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ALL THESE YEARS
Stephen Williams | Austin, MN | May 08, 2013

Mike, Mark, B.D. and Zonker and not one receding hairline after all these years? I doubt it.

POT PARTY
Caroline Alberino | Carbondale, CO | May 07, 2013

I don't make it up to Aspen much, but we sure would love to see Zonker in our sweet little hippy dippy, artsy fartsy town of Carbondale, just down the valley a piece. I'd even throw a pot party for him and bake him a cake if I knew he was acomin'. Thanks for all your tireless service to our country and keep up the good work old man, we love you.

MORE
Chelsea | Honolulu, HI | May 06, 2013

More babies please! I would love it if Kim and Mike had a little one. If the pot enterprise doesn't work out for Zonker, he could potentially have three new charges.

KIM
Brandon | Tacoma, WA | May 05, 2013

I loved the April 28th strip: Kim has always been cute, but is even cuter when barefoot!

FOLLOWING UP
Barb | Bend, OR | May 05, 2013

Re Saturday's second panel. We've never seen Kim look like an unmade bed before. Following up on last Sunday's "Why did Kim marry Mike?" strip: She not only married Mike, but became a step-mom and best friend to Alex. I've always guessed that Kim may not have been able to have children, and was glad to have a daughter to love, one who loved her back. Furthermore, Alex and Kim were an unstoppable team of computer geeks. As for what it was about Mike, as I recall it was his kindness in getting down on the floor to help Kim recover her Skittles.

ROLAND, ROLAND
Mary Ann | Poway, CA | May 02, 2013

I can't get it out of my head! Every time it plays on the radio, I hear: "Big wheel keep on turning, Proud Mary keep on burning. Roland. Roland. Roland Hedley Junior!"

NOTHING
George | Tequesta, FL | April 30, 2013

I've loved your work since the beginning, GBT. But this morning I read the Guantanamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi in Slate prior to my morning fix of Doonesbury. I have to say that I find absolutely nothing humorous about the W presidency or his library. Sorry, man.

CHARLIE BROWN
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | April 29, 2013

One of the differences between the lead characters of Peanuts and Doonesbury is that Trudeau finally let his Charlie Brown kick the ball, i.e., Mike ended up with Kim. Personally, I'd like to see what happens if Kim gets pregnant.

J'ACCUSE!
Alberta Rose | Calgary, CANADA | April 29, 2013

Zonker's recent "J'accuse!" flashback was from an event that transpired during a mid-70s road trip. The dog's name was "Claude" and the bust happened in a desert state. I'm such a Doonsebury fan, I have the books. And that panel is from What Do We Have For the Witnesses, Johnnie? The whole story is still funny.

Editor's Note:

The 1973 bust and subsequent trial are re-visited in the current FAQ.

 

BEAUTY
J.E.Q.P. | Pindimar, NSW | April 28, 2013

Ah, one of the unsung benefits of dating a foreigner. Different countries have different standards of beauty, and so (using the grading system from the strip) a person who is a four in one country might be an eight or nine in another. So my super-cute Mexican wife thinks I'm abnormally handsome, although my Australian compatriots would disagree.

FRENCH
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 27, 2013

"J'accuse!"  Must have been a French bulldog.

OHH LA LA
John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | April 26, 2013

Ooh la la! Vive les flashbacks -- in every sense!

ADMIRABLE
Montgomery Gabrys | Portland, OR | April 26, 2013

I figure Zonk has to be around 60 by now, so he's starting a new business five years shy of when most people retire. An admirable thing for us late-term entrepreneurs.

J'ACCUSE
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | April 26, 2013

J'accuse? Perhaps they were in Louisiana.

THE RIGHT PAGE
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 25, 2013

Kudos time again. I always check Doonesbury and Daily Kos Comics and XKCD and some others first thing in the morning. (Snark is better than coffee!) So imagine my surprise when I get to dKos and see Doonesbury's Mark on the radio as the lead-in to a cartoon video called Cartoonists Demand Action On Guns, right above Tom Tomorrow. I had to check that I was on the right page. 

COMING TO BOULDER
Sara Sheldon | Boulder, CO | April 25, 2013

OMG! Coming to Boulder? I can't wait. Things were getting a little dull what with all this snow.

SLACK
Seven | Alexandria, VA | April 24, 2013

"House of Slack" -- an awesome description! Sadly, I had to google the Marat reference. Slack is where it's at!

DEGREES
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | April 24, 2013

Zonker saying degrees are good? Oh my...the room's spinning.

RESEARCH PROJECT
Greg Lee | Bathurst, AUSTRALIA | April 24, 2013

I'm actually one small research project short of a degree. Popsicle sticks and glitter you say? It could work, just throw in a data logger.

GRADUATE SCHOOL
Allan Olley, PhD | Oakville, CANADA | April 24, 2013

Recently I've been sad to read that Zipper is giving up on his tenured student status, but I was heartened to read he might manage to graduate after all. If he finishes his bachelor's degree, I think he should consider graduate school. His experience spending over a decade obtaining a degree could serve him well as a PhD student.