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ZONKER'S COMMENT
Glen | Bormes les Mimosas, FRANCE | November 30, 2013

Zonker's comment "Oh Dear" is huge. Zipper makes Zonker look positively knowledgeable and wise.

CRINGING
John Talcott | Kasson, MN | November 30, 2013

I find myself cringing when it still seems socially acceptable to ridicule the homosexual stereotype. I realize that humor really can't have boundaries. And as Mark Twain said, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." So I hope and trust that you, Mr. Trudeau, will use this powerful force to bury the last remaining stereotypes.

GRIN
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | November 30, 2013

Grin. Or maybe even LOL! Who but GBT could have come up with the particular twist on the gay issue exemplified by the current Zonker/Zip storyline...

INCEST
Tom | San Francisco, CA | November 30, 2013

What's with the incest in Doonesbury? First Jeff macks on his niece Alex when she visits Walden, now Zonker is "living a lie" with his nephew Zipper? Even here in SF, that's creepy.

BACK
Stephanie Knopp | Philadelphia, PA | November 30, 2013

Doonesbury is back! All's right with the world! I can't express how much I missed my daily fix of your wit and wisdom, though the reruns were appreciated. Your strip is the very last thing I read in the paper. It gives me the strength to face the day after all the mayhem and nonsense in the news. Live long and prosper, Garry!

STORYLINE
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | November 29, 2013

I like the Zonker / Zipper storyline. I don't know if Zonker is becoming his nephew's new Jeff, of if Zipper is becoming his uncle's new Mike/B.D./Boopsie, but please keep 'em coming.

BACK
Dave Johnson | Escondido, CA | November 28, 2013

I'm really glad GBT is back. Life is good.

FAR OUT
James Mitchell | Everett, WA | November 27, 2013

As a former resident of the Woody Creek Tav (yes, some Hunter S. stories abound), this is so "far out"! And yes, John and "Duke" used to both be residents of Woody Creek.

WONDERING
Peter D. Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | November 27, 2013

I keep wondering why Zonk and Zip don't go to Washington State and hit Mike up for some start-up help, especially since weed's legal in the Evergreen State too. They could revitalize Mike's marketing skills, call the new business something fun like "ZZ Bud," and Zip could enroll at The Evergreen State College if he needs to continue his education. Heck, Zonker'd be a great candidate to teach there...

CREATIVE REASONS
Laura Craig | Corvalis, MT | November 27, 2013

Oh, so wonderful to read that you took a prolonged leave from the strip for creative reasons and not disastrous ones! In the absence of in-depth storylines (you are my main source for what is really going on out there), I took to reading your old books from the library (a grateful pause for our beloved libraries), only to discover that you had covered with much wit and insight back then what is still going on today. So I was initially thinking burn-out, and am glad to hear that you are still at it. I look forward to seeing what new illuminations you can delight us with. Stay safe, dude, and thank you so much for being in my life all these years.

CONSISTENT
Martin Herman | Winter Park, FL | November 27, 2013

Garry, thank you so much for the smile and chuckle you've brought to me on an amazingly consistent level for last many decades. You never disappoint.

DUKE'S HOUSE
Chris Tybur | Seattle, WA | November 25, 2013

Ha! Duke's house in Aspen has seen almost as much action as Walden.

TOO YOUNG
Nogpo | Fraser, CO | November 25, 2013

Oh no! Adult eyes on Boopsie's daughter? She is too young!

Editor's Note:

 Sam's coming of age seemed to happen in the blink of an eye.

UNEMPLOYED BIOLOGIST
B.T.H. | Washington, D.C. | November 22, 2013

Unemployed biologist here. Thanks for the cartoon highlighting some of the negative impacts that federal budget cuts are having on scientists! When it came to writing about PTSD and the domestic impacts of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, Doonesbury brought these issues to the forefront waaaaay earlier than most normal journalistic channels. Hopefully they'll follow your lead on this too and start reporting about how badly science and scientists are suffering in this country. Or maybe U.S. scientists should go out "Breaking Bad" style?

OUT OF TOUCH
Larry Sloan | Nevada, IA | November 21, 2013

As for today's strip: If that's what you have taken away from this whole mess, you'd better take another sabbatical. You're completely out of touch with reality.

GREAT DAY
Mrs. Z. | San Diego, CA | November 21, 2013

This is a great day! I feel as if my kids are home for the holidays and they want to actually visit. Thanks, Mr Trudeau. We really missed you!

ADAGE
Darrell | Albequerque, NM | November 21, 2013

Today's strip reminds me of the old adage about not cutting your nose off to spite your face.

COMMENTARY
Rosie's Nana | Orlando, FL | November 21, 2013

Oh, GBT, thank God you're back! While the Flashbacks were a wonderful trip down Memory Lane, having your daily commentary on what's happening out there is life-sustaining! Today's "Political Recap" is absolutely on the money and pretty much sums up the state of our government. Welcome back ... we've missed you.

VIET NAM DAYS
Martin Greene | New York, NY | November 20, 2013

I been watching Doonesbury since Viet Nam days. Thank you, Garry, for keeping it up!

A WONDROUS CHORE
Tim Shephard | Vancouver, CANADA | November 20, 2013

It's hard to imagine any mother of twins with a husband who is going to school and trying to work and dealing with TBI giving up assistance from their parents. Twins are a tonne of work, and this is what family is all about. Children are a wondrous chore to be shared with loved ones -- not jealously guarded. Alex, even accounting for all her insecurities about men and her crazy mom, would know better to leverage the wisdom of Kim and her Dad when it comes to this sort of thing. It's also not the greatest of lesson to teach to the next generation. Grandparents are our greatest resource. I'm quite disappointed the condo was flipped. What a mercantile conclusion to a beautiful subplot.