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  • TRUMP COMPLAINING ABOUT DOONESBURY

    Thomas | Durham, UK | July 13, 2020

    Could you please post the back cover of #SAD! : Doonesbury in the Time of Trump? It had Trump complaining about Doonesbury. Thanks a lot!

    Editor's Note:

    I haven't come up with a link, but the backad copy is this excerpt from Trump's book Surviving at the Top:

    6:00 P.M. A guy I barely know, some New York society tool, calls. "Ho, ho, ho," he says, with a kind of forced laughter. "I've been reading the Doonesbury cartoons about you. You've got to admit they're hilarious."

    "Oh, do I have to admit that?" I ask. "I might admit they were funny if they made any sense. I went to school, I always got good marks, but I just don't get these so-called jokes. If you understand what this guy is driving at, please explain it to me."

    "Oh, but Donald..." he says.

    "No, really, please explain it to me," I say.

    Of course, he can't.

    The Doonesbury strip is a lesson in pure salesmanship. Garry Trudeau, the guy who draws it, has a lot of people convinced that he's hip and irreverent and that his comic strip is the thing to read.

    *** 

    Note: LEWSER! : More Doonesbury in the Time of Trump -- the third, and hopefully final, volume of the Trump Trilogy -- has just been published. Voila!

  • JIMMY CROW

    Peter Mork | Roslindale, MA | July 12, 2020

    Re Sunday's "Jimmy Crow here!" strip: Crows don't have yellow beaks. Other than the white-billed crow of the Soloman Islands, crows' beaks range from charcoal to black in color. (Cartoons have been getting it wrong for decades, so don't feel too bad.)

  • PRE-COLLEGE COURSES

    Christopher Wood | Indianapolis, IN | July 11, 2020

    Thank you for calling attention to the importance of pre-college courses in the recent Classic Doonesbury storyline. Dealing with entering students who do not have colege-level basic skills is becoming an increasingly critical problem. I'm a Professor Emeritus of English at Ivy Tech State College in Indianapolis. For almost twenty years I headed our school's developmental education program. Remediation assumes there is something wrong with these students and attempts to remediate or fix them. Developmental education assumes that there is ability in the students that can be developed. We've had much greater success and happier students and faculty since switching to the developmental approach. You can read more about it at the National Organization for Student Success website.

  • MISSING

    Steve Dutky | Takoma Park, MD | July 05, 2020

    Your drawings of Trump are spot on, but are missing his white eyes and lids -- resulting from his goggled sessions in the tanning booth.

  • PORTRAIT

    Karen | Layton, UT | July 05, 2020

    I keep staring at the portrait in the last panel of today's strip, and wonder: What does that expression convey? Shock? Dismay? Indifference? It sure doesn't look happy. 

  • THE DOONESBURY CROSSWORD

    Frances | Seattle, WA | June 29, 2020

    I loved the Doonesbury Crossword! It was just what I needed right now. 

  • DOONESBURY PUZZLE

    Donald J. Morrison | Lynchburg, VA | June 29, 2020

    Love Ross' puzzle! Uplifting and fun. Hope we see more (thanks for Andy!) and get to work them "in the paper."

  • PRESCIENT

    Megan | New Haven, CT | June 21, 2020

    Today's strip is freakishly prescient.

  • PSYCHIC?

    Ann | Philadelphia, PA | June 21, 2020

    I don't understand how you keep doing that. Are you psychic?

  • JUNE 19TH TWEETS

    | | June 20, 2020

    Roland's June 19th tweets remind us how amazing you have been and continue to be. Our storyteller for 50 years!

  • SUMS HIM UP

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 14, 2020

    Today's strip sums him up perfectly. If only it were an ironic exaggeration.

  • DARWIN AWARDS

    Marcia Martin | Longmont, CO | June 12, 2020

    Regarding Roland's tweet and the Trump-Pence Team's Darwin Awards nomination, I can only quote the great author of libertarian science fiction, Larry Niven: "Think of it as evolution in action."

  • OBELISK OF WOKENESS

    James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | June 12, 2020

    The 15 years-ago Flashback strip was most apropos this morning, in light of yesterday's rant in which Sen. Tom Cotton expressed concern about one of DC's most recognizable features: "Are we going to tear the Washington Monument down? Are we going to rename it the Obelisk of Wokeness?"

  • MEMORY LANE

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | June 08, 2020

    The last panel in today’s trip down memory lane caught my attention. Doonesbury, bringing new meaning to anthropomorphism!

  • UNHELPFULNESS

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 07, 2020

    Ooh, going meta! I wonder which strip that "Bang! Bang!" is meant to represent -- Dick Tracy? Or is that strip gone? I'm going to hope that today's strip is meant not just as a game of fourth-wall breakage but as a commentary on the unhelpfulness of applause for health workers, compared to things like wearing masks and keeping socially distant.

    Editor's Note:

    Dick Tracy is still very much with us. Created by Chester Gould, the strip was launched in 1931. Gould retired in 1977, but not Tracy. Since 2011 the strip has been created by artist Joe Staton and writer Mike Curtis, with the assistance of inker/letterer Shelley Pleger and colorist Shane Fisher. You can read it here.

  • MIKE'S SUMMER DAYDREAM

    James Mitchell | Everett, WA | June 03, 2020

    Mike's summer daydream leaves me so sad. Every one of his dreams is something we once dreamed our generation could do. I'm 76 now, and not even the level of respect for all races has been accomplished. It's all been 76'd. This world is no better than when we got out of high school to realize the extent to which we had been fed lies. Trumpism is a virus that kills idealism.

  • HONOR

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 02, 2020

    I assume you picked today's Classic strip in honor of Jared Kushner.

  • SUMMER DAYDREAM

    Kay Goforth | Edmond, OK | June 02, 2020

    I wish Mike could use his summer daydream to heal the problems in the U.S. 

  • COMPLETELY ASYMPTOMATIC

    John R. Ziemba | La Grange Park, IL | May 31, 2020

    I would have to respectfully disagree with Kim and Mike's assessment that this is real-time Darwinism. These protesters/"freedom fighters" don't realize or care that they are not taking the risk alone; they can be completely asymptomatic and pass it on to someone else. It's more like the drunk getting behind the wheel, thinking he's okay to drive. He ends up plowing into a family of four and walks away unscathed. 

  • RESPONSIBLE COMIC STRIPS

    Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | May 24, 2020

    In today´s Sunday strip, thank you for being real: Roland´s long nose does need such a protruding face mask. Responsible comic strips represent our new reality.