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MUSCLE
Mark Miller | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | December 19, 2015

Re MINITOWER: I think my old cell phone has more muscle than Alex's wish machine.

MINITOWER
George | Jupiter, FL | December 18, 2015

In today's 20-years-ago Flashback strip young Alex's Christmas wish is for "a Packard Bell with a 133MHz processor in a multimedia minitower with a 2.1 gigabyte hard drive." Wait, I think I saw one of those out by the curb!

PENNSYLVANIA
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | December 17, 2015

Pennsylvania may have become the next New Jersey, but at least no one's trying to move Chris Christie here.

IRONY
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 16, 2015

In today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip it was a nice bit of irony that Rick Redfern was assigned to cover fellow columnist George Will's "little fete" for president-elect Reagan. I think GBT got it right that Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham expected him to swallow that bone sideways -- after all, our preferred candidates don't always get in.

DEVELOPMENT
Alyn Adams | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | December 15, 2015

One of the fun parts of the strip being 45 years old is tracing the development of GBT's art skills, political consciousness, and eye for the nuanced joke. Looking at the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip, I presume that in the early 70s he got to chatting with some smart women...

ZEKE
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | December 15, 2015

The idea of Zeke with a Sarah-Palin-type female boggles the mind. I suspect Palin would go into her "lock and load" attitude if exposed to Zeke.

CHEAP LAUGH
Roberta | Henderson, NV | December 15, 2015

Today's 45-years-ago strip ("Oink, oink. Woof woof! Bow-wow!") may be the only truly cheap laugh GBT penned. One sad clinker in a 45+ year career -- I think I'll stick around.

TIMING
Donanon | Sausalito, CA | December 15, 2015

New York Times: "Can't Put Down Your Device? That's by Design." How does he do it? GBT is still nailing topics in the news with uncanny timing.

NOT THE ONLY ONE
Niki | Montreal, CANADA | December 15, 2015

I see I'm not the only one who noticed Mike and J.J.'s marriages are breaking up. Can it be that they will be getting back together? I'd love to see Zeke run off with some Sarah Palin type!

KUDOS
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | December 15, 2015

In trying to keep up with the scope and detail of the Doonesbury saga, I am frequently impressed by the depth of comprehension and compassion readers and commenters have found that this visual literature impresses on us. We find connections to our personal lives and see the reasons and unreason of society at large, and really care about these "people" whom we follow day-by-day and year-by-year. This is the definition of a social medium. Kudos, GBT.

CONCERNED
Tom | San Francisco, CA | December 14, 2015

I'm a little concerned that two Sunday strips in a row show Mike and J.J. each dissatisfied with their marriages. Their divorce was bitter enough. I feel sad to see both fall into the pattern of quiet, passive-aggressive disparagement of a spouse, rather than attempting real communication.

To confront B.D.'s drinking, Mike physically blocked his access and said, "Let's talk about that." If Kim's cell phone addiction bothers Mike so much, he could afford her the same courtesy of direct confrontation, rather than simply walking out on her during a lunch date. (Having been a lunch date abandonee myself, albeit under different circumstances, I know how hollow and mortifying it feels to be the one left behind.)

Similarly, when J.J. was concerned about Mike's growing distance, she first attempted to involve him in her social life and her art, then attempted to teach him about her art when he didn't understand it. She then confronted him directly about his wandering eye at a college reunion, and next enlisted the help of his mother-in-law and friend Joanie. Finally, they made a pact to work together to raise their child despite their differences. In short, for all her challenges, J.J. fought for her marriage with Mike. It seems she feels that Zeke's not even worth fighting for.

I understand that conflict is the foundation of drama, upon which storytelling strips are built. I just wish the conflict weren't so cold and mean.

STRIPS
Sam | New York, NY | December 13, 2015

A day without Doonesbury is like a day without sunshine. Not that the Classic daily strips aren't terrific, but...

EERIE
Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | December 09, 2015

Frames one and two of today's 30-years-ago Flashback strip are views of Manhattan which 9/11 etched permanently on my mind. Some of the documentaries regularly repeat-screened over here include video clips of the Twin Towers, as they disappeared, shot from an apartment facing them. Prominent in the foreground is a water tank on an adjacent roof. Eerie.

MOBILE DEVICES
Nermal | San Juan, PR, USA | December 06, 2015

Today's strip is yet another standing ovation gem! Mobile devices are a horror. I'm beginning to suspect that Steve Jobs may conceivably have been as evil as his critics always wanted to believe that he was. This glorious new millennium is losing its charm in a hurry -- even though its predecessor was certainly no bargain in the milk of human kindness department. Viva GBT, yet again!

GARBAGE CAN
Richard Geldard | New York, NY | December 05, 2015

Right on! For today's climactic finish; America as sterilized garbage can.

WARNING
Victor Field | London, ENGLAND | December 02, 2015

As I dislike going into fits of rage in the mornings, can I suggest "SayWhat?" should come with a trigger warning every time DT (I hate writing his name) is featured?

THE PRINT WAVES
Karr | Baltimore, MD | December 02, 2015

Congrats on 45 Golden Years! Sometimes, I swear, you are the only thing in the print waves that makes sense. Thank you soooooooo much, you and your Cool Crew!

SAD COMMENTARY
Roger Miller | Nathrop, CO | December 01, 2015

As much as many of us would like to see more new strips, it continues to amaze me how spot-on and current the old strips remain. Kind of a sad commentary really.

THE HOMELESS
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | November 30, 2015

Last week's Classic strips on the homeless during the Thanksgiving holiday were totally on target. Goodness knows people need to be reminded that there are so many in need, less fortunate than some of us. Thank you.

ZONKER AND ZIP
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | November 29, 2015

Zonker and Zip part of the 1% ?! Damn I love the irony!