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A HIGHPOINT OF TOONDOM
R. | Lexington, KY | August 22, 2014

Today's wordless strip was a true classic. As I recall, it was at the end of a multi-day slow pan, a piece of work that was absolutely beautiful although it contained no characters until the final reveal. In my humble opinion this series was a highpoint of toondom. Any chance we could see the whole thing?

Editor's Note:

 This eminently reasonable request has been answered in the affirmative with an extended strip set in this newly-posted FAQ.

WAITING
Bob | Milford, MA | August 22, 2014

I was waiting for today's strip! I was at Boston University, and The Boston Globe refused to print it as it was too controversial. However, the BU daily free paper printed it!

THE WEIGHT
Alex | Baltimore, MD | August 22, 2014

As I recall, at the time today's strip was originally published some papers wouldn't run it. Am I the only one who sometimes feels like crying from the weight of all the time that's gone by?

THE HUMAN CONDITION
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | August 22, 2014

Pardon the expression, but OMG! Today's retro strip felt like the ice bucket challenge to me. When my late wife and I went to dinner the first time, we were both wide-eyed in the morning, and smiling. That happened a lot for another 34 years. Where did GBT get his awesome knowledge of the human condition?

NOTORIOUS
Karen | Layton, UT | August 22, 2014

Hard to believe now, but I remember how notorious today's strip was when it first came out in 1976. I was in college then, and the Boston Globe was one of many newspapers that refused to run it. As I recall, the Globe replaced the strip with a paragraph declaring it "in dubious taste." Fortunately, one of the local alternative weeklies printed it for us. (Remember, kids, no internet in those days.)

SMALL MASTERPIECE
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | August 21, 2014

Today's five-year flashback choked me up. Two heroes just chatting, a GBT small masterpiece. The courage of Army troops amazes me, and I'm very proud to be an Army vet, even though I served in peacetime. I've begun wearing Army insignia a little, not to share the credit I haven't earned, but to help people remember and talk about what most of us owe to the fighters.

THE PHONE
Sarah Taylor | Beijing, CHINA | August 21, 2014

Anyone else nostalgic for the days when the phone rang at home, and if you were out, you were out?

CRIMINAL MINDS
Karin L. White | West Allis, WI | August 20, 2014

Every time I watch "Criminal Minds" on television, when Thomas Gibson appears I am reminded of Doonesbury and one of your characters. But I cannot put my finger on which one!

HUMORLESS TOPICS
Karen L. Hale | San Diego, CA | August 18, 2014

Once again GBT brings humor to humorless topics. Global warming and the Ukraine situation in one strip. Brilliant.

HAPPY PAIRING
M.H. | Beaver, UT | August 18, 2014

How fun to see Joanie and Rick begin their relationship. I remember how worried I was when she declared her feelings for Andy, that he would reject her and become a hated character in my eyes. How dare anyone reject the beloved Ms. Caucus! That situation was handled perfectly and paved the way for her to have the happy pairing she so deserved.

WELCOME BACK
M. Wood | Chestertown, MD | August 15, 2014

Welcome back, Lacey Davenport -- O that you were in Congress today.

LACEY
Deanatay | San Luis Obispo, CA | August 15, 2014

Yay Lacey Davenport! The best Doonesbury character is back, if only in flashback. The old-school politicians who aren't afraid to try new things; I miss them.

COURTSHIP
Fiona | NORTH WALES | August 14, 2014

Thank you so much for replaying Rick and Joanie's courtship -- probably the most poignant and funniest, and dare I say it, cutest, love affairs in the strip's history.

HORMONES
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | August 14, 2014

The Rick/Joanie drama was contemporaneous with All in the Family. Archie would have said: "There's hormones running all through that comic strip!"

RICK AND JOANIE
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | August 11, 2014

I am very moved by today's retro strip, where Rick and Joanie go to dinner. I missed that sequence back in the day, and it is satisfying to see it playing out.

YAY!
Patty Manouel | Westmont, IL | August 11, 2014

Yay! Joan and Rick's courtship! So sweet! I look forward to "I'm pretty good at breakfast, too."

EYE SHAPE
Patricia | Bozeman, MT | August 11, 2014

Had I not been sensitized to the significance of eye shape (wide-eyed vs. lidded) by the discussion of Sam's transition from child to adolescent, I would have missed the subtlety of the eyes in today's strip about Rick and Joanie's first date. Both start lidded, Joanie shifts to wide-eyed in panels two and three, and by the last panel both are wide-eyed with faux surprise. Dinner! No wonder there are college courses in Doonesbury.

WHERE ARE WE?
Paul | Salt Lake City, UT | August 11, 2014

Where are we? What year is it this week?

Editor's Note:

 Today's strip originally appeared on October 21, 1976.

JOY
John T. Jones | Buhl, ID | August 10, 2014

Over the years your brilliance has enthralled me. I'm 82 years old and my health is lousy. I may not be around to thank you later. But I thank you now for the joy that you have brought to me over the years.

OUTDATED
James Henson | Minnetonka, MN | August 10, 2014

Today's strip is about 20 years outdated. Many U.S. universities right now give more rights and protections to reporting parties of sexual assault than they do to the accused students.