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CLASSIC
Rick Puig | London, UK | July 24, 2017

I've always thought today's Classic strip, about Zonker giving Mike career advice, was funny.

KAYFABE
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 23, 2017

Sorry, Boopsie. What B.D. is telling you about isn't acting. It's kayfabe, as in pro wrestling. Check out this 2007 film. (Donald Trump is the master, seeming simultaneously to be the good guy "face" to his base, and the bad guy "heel" to everyone else, and sometimes doing heel-face-heel turns within a single sentence.)

COINCIDENCE?
Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | July 22, 2017

Nicely timed. Mr Butts' 1989 redux as the strip of the day while Reuters digs into Phillip Morris marketing tactics used to try and hook new smokers in third world countries. Coincidence?

DUMPSTER FIRE
Dan | Minneapolis, MN | July 21, 2017

  A Chicago printmaker has made art out of the "dumpster fire" designation. I bought a copy at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend! 

THERAPIST
June Cleaver | Peoria, IL | July 20, 2017

I just caught Sunday's strip, with Elias and B.D. I'm in therapy for PTSD (medical, sexual, and automotive trauma -- a trifecta!). My therapist and I have conversations about the dumpster fire in D.C. She tells me I'm not the only one, by a stretch. Oy.

MR. BUTTS
Dave | Elmire, NY | July 19, 2017

And here comes Mr. Butts, Trudeau's greatest character!

PESD
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 16, 2017

As I read today's strip -- B.D. talking with Elias -- I was thinking it was PESD, Post-Election Stress Disorder. But then I found this.

LOOKING FORWARD
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | July 15, 2017

I'm looking forward to a new strip in which Mark Slackmeyer will be shouting "Guilty, guilty, guilty!"

EARLY MEMORY
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | July 14, 2017

The current Zonker-as-Nanny series continues to hit it out of the park. My mother, born 1924, was only one generation removed from a time when public school teachers were expected to be single. An early memory of mine (from the early Sixties) is of my mom telling my dad that I had called our babysitter "mama." This made little impression on me at the time but made a much bigger one now that Trudeau reminded me of it. I have little doubt that it caused my poor professional mother no little pain.

DIDN'T KNOW
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | July 12, 2017

I didn't know Mrs. Doonesbury the first was a helicopter pre-cursor: "What happened to lunch, nap, doctor's appointment, play date, and bath?" (Oxford comma not in the original.) As a veteran parent I'd respond: "We took a bath this morning, lunch and nap were on the subway, the doctor was rescheduled, and babies don't have playdates."

BLOWBACK POST
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | July 11, 2017

Glad I'd put down the coffee before I got to the "No fair!" Blowback post...

NO FAIR!
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | July 09, 2017

No fair! I want to see the front of the painting!

THE ZEITGEIST
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | July 09, 2017

In his famous image "The Persistence of Memory" Dali addressed worlds that linger only in our minds. Of course, he did it in a highly stylized manner which may not immediately have meaning to many viewers. In today's Sunday strip, Trudeau nailed it yet again for anyone who has reached the age of Boomers. By now, we're each leading at least a double life, if not multitudinal, and there are tender moments that persist, if only in memory, which are yet uncomfortable when we dig them up. Wouldn't it be nice if Kim had the maturity to allow Mike a moment? Of course, Mike would have to be mature enough to emerge from his reverie and stuff it back down from where it came. We do have our responsibilities within the present. Nevertheless, when I skip joyfully down Flashback Lane and see the treasures Trudeau has left for us, I'm still amazed that one person has managed to capture all that and keep on going in life and in creativity and work, having encapsulated so brilliantly the zeitgeist of each era, if not each day. Is this some kind of Jedi Mind Trick? Well, it is whatever it is; once again I pay my respects. It's becoming a habit, sincerely offered. You just can't imagine what it means to me, probably to all of us, to have this breadcrumb trail into the past. Like the tendrils of the mind, its significance now reaches into dim shadows only visible in hindsight. I'm sure Dali would agree.

THE FACTS
Rick Brown | Cleveland, OH | July 08, 2017

As I have followed our president's statements I am reminded of an early strip in which Mike is the editor of the Walden College newspaper and questions Zonker about the facts and sources for a scandalous story he's written about the college president. Check it out here.

TRUMP
Paradoctor | San Francisco, CA | July 07, 2017

I wonder if cartoon Trump ever paid J.J., because not paying the help is real Trump's business model.

RIDICULE
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | July 06, 2017

Today's Classic strip underlines the difficulty in dealing with Trump. When he emerged as a presidential candidate, I suspected that the best way to attack him would be ridicule. Anyone with such an enormous ego would not be able to stand being laughed at. Wrong. You have to have enough self-consciousness to know you're being ridiculed. Trump is pretty much beyond reach.

NECKWEAR
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | July 05, 2017

In today's timely Classic strip I couldn't help but notice that Trump wore his ties at a much more normal length 30 years ago. By my estimate his current neckwear must run close to six feet, end to end.

TOSS-UP
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | July 05, 2017

Wow, it's a toss-up whether the years have been less kind to The Donald in the strip or in real-life...

TRUMP L'OEIL
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | July 05, 2017

Trump l'oeil ! So funny almost 30 years ago, and now the laugh is on us.

DOUBTFUL
Bruce Bendix | Saginaw, MI | July 04, 2017

Regarding the July 4th Classic strip: I think it doubtful Trump has ever heard of, much less read of, either the Parting of the Red Sea or the Coronation of Catherine the Great.