Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | December 26, 2017
The Sunday, December 24th comic was so subtle that it took me a second reading to "get" it. I actually found myself saying aloud, "But there was never a war on Ramadan, or birthdays... " etc. to provide the actual punch line: "There was never a war on Christmas." Trudeau has usually taken the side of undeniable truths in his cartoons, and this was certainly one. In this strip he never contradicted anyone, never said a word of controversy. In the most delightful way possible, he wished everyone a season's greeting in their own culture, while making clear that there is no "war on Christmas," a phrase whose exact words never even appear in the strip. That makes it pretty hard to argue with it.
I don't know if there are people who study cartooning the way scholars study Shakespeare or Hemingway, but if there are, they should give Sunday's strip a prize and hold it up like a diamond, perfectly cut and polished by a master. How do you neuter an entire movement and silence bullish and noisy people about a matter of great import to them, a matter that to most observers never existed, but whose flames were fanned from the coals of pure paranoia? And can you do it without uttering an offensive word? In that strip you will find the answer. Beautiful! I'm a fan since the first newspaper strip, back in the 1970s, and I thought I had seen everything, but Trudeau always finds a way to top himself. He has truly been a bringer of light in our lives. Merry Christmas.
Andy Cornevin | Arlington, TX | December 25, 2017
Congratulations on a remarkable career. I have been with you from the beginning, and am enjoying the reprints during the week and of course the originals on Sunday. I consider myself a Reagan conservative and I do support President Trump, so we obviously disagree on a bunch.That doesn't stop me from respecting your opinions. I rarely find them mean spirited, which makes me wish we had someone as clever as you. Today's comic was splendid, and should be appreciated by all. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Dane Winberg | Pueblo, CO | December 22, 2017
Today's strip, panel three. I think that's the first time I've seen Honey portrayed as more than a two-dimensional character. Almost brings me to tears.
Laureen Marchand | Val Marie, CANADA | December 21, 2017
I used to check in on the Doonesbury strip every day, for both the Classic strips and the new ones on Sundays. No matter what their vintage, they're funny and always timely. But now I check in not only for the cartoons but for Roland's tweets. Keep 'em coming, eh? (That's Canadian for "Keep them coming.")
Laurette Tuckerman | Paris, FRANCE | December 20, 2017
Oh, how I love Honey. Her competence and her command of English. And her hopeless crush on the vastly undeserving Duke. What an ambiguous character!
LIKE A MAP
David | Poppi, ITALY | December 19, 2017
Gerry Mander looks, to the eyes of this English expat, suspiciously like a map of the mainland of Great Britain. I thought you guys invented gerrymandering in New England. What gives?
Bob Laughton | Ukiah, CA | December 19, 2017
MORE ON JERRY (AND GERRY) MANDER: Around 1980 my wife and I read Jerry Mander's Four Arguments and decided to ditch TV and raise our children by reading books out loud. In 1994 I started a computer call-in show on KZYX community radio. Because of his contrarian views on technology, I invited Jerry to be my first radio guest and he agreed to a live phone interview. I remember a profound point he made on the new role personal computers were having then -- basically whatever advantage computer technology gave to the individual would be rather small compared to what advantages were to be gained by corporations and the commercial sector. It was prophetic, witness Amazon, Wal-Mart, and what happened to Wall Street since the 1990s.
For more on the other Mander -- Gerry -- I recommend David Daley's book Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy.
A REAL PERSON
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | December 18, 2017
Re Sunday's "Gerry Mander" strip: There's also a real person named Jerry Mander, a former advertising writer who had an epiphany and turned against advertising, then (many forms of) technology, then capitalism. His best-known book is Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, published in 1978. So, you know, a good guy, unlike the character in the cartoon.
Tom O'Neill | Pennington, NJ | December 18, 2017
As an avid follower of Prince Valiant since before I could read, I enjoyed your NYTBR appreciation of "Cartoon County." And, of course, your work. Thanks.
Adele | Nova Scotia, CANADA | December 17, 2017
A new character! Welcome, Jerry Mander -- I can't wait to see you in action. Don't trip over all your arms and legs and fingers and toes! (And, as a Canadian, I am so happy to be unmemorable...)
Kathy Koci | Ridley Park, PA | December 17, 2017
Hubby and I so enjoy and appreciate the Sunday funnies these days! We are quite fortunate to be the birth recipients of white privilege and cognizant enough to recognize it. Today's Jimmy Crow cartoon is our favorite/most hated. As Pennylvanians living in the 7th Congressional district -- you nailed it. Resist!
Sparky Hudson | Toronto, CANADA | December 17, 2017
To those Canadian readers who took umbrage at our characterization as "unmemorable" in last Sunday's strip, I believe it was Zipper and Jeff who were the butt of GBT's humor, not Canadians. In fact, the cartoonist is descended from a French Canadian, Etienne Truteau, who also happens to be an ancestor of our current PM.
Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | December 16, 2017
This weeks Marcia story is one of the saddest things I have read in Doonesbury in a long time. She is so deluded about her "prestigious" purchase, which has brought nothing but misery upon everything connected with it including, of course, her. Which reminds me of the way many men treat women. It's the same stupid and pointless dynamic. They think it's in some way impressive to treat women as if they are a product that will look good on their arm and they just end up hating themselves and being (rightly) vilified by society. Methinks it's time for change.
Freda L. | Toronto, CANADA | December 14, 2017
Blatant American envy is a horrible thing to see.
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | December 12, 2017
Sunday's strip gave me the best LOL I've had in a week. Some of us Canadians appreciate droll irony. And aren't most stereotypes based in some measure of truth?
June Malchoff | Desert Hot Springs, CA | December 11, 2017
I am a Canadian snowbird who has always been amused by your cartoons, but I was offended by Zipper's comment about Canadian people being unmemorable in Sunday's Russia strip. I am proud to be a Canadian and enjoy the privilege of being able to spend time in your country, but perhaps it is time to take our unmemorable money home and spend it in our own country when you appear to think so poorly of us.
Christal | Helena, MT | December 09, 2017
I'm sure I'm not the only one who would have liked to see Friday's 1989 Classic strip revised so that Marilou was the one going to the Bahamas (in a Stella Gets Her Groove On move).
Aspasia | Chicago, IL | December 09, 2017
I had forgotten what a rat Phil was...
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | December 06, 2017
Zonker was right in the 40-years-ago-today Flashback strip. The haters are finally up against the ceilings they have tried to protect for so long, and falling down splat in ever-increasing numbers. The glass ceiling for women, and ceilings for minorities, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTs, students, teachers, scientists, workers -- and the ceiling between the rich-and-powerful and the haters themselves, whom they work so hard to keep riled up against all the rest of us.