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KEITH MOON
Allan Smithee | Philadelphia, PA | February 28, 2014

I thought Blowback readers would enjoy reading a good blog entry on the site Dangerous Minds, called "Did Keith Moon Play Drums on a 1976 Doonesbury Novelty Record?"  The post even links to 10 songs from the legendary LP Jimmy Thudpucker's Greatest Hits, and features a video as well.

CARTOONISTS
Lynn | New York, NY | February 28, 2014

Today's video about cartoonists was really disturbing. Yes, I read my cartoons online, but I enjoy sitting with a paper in my hand. Our book club has also had  discussions about electronic devices vs an actual book. We will see just where it all heads. The times are changing and the cartoonists are needed, I repeat needed, in our world. They open up a lot of different perspectives that we may or may not agree with, but which get us thinking. Their creativity should be treasured.

CONSERVATIVES IN HOLLYWOOD
Tim Christomos | Seattle, WA | February 27, 2014

I know you are a huge Liberal, but re today's strip, you know or should know that the following are Conservatives in Hollywood: Clint Eastwood (ranked 5 in Q Score), Tom Selleck, John Voight, Adam Sandler, Gary Sinise, James Caan, Patricia Heaton, and Angie Harmon, to name just a few.

GARRISON KEILLOR
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | February 27, 2014

It hardly seems like it, but it's been 22 years since Garrison Keillor revived "A Prairie Home Companion" in 1992 after a five-year hiatus. According to Wikipedia, he had ended the show "to focus on other projects," but he came back and PHC is still going strong. I hope that GBT will find his own non-Doonesbury projects fullfilling. And for me and other fans I selfishly hope he returns to doing 300-odd strips per year.

REGRETTING
Kevin McGee | Worcester, MA | February 27, 2014

I'm regretting the hiatus even more now, because I am sure that Duke has a new client (and housemate?) from Ukraine.

LIFELINE
Joshua | ISRAEL | February 27, 2014

Does GBT realize what he's done, severing humanity's lifeline to sanity by taking this so-called open-ended hiatus? The freshly baked daily dose is no less than a public utility. Without it, my view of modern society is bound to drift untended and hit an iceberg. Where else I can moor my boat?

ALPHA HOUSE IN THE U.K.
David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury Town Hall | February 26, 2014

Over the past weeks numerous Doonesbury readers have written in to lament the fact that they have been unable to view "Alpha House" from the U.K. I'm happy to pass along a link to this story, which indicates that a remedy is at hand. Enjoy!

THE MYSTERIES
John Presland | Warsaw, POLAND | February 26, 2014

I'm saddened to learn of the hiatus and do hope that it will be only temporary and short. For many years Doonesbury has daily done more than reading any op-ed or consulting any learned treatise to explain to me the mysteries of life across the pond and to reassure me that there are some sane people in the USA. Life without GBT's wise observations will be harder.

RE-RUNS
Joel Zeligson | Tulsa, OK | February 26, 2014

It seems to me you have been running a lot of old strips over the past months. There were some new strips for a while that seemed to bring things up to date, but now we're getting re-runs again. What's going on?

Editor's Note:

 Garry Trudeau put the strip on hiatus last summer while writing a political sitcom for Amazon Studios. Alpha House launched in December and has recently been renewed, leading Trudeau to announce that in order to keep writing the show he is taking an open-ended break from the dailies. He will continue to create new Sunday strips. His syndicate announced that during the hiatus they will publish a curated series of dailies called Classic Doonesbury. In a statement sent to client newspapers, Trudeau explained: "In selecting the strips for this retrospective journey, we're going deep, literally back to Day One. Revisiting four weeks of strips from every year of syndication, I hope to hit many 'Doonesbury' high points, focusing on how the characters (over 75 of them!) got involved with one another. Since their lives have always been bound up in the events of the day, it should be a kind of deja vu for my peers, and maybe a 'What were you people thinking?' for newer readers. I hope all of them will enjoy the trip." Classic Doonesbury begins on Monday, March 3rd.

