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J.J. AND ZEKE
Larry S. | Hilliard, OH | June 16, 2012

So. J.J. and Zeke are crashing the party. I anticipate quite the reveal and the epic ripping Alex is going to lay on Mom for it.

A FAMILY REUNION
E.C. Koch | Littleton, CO | June 15, 2012

This week's strips are so great. It's not only Alex and Toggle's special event, it feels like a family reunion for me with all these characters I've known so long. All the same delights, surprises and worries of my real reunions.

BRAVO
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | June 15, 2012

Not only are you an on-point satirist, you are a keen observer of character. Somehow I just knew, as soon as J.J. said there was no way in hell she'd attend her daughter's wedding, that she'd find some way to finagle her way in! I don't mind telling you, I have a sister-in-law just like that -- loves to make a dramatic exit, then sheepishly sneaks back in when she realizes nobody cares. (You can publish this verbatim -- even the sister-in-law knows she's like this.) Bravo for another great story arc!

COMEDY
Dave | Durban, SOUTH AFRICA | June 15, 2012

When GBT isn't being philosophically profound or polically astute, he resorts to being very funny. Today's strip is perfect comedy.

RIGHT THERE
Catherine Dempsey | Flatrock, NEWFOUNDLAND | June 15, 2012

Garry Trudeau, you make me feel like I am right there in all the story lines. I read the strips so carefully, noting every detail. Right now, I want to see exactly what everyone is wearing at the wedding, especially Alex! Glad to see JJ show up. Best wishes to everybody.

MANAGING ZEKE
David Kastrup | New York, NY | June 15, 2012

Well, hats off for managing Zeke. It was a reasonably safe bet he'd turn up at the wedding, but today's strip managed to exceed my imagination spectacularly.

EVERYONE'S FAVORITE COSPLAYER
Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | June 15, 2012

J.J. isn't the problem: I'm thinking it's going to be everyone's favorite cosplayer Jeff that will create the big "scene" that ruins the dinner/wedding. Note that Rick is MIA from the bash; perhaps he's guarding the Red Rascal so that he doesn't ruin Alex's big day by showing up in his garb and trying to highjack the festivities.

TWO THINGS
Carl H. | Tacoma, WA | June 15, 2012

Two things: Firstly, I've been in treatement for PTSD (and related issues) for awhile now. If I have any advice to those who are just coming to grips with it, it is this: be patient, it gets better. And quit drinking /drugging /self-medicating. You may be one of those people who can go back to drinking later, but for now it really gets in the way of what you're trying to do. Second thing: Why do I get the ominous feeling that J.J. and Zeke are gonna parachute into the wedding ceremony wearing gorilla suits and swim fins? Just sayin...

TOGGLE'S MOM AND ZONKER
Deb | Rochester, NY | June 14, 2012

OMG! Toggle's Mom and Zonker are sitting together. Is there going to be absolutely mad dancing? A hook-up? A heart-felt meeting of minds? A smoke in the bushes? Anything?

TODAY'S STRIP
Jim Payette | Ottawa, CANADA | June 14, 2012

Today's strip: I don't like it. It's quiet. Too quiet. I'm worried about what J.J. has planned.

IT HAPPENED
Thomas | New York, NY | June 13, 2012

When I was in Basic Training (in 1964), I noticed a trainee in another platoon who seemed utterly miserable; crossing the company area off duty he shuffled, head hanging, with a very sad expression. We trainee squad leaders hung together, and I asked one in his platoon what was with that kid. He told me that a certain sergeant sent for the kid almost every night after lights out, used him sexually, and then, to show that he, the sergeant, wasn't gay, roughed him up a little. Obviously it would have been futile for the trainee to say anything. Yes, it happened to men then, and I'm not surprised to hear that it does now.

PTSD
Sherry | Ft. Thomas, KY | June 13, 2012

I'm in a PTSD program right now, and I just wanna say "Thank you."

HAD MY FILL
Fred Cohen | Ridgewood, NJ | June 13, 2012

As a person who stutters I've had my fill of people "being helpful" and completing my sentences. It may take me a little longer, but I know what I want to say -- and as today's strip shows, no one else does. Thank you for helping to open up people's eyes!

EVEN WEDDING PARTIES LIKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
W.F. | New York, NY | June 13, 2012

Best wishes to Toggle and Alex. This week is as beautiful and heartwarming as any in recent memory. Kudos.

AGED SO LITTLE
Seth | Kobenhavn, DENMARK | June 12, 2012

Todays panel with Rev. Sloan right next to Joanie threw me for a loop. Sloan has aged so little compared to Joanie and Mark.

ENEMY IN THE WIRE
Jeanne d'Arc | Des Moines, IA | June 12, 2012

I want to take a moment to thank you for your comic strips related to Military Sexual Trauma. I am a 16+ year military Veteran whose career came to an abrupt halt after filing charges of harrassment and physical abuse. I am also an MST survivor. Thank you for bringing this issue to light in your strip! Not many of us have the opportunity to have a voice because of the shame and degradation that comes from this sort of violence -- thank you for being that voice. And thank you for taking the time to do your research. Your facts are dead on.

I am sure that you can tell that my name is not my real name -- I write a blog (with another survivor) and we have chosen to use pen names to protect our identity. The blog is Enemy In The Wire: Military Sexual Trauma and the Afterlife, and you can click to it here. Our goal is to provide support through the internet in a way that doesn't compromise the survivor's identity. Not only are we trying to reach out to help others, but it has been a form of therapy for ourselves, to tell our stories so that people know they are not alone. Thank you, again. I appreciate what you are doing!

INTERACTION
Donald DiPaula | Falls Church, VA | June 12, 2012

Today's Joanie/Scot interaction looks like a lead-in to an explanation of who Jeff's biological father really is...

LEFT OUT
Brian Lewis | Baltimore, MD | June 12, 2012

I was disappointed to see that this comic left out discussion of men that also suffer from military sexual trauma (MST). The Department of the Navy estimates that more men than women are raped every year. There are very few support services for male survivors of MST. These men are often the forgotten victims of military rape. It is sad to see that they have been forgotten yet again. I am hurt by the lack of inclusion.

MORE INQUIRY
Miriam Ben-Shalom | Milwaukee, WI | June 12, 2012

Thank you Mr. Trudeau for speaking about MST. It is an horrific side of service. As a Vietnam-era vet, I salute you. I hope your stand forces more inquiry and more punishment of commands that deny this happens, and of people doing the sexual assaulting/rapes.

ALEX AND LEO
Treva Obbard | Albany, NY | June 11, 2012

Part of me wants to say today's strip is everything I could've asked for and more, but a somewhat smarter part of me realizes that if I reveal that, you might consider it all done and settled and abruptly change the topic to something less sweet and perfect. Congratulations, Alex and Leo!