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THE PERFECT CHARACTER
Yundah | Olivet, MI | July 03, 2012

Honey is back! And she is rising to the top. Her voice is simultaneously naive and acid and she is the perfect character to convey the hypocrisy of Romney's "job creation" claims.

WONDERING
Timothy Savage | Queens Village, NY | July 03, 2012

I am so happy to see Honey again. I've been wondering where she was.

THE RETURN
Stephen | Jacksonville, FL | July 03, 2012

Whoa! The return of Honey!

WELCOME BACK
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | July 03, 2012

Hey, it's great to see Honey Huan again! Welcome back, girlfriend!

ROLAND HEDLEY
Mark Suszko | Springfield, IL | July 02, 2012

It seems to me that Roland Hedley was once a semi-decent reporter, long ago in Nixon's day. While he's amusing in his current Fox News job, I hope one day this character finds some professional redemption, finds his way back towards becoming a real journalist again. Or as "real" as TV reporters ever get.

NEW CATCH-PHRASE
Gary Bielefeld | Owensboro, KY | July 01, 2012

Even though the walls cracked at Monticello, I do believe Jefferson will enjoy his new catch-phrase: "The Dude on the Nickel."

MOBIUS STRIPS
K. Snook | Alberta, CANADA | June 30, 2012

Gosh. I can't wait until this week's strips make it into the "five years ago" section of Flashbacks, making them flashbacks of flashbacks of flashbacks. Or, as I like to think of them, GBT's Möbius Strips!

DUKE AND THE DICTATOR
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | June 29, 2012

That this week's Flashbacks were a flashback I can live with. That it's a dangling thread is making me nuts! What became of Duke and the dictator? Was he sent packing? Executed? Reinvented by Hollywood? I don't know! You decide!

FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES
S. LeSourd | San Diego, CA | June 28, 2012

By my count this is the third time you've run this week's strips showing Duke and the deposed dictator fearing for their lives. If you want to criticize the Syrian regime, as I suppose this strip was meant to, don't be lazy. Please draw a new strip.

Editor's Note:

 Regrettably, this week's Flashback strips already appeared as Flashbacks in late March. An error in record-keeping is the culprit, leading us to violate the longstanding policy that no strip appears more than twice. We apologize for the error -- especially to anyone who thought they were having a Flashback flashback.

ELECTION DAY
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | June 27, 2012

I find myself wanting a fourth response to the current Straw Poll. You're darned right I plan to contribute to the next election. On Election Day I plan to zip on my trusty ol' leather jacket, stride into the polling place like the Mighty Power of Democracy Itself, and vote for the candidate of my choice!

SKILL SET
Tom | Brisbane, AUSTRALIA | June 26, 2012

In Sunday's strip Trudeau brilliantly distinguishes Mr. Romney from the skill set needed for the job he's applying for. Has a Puritan with the wit of a top nightclub comedian and the political eye of a leading columnist ever drawn a daily cartoon before? Surely not.

LEO'S DAD
Jane Jordan | Tallahassee, FL | June 25, 2012

Oh, come on. We are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Who is Leo's dad? My husband predicted weeks ago that it is Zeke. Saturday's final panel was a teaser, right?

THE WEDDING
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | June 25, 2012

Darn. I was hoping the wedding would never end.

I APPLAUD
Sheldon Harper | Strongsville, OH | June 24, 2012

Rarely has so much been said so well and so pungently as in today's "Bain" strip. I applaud your perception and creativity.

ABSURD POLITICS
Bob Stavis | Salem, MA | June 24, 2012

After 30 years, GBT, you finally divorced me. If I want absurd politics, I'll watch MSNBC or FOXNews. You've been bitten by the divisive bug.

MINGLED PASTS
Mary Vallance Franco | Carlisle, PA | June 23, 2012

This was a perfect wedding, bringing together the whole Doonesbury extended family and their mingled pasts. I loved the wonderful poignant little drift-out moment of Mike's, one all of us parents can relate to. I am happy for the young couple and enjoyed every moment leading up to this event. Congratulations! Thanks for inviting me. Yes, to another generation!

WEDDING OF THE SEASON
Mary Beth Frezon | Brainard, NY | June 23, 2012

I've so enjoyed the wedding of the season, and want to add my congratulations and thanks for the wonderful aisle seat. I thought, what could get better? But today's strip exceeded all expectations. I started giggling at the mini-conversations and then I got to the far right and guffawed. Thanks for the great start to my day!

WEDDINGS PAST
Rosie E. | