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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.

LIBEL
Linda R. | Colchester, UK | April 24, 2016

The last thing you want is for your country to turn into a destination for libel tourists, the way we are. That said, at least we aren't prosecuting comedians for calling out dictators.

TRUE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 18, 2016

Sunday's strip would be funnier if it were less true.

BOOPSIE
Roy | Warrenville, IL | April 18, 2016

If ever Boopsie deserved to graduate from "innocent eyes" to "Doonesbury eyes," it was when she had to deal with B.D.'s absence during Desert Storm -- the series which is currently running in the 25-years-ago section of the Doonesbury Flashbacks page.

DOESN'T SEEM FUNNY
John | Madison, WI | April 18, 2016

Somehow, the five-years-ago-today Flashback strip from 2011 just doesn't seem funny this time around...

EARNING MILLIONS
Rom | New Britain, CT | April 17, 2016

Brilliant idea, GBT! Now Mr. Trump can turn an honest profit on actual insults that he himself has invented and branded. This will help him achieve a triumph that has thus far eluded him -- earning millions through his own honest intellectual labor.

INSULTS
Clark Cowan | Lexington, KY | April 17, 2016

I hope you're developing Trump Insults into an app. You'd sell more than a few of them. Is this a great country, or what?

CARTOONS
Alyn Adams | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | April 16, 2016

Modern parenting has indeed evolved with respect to gender roles, more involved dads, dual-job families co-parenting, and many other common-sense ways that make the clueless dad of the 80s seem out of place. You know what helped us make that evolution? Cartoons like the ones showing Rick learning to cope with the realities of parenting.