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GUESTS
L. Rodriguez | Guaynabo, PR | May 11, 2012

Three hundred and forty-six guests? My guess is, that should accomodate all the characters in Doonesbury's history, including secondary storylines, ghosts and presidential widgets.

PERSPECTIVE
Kimberly | Corpus Christi, TX | May 11, 2012

Once again, the week's storyline is perfectly timed to give us a light-hearted, relevant perspective on current politics -- specifically, the controversy over marriage equality and North Carolina's Amendment One. Thank you for the breath of fresh air.

RE "THE REAL REASON"
Johanna | CALIFORNIA | May 11, 2012

Personally I think Toggle looks more like Vince Neil, being blond with a thinner face and thinner nose.

ADVICE
Bob | MINNESOTA | May 11, 2012

Today it's the ever-growing invitation list. I can't wait to see the interactions among the in-laws-to-be. My advice to all the newly-engaged is to elope and avoid the stress.

SEEDS
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | May 10, 2012

I didn't hear Alex or Toggle trying to exclude either mom. It's Zeke and some unknown rocker they don't want crashing the party. As to who raised Toggle so well, I offer this: "Two young men were raised by a raging alcoholic. One grew up to be a teetotaller, the other a raging alcoholic. When asked why, both gave the same answer: 'With a father like him, what else did you expect?'" We till the soil, but the seeds are out of our hands.

NOT THE ONLY ONES
Lee Horwich | Ealing, LONDON | May 10, 2012

Daughter number one is getting married this weekend. Have loved the strip over the last two weeks. Glad to know we're not the only ones with 'conflicts.'

REALITY
Steve Singer | Iowa City, IA | May 10, 2012

So Alex is her mother's daughter, after all! "Secret location." "Branjelina." That wistful desire to "think this through," even as she lapses into drama. Alex is the perfect balance of nature vs nurture. Thank goodness she has Toggle to ground her in reality. And Toggle is also his mother's kid: realistic, forthright, and loving, plus into a wide range of music (see his eclectic playlists while on deployment). Even with all her flaws, mom raised Toggle right.

DON'T AGREE
Alice | Boston, MA | May 09, 2012

I don't agree with Alex and Leo's intent to exclude the two mothers from the wedding. They are what they are, and neither is bad-hearted or with evil intent. Both put a lot of commitment and effort into their children, and whatever they are, should not be excluded from their children's important life event.

THE REAL REASON
Chuck Hamilton | Buffalo, NY | May 09, 2012

Toggle is the real reason for Vince Neal leaving the Crue back in 1992. Vince and Nikki Sixx were fighting over who was Toggle's father. Once they patched things up, neither one could go back and make contact -- it was just too painful. Personally, I think he looks more like Nikki.    

INFLUENCE
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | May 09, 2012

Alex is goofy, but a good person, and we know who helped to shape her values. But you don't grow up to be such a fine person as Toggle with only a Mom like his for influence. So I wonder who helped her raise that great kid? Maybe a strong married couple with their hearts in the right place -- like Roger Rabbit and his lovely wife Jessica, in cartoon land. That's what I'm thinking. If GBT knows a couple of kids like Alex and Toggle, he's a lucky guy. They're not really wonderful people, they're just drawn that way. But he did a good job drawing them.

LEO
Joel Rubinstein | San Francisco, CA | May 08, 2012

Leo's mother looks to me like Samantha Maloney, drummer for Mötley Crüe during 2000-2001. What's up with that?

TOGGLE'S MOM
John A. Broussard | Kamuela, HI | May 08, 2012

Toggle's Mom is wearing a cross! Nice touch.

THE SEARCH
Steven Elworth | Brooklyn, NY | May 08, 2012

I have the feeling that the search for Leo's father is not going to lead to a member of the Crue but somewhere else, maybe to a certain Uncle Stupidhead.

GOOD FUN
John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | May 08, 2012

After recommending today's strip to a friend as "just good fun, nothing political," it hit me; John Lennon saying, "All this bit about electing a President. We pick our own daddy out of a dog pound of daddies."

MOTLEY CRUE
Charles Borders | Chicago, IL | May 08, 2012

As a long-time fan, I can't help but wonder what the members of Motley Crue think of the current search for Toggle's father. I don't know much about their offspring, but I imagine each would be proud...

FANTASY
Rose | Peekskill, NY | May 08, 2012

Please, please don't let the Red Rascal's success be a fantasy. You gave hope to parents everywhere!

DELUSIONAL
Joel Calhoun | Monticello, MS | May 07, 2012

It's starting to become a toss-up as to which mom is more delusional -- Alex's or Toggle's. Either way, I suspect the wedding is going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

INSECURITY ISSUES
Frank | Watsonville, CA | May 07, 2012

I love how Sunday's strip highlights Jeff's continued insecurity issues. He was all to ready to believe the self-labeled chucklehead, Zipper, that it was all a dream. A ten-foot-tall Megan Fox is still just a projection.

LIFE-SAVER
Patricia Henry | DeKalb, IL | May 07, 2012

Fellow non-texting fogeys: Urban Dictionary is a life-saver when figuring out things like "JK!" in Sunday's strip. Not JK.

LEO'S MOM
Georgia | Randolph, VT | May 07, 2012

Maybe J.J. will dump Uncle Stupidhead in favor of Leo's mom, and DB readers can finally have the girl-on-girl action we've been craving for so long.