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SPOILER
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | December 19, 2014

"When are you guys getting married?"  Spoiler alert: Joanie and Bick do finally tie the knot.

J.J.
Fiona | North Wales, UK | December 19, 2014

This week's trip down memory lane has really reminded me that I really don't like J.J. and she never did change. What did Mike ever see in her.

EERILY FAMILIAR
Bren | Dublin, IRELAND | December 17, 2014

Today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip seems eerily familiar. Have we achieved Doonesception?

RE "ZEKE"
Juanito | Sacramento, CA | December 17, 2014

  Also an excellent example of my best friend from undergraduate school who lives next door forty-two years later. Yikes!

ZEKE
Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | December 16, 2014

Zeke is one of my favourite characters (and so is J.J.). The amoral, lazy, freeloading Zeke with his "hip" rationalizations for his quasi-criminal behaviour is an excellent example of why certain aspects of the idealism of the late 1960s didn't last. And self-involved J. J. is a perfect counterpart for him, taking full advantage of the lame (IMHO) notion that "it's art if I say it's art." Merry Christmas to all!

EPIDEMIC
Osee | Pocatello, ID | December 15, 2014

Gin up an Ebola epidemic on Fox! One story arc launched and five to go.

EQUATING
Maureen Tighe-Brown | OHIO | December 14, 2014

Equating Cheney's 3000 who died on 9/11 with the 3000 gun deaths this year: brilliant!

TODAY'S FLASHBACKS
Bren | Dublin, IRELAND | December 12, 2014

Today's Flashbacks: three throwback parties, two Sunday strips, but no partridge in a pear tree.

THE PAST
Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | December 10, 2014

I have never seen the Alpha House show that keeps Garry from writing Doonesbury on a daily basis. However, you can keep running reruns as far as I am concerned. I enjoy reviewing the past of this strip, which was always current in its day and never seems dated. In fact, once you've caught up to the present I'd be haopy if you start again from the beginning and go one day at a time.

TWINS
So Alarmed | Oakland, CA | December 10, 2014

Where, where, where are Alex, Toggle, and them adorable twins? All love to Kim, but the last thing this once-a-week strip needs is another baby. Bring back the twins!

NATIVE GARB
Susanne Kernan | Pomona, NY | December 08, 2014

I just happened to watch Mike Nichol's "Charlie Wilson's War" last night. Great movie. Coincidently, the movie includes a clip of Dan Rather, unshaven, in native garb, reporting from the Afghan hinterland in 1980.

Editor's Note:

 The memorable 1980 real-life moment you refer to was an inspirational factor in today's Roland Hedley strip -- and earned Rather the mocking nickname "Gunga Dan."

FREEDOM FIGHTERS
David Huntington | Katy, TX | December 08, 2014

Wow! Roland Hedley covering those freedom fighters battling the Soviets. Does anyone remember how that turned out?

STORY ARCS
Mom | Peoria, IL | December 07, 2014

As the 51-year-old mother of a seven month old (yes, really), I can't pretend that at least one of today's proposed story arcs didn't catch my attention.

ARCS
Allan Levine | Toronot, ON | December 07, 2014

Regarding your story arc announcement today: YAAAAY!!!!

VIBRATING
J.C. | Ashland, OR | December 07, 2014

Is, maybe, GT's brain vibrating enough to get him back to the drawing board daily? Got my fingers crossed.

Editor's Note:

 Here at the Doonesbury Town Hall we have received no indication, vibrational or otherwise, that a return to new daily strips has been scheduled. Sorry to disappoint!

PLEASE AND THANK YOU
Melanie | Jaffrey, NH | December 07, 2014

Six new stories! Does that mean we will get more Doonesbury, now that the second season of "Alpha House" is done? Love both works. Want more of both. Please and thank you!

NEW STORY ARCS
Chris Parkins | London, ENGLAND | December 07, 2014

Six new story arcs! Hopefully this indicates the forthcoming return of new daily strips? What a great Christmas present from Garry that would be!

SELF-SATIRE
Jimmy Chadwick | Salem, MA | December 07, 2014

It never fails that what is obviously meant to be self-satire is lost on at least half the readers. It also could be a mirror on our "24-hour news cycle," obsessed with the "new story" that rarely gets the follow-up it deserves. But in this case, none of these stories are all that new for one thing, and for another, none need to be given a whole lot of attention to continue, drop, or wrap up at any given time. I consider these panels as more along the lines of "Yep, these characters are indeed still alive and doing their thing, wherever and however that may be."

MY TIME
Frank Crandel | Chicago, IL | December 07, 2014

Really!? Six new story arcs on a Sunday... How about six new story arcs when you are on hiatus, with no hope of finishing them? What a waste of my time.

RIGHT MIND
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | December 07, 2014

Who in their right mind would do six new story lines in one day's strip? He's mad!! This is part of what I love about Doonesbury. But will he be able to keep all six going simultaneously with one panel per week, keeping all the balls in the air at once for six weeks to complete a grand cycle? With a nod to the Beatles: The magical Mr. Kite will perform once a week, don't be late!