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WEAPON
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | January 08, 2017

Actually methinks the most effective weapon at our disposal against the likes of a megalomaniac such as Trump -- who firmly subscribes to the idea that "the only bad publicity is no publicity" -- is to completely ignore him.

EXPLAINED
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | January 08, 2017

Donald Trump explained: He tweets to distract. A whole lot of people fall for it because, you know, mean words are, literally, the most important thing to focus on. The warnings of the rational actors cannot be heard above the shouts and cries of the masses whose feel-feels have been hurt by Trump's tweets. He distracts, most of us fall for it, all of us lose. Stop carrying on like precious little snowflakes. Twitter is irrelevant.

What is relevant? Voter registration, voter activism, voter turnout. Civic action as a regular part of life. Even an hour a week writing letters (not tweets, not emails) to officials, engaging in phone banks, doing door-to-door registration drives, makes a big difference...

CAVEAT
Phillip Kehoe | Covington, LA | January 08, 2017

This morning's strip should include a caveat.  Zonker (pointing up): "The Donald must not read the crawl."

HISTORIC
Sherry O'Sullivan | Williams Lk, CANADA | January 07, 2017

I wallowed in today's historic strip! Except for the absence of hair sprawl, could this be the ghost of Xmas future?

PRESCIENCE
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | January 04, 2017

Once again, GBT's prescience shines through. Twenty years ago today's strip featured a discussion about how it would be another 20 years "at least" before the prohibition on marijuana would be lifted. Great job!!!

SERENDIPITY
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | January 04, 2017

Serendipity is a marvelous thing! It may be that I'm a slow learner, but I admit that though I have known for years that our old friend Duke was originally inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, I didn't quite get the connection. Yesterday all became much clearer. While I was reading on Twitter, an item popped up recommending Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in its original form in Rolling Stone. The image with the link was the cover of RS, and the author was identified as "Raoul Duke." Now I get it!

FORESIGHTED
Carl | San Francisco, CA | January 04, 2017

Zonker and GBT are so foresighted. On January 4th, 1997 Zonker said, "Drugs have become so politicized, it'll take at least 20 more years of violent crime, wrecked lives, and wasted billions before prohibition is abandoned!" Twenty years later, California, Colorado, Washington, and a few other states lead the effort to end prohibition of marijuana use. Prohibition of marijuana use in most states continues. Prohibition of many other recreational drugs, except alcohol and tobacco (the legal recreational drugs despite the many deaths they cause), continues in all states, despite the violent crime, wrecked lives, and wasted billions. Too many have suffered in this country because government officials did not listen to Zonker and GBT years ago and did not decriminalize recreational drug use.

DOONESBURY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | January 01, 2017

Happy New Year to all at Doonesbury! Keep it coming, and we may all survive Trumpdom.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Patrick Roth | Glendale, AZ | December 31, 2016

Happy New Year to G B Trudeau, the characters in Doonesbury, and all the fans of the strip! I have followed it for many years and laugh and cry with all the characters you create for us. Thanks! 

CHANGE
Richard Zimmer | Reese, MI | December 25, 2016

Change was the winner of this election. Are you going to change? If your comic strip is going to bash President Trump week after week, you will not be doing America a service. Use your power in a positive way.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to the proprietor and inhabitants of one of the saner corners of the internet, even if they aren't all really real.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Yvonne Pawtowski | Lynnwood, WA | December 25, 2016

Happy holidays (including Christmas) to Mr. Trudeau and all my fellow readers out there.

THE WIDER VIEW
Richard Pearce | London, UK | December 23, 2016

This is devout fanmail, which I’ve been meaning to write for about 40 years. I live in the UK, but in 1976-7 I lived in Baltimore, and in a weird foreign world your strip was one of the wormholes through to the perception of humanity that I shared. After a long career in international schools I now have a PhD in, effectively, cross-cultural psychology, and lecture and write about dealing with the diversity of humanity. I continually quote your work, along with the Bible and Shakespeare, which are also handy sources in their way. At times of stress I flip through some of your older work, and my family knows that every few years there will be a new Doonesbury retrospective to add to my collection which I will carry off to my corner and read many times.

Sadly, there’s nothing like Doonesbury over here. In an era when the internet allows us to spend all day talking only to like-minded people (okay, I know you covered that twenty years ago), we need to be reminded that there is a world out there. Thank you for your companionship in my life, and for all you have done to encourage America to take the wider, more accepting view of the world.

MADE ME GIGGLE
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | December 22, 2016

Zonker having a financial effect on the UK aristocracy? The person who was part of the George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open, messing with the "ruling class" ? Today's strip made me giggle. Thank you, GBT.

LORD Z
Dan | Santa Cruz, CA | December 22, 2016

Oh no! Is Lord Z responsible for Brexit?

WRONG
Terry Sumlin | Foley, AL | December 21, 2016

Sunday's strip is just wrong. I think Donald Trump is as much of a Clan member as I am, and rest assured I am not. Why not leave the man alone and just see if he will do what he said he would. He sure can't be any worse than Obama, right?

TRUMP
Chuck Lantz | CALIFORNIA | December 21, 2016

Re the December 18th Sunday strip, panel #4, re Trump and the media/nation: I am almost speechless. That is pure art. If I was brave enough, and young enough, I'd have that tattooed on my face.

MORE PROMISING
D.M.W. | Vineland, NJ | December 18, 2016

Looking at the Flashback strip from 45 years ago today: Wow, any of those choices look way more promising than what is waiting in the wings.

NAILS IT
Dave | Elmira, NY | December 18, 2016

Today's strip absolutely nails it, Garry. Trump's tone, attitude, message, supporters -- and above all his appearance. Please don't give him an icon, and for the love of our country, please don't retire, at least not until his own Republican congress impeaches him.

THE REAL WORLD
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | December 18, 2016

This could only happen in the comics, because in the real world Donald Trump never does press conferences.