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WARNED
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | April 05, 2016

"Putin, obviously." Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Just what this world needs: an axis of narcissistic dictator bullies. We have been warned!

INSPIRATION AND ADVOCACY
Michael Daly | Evergreen, CO | April 03, 2016

Thank you for your continued inspiration and advocacy. As a long time reader and retiring shop teacher who frequently references Doonesbury to my class, I can assure you your strip can do far more than I can to help some of my students recognize a different side of the world. Keep up the great work!

ICON
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 03, 2016

Re HELPED ME: Now we know what the icon will be for Trump if he wins the election -- a demogoguing toupée! And kudos to Julia for responding so well to the world she lives in.

HELPED ME
Julia Byrne | Silver Spring, MD | April 02, 2016

I am writing to thank you for Mark Slackmeyer. I'm a 17-year-old lesbian, and Mark has helped me accept myself. It is so rare to see positive portrayals of gay characters in the media. Too often, they are one-dimensional and are killed off or shoved back in the closet. Mark Slackmeyer is the opposite of that. Mark is someone I identify with on a deeply personal level. He and I share much from an ideological perspective. We've both struggled with self-hatred and depression, which we hide behind humor.

And yet, despite his problems, Mark has succeeded. When I read about his job at NPR, or his life with Chase (I know they've broken up , but their story still gives me hope), I think that I have a future. One where gay people get happy endings and their dream jobs and are accepted by society. I have read Mark's coming out story over and over again. I have every story line with him and Chase bookmarked on my laptop. I cried when they got married. I still can't listen to "I Want It That Way" without tearing up.

I love your comic strip. I've learned so much about the political world from Doonesbury. It's hilarious and brilliant and it never fails to make me laugh, or think harder about how America got to where it is today, with a demagoguing toupée running for president.

45 YEARS AGO
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | March 30, 2016

"Wow! Heavy! Dig it!" -- today's Flashback strip from 45 years ago -- has always been a favorite. Someone ought to show it to Rashida Jones.

REINCARNATION
Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | March 29, 2016

On this Easter Sunday, reading your strip on pols and rising seas, I find myself once again wishing more of us believed in reincarnation. Perhaps if the majority believed they would be the posterity they're leaving the world to, they'd be more inclined to take care of it. Then again, the love of money is the root of all evil, according to a wise man.

POLITICIANS
Ilyn Murphy | Providence, RI | March 27, 2016

Amazing strip again today! I wonder how so many politicians are ready to destroy the Earth for a few campaign contributions, but I don't know the answer because I'm not a psychologist.

FREE SPEECH
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | March 26, 2016

Today's strip on free speech is wonderful. Go get 'em, GBT. To which of the presidential candidates might it apply?

NORTH KOREA
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 25, 2016

Speaking of bad apples, I hear that there are a couple in North Korea these days as well. And they are so proud of their apples. When my Peace Corps group arrived in South Korea in 1967, the press in the North denounced us all as CIA agents. In 1968 the NK government sent a team to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung Hee, but only succeeded in killing a few people on a bus, including a school janitor, a friend of a friend of mine.

CAN'T HAVE THAT
Bill Resner | St. Paul, MN | March 24, 2016

I hope there will be more Trump strips. His candidacy is proof that we cannot have public campaign financing. Imagine all of the people who would run for office and just say whatever they wanted. The political parties and the media would lose total control of public discourse. We can't have that.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
Ellen Stein | Trinity, TX | March 23, 2016

I just want to say thank you for the March 6th Doonesbury strip. I had read an article in the newspaper about the Wounded Warrior Project, but had seen no response to it. I was hoping someone would jump on it. Thanks, Garry. You hit the nail on the head, and I'm so glad you told it like it is. I hope it makes people more aware.

FLASHBACK STRIP
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | March 21, 2016

Today's 45-Years-Ago Flashback strip could be published right now and it would describe the Trump/Sanders phenomenon perfectly.

HELLO, DONALD!
Dave in Philly | Abington, PA | March 20, 2016

Whoa. I turned to Doonesbury this morning for my usual Sunday dose of brilliant Trump-skewering. Slightly disappointed that it was merely a clever conversation between Zip and Zonk. Then the last panel. Then a re-read. Hello, Donald!

GREAT JOB
Joe Strejnowski | Cleveland, OH | March 20, 2016

Most of the presidential candidates took a hit today. Hillary, with the "lose them" reference, while Trump, Cruz, and Kasich took a beating with the rest of the strip. Kasich is the one looking to be more normalized by standing next to the more extreme versions of himself. I say this as an Ohioan who is more familiar with what Kasich is about. Great job, Mr. Trudeau.

ROLE MODEL
Steve Singer | Iowa City, IA | March 20, 2016

Re: Today's musings on Zonker's alleged cluelessness. A lot of us would argue for Zonker's commitment to the moment, his gentleness, his acceptance of others, his willingness to balance play (Walden puddle, competitive tanning) with work (a variety of unheralded service positions, and most notably as a superb nanny) as an ideal example of how to live a joyful, giving, ethical life. Zipper could look a long time before finding a better role model.

TODAY'S COMIC
Tim S. | Vancouver, CANADA | March 20, 2016

Nice reference to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in today's comic.

PARALLELS
Cyrus B. | San Diego, CA | March 20, 2016

Today's strip is brilliant! When readers look back at it in the Flashback section 10 years from now, I'm sure they'll recall the 2016 election and the parallels to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

META
Laurette | Paris, FRANCE | March 20, 2016

Yes! I had noticed that Zonker seemed all mature and avuncular when he was with Zipper! How nice to see my perception confirmed. And how meta to see this applied to Zonker's own Uncle Duke with respect to Former-President-for-Life Trff Bmzklfrpz.

EXPEDIENCY
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 18, 2016

The expediency of GBT's breathless artist 30 years ago holds true to this day, almost of necessity in New York. The difference is that everybody in a hip new club would look more like they were all artists, the critics as well, and the critics would be less interested in maturity than in the moment.

CANADIAN CONTENT
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | March 15, 2016

Yes! Sunday's video, featuring The Wailin' Jennys, provides some much appreciated Canadian content. Or as it is known up here, CanCon.