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HONESTY
David Derbes | Chicago, IL | January 22, 2013

One of the terrific things about Doonesbury is that the characters age pretty much in real time, grow old, and die. I'm delighted for Alex and admire GBT for this development, but in all honesty I suddenly feel very old.

FUN
Sherry | Plains, MT | January 22, 2013

Twins! Far out! This is going to be as much fun as the wedding. Sniff... Our girl is going to be a hoot to watch.

LITTLE BLOCKBUSTER
mbc1955 | Stockport, Manchester | January 22, 2013

Whoa! A typically off-handed way to drop that little blockbuster in! It hardly seems like the second generation of Doonesbury has settled in and now we're going to be looking at a third. I can't wait to see how Joanie's going to take to the idea of being a great-grandmother...

MIKE
Fiona Messenger | North Wales, UK | January 22, 2013

Mike nearly fell to pieces at the sight of Alex in her wedding dress. How on earth is he going to cope with being a grandfather? Of two? At the same time?

HAPPY DAY
Gina | VIRGINIA | January 22, 2013

Oh, happy day! Hugs and congratulations to Alex and Toggle. I can't imagine a better two for two -- to tackle twins in a trailor, that is. Time for bigger digs, perhaps. Enjoy the ride, the best adventure ever!

LOOKING FORWARD
Tabitah Claydon | Bath, UK | January 22, 2013

I'm reeling. I'm delighted that GBT is looking forward, and thrilled to welcome another generation of the Doonesbury family. As a friend of mine told me, upon the arrival of my first child, "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those with children, and those who are still children." Let's hope Alex finds parenthood a more transformative process than Rick. I can't wait to watch her being forged in the fire of twins!

GOING TO BE
Nigel | Leeds, UK | January 22, 2013

Mike is going to be a grandad! Joanie is going to be a great-grandmother!!

READY
Marianne Sonne | Copenhagen, DENMARK | January 22, 2013

Alex is pregnant!? Congratulations! I wonder if Mike is really ready to be a granddad. Then again, who is?

THE NAMES
D.S. | Rome, ITALY | January 22, 2013

Twins. This is the begining of yet another generation in Doonesburyworld. A huge day! Can't wait to know the names.

SEVEN WORDS
Victor Field | London, UK | January 22, 2013

One word for Alex: Congratulations! Seven words for Drew, borrowed from Carly Rae Jepsen: Here's my number, so call me maybe?

WOW
Don Poole | Youngsville, NC | January 20, 2013

Wow! Sometimes B.D. comes out with something true and sorta profound, as in "Bubba's like free cable -- there for all to enjoy." We call him Cousin Bill, at our house. Happy Sunday morning!

BLOW IT OPEN
Craig | Edmonds, WA | January 19, 2013

Perhaps Jeff knows one small actual real detail of a scandal that he could tell to Rick who could blow it open? That is my delusion of grandeur for Rick. That he finally breaks through. And it would be nice if he got an assist from Jeff.

TODAY'S STRIP
Mara | NEW JERSEY | January 17, 2013

Re: today's strip -- please tell me there really is a video of this!

TWENTY YEARS
Richard Smith | Brisbane, AUSTRALIA | January 16, 2013

Just when I thought I was the only person on earth who had insight into the true human character, you came along. You have kept me sane for the last twenty years. Thank you.

PROPS TO JEFF
Larry S. | Hilliard, OH | January 15, 2013

Props to Jeff for asking his dad for advice. He said it was a professional question, and so it was. Rick's answer was too. Writers must write or -- they don't. Is Jeff smiling at his dad in panel four? It's an awesome moment for the Redfern family, but those two can't start getting along now. Where's the satire in that?

ADVICE
Dolores J. Nurss | Portland, OR | January 15, 2013

Great advice from Rick (and I'm so happy that those two are finally talking man to man!). I'd take it one step further. Go ahead and write garbage (or paint it, or sculpt it, or whatever your artform) because the moment you recognize it as garbage, you know what it should be; you suddenly realize that the right version already exists inside you for comparison -- and you can tweak what you've done till it's good.

WHOA
Allie | Gettsyburg, PA | January 14, 2013

Whoa. Was that a spark of connection I saw there?

FIRST TIME
Kathleen DeWitt | Edmonton, CANADA | January 14, 2013

I love today's strip!  For the first time Jeff is showing respect for his father and his profession, and in return his father has answered him honestly -- resulting in a wonderful final panel where the two are actually communicating and sharing, maybe even laughing together.  Oh, I do hope this continues! 

BIG FUTURE
Jim Milstein | New Uraniborg, CO | January 13, 2013

Who knew Zipper was such a master of memes and cliches? If he gets pointed in the right direction, I see a big future for him in management.

HOPE
Anne | Bath, ME | January 12, 2013

Oh my goodness. Between yesterday's strip and today's -- Jeff made his bed! I think it shows progress that, besides going through the angst and process of writer's block, he is concerned enough to tuck and smooth the bed linens. Maybe there is hope.