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  • GOODSPEED

    Jet Townsend | Sturtevant, WI | January 05, 2011

    Goodspeed to the Widow Doonesbury.

  • INAPPROPRIATE

    Jim Myers | Brooklyn, NY | January 05, 2011

    So the old lady bought the farm. I wonder if it would be appropriate to dance on her grave.

  • AWESOME

    Eric | WEST VIRGINIA | January 05, 2011

    Ah, the widow Doonesbury. I still hear it echoing back over the years: "I yield to the witness's awesome iconography."

  • THE OTHER GREATS

    Kelly | Edmonton, CANADA | January 04, 2011

    Wow. Sad that the Widow Doonesbury has passed. I was thinking of the other greats who have left the strip: Andy, Lacey and Dick Davenport, Mark's Dad Phil. Part of life's journey of course -- even for comic characters.

  • THE WIDOW D.

    Nancy J. | Phoenix, AZ | January 04, 2011

    Oh, no! The Widow D. has passed on, with no parting words? Does Alex know Granny's gone? How about the forlorn, rejected suitors? Will she be interred in the great Northwest, or brought back to the red soil of Oklahoma? Mike's not a part of the sandwich generation anymore.

  • R.I.P.

    Dennis B.Swaney | Oroville, CA | January 04, 2011

    R.I.P., Widow Doonesbury a.k.a "Bodacious Granny D."

  • MOM

    Richard | Olympia, WA | January 04, 2011

    Outstanding storyline! We recently buried Mom. It was awkward and awful. The minister went on about how "she loved life." The boys (adult brothers)  sat around and compared beatings, as in who got the worse one ever. I think I won. But she could screw with your head. That turned a simple beating into a torture session where your whole existence was questioned. And invalidated. Her illnesses ate up all the inheritance. In the end, we were there for the funeral. I hadn't spoken to her since Dad died. I didn't have anything to say at the funeral, either. A simple paupers coffin. No memorial service, just a box. Just a hole in the ground. We're all comparing beatings and mind-farks, to see which one was the most devastating. As we left, my wife said, "You know, they all looked relieved she was dead." I had noticed the brothers wives looked relieved. There were even quiet admissions that she scared them, too. So yeah. Good call.

  • WHERE NO COMIC HAS GONE BEFORE

    John | Kapaa, HAWAII | January 03, 2011

    Ha! Great strip today -- once again. GBT continues to go where no comic has gone before. I'm just waiting now for the old rascal to sit up in her coffin and give Benjy an earful for not visiting. Well done!

  • AWWW

    Dan (the Man) | Pennsauken, NJ | January 03, 2011

    Awww. I'm honestly saddened about the passing of Mike's mom. I guess she finally made good on her escape...

  • DIRECTION

    Judy Sokol | Los Angeles, CA | January 03, 2011

    I like the direction on today's strip: Son out of touch with deceased older parent and family dynamic -- sign of the times. Keep it up.

  • POSING

    Matthew | London, UK | January 03, 2011

    I wonder why Julian Assange is posing as Benjy Doonesbury in the strip today. 

  • MY FAVORITE PART

    Treva Obbard | CALIFORNIA | January 02, 2011

    Oddly, my favorite part of today's strip is the first two panels, which don't even appear in my newspaper. Also, watching Leo's expression in each frame. Keep up the good work, GBT. And 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective is AMAZING!

  • OUR YOUNG VETS

    Steve Paul | Grand Rapids, MI | January 02, 2011

    Nice work in support of our young vets. There's still some class and intelligence to be found on the planet.

  • MINISTERS

    Steve | Sacramento, CA | January 02, 2011

    My wife is a minister. Those who found the Christmas strip offensive ought to hear what ministers say to each other in private.

  • RE "GOD"

    S.B. | San Francisco, CA | January 01, 2011

    About the Christmas strip and shouting at God: yes and no. Shouting "How Long, O Lord?" is Advent. But Christmas about "Here I am!" And then Easter is about God being totally in it with us; at that point one doesn't feel like shouting at him any more. But I do congratulate you for being genuine rather than glib about the subject.

  • GOD

    Connie | Atlanta, GA | December 30, 2010

    "How long, oh Lord" is the most repeated and venerable cry in the Bible. If God isn't big enough to yell at, well, that's not much of a God, is it?

  • CHRISTMAS STRIP

    Mary Brown | Chicago, IL | December 30, 2010

    The Christmas strip was spot on. I come from a long line of clergy persons, and am an elder myself. We all of us yell at God. At least he knows we care. Keep up the good work.

  • RE "SAD"

    Tom Ryan | Columbia, SC | December 28, 2010

    There are far too many "offended Christians," especially since we do our fair share of offending. I know GBT has a liberal slant and I know that going in. I need the humor, even if it is sometimes biting and makes me look at the big picture. Biblically, we are to "wrestle with God." Just read Proverbs. The chaplain cartoon character said exactly what I would expect her to say...

  • GIVES ME A CREEPER

    T. A. | New York, NY | December 28, 2010

    As an atheist who doesn't believe the military should even have sky-pilots, I think the strip's portrayal of chaplains and their work has been exemplary. Sometimes it gives me a creeper (that's when you kind of start to cry but don't actually).

  • RE "SAD"

    Bernard | Washington, D.C. | December 28, 2010

    "He deserves it, in my humble opinion." The VA counselor's comment reveals a view of God that is both narrow-minded and shallow. The only reason this offended Christian doesn't chuck Doonesbury out of his life immediately is that Mr. Trudeau is an equal-opportunity offender. Sooner or later, Doonesbury offends everybody.