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GREAT JOB
Joe Strejnowski | Cleveland, OH | March 20, 2016

Most of the presidential candidates took a hit today. Hillary, with the "lose them" reference, while Trump, Cruz, and Kasich took a beating with the rest of the strip. Kasich is the one looking to be more normalized by standing next to the more extreme versions of himself. I say this as an Ohioan who is more familiar with what Kasich is about. Great job, Mr. Trudeau.

ROLE MODEL
Steve Singer | Iowa City, IA | March 20, 2016

Re: Today's musings on Zonker's alleged cluelessness. A lot of us would argue for Zonker's commitment to the moment, his gentleness, his acceptance of others, his willingness to balance play (Walden puddle, competitive tanning) with work (a variety of unheralded service positions, and most notably as a superb nanny) as an ideal example of how to live a joyful, giving, ethical life. Zipper could look a long time before finding a better role model.

TODAY'S COMIC
Tim S. | Vancouver, CANADA | March 20, 2016

Nice reference to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in today's comic.

PARALLELS
Cyrus B. | San Diego, CA | March 20, 2016

Today's strip is brilliant! When readers look back at it in the Flashback section 10 years from now, I'm sure they'll recall the 2016 election and the parallels to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

META
Laurette | Paris, FRANCE | March 20, 2016

Yes! I had noticed that Zonker seemed all mature and avuncular when he was with Zipper! How nice to see my perception confirmed. And how meta to see this applied to Zonker's own Uncle Duke with respect to Former-President-for-Life Trff Bmzklfrpz.

EXPEDIENCY
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 18, 2016

The expediency of GBT's breathless artist 30 years ago holds true to this day, almost of necessity in New York. The difference is that everybody in a hip new club would look more like they were all artists, the critics as well, and the critics would be less interested in maturity than in the moment.

CANADIAN CONTENT
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | March 15, 2016

Yes! Sunday's video, featuring The Wailin' Jennys, provides some much appreciated Canadian content. Or as it is known up here, CanCon.

DEMISE OF ART
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | March 12, 2016

This week's Doonesbury Classic series on the demise of art, supplanted by the commerce of art, is even more relevant today than it was when first published. Where are the Robert Hugheses of the world when we so desperately need them?

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Perry | Boston, MA | March 11, 2016

Sunday's strip, once again, was perfectly timed. Cause and effect, or happenstance? Thank you anyhow for exposing the scam.

WWP
Bill Vose | Orlando, FL | March 10, 2016

I usually do not agree with many of your musings, but as a Wounded Warrior from the Vietnam War I thoroughly enjoyed your expose strip that ran on Sunday in the Orlando Sentinel and referenced the Wounded Warrior Project. I was donating to them after the intense well-done ads they were running, but when I saw disparaging info on a vet website i inquired of their nearby HQ and was met by a wall of silence. I am involved on the Boards of a few other Vet charities, and no one gets any compensation other than expenses. It is common knowledge in the Vet community that WWP is an overall bust. Thanks for outing them.

FITS PERFECTLY
Susan Bein | Portland, OR | March 09, 2016

Just substitute Trump's name for Buchanan's in today's "20 years ago" Flashback strip, and it fits perfectly. Only trouble is, twenty years on, it looks like that "reich" is much more likely to become a reality. And how ironic is it that Muslims are the new Jews, feared, hated and blamed for conspiracies. Mexicans are the new Roma, who were also on Hitler's hit list. Feels like end times, but sadly, it's just business as usual for the lowest common denominators in the human race.

PROSTHETIC LEG
Big Guy | New York, NY | March 08, 2016

The second panel of Sunday's strip shows B.D. crossing his prosthetic leg over his other leg -- not an easy thing to draw. Thank you Mr. Trudeau for working to improve your skills to make your excellent comic strip even better.

TAKEDOWN
Dave Collins | Johnson City, TX | March 07, 2016

I'd like to add the voice of this Marine veteran of the American War in Viet Nam to the others praising Garry's takedown of the despicable exploitation of vets by the WWP. Semper fi, Mr. Trudeau!

CHARITIES
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | March 07, 2016

Thank you for Sunday's riff on the Wounded Warrior Project, and by extension most of the charities I've never heard of that telephone to solicit donations. I much prefer to donate directly to local organizations where I know the people.

RIGHT ON
Sheila Conley | Orford, NH | March 06, 2016

Today's strip about WWP was right on. How can "charities" dupe so many people?  Fisher HouseDAV, and other real organizations need the help. Thank you very much.

THANK YOU
Dana Barricklow | Salem, OR | March 06, 2016

Thank you, thank you, thank you for today's comic strip!

TODAY'S STRIP
Tony Xavier | Hillsdale, NJ | March 06, 2016

Garry, thank you for today's strip on the Wounded Warrior Project. It made me think, look up this "charity," and then cancel my contributions. I'll now donate to DAV -- Disabled American Veterans! Thanks again.

NUDESBURY
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | March 05, 2016

45 Years Ago Today: Nudesbury! This ought to inspire the next collection: The Pre-Code Doonesbury.

STANDARD SHIFT
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | March 05, 2016

I was delighted to note the standard shift on the car headed to the cemetery in Friday's strip; Curtis clearly wields it with authority, and the downshifting leaves no doubt as to the need for speed! Hardly anyone appreciates real driving these days...

ZOMBIE CUCUMBER
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 02, 2016

Slave Zombie Duke really takes me back. Zombie cucumber (Datura Stramonium, aka Jimson Weed) -- the second half of that prescription after the blowfish poison -- wasn't on Duke's personally approved list of psychotropic drugs, but it suited him.  Voodoo Economics has multiple meanings, and there are so many Zombie Lies That Will Not Die, all the way back to the Curse of Ham theology, used to justify slavery in the US and Haiti and many other places.