appeal to some people. On the other hand, I am astonished, and appalled, that people will vote for him. Go get 'em, GBT.

PUTIN
M.M. | Calgary, CANADA | September 11, 2016

"Can't you just send all this directly to Putin?" I laughed out loud. Hilarious!

INNOCENCE
Ribbit | Seattle, WA | September 07, 2016

Jimmy T. has "children's eyes."  He never lost his innocence. Good for him!

"AMERICA"
David Beck | Arlington, VA | September 07, 2016

I was grateful to see your September 4th strip, as I've been stewing ever since Sanders used "America" for his ad last winter. The tone was all wrong about the meaning of the music. You're the first person I've seen who correctly analyzed how misplaced a usage it was, and I've heard a lot of supposedly smart people discuss the ad and its meaning. Thanks for one small tiny sense of vindication.

THUDPUCKER
Margaret Wander Bonanno | Santa Monica, CA | September 05, 2016

Way to miss the point, Thudpucker. Bernie's message was that the middle class has lost its America, and that's why it's "empty and aching." In view of how the auto industry and its jobs would have vanished without help, "Michigan seems like a dream to me now" is eerily prophetic. Now we can only dream of an America not owned by Citizens United, and hope that Hillary keeps her word. Then again, Jimmy, you never were the brightest light on the porch. I'm hoping Mr. Trudeau is just using you as a foil, and that your sentiments aren't his. Peace.

BAFFLED
Jeffrey Burr | New York, NY | September 04, 2016

I'm baffled that the Jimmy Thudpucker character wouldn't think "America" is a fitting lyric for Bernie's presidential campaign about how lost the country is and how to fix it:

"Cathy, I'm lost, I said, though I knew she was sleeping.
I'm empty and I'm aching and I don't know why.
Countin' the cars on the New Jersey turnpike.
They've all come to look for America."

COME ON UP
David Lutz | Hampton, CANADA | September 03, 2016

The Province of New Brunswick is the place to which Mike and Kim should flee. I used to live in a one-bedroom apartment in the East Village. I now live on 165 acres in Hampton, a town of 4,000. Self-contained houses sell for less than C$300,000 (the Canadian dollar is worth about 75% of an American dollar). And the people are nice. Come on up!

YUGE!
Adam Boulton | London, UK | September 02, 2016

I just want to thank you, Garry, for signing my copy of Yuge!. The book's megasales are perhaps the silver lining to Trump's run. Give Those Nymphs Some Hooters! should have stopped him, but didn't. Better luck this time!

CANADA
Julie Groff | Vienna, VA | September 02, 2016

I cannot stop laughing over the Sunday August 28th strip. On Friday I was literally thinking that I might have to move to Canada if !@#$% gets elected. You are beyond clever, and I love your strip. I have been reading it every day (even the reruns) since the early '70s. Thank you!

BEFORE AND AFTER
Liz Weiser | Newark, OH | August 31, 2016

It's been really interesting and enlightening to re-read the 15-years-ago-today strips on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page and see what we were debating in the weeks leading up to 9/11. It seems such a before and after moment -- pretty fascinating to see all the warning signs in Mr. Trudeau's commentaries.

FALSE HOPES
Marcia Martin | Longmont, CO | August 31, 2016

It was apparent from frame one ("Jeb") that Sunday's strip was Mike's summer daydream, but one thing puzzles me. He and I are contemporaries, I think, and when I investigated Canadian residency late in the primary season, it became apparent that Canada's immigration rules for the over-sixty crowd involve bringing in more wealth than I can muster. Perhaps Mike has been more successful than I thought, or perhaps Kim being younger is a factor. In any case, I hope they aren't raising false hopes!

TOO LATE
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | August 31, 2016

Mike and Kim are too late. Just last month our government slapped a 15% sales tax on foreign nationals buying property in Vancouver. They will be bycatch in the fight against the distortions in our property market caused by the massive amount of money fleeing Asia.

DIANE REHM SHOW
Barbara Kelly | Tucson, AZ | August 31, 2016

While I'm adding your Trump opus to my shelves of Doonesbury books, I have to tell you how much I miss the daily strip. During your Monday appearance on the Diane Rehm Show you were surprised that a caller remembered Phred; many of us remember the entire "family." I get why you don't do the daily strip these days, but your take on our world is sorely needed. Thanks for everything.

MIKE AND KIM
Rich Tremblay | Napanoch, NY | August 31, 2016

Mike and Kim should definitely get a three-bedroom. I'm too old to sleep on the couch...

CANADA
Shelley Mikkelson | Meota, CANADA | August 31, 2016

Hey the rest of Canada is not so scarily priced. Tell Mike and Kim about Calgary or Toronto if they want a large city center. We even have people who would love to work with them.

MY COUNTRY
James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | August 31, 2016

No one is "running me out" of my country, not Trump or Clinton. I was born and raised here and I will fight/work to keep the American values I was taught.

VANCOUVER
Anne Johnson | Burnaby, CANADA | August 29, 2016

To see what the Vancouver market is like, Mike and Kim should listen to this.

TRUMP REFUGEES
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | August 28, 2016

More Trump refugees? I hope Kim's checked out current housing costs here in Vancouver, or she might be in for a shock. I'm so far only fielding one American marriage proposal in the event that Trump wins...

JEFF
John Cotton | Livermore, CA | August 25, 2016

I wonder if with Joanie's and Rick's offspring Jeff it turned out to be more nurture or nature?

HANDSOME STRANGER
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | August 24, 2016

I don't remember when the impending breakup is going to happen, but it was good to see Mike get some ego stroking from his missus (he's too "bitchin'" to let her friends come around) as the Village Voice's "handsome stranger."