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AWAKENED
Ellen A. Malone | Mountain Lake, PA | November 18, 2013

So nice to be awakened by the sound of children crying....it's been a long time. Glad to see that the parenting is right on and all is well with everyone else.

TODAY'S STRIP
Ben Ezzell | New York, NY | November 18, 2013

Re today's strip: Welcome back...

ONLY 4.5 HOURS TO GO
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | November 17, 2013

Only 4.5 hours to go... Wonder if this is how a junkie feels?!

WIFE?
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | November 16, 2013

Roland has a wife?! How utterly distasteful...

DEPRIVATION
Virgil Starkwell | Rellingen, GERMANY | November 16, 2013

Adjectives fail me to describe the deprivation I feel from having seen the government shutdown come and go without a comment from GBT!

ALPHA HOUSE
David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | November 15, 2013

On June 10th of this year Garry Trudeau put Doonesbury on hiatus in order to write a poltical sitcom called ALPHA HOUSE for Amazon Studios. Beginning today, you can enjoy the fruit of his labors: the first three episodes are available for free viewing here.

The rest of the 11-show season will be available, one episode per week, to those who sign up for Amazon Prime (which, as many bookaholics know, began as a mere "free shipping" option). You can read a series of articles about the show on the SITE NEWS section of Doonesbury.com (on the home page, over on the right, about halfway down).

The show is about four senators who share a house in Washington, D.C. It stars John Goodman as Sen. Gil John Biggs (R-NC), Matt Malloy as Sen. Louis Laffer (R-NV), Mark Consuelos as Sen. Andy Guzman (R-FL), and Clark Johnson as Sen. Robert Bettencourt (R-PA). Other players in the series include Yara Martinez, Cynthia Nixon, Wanda Sykes, Julie White, Haley Joel Osment, and Amy Sedaris.

And, as you'll see, the first episode features cameos by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert. Enjoy!

(Just to confirm: new Doonesbury dailies resume on Monday!)

RESONATED
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | November 14, 2013

These two lines in today's 2008 Flashback strip resonated on several levels:

Alex: "Oh heck, Grammy, I'll just be using my phone"
Joanie: "I don't understand, dear"

GBT's depiction of the intergenerational technology gap and an attempt to bridge it was superb. My mother was raised in a farmhouse with no indoor plumbing and no central heating (unless you count the wood stove that also provided hot water). During her lifetime she had no problem adapting to the automobile, the telephone, antibiotics, TV, microwave ovens, home computers, and moon landings. However, making a film using a phone might have flummoxed even her.

I MISS LACEY AND DICK
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | November 14, 2013

The Flashback from 5-yrs-ago yesterday reminded me how much I miss the quirky Lacey and Dick Davenport. The classy, pragmatic, WASP Republicans they represented no longer exist. I think the week when Dick came back to escort Lacey to heaven is my all time favorite. I made copies and shared it with several Episcopal priests as Doonesbury eschatology.

ATTITUDES
Ray Welch | San Rafael, CA | November 12, 2013

Sunday's strip linking today's reactionary anti-federal attitudes to the Civil War was right on. There's a similar link between Civil War attitudes and attitudes around climate change.

SECEDE
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | November 12, 2013

If the South really wants to secede, can we let them this time? We could fly people and goods in and out of Austin like we did Berlin during the Cold War. Or we could arrange a housing exchange for the Tea Party members of the North and the Liberals of the South.

LEADING UP TO SOMETHING
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | November 10, 2013

Today's strip was obviously leading up to something. I was ready to laugh in the last panel, because the previous panels were getting darker and darker. Then it said "in 1861," and the young man was resigned to the only option his elders had left him. For a fleeting moment the humor hit and I laughed. Then inexplicably, I cried. Somehow, it was the only option my elders have left me. No, no, I'm ok. I just wanted GBT to know that this was one of the best. Thanks, man.

PERFECT STATEMENT
Ramesh Gopalan | Fremont, CA | November 10, 2013

Today's strip is simply perfect statement of such a complex issue -- I want to nominate Trudeau for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

NEW CHARACTERS
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | November 10, 2013

Ah, new characters have come into view. We can see the whites of their eyes. Shall they continue here as targets of GBT's wits, falling down, only to rise again, just as they have always done relentlessly throughout history - these embodiments of tribal suspicion, rage and contempt for the Other, the armed and armored souls who only believe in one true path, in a God for themselves alone? Would that they all could leave this strip, this world, and gather on some remote planet - these confederates - the extremists among Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, and now we see, even Buddhists, together with all the other believers in their guns and their own narrow righteousness - there on the Death Star to eternally struggle amongst each other in the vain effort to decide whose God and whose attitude is the better. Then, the rest of us in this world might have the chance to evolve towards viable, comprehensive peace with a loving God who embraces us all.

VOLUMES
Rom | New Britain, CT | November 10, 2013

Today's strip is absolutely wonderful!! It speaks volumes about the American political landscape. Most eloquently it illustrates the cowardice of those who hold the rest of the nation hostage and would sacrifice it to advance their myopic, un-American agenda.

THE CIVIL WAR
Randi Hoffmann | Ardsley, NY | November 10, 2013

I often think of the Civil War when reading about politics these days. Thank you for today's strip.

BEAUTY
Dave Huntington | Houston, TX | November 10, 2013

Today's strip is a thing of beauty. The South is trying to rise again. The words and attitude of today's strip match the fright wing's continuing assault on 21st century America.

GERMANE
David Cooke | Issaquah, WA | November 10, 2013

Wait a minute. In 1861 a Republican sat in the White House. In today's strip you forgot to use the 'irony' font. The last panel should have read "I'm a Democrat, and I will fight for slavery." That would have made it germane to modern times.

POWERFUL
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | November 10, 2013

Today's "1861" strip was powerful. As George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

SUNDAY'S STRIP
K.C. Jensen | Zoar, OH | November 10, 2013

I've been a fan since the very beginning. Just viewed today's strip. It very well may be your best ever. Thank you...

MISSED SOME THINGS
Judy Gilbert | Concord, CA | November 09, 2013

Thanks so much for letting me see "Welcome to the world, Alex!" I've been following you pretty faithfully since before Watergate (which I thought you did fab!) but some years I was on the road, or raising my own kids, or just subscribed to the Sunday paper, or whatever, so I missed some things. Anyway, I love it that I can now catch up with missed story lines. They're great, even if years have passed.