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PSEUDO-SCIENCES
Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | March 25, 2017

I like today's strip on the pseudo-sciences. I've known for years that the dinosaurs did not go extinct due to a meteoric impact, but rather as a result of bad financial planning.

BLESSINGS
Stephen Whiteley | Chatham, VA | March 23, 2017

I grew up on Walt Kelly and his collections. Mr. Trudeau is to this generation what Mr. Kelly was to his. My blessings on them both.

JACK ACID SOCIETY
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 22, 2017

It isn't just Walt Kelly's poem The Prince of Pompadoodle that is spot on for Trump, the Koch brothers, and many others, but the book that contains it: The Jack Acid Society Black Book, by Pogo (as told to Walt Kelly). It parodies the John Birch Society's Blue Book and its annual White Book. A while back I wrote about it here.

POGO
Fred Jessett | Bellevue, WA | March 21, 2017

I'm glad to hear Pogo quoted once again. I wish Walt Kelly was still here. I wonder what swamp critter he would have chosen to represent Trump... I'm thankful we have Doonesbury to help us stay sane.

POMPADOODLE
Matthew Wood | Spokane, WA | March 21, 2017

I'm also thinking a lot about Walt Kelly these days. For me, it's his paranoid Prince of Pompadoodle that leaps to mind.

REPRINTS
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | March 21, 2017

I am grateful for the BLOWBACK post about Walt Kelly, which inspired me to go and discover that reprints of practically all of his books are finally available! Where to start?

THE SWAMP
Shooshi Roberts | Dallas, TX | March 21, 2017

I am actually laughing out loud. That was hilarious! I'm talking about Trff: "I'd throw him out of an airplane, sir." Oh man, who knew that Trff would rise again? It just goes to show that the swamp is alive with monsters you thought were long gone. I'm reminded of a little verse by Walt Kelly, on the frontispiece of The Pogo Stepmother Goose from the 1950s, accompanied by those ink drawings of monstrous shadows as only Kelly could do:

The gentle journey jars to stop.
The drifting dream is done.
The long gone goblins loom ahead;
The deadly, that we thought were dead,
Stand waiting, every one.

Some things just stick with you. Oh, throw him out of an airplane, indeed!

TRFF
Mike Willson | Vineland, NJ | March 20, 2017

Ah yes, Deputy Director Trff, the only character better suited for the position than Uncle Duke. It's as if the job description was written just for him.

INTERESTING
Snow Man | Red Mt. Town, CO | March 19, 2017

The Classic strips give us an interesting look back. Everyone is fallible. But, as we know, Mike moved on more successfully. One hopes that the product of this couple will not end up like J.J.

IMMIGRANTS
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 19, 2017

Perhaps some immigrants are useful after all? (I had never noticed that Duke's sunglasses were effectively one-way mirrors -- spook specs.)

IMMIGRANTS
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 19, 2017

Perhaps some immigrants are useful after all? (I had never noticed that Duke's sunglasses were effectively one-way mirrors -- spook specs.)

FAKE NEWS
E. Man | London, UK | March 18, 2017

  When it comes to fake news, Zonker was about 45 years ahead of his time.

HEARD SOMETHING
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | March 18, 2017

I can't be absolutely certain, but I'm pretty sure I heard something in the strip posted on Thursday. Faintly, in the background, Mike's voice was saying, "I did not have sexual relations with Nicole."

ME FIRST
J.N. | Washington, ME | March 18, 2017

I've evidently missed some of the episodes of this comic... I thought Alex's mom J.J. was the self-centered one, but realize my assumption was unfair. (For starters, her mom Joanie abandoned her when she was a kid.) Now Mike is seeming like the less mature of this couple. I'm not real impressed with Nicole either. It's nice that everyone is being honest, but it's all "me first, my feelings; you are responsible for your own." The onset of the trump era! Or possibly a preamble.

SHUT UP
Tom Hatch | Centennial, CO | March 14, 2017

Mike, as your attorney I advise you to shut up...

UNEXPECTED PROSPECT
Brian Walker | Fremantle, WA | March 13, 2017

I have so missed that ragged helmet! You brought a smile to my face, coupled with the awful and unexpected prospect of seeing the helmet move up a place.

SEA OF REPERCUSSIONS
Wanda Schmidt | Prospect, KY | March 12, 2017

Today's strip: A great comment on the sea of repercussions awaiting Donald Trump and his band of Republicans hell-bent on destroying all that Obama did for our country!

GOOD ONE
Q. | Takoma Park, MD | March 12, 2017

It is only perfect that Trump has a photograph of himself on his desk. Good one.

WITH CHILD
Paul Parsons | Montpelier, VT | March 09, 2017

I know a guy who did just what Mike describes in today's strip -- when he found his wife was with child, he reregistered as a Republican, started drinking scotch, and bought a "really cool" minivan.

ALEX
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | March 08, 2017

So cool! Today's Classic strip, which originally ran on May 4, 1988, was our first awareness of Alex! Alex is a little younger than my daughter, it turns out. My daughter was about 2 months old at that time. They were both kicking the collective butts of the boys at all the computer games like Doom, Quake, and others at the same age. And they were both shopping for colleges at the same time, so Alex must have skipped a grade somewhere.

When we were shopping for colleges, it was spooky. Alex was sending off her applications exactly at the same time we were, and she heard back literally on the same day we did. My daughter, like Alex, got accepted to a lot of colleges, some of whom were quite aggressive about having her. She settled on Alex's maker's alma mater: Yale University. Even though Alex went to MIT, there was an ongoing similarity to their lives. I once wrote Blowback asking where the hidden camera was, (jokingly) certain that GBT had been spying on us for the Alex strips. They've gone different directions now, but it was fun raising my daughter while Mike and JJ were raising Alex. To think that it all started with this strip!