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  • KEEP AN EYE OUT

    Donanon | Sausalito, CA | January 04, 2014

    It's still early in the season, but the Z's need to keep an eye out for Zeke. Once he gets wind of this he's sure to begin plotting!

  • WAY BACK WHEN

    Sunmusing | Poania, CO | January 04, 2014

    I used to talk to my "ladies" all the time. That was way back when one had to be discrete -- with the law and with the ladies. It worked with the ladies and I never had to talk to the law.

  • TALKING TO PLANTS

    Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | January 04, 2014

    Talking to plants... Nice to see Zonker getting back to his roots! (Rim shot!)

  • WHISPERING

    Jim Smith | Jamestown, CA | January 03, 2014

    Zonker needs a copy of The Wise Old Gnome Speaks: How to Really, Really, Really Care About Your Garden. Gnome is more of a plant empath, but whispering is good, as plants like the CO2!

  • NATURAL SUNSHINE

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | January 03, 2014

    I'm very disappointed the Zees' crop is hydroponic. I hope they will quickly see the error of their ways and raise their next with pure natural sunshine (I know Colorado may not always be the warmest climate, but...).

  • SURPRISE

    Brian Corby | New York, NY | January 02, 2014

    What a sweet surprise to see Z talking to his plants again…..i guess i should have seen that coming!

  • FULL OF POTENTIAL

    Jimmy Hart | London, ENGLANDLAND | January 02, 2014

    Is Zonker going to turn into a nice version of Walter White? Like White, Zonker has been full of potential his entire life and now fate is conspiring to make him the person he was always supposed to be.

  • HIGH

    Jim Mitchell | Everett, WA | January 02, 2014

    "Rocky Mountain High" was written up at Williams Lake near Old Snowmass. John and his friend Tom were up there on an October afternoon swimming in the lake and doing some mushrooms. There is a big boulder in the middle of the lake that was heated by the sunshine all day. In the evening, John and Tom crawled up on the warm boulder and lay there looking up at the meteor shower in the sky.

  • EDGY

    C.K. | Littleton, CO | January 02, 2014

    We wore CALM t-shirts in '77 at CSU and followed Zonker in the Collegian. It was just something 19 year old soph's did to be edgy. Now this, in Colorado. I'm conflicted. Am I just too old now?

  • OH, WOW

    Dane Winberg | Pueblo, CO | January 01, 2014

    Oh, wow. The mountains are rippling!

  • LEGALIZATION

    Karen Hale | San Diego, CA | January 01, 2014

    Zonker has been waiting for this moment all his adult life. I am glad to see that marijuana legalization is happening in our lifetime. Come on California, our turn is next.

  • POT FARMS

    Barb | Bend, OR | December 30, 2013

    I wonder if John Denver ever thought that "Rocky Mountain High" might one day refer to pot farms in Colorado. It's even more ironic that (in the strip) Denver lived next door to a future one.

  • AMAZON

    Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | December 30, 2013

    Re ZZ Bud on Amazon! Let's see... Beauty, Health, and Grocery -- check. Natural & Organic -- check. Tea? Maybe not. But Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know is #51 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Public Affairs & Policy > Cultural Policy.

  • RESIGNED TOLERANCE

    John | Silverton, CO | December 30, 2013

    GT has always impressed me with his ability to say so much with so little. In Sunday's strip, I think I detect a resigned tolerance in Zonker's facial expression for Zip's hopeless cluelessness. It may be that Zipper goes to his grave without ever achieving the more worldly eyes of the strip's mature characters. On a related note, I can't help but wonder what eyes Duke and Earl hide beneath their sunglasses.

  • ALPHA HOUSE

    McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | December 30, 2013

    I just want to let GBT know how much I've been enjoying Alpha House. The characters, for all their diversity, flaws and foibles, are quite likeable and, from the perspective of this moderate independent, make the GOP look good. I'd vote for them! It's a refreshing reminder of what the party was capable of being before it allowed itself to be hijacked by extremists. John Goodman's Gil John Biggs is a masterpiece. I'm going to be rooting for him!

  • A GENTLE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    Alyn | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | December 30, 2013

    As a long-time South African fan (I've read the entire archive), I have to say I appreciated the Nelson Mandela reference. I don't know if the strip was created before his death or not, but to me it was a gentle acknowledgement of someone once jailed and demonised as a "terrorist" (and considered as such by a number of international politicians who were, hypocritically, first in line to sing his eulogies), but who became the revered father of a new nation, claimed by all races, through patience, a spirit of reconciliation, and being on the right side of history. I hardly think it's offensive to make a similar point about marijuana legislation and/or Zipper's skewed priorities (the gag is actually about what lessons Zipper has taken from history, if you must analyse it). One thing Mandela was famous for was his sense of humour -- I doubt he would have found this strip insulting.

  • TO BE FAIR

    Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | December 30, 2013

    To be fair, Zipper would be just as likely to make the comparison even as he watched Nelson Mandela's funeral on television, since Zipper possesses neither good sense nor good taste. And Zonker has a habit of responding to his more off-the-wall remarks in the kind of warm non-responsiveness often adopted by the mothers of three-year-olds in the supermarket.

  • FUNNY

    Randi Hoffmann | Ardsley, NY | December 30, 2013

    I found the Nelson Mandela reference quite funny -- so telling of Zipper's innocent cluelessness -- and Zonker's response, "Yes, but not a perfect analogy" was the icing on the cake.

  • DISAGREE

    Marcia | Boulder, CO | December 30, 2013

    I have to disagree with well-meaning folks protesting the Nelson Mandela reference. It was there to show how vacuous the Zipper and Zonker characters are, and was nothing about the great man himself. We as a species won't get beyond tribalist, magical thinking and become truly civilized until we stop creating saints and icons for ourselves. We can respect and honor those among us who have earned it without canonizing them.

  • FLASH

    Jack Hardie | Boston, MA | December 29, 2013

    Flash! The Mandela metaphor was a brilliant, hilarious flash in the murky Zip mindscape; Zipper's designed to offend. Don't blame GT.