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CLIMATE
Walter Stillman | Point Arena, CA | April 23, 2013

Zonk should be aware that the climate around Boulder has early killing frosts. I hope he does not set a poor example by becoming an indoor grower. A greenhouse would be perfect!

SCARED
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 23, 2013

There's so much completion going on. What's happening, doesn't Walden have a life-long learning faculty? You're making me scared of what's coming next.

RICK
Craig Cyr | Edmonds, WA | April 23, 2013

At some point, surely Rick is going to stumble across The Big Story. Perhaps he'll hit the road a la Steinbeck and write Travels with Zipper.

MARIJUANA MAGNATE
Another Jeff | Wayne, NE | April 23, 2013

If Zonk is going to become a "bajillionaire" Colorado marijuana magnate, he may need to be prepared to exercise his 2nd Amendment rights.

THOSE FOUR
Juanito Crandello | SoCAL | April 23, 2013

Oh gawd: those four in one car bound for Boulder? Sheer madness. Please! On the Road for the present age of insanity...

MARAT
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | April 22, 2013

If his fantasy life includes The Death of Marat, Jeff must have been awake and paying attention at some point during his time at Walden.

DEATH OF MARAT
Alvin Brown | Rockport, MA | April 21, 2013

I am a retired world history teacher. Thanks for the very well done reference to The Death of Marat in today's strip. It really made me feel good.

WHOA
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 21, 2013

Whoa, man. The Death of Marat image is harsh. Did Raz do that to himself?

JAB
Molly Larson Cook | Seattle, WA | April 21, 2013

I love the civilized jab at social media today. And I laughed out loud at the nod to Marat in his bathtub. Perfecto!

SORKH RAZIL
Janet | Patterson, NY | April 21, 2013

I hope today's Marat reference does not foretell The Death of Sorkh Razil. Please don't kill him off!

NICE NOD
Evan Keely | New York, NY | April 21, 2013

Nice nod to Jacques-Louis David in today's penultimate panel, yo. GBT is a class act through and through.

STUDYING
Jay Moore | Kelowna, CANADA | April 21, 2013

I knew all those years studying art history would pay off, even if only in a laugh!

HOMAGE
Kathryn Szczepanska | Lawrenceville, NJ | April 21, 2013

I love today's homage to Marat. Does Jeff's ego know no bounds?

SOCIAL MEDIA
Jack Quick | Moorhill, SC | April 21, 2013

Nice reference (Jeff in his bathrub) to The Death of Marat. Yeah, social media threaten to do that to people...

BAD THINGS
Susan Adams | Kittery, ME | April 21, 2013

I hope the visual reference to The Death of Marat doesn't foreshadow bad things for the Red Rascal.

PROMISING
Noni Mausa | Winnipeg, CANADA | April 21, 2013

The Death of Marat? Really? This is promising. Jeff is achieving a higher class of self-delusion. He looks almost ... authorial!

SAM
Barb | Bend, OR | April 21, 2013

We weren't shown Zonker telling B.D. or Boopsie good-bye. He doesn't have to, as they know he will always be back. As for Sam, we see her standing there, alone, for the first time as a confident young woman now, and... oh, man, it reminds me so much of when Alex got married. We've followed Sam through her childhood, she always had her Zonker and her toys, and now she's the newest member of the next generation. When did that happen?

DECENCY ABOUNDS
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | April 20, 2013

Little Sam says "Thank you for raising me!" Is that as sweet a thing as any girl could say, or what? And Zonker (from off-screen -- perfect!) says "It was a joy, young lady." No more gallant or sincere or respectful words could be spoken. Decency abounds everywhere you look. From a guy heading off the grow pot in Colorado. Oy. GBT does what he does very well. With a light touch, too.

COOL
Y.T. Sarah | SoCAL | April 20, 2013

Re: FLASHBACK. From the link I followed the one-of-a-kind mind of young, Titanic-obsessed Alex for a few days to 24 April, 1998. And I wanted to tell her, from almost 15 years in the future, that someday Leo would change from her "forbidden love that could never be" to happy hubby and father of her twins! (Okay, okay, so it's a different Leo. Still cool!)

A JOY
Normann Aa. Nielsen | Odder, DENMARK | April 20, 2013

"it was a joy, young lady." Yes, Zonker, and for all of us readers. Although unconventional and sometimes more than a bit illegal, you were always ready to help Sam and her family. You gave her some values that reach farther out than the ordinary. You were never degrading to her, but always there on the same level. This departure is a milestone in her life.