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MERCI
Yvonne | Ottawa, CANADA | September 15, 2016

When I first read Boopsie's account of her past lives I was in my mid-twenties and remember being bored by the storyline and skimming it over. Reading it again now, three decades later, I am enjoying her description of a woman through Time as informative and hilarious -- which is why I return to Doonesbury daily. Thank you, et merci.

ICON
Sandra M. | Indianapolis, IN | September 14, 2016

I was thinking about Sunday's strip and your choice to actually depict Donald Trump instead of using an icon, in the grand tradition of the point of light, the waffle, the bomb-with-a-lit-fuse, the feather, the Stetson, the Roman helmet, et al. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Herr Gröpenfuhrer) was portrayed as a giant hand. Donald Trump could be portrayed as a tiny one!

E-MAIL
Rick | Dayton, OH | September 14, 2016

If Trump wants classified info sent to Putin why doesn't he just have it forwarded to Hillary's e-mail account?

THE ART
Mike | Bayonne, NJ | September 12, 2016

I guess I don't study the panel art like some people do. I look at the picture enough to recognize the person and the situation, and I read the text. I often chuckle. Sometimes, a day or so later, a more observant person points out something or other in the image. I go back and take another look. I enjoy that.

REALISM
Susan Bein | Portland, OR | September 12, 2016

I love that the photos on Donald Trump's desk in the September 11th Sunday strip are not of his family, but of himself. I also love that you've ramped up the realism, including lots of icky details like the white around the eyes where the spray tan stops. Sadly, I think the thought bubbles are probably a really accurate reflection of his response to any in-depth topic.

TRUMP'S HANDS
Patrick | Jarrettsville, MD | September 12, 2016

Many readers have noted the change to the eyes that occurs when Doonesbury characters mature. And now we see a similar change in Trump's hands. As his ego has grown more pronounced (if that's possible), his hands have become less so. Small and floppy. Make of it what you will.

A NEW LOW
Mary Nagle | Allentown, PA | September 12, 2016

I am so offended by your comic strip. I just wanted to go on record. The door-to-door condom peddler series last week was a new low. Kids read the funnies.

TRUMP
S.A. | Lower Queensbury, CANADA | September 11, 2016

Trump really does have small hands!

IDES OF MARCH
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 11, 2016

According to the retrospective laws passed on the Ides of March 2017, this strip is illegal, and all devices displaying it are subject to confiscation and destruction.

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!