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LACEY AND CLYDE
Barbara H. Partee | Amherst, MA | October 18, 2016

Trump challenging Clinton to take a drug test? He's been reading the Flashbacks about Clyde's challenge to Lacey!

Editor's Note:

Indeed. Check out the current FAQ, which offers a link to the strips from that 1986 storyline.

UNDERSTATEMENT
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | October 16, 2016

So six weeks ago Trudeau took a wild guess that sexual harrassment might become an issue in the election -- but he couldn't guess that "microagressions" would be such a YUGE understatement.

MICHELLE OBAMA'S SPEECH
L.H. | Rockport, MA | October 14, 2016

Thank you for posting the video of Michelle Obama's powerful speech today. I cannot watch it enough times, and I cannot watch it without tearing up because it expresses so many of the overwhelming feelings -- of shame, disgust, indignation, pride, and hope -- that I have felt during this campaign. We should all be proud of Mrs. Obama for speaking these truths.

CHICAGO
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | October 09, 2016

Thank you for Today's Video about Chicago in 1968. I remember it clearly, but never saw the TV discussions of it (and, of course, the Democratic Party Convention itself). I now think that was the beginning of a decline that led us to (among other things) Trump.

INSPIRATION
Pam FitzGerald | Perth, CANADA | October 09, 2016

Garry, your cartoons encouraged me for decades to get out of bed and care about the world ... and all before breakfast. They helped shape my thinking for the better, and I hope I've been able to pass this along in my own small way. We rarely know how we influence others. Thank you for being an inspiration in mine.

ROLAND
Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | October 07, 2016

I have always found Roland Hedley to be the most depressing Doonesbury character because he was once a dedicated seeker of truth and turned into a shill for hucksters and knaves.

PTSD
Roger Miller | Nathrop, CO | October 05, 2016

Re Trump's "a lot of people can't handle it" remark on war: I only did one tour of Viet Nam and I still have occasional flashbacks. PTSD is real, and there is no way our military personnel now doing five or six tours in Afghanistan stand a chance of coming back without some emotional/psychological baggage. Sorry Donald, strength has nothing to do with it.

MANY YEARS
Mike Davis | Victoria, CANADA | October 03, 2016

Garry, thank you for so many years of laughs and insights. I just finished reading through the whole damn pile (not for the first time) -- from the Yale cartoons to The Weed Whisperer -- and it is a brilliant history our society and politics. Your work will not be matched, and when future generations want to understand how things really happened and were perceived -- they should look to Doonesbury. Thanks again. 

IRRITATED
John Gordon | Spartanburg, SC | October 02, 2016

I have at times been irritated by the strip, but I have always loved it. Thank you.

EXPOSURE
Linda Keating | Hayward, CA | October 01, 2016

Bless you for your exposure of Trump's total lack of qualifications, his rudeness, lies, etc. I am really worried about this election and how many people support him.

PERFECT
Mary Beth Frezon | Brainard, NY | September 27, 2016

What a perfect video selection for day-one-post-debate. If you can't get behind Stars and Stripes Forever I don't know what you can support. Pre-coffee, it got me up to feed the cats and do what has to be done. Many thanks!

MAURICE WHITE
Paula Adams | Columbus, GA | September 26, 2016

I love today's "Song of the Day" --  Earth, Wind & Fire! Maurice White will be missed. I also love your website and cartoons!

FAR OUT!
John | Madison, WI | September 21, 2016

Hey, look! Zonker's first appearance was 45 years ago today! Far out, indeed...

CLASS DIVISION
Donal Donnelly | Ardara, IRELAND | September 21, 2016

Today's strip is a perfect comment on class division. A sailor is as high as Alice can stretch. A taxi dancer is as low as bossman Phil Slackmeyer can bend. Dickens would love this one.

VERISIMILITUDE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | September 19, 2016

Boopsie's review of history lends considerable verisimilitude to the dubious and barren idea of past lives and it’s “channeling” variant (with apologies to Shirley McClain). GBT offers a clever nod to Boospie’s backstory. She must be very well-read, indeed, to incorporate such a rich historical tapestry into her imaginative “past."

TRUMP
Ernie Adler | Carson City, NV | September 19, 2016

What do we have to lose? As noted in Sunday's comic strip -- everything, with Trump flying the plane.

THE CAPTAIN
Carol Bintner | Milwaukie, OR | September 18, 2016

I loved today's cartoon about the airplane passengers listening to some very odd comments from "the Captain." Not using Trump's name added to the cleverness, and referencing Mike Pence at the end was awesome. God help us if Trump wins! Garry, your body of work has always been great, but this will be one of my all time favorites. Press on!

JUGULAR
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | September 18, 2016

Re today's strip: Oooooh, Garry. Going right for the jugular. Attaboy!

OTHER WORK
Chris | Essex, MA | September 18, 2016

I read your comics every Sunday, and they are usually very entertaining. But regardless of who you like or dislike in the election I think that the constant Trump comics are getting old. I like comics that have current events incorporated into them, but I feel that every week for months it has been the same thing, and I would like to see some of your other great work come back.

REALITY
Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | September 18, 2016

When reality meets "reality." May the awakening be enough to stop the plane.