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MEMORIAL DAY
Peter | Holliston, MA | May 27, 2012

Good on ya, B.D.! And just in time for Memorial Day, too.

KEEP THE PUBLIC AWARE
Fullervi | St. John, US VIRGIN ISLANDS | May 27, 2012

As a veteran, mercifully spared combat over my 20+ year Navy service, I truly appreciate your consistent support of all veterans and helping to keep the public aware of important issues that politicians would seem to rather let lie, undisturbed. Thank You!

 

B.D.'S SLUMP
John Sea | Dharamsala, INDIA | May 27, 2012

Awesome Mastery of Art demonstration: The last frame of today's strip -- B.D.'s slump into lightbulb-changing attitude. The dramatic change from frame one to frame last was beyond it! Thanks for the creative inspiration, and thanks for all the years.

WHAT DO WE DO?
Judy Gilbert | Rio Vista, CA | May 27, 2012

Glad to see you back with B.D. and the V.A. Center. Hope you stay with it a while. People need to be reminded. It’s not like WWII (when I was growing up), when everyone knew someone who was in it or had been in it, whether it was a father, brother, spouse, son, neighbor or other relative. Now we all say we support our troops, but what do we do to show we mean it?

EVOLVED
Kate Stuart | Cascade Locks, OR | May 25, 2012

Of course Mr. Romney's positions haven't evolved. Most of them have devolved. Keep up the good work, Mr. Trudeau.

AMNESIA
Caroline Bryan | independence, MO | May 25, 2012

Much as I've enjoyed the Mittbully strand, I have to remember that after college, in France, he was in a car accident that put him in a coma. That means brain damage, which may mean amnesia. He may be enduring the bully business only because he thinks admitting to amnesia would be even more damaging.

VAGUE MEMORIES
Marcus McEwen | Wilmette, IL | May 24, 2012

I was thinking of running for President so someone could tell me what I did in high school. I have vague memories of beer cans, Zig-Zags and Trojans. It is difficult to really put it all together. I am sure the press could sort it out for me.

FLOW
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | May 23, 2012

Intended or not I love how the art direction of your fourth panel today takes the visual flow of the eye from the phrase "hate crimes" to the microphone cover labeled "Fox News." I would hate for anyone to think this is an intentional act of bullying on your part... On the other hand; good job!

OLD
Steve | Medford, OR | May 23, 2012

Yawn. Oh my, the Romney bully thing is getting really old, Mr. Trudeau. Is that the best you can do?

REMEMBER
Deb | Rochester, NY | May 23, 2012

If this incident didn't stay with Romney, it could mean that it wasn't cruel or demeaning enough to even be remembered. Or that he pulled so many "better pranks" that this one didn't rate saving. I, for one, did not forget the times I acted cruelly, and I was able to change because I remember and regret.

MOST PEOPLE
Jennifer Kepesh | Albuquerque, NM | May 23, 2012

The point made by Mark, that most people remember their mistakes with shame and remorse, rings very true. I received apologies from childhood bullies at my high school reunion. That Romney can't remember is truly troubling.

ADAMENT
Joan S. | Medford, MA | May 23, 2012

Don't let Romney off the hook. Hearing of his "prank" reminded me of my friends' stories of harassment in high school -- being slammed into lockers, having their heads forced into the toilet bowl as the toilet was flushed, not to mention the verbal taunting. The guy on the receiving end certainly remembered it clearly. I already had made up my mind not to vote for Mitt (as if he could even be elected dogcatcher in Massachusetts, after the way he bad-mouthed the state on his way out of the Governor's office). Now I'm adamant. I can't vote for him for anything, ever.

TEENAGE BULLYING
Michael Kniat | New York, NY | May 23, 2012

"This one ain't goin' away, folks!" Thus declareth Garry Trudeau, via the voice of one of his favorite mouthpieces, Mark Slackmeyer -- thereby influencing the public dialogue about Mitt Romney's teenage bullying accordingly. Sorry GBT, but "this one" is hardly the most vital campaign issue you could have chosen to skewer. Not when there is so much low-hanging fruit available in the realm of actual policy. So save your comedic wit -- and your outrage -- for something more worthy of it. Go after Mitt's clownish policy positions instead.

CHARACTER TRAITS
Bette Jane Geraghty | Hollywood, FL | May 22, 2012

"Darn! Still blanking!" Classic. Bullying and intimidation are character traits, formed long before late teen years. They don't go away.

UNDER THE RUG
Will Hutchings | Happy Valley, CANADA | May 22, 2012

I commend you for highlighting this story, which everyone else seems to be sweeping under the rug. Either Romney's trying to cover up a dark moment from his past (which makes him a coward), or it was such a common occurrence that he genuinely doesn't remember the incident (which makes him a bully). Either way, it shows that that man does not belong in the White House.

THE STORY
Michael Richman | New York, NY | May 22, 2012

I don't know what you think are accomplishing. The story about Romney leading a mob that assaulted a presumably gay classmate is helping him far more than it's hurting him. If you really want to hurt Romney, make Michael Doonesbury a Romney enthusiast.

PITCH PERFECT
John | Washington, D.C. | May 21, 2012

Today's strip is pitch perfect, right down to the vaguely menacing "my friend." GWB's and BHO's youthful indiscretions largely went away when they acknowledged them, but Romney's peculiar memory lapse leaves us with an unpalatable choice: is he still a cruel bully at heart, or simply a liar?

CINEMATOGRAPHY OF DOONESBURY
Margaret | Littleton, MA | May 19, 2012

Re: MESSIN' : The innate sweeping cinematography of Doonesbury is what causes the shift in POV from panel to panel and day to day. Meticulously cropped from each scene is a team of tireless professionals with steadi-cams and fat fuzzy microphones documenting the real life drama that is the mystique of Doonesbury. Really.

BUBBLE BATH
Susan | Portsmouth, NY | May 18, 2012

I am enjoying Zipper and Jeff taking a bubble bath in the hot tub. It is visual confirmation of their wonderful immaturity. It could only be improved by them sipping Kool-Aid out of champagne flutes.

MOVIE
Jon C. | Salalah, Sultinate of Oman | May 17, 2012

Watching Jeff and Zipper commiserate at Jeff's pad, I hereby move that GBT commence a movie of the two taking a cross-country trip across America. He could call it "Zipp and Zipperer," or, since Jeff would probably be in the driver's seat, "Rascal and Rascaler."