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HONEYMOON
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | March 13, 2013

I'm reading today's strip from our honeymoon, at a party hostel in Budapest. The kids don't eye-roll at us, but I'm more in the 8-track line. I know people who've used Kickstarter. It helps to either have friends, or have a project that goes viral -- which is a little like winning the lottery. Now, if you'll excuse me, the Beatles are popular here and I want to listen to "Eleanor Rigby."

SCARY
Larry | Honolulu, HI | March 13, 2013

Woah! This is scary. Pregnant, suspicious and all that's missing is a mid-gestation trauma. If Alex starts to track like my ex, we'll all find out what it's like to be part of the entitlement culture. Hold onto your wallet, Toggle!

CONTRIBUTION
Phil Konstantin | San Diego, CA | March 12, 2013

Here is a short article about the time I made a small contribution to the strip: Doonesbury, The CHP, And Me.

WAVY AND FUN
Daz | SINGAPORE | March 12, 2013

Hey, if you stare at the Mudline for about a minute, when you look back at the rest of the screen it appears all wavy and fun. No more prescription drug abuse for me!

HONEST MAN
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 10, 2013

The Honest Man is the only person who lets us make sense of Scalia's outburst on voting as a "racial entitlement."

LIKE IT IS
Maerzie | Florence, WI & Foley, AL | March 10, 2013

Today's strip, with Jim "Honest Man" Andrews, beats all -- G.B Trudeau always says it like it is! I can't thank him enough for his frankness and courage in trying to protect our democracy.

PROGRESSIVE NAME
F. Chester Miller III | Farmington, NM | March 09, 2013

With the splendid new business model, is not a radical and progressive name needed? Walden is, well, so 19th century. How about Hogwarts U? Motto: "Making your fantasy real since 2013."

RELIEVED
Pete | Hillsdale,NJ | March 09, 2013

I'm relieved to see that this generation's cliches, such as "It's all good", get properly roasted. Perhaps the language won't decay as quickly as feared.

EARNING POTENTIAL
Michael Dee | Bernardsville, NJ | March 08, 2013

I wonder if President King will be replaced by a celebrity like The Donald, in order to up the earning potential of Walden. Maybe Newt or Cheney? I have been reading Doonesbury since '68 when it was Bull Tales, and I was present at the football pep rally when President Kingman Brewster, three sheets to the wind on his porch on Hillhouse St., declared that Yale was going coed -- so I know that history is often stranger than fiction.

NOT FOR PROFIT
Ian Weniger | Vancouver, CANADA | March 07, 2013

I can't wait to see if Mike and all the commune-ists fight the Dean to keep Walden not for profit. I wonder if B.D., Jeff and Zipper will connect on the conservative side. But I won't hold out for any Quebecois exchange students to join the fray with a "casserole." Or should I?

MONDAY'S STRIP
Jon | London, ENGLANDLAND | March 06, 2013

I have been reading Doonesbury since 1988 and once read all the back stories, and I genuinely believe that this week's storyline is your finest piece of work. You summed up the last 35 years of western history in the last panel of Monday's strip.

GRANDMOTERHED
Caidy Charles | Ducor, CA | March 04, 2013

The term "grandmothered" is brilliant in regards to being taken care of. I once spent half an afternoon applying for a building permit in Elko, Nevada only to be told I could not as the existing building had been "grandfathered" in. "What?" I said, "Did someone famous die there?" No, the clerk solemnly told me, It was the first brothel. "Then", I replied, "should it not be grandmothered in?" He did not get it. Nor did I get the permit.

BRUTAL CONDITIONS
Jan | New York, NY | March 03, 2013

"Written under brutal conditions..." Which probably explains why we've been seeing Flashback strips for a week.

OKAY
Freewheelin' Franklin | Corralitos, CA | March 03, 2013

Artisanal comics? Okay, but are they organic, too?

IF
Fiona M. K. | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | March 03, 2013

So if (as the Quakers posit) only God is perfect and if (as our boys in the strip posit) corporate comics are perfect, it must mean the corporates are God. Oh wait a minute, we knew that, right?

BRAVO
David R. Chamberlin | Laurel, MD | March 03, 2013

Artisanal comics??? Bravo, GBT!

MICKEY
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | March 03, 2013

Great to see Mickey on board. it's like Freud would say, maybe, "Archetypes are part of our cultural sub-conscious."

ARTISANAL
Molly Larson Cook | Bellevue, WA | March 03, 2013

I'm falling off my chair this morning with "artisanal comics." If anything needed the Doonesbury touch, it was the current adoration of all things "artisanal." I was once almost thrown out of a restaurant in Portland, Oregon, for ordering a Heineken after the waiter's pretentious pitch about their "artisanal" beers. Thank you, thank you.

THE LINK
David | Hempstead, NY | March 02, 2013

Business should be booming for myFacts. Doesn't anyone else see the link between the failure of the Mayan Apocalypse and the Pope's resignation? Both sides of the political spectrum need facts to bolster their Sequestering arguments. Will the Sequester do to the economy what Godzilla did to Tokyo, or is the Sequester just what a clear-headed economist would order? I'll be calling Austin as soon as my credit card application is approved.

FOUR PANELS
Dan | Rurrenabaque, BOLIVIA | March 02, 2013

Incredible. In four panels, GBT can deliver zingers at multiple levels and restore my faith in at least part of humanity.