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TRUMP QUOTES
David | GERMANY | May 21, 2016

Thanks for the Trump quotes in the strip and "Say What?" He's really giving off an impression of the second coming of Sarah Palin, on testosterone -- illustrating that we still have not achieved gender equality, since men of limited acumen still have better career prospects than their female counterparts.

ONLINE
Doug Hechter | Santa Barbara, CA | May 19, 2016

 I follow your strip online. The Mudline crawl, Say What?, the great reruns, and the always relevant sunday strip -- you are such an important voice in my life. Thanks.

CLASS
Fiona | North Wales, UK | May 17, 2016

From whence but Zonker's mouth would you hear the words, "There's mayonnaise on my Monet!" Class.

PET SOUNDS
Jason Sebell | Franklin, MA | May 16, 2016

When I was 13, Andy Lippincott died of AIDS while listening to the newly remastered CD of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. I knew that I needed to hear that album and understand it. Today is the 50th anniversary of its release, and on my way home from work I listened to it for the 10,000th time and broke into full tears over how much I love this album, and how much it means to me. I just wanted to say thank you for the introduction. It, along with your work, has been a major influence on my life.

OBVIOUS
Peter Mork | Allston, MA | May 16, 2016

It's so obvious! Zonker and Zipper can rename their bud "America"!

SKILL
Big Guy | New York, NY | May 15, 2016

I looked at the strips on the Flashbacks page just now. Garry works at improving his artistic skill every time he draws a strip. The most recent strips all are more difficult to draw, yet better drawn, than the strips from 5, 10, 15, 20+ years ago and so on. Also, the punchlines are tighter. Thanks to GBT for respecting his readers by not just putting in the same effort now as he did decades ago, but also by working to improve his skills.

OUT OF PLACE
Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | May 13, 2016

I was a happy kid in the '60s, a long-haired teenager in the '70s, but I never understood the '80s. Most of the time I felt out of place, so I definitely understand how Mike felt. Things went from simple to complicated, people searching for answers in all the wrong places -- hairstyles, clothing, ornaments: very little substance.

OBLIVIOUS
Angie | Nova, VA | May 13, 2016

I see Honey's penchant for trailing after Duke as a metaphor for the average American voter: chasing after serial abusers who are not good for us and are certainly unworthy of our adoration while toiling under a set of hopes and dreams that will never be met, completely oblivious to the ugly reality that is right in front of us should we care to open our eyes and see it.

ETERNAL DIALOGUE
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | May 12, 2016

Ironic detachment...two seasons ago? In 1986? Many seasons have since passed, and ironic detachment is as fashionable as ever, sustained in its eternal dialogue with earnest declaration, and, of course, with mendacity, stupidity, and demagoguery, even some good sense, even some truth, here and there, woven in.

HONEY
David Craig | London, UK | May 10, 2016

Although I'm happy to see Honey again, I'm not happy to see her still trailing after Duke. Aren't there any disreputable Chinese billionaires she could canoodle with?

BABY BOOMER
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | May 09, 2016

As a baby boomer myself, I think Mike's response to his short 1980s haircut is typical of our generation. In our adolescent and early adult years, men's hairstyles were generally getting longer. I associated very short hair with religious fundamentalists, white supremacists, and serial killers. It was a great shock to me when, one day in the '80s, I looked around and noticed that my hair was no longer a little bit shorter than the hair of most men my age, but (even allowing for some hereditary premature hair loss) a lot longer.

HONEY
Marco | Asuncion, PARAGUAY | May 08, 2016

Oh no, Honey is returning to her destructive relationship? I was hoping her time away from Duke would have made her see how he wasted her life...

MANAFORT
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | May 06, 2016

As I read up on Paul Manafort, Trump's new campaign manager, I see where GBT got the inspiration for Earl's K-Street lobbying firm that specializes in despots and dictators. Ahead of the game once again!

DIDI
Alan Steenhouwer | Roseville, CA | May 03, 2016

More people need to be like Didi: Willing to sell to an underexploited demographic.

ALL THAT MATTERS
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | May 03, 2016

Todays comic pretty much sums up the entirety of the NeoLiberal / " NoBrow" zeitgeist. All that matters is that it is profitable. Whether or not you believe in it, it's worthwhile, good, or even necessary is beside the point .

CIVIL UNREST
Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | May 01, 2016

I read the Sunday strip on Iraq moments after watching my recorded Saturday night's NBC Nightly News report of the civil unrest, with the barriers around the Green Zone breached as residents protested against corrupt government. "[The current president of Iraq] is a good friend of ours," intones the Obama sound bite. Turns out GBT foresaw the future way better than he originally would have thought back in '03.

DICTATORS
Bruce Kraus | New York, NY | April 30, 2016

Duke's consulting practice representing brutal dictators like Trff Bmzklfrpz had always seemed like a fantasy to me. Then I read about the career of the latest addition to Team Trump, Paul Manafort. I am genuinely confused at this point about the difference between the strip's characters and reality.

STORYLINE
Terri | San Juan Capistrano, CA | April 28, 2016

I just want to express my delight in this storyline, with Duke being a zombie. Make it last for a long whil

SCARY
Mike Wilson | Vineland, NJ | April 27, 2016

Todays scary moment: realizing that the Insulters-in-Chief, Trff Bmzklfrpz and Donald Trump, share so many similarities.

ROUGH STUFF
Angie | Nova, VA | April 27, 2016

Some rough stuff in the ten-years-ago-today Flashback strip. These are wounds that don't show on the surface. When we thank our veterans for their service we should probably try to remember that we asked them to take emotional bullets like these for us as well as the explosive kind.