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A THOUSAND LIKES
Grant H. | Hilton, CANADA | June 30, 2016

Re: THE BIRD. A thousand likes for this comment on the Bachman's Warbler series. Both well-known animal species and many more that are less known are going extinct during our lifetime. There are more tigers in zoos than in the wild, for example. Earth is now undergoing its sixth mass extinction, wholly due to human activity. The other five include the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction that saw the end of dinosaurs.

ONE FRAME
M.B.C. | Philadelphia, PA | June 30, 2016

"Great, a massive coronary." The beauty and perfection of that one frame of drawing: the grass, the hat, the bird looking down on our hero's last breath -- nailed it again G.B.

THE BIRD
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | June 29, 2016

The part of the Bachman's Warbler series that I find most upsetting is that the bird is now extinct. Readers of the strip when it first ran grieved over Dick's death. But the bird? That's the part that hits back 30 years later. We're supposed to be so enlightened and noble and all that, but what have we done? We've turned the economy into something that runs on what a few sociopaths in Silicon Valley say and do. "Oh, Mark Zuckerberg bought his sixth house. Oh, a unicorn hedge fund for developing an app that will adjust the volume of my iPhone at random intervals just held its IPO and raised $200 billion. Have you seen my Instagram photo of my lunch?" The world's beauty empties out, never to be replaced, and we're all blogging.

BACHMAN'S WARBLER
Kerry Killingsworth | Auburn, AL | June 27, 2016

Today's Bachman's Warbler strip begins one of the greatest and most heart-rending story arcs of the Doonesbury Archive.

SCOTTISH TWEETS
Scott Fletcher | UK (for a while, anyway) | June 26, 2016

In the current Say What? quote  about Trump's arrival-time idiocy I see that you have selected Scottish tweets that are what we used to call "suitable for a family newspaper." For a true immersion in the full range of British misanthropy -- such an important component of humour in these islands -- I would urge your readers to enjoy some of the gamier ones too.

WONDER
Bruce Bendix | Saginaw, MI | June 24, 2016

This week's storyline makes one wonder over how many times (including his Zombififation) Duke has been on the brink of death...

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Sandra Morian | Medina, OH | June 21, 2016

I really enjoyed Sunday's Doonesbury strip, Garry! Trump's a reckless, bragging vulgarian, who counts on people who don't read, who take him at his word. Your cartoon caused me to laugh out loud. Geez, that's exactly how I see him! His face/lips have always reminded me of a ham-hock with teeth. And is it just me, or are his hand gestures irritating? Great job!

ALTERNATIVE
Jim Scrobko | Glastonbury, CT | June 21, 2016

Re your 6/19 strip on Donald Trump: You may not think too much of Trump, but I wonder if you have really seriously considered the alternative.

A SHOCK
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | June 20, 2016

Trump's "It seems very few people read what he writes," re Trudeau may come as a shock to we, the multitude, who do read Doonesbury. In fact, it could even make us remark, "Say what?"

TRUMP QUOTE
S.G.C. | Hoffman Estates, IL | June 20, 2016

Re: Yesterday's Trump quote about Garry Trudeau ("The good news is he's been covering me for years, and it seems very few people read what he writes."), I am happy to be one of "the few people." I have been reading what he writes since 1971, and given that Doonesbury has maintained its quality and thrived for 46 years I think there might be more than a few of us. Thanks so much, and keep up the very good work.

#LAUGHATTRUMP
Paul Bergman | Sacramento, CA | June 20, 2016

I have been enjoying this level of genius in your work for as long as I can remember, and this year especially I appreciate The Mudline. Please allow me to recommend to fellow readers the strategy embodied in #laughattrump.

BIGGEST AND BEST
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 20, 2016

Donald Trump throws himself the biggest and best anvils.

AMUSING
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | June 20, 2016

It's very amusing that a strp consisting entirely of quotes from Trump can be considered "anti-Trump." But I suppose the depictions of the swirling orange kelp forest on his head could be considered a little derogatory.

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Ian Spencer | Frankfurt, GERMANY | June 20, 2016

Re: Sunday's strip: I will concede that nobody knows more about making their surname into a brand than Donald Trump, but the only other superlative speech bubble I can give him is "Nobody is less prepared to be president than me." I look forward to him losing every single state in the election and going down as the biggest election loser ever.

QUOTING
Barbara Kipnis | Palm Coast, FL | June 19, 2016

I love today's strip! I don't see how anyone can complain when it's just quoting Trump's own words.

EVER
LisaRae Walker | Glen Allen, VA | June 19, 2016

Today's is your best strip ever. Thank you!

DANGER
Reese Rickards | Fruitland, MD | June 19, 2016

Today's strip highlights Donald Trump's narcissism better than anywhere or anybody else. But it would be well to remember that Trump cannot prevent himself from engaging in this braggadocio behavior. The GOP candidate really believes he is better than anyone else, and that's the true danger in his candidacy.

OBNOXIOUS
Shooting Star | Augusta, GA | June 19, 2016

I find your anti-Trump strips obnoxious, and am waiting for the same treatment of Hillary. I never did see any about Obama. Your liberal bias is disappointing, and my newspaper will be getting a letter.

AIEE!
June 18, 2016

I believe the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip marks the nascent appearance of the iconic "AIEEE!"  -- the "Good grief" of Doonesbury.

HONEY
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | June 18, 2016

If I didn't know that Honey is Chinese, I'd swear she's Marcie, Peppermint Patty's friend, all grown up.