 

CUTTING EDGE
Gregor Zubicky | Orebro, SWEDEN | February 26, 2014

Reading the old strips is fun, but as a reader for over thirty years I miss my dose of cutting edge humor.

15 YEARS AGO
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | February 25, 2014

I always enjoy the Flashbacks page, where today's 15-years-ago strip is about Tommy Hilfiger's exploitation of Bangladesh garment factory workers. Thirteen years later, this was still in the news

COUNTERPOINT
Peter | Holliston, MA | February 25, 2014

As GBT rides off into the sunset (or not...), I feel the need to say "Thanks", for providing a counterpoint to, and commentary on, the wild rollercoaster that has been American politics, from my teens (Vietnam) to today. Perhaps if more people had read (and understood) Doonesbury, things would have been different. In any case, please, Garry, accept my gratitude for a job more than well done. And for the support you have given our troops, who deserve far better than they get. Your efforts on their behalf demonstrates quite clearly that one can be anti-war but pro-soldier, and that a liberal can also be a patriot. Best wishes, good luck, and thank you ever so much.

THANKS
Flabby Joe | Canberra, AUSTRALIA | February 25, 2014

Goodbye and thanks for all the fun. And probably fish as well.

LOOKING FORWARD
Karen Hale | San Diego, CA | February 23, 2014

Today's strip once again shows us why Trudeau is the best cartoonist in the world. Loved it. We will put up with the extended Flashbacks as long as the Sunday strips continue to be as awesome as they have been. I'm looking forward to seeing how Toggle and Alex and the twins are doing. And I look forward to watching Alpha House.

UOPX
E. Driscoll | Fresno, CA | February 21, 2014

The University of Phoenix is not "partially accredited." It is fully accredited until 2023 by the Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Schools and Colleges). I know it's humorous to trash UOPX but it does a good job and many "statistics" I've read (Wikipedia, for example) do not present a fair case or critically examined and presented information. I teach there regularly and love it -- and have taught at several other "fully accredited" universities with actually less rigorous standards. My graduating seniors show more writing, thinking and creative skills than many I have had in the past at state universities. I've taught since 1972.

So please give 'em a break, Garry. UOPX helps many poor, working adults get an education and improve their lives and the lives of their kids. And my military students would not be able to get promotions or better jobs without the skills they've learned. They love it. UOPX has a mission to educate an underserved educational group and it is overall very successful for the deserving students we serve.

NEW TO ME
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | February 21, 2014

I'm surprised at how often the Flashback strips are new to me. Who would have thought holes in my memory would come in so handy?

FIVE MINUTES
Marion Knox | Portland, ME | February 20, 2014

Congrats, Garry, on giving yourself an extended break. Now I get five minutes back six mornings a week.

DOONESBURY'S LIFE
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | February 20, 2014

As I imagine life without new daily Doonesbury I recall the progression of the strip, from difficult-to-find through the rising-star phase and the "Ahem, controversial -- Is it more properly placed on the editorial pages?" issue into the superstar-of-the-zeitgeist status it has so richly earned as the world's best comic strip with its own multimedia editorial content website: Mudline, Say What?, The Sandbox, Blowback, Daily Briefing, et al... Oh how I wish GBT will find it in his purview to extend Doonesbury's life.

GOOD CALL
Karen | Huntington, WV | February 19, 2014

I'm an Alpha House junkie already, and I understand working at something different after, what, 43 years? So...good call. We who are about to adjust salute you.

THE POLITICIANS
Jim Smith | Jamestown, CA | February 19, 2014

Like the writer of a previous post, I too am a Vietnam Vet. We buy VWs and Toyotas, among other things, despite WWII. Don't hate the people. It was our politicians vs their politicians, as with Iraq, a horrible and terrible waste of individual patriotism, blood, and treasure. Blame the politicians. We should waterboard Bush and Cheney with the tears of the widows and orphans they created here and in Iraq.