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RE "STILETTO"
Brian Corby | New York, NY | April 05, 2012

Referring to Joanie Caucus as "Alex's Grandma" might indicate that this commenter is a relative newcomer to the strip. Yes, Joanie asked the question and yes, Alex didn't notice, but only because there was nothing to notice. There's a lot to know about Joanie. With Cliff for a first husband, J.J. for a daughter, and Jeff for a son, in Toggle she's hit the jackpot. Joanie is a truth-teller, but in no way high brow or a classist. It's a perfect punch line, no more no less.

STILETTO
Jonathan | London, UK | April 05, 2012

The progressive political campaigner, Alex's grandma, thrusts a stiletto between Toggle's ribs, crying "No working-class bastard is going to marry my granddaughter!" His fiance doesn't notice.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
John A. Broussard | Kamuela, HI | April 05, 2012

Three significant events occurred today: 1. Mozart’s C-minor mass on local NPR station. 2. Connecticut Senate’s vote to abolish the death penalty. 3. The Doonesbury strip. Thanks to all of you.

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING
Esther Lee | Culleoka, TN | April 04, 2012

I am so happy to see what's developing with Alex. I really can't express the multiple dimensions this rouses from the point of view of a woman born in (tadah!) 1939. What I have lived through and been supported by is so well inferred by this comic strip. Thanks.

DONORSCHOOSE.ORG
April 04, 2012

Thanks to Zonker and GBT for putting Donorshoose.orgin the strip back in February. I gave pencils and books to a kindergarten class in Florida in my mother's name for Valentines Day, with a doubling of my contribution for mentioning Zonker. The supplies were just delivered and we got a nice note. I never would have known about them if you hadn't put them in the strip.

CRED
Nick | Yuba City, CA | April 04, 2012

Jeff does have some actual Iraq/Afganistan cred. He may have been a Nimrod but he did go over, and the Berzerkistan stint could have ended badly. But I'm still pull'n for Toggle all the way! The best character to come along, in my humble opinion.

RELATIONSHIPS
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | April 03, 2012

The complexity of the relationships of everyone in the strip is detailed, nuanced -- and goes back decades. How mortifying (mortifying, I tells ya) it is for me to realize that I know exactly who everyone is, and how they are connected. Now let's sit back, and watch worlds collide!

PERCEPTIONS
Jahn Ghalt | PENNSYLVANIA | April 03, 2012

"I thought you'd be bigger, more ripped." Toggle's not Special Forces, but those guys tend to be compact and wiry -- tough and able to function forever. Perceptions can be deceiving. Who is/was taller, President Reagan or President George H. W. Bush?

PUNK
Maddie | Toronto, CANADA | April 03, 2012

Toggle, I am begging you, in the nicest possible way: please please please take that insufferable punk down.

TOGGLE'S WOUNDING
Carl Schitt | Skamania County, WA | April 03, 2012

The December 2007 rerun of Toggle's wounding, which I had somehow missed: sweetness itself.

GODSPEED
Steve Johnson | Edina, MN | April 03, 2012

Wow. Looking at the expression on Joanie's face when she announced "Jeff's home" and the impossibility of Jeff's world of mansion, literary agent and so forth actually existing in reality, I have come to the conclusion that you have decided to tackle the subject of mental illness. If so, Godspeed. My son is bipolar.

NEXT TO
Patrick Sigel | San Antonio, TX | April 03, 2012

It's like seeing the manufactured image (John Wayne / Ronald Reagan) next to the real deal (Jimmy Stewart / Audie Murphy). Drive on, Leo!

PERFECT
C.J. Wells | Greencastle, INDIANA | April 03, 2012

The remarkable depth of these characters that the strip develops day after day in just four panels occasionally strikes me, especially when long-standing characters meet for the first time. It's hard to imagine a world that could hold the absurdity of Jeff's character and the harsher realities of Toggle's life, but then there they are, conversing in the same room, and it's perfect.

HARD TO TYPE
Dave Huntington | Houston, TX | April 02, 2012

It is hard to type (do we still call it that?) whilst continuing to chuckle about your take on pledges. I do not remember, ever before, laughing out loud at any Doonesbury strip, and I have been a fan since the 70s. Wonderful!

EMERALD CITY
Laura Welch | Port Townsend, WA | April 02, 2012

I just got back home after attending the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. Not a trace, not a hint, not a headwrap of the Red Rascal to be seen. I seem to recall a challenge being offered by a rival, to be taken up at Comicon. I realized at the time it was probably not mine, but I was hoping... I am so disappointed, dawg!

ENGAGED
Jo Kester | Rock Hill, SC | April 02, 2012

Wait a minute! Alex and Toggle are engaged? I thought he said no when she texted her proposal! How did I miss such an earthshaking event? I feel so out of it, so outraged, so irrelevant, so Gingrich....

INTERESTING
D. Taylor | San Luis Obispo, CA | April 02, 2012

Leo, scarred veteran of war, meets Jeff, war fantasy writer. Real hero vs storybook hero. Which will dominate? The answer may not be obvious. We live in a world where our fictions stand as large as real life, sometimes even larger. This could get interesting.

REAL DEAL
T.F. Gray | Charlotte, NC | April 02, 2012

Real Deal meets Rascal. I can't wait!

APROPOS
Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | April 02, 2012

The April Fool's Day strip was very apropos for that holiday. I wonder if Grover will donate his collection to the Smithsonian?

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
John | Asland, OR | April 02, 2012

Just the thought of what could be coming this week, after reading today's strip, brought tears of laughter to my eyes. Leo and Jeff in the same room; when worlds collide. Thank you, GBT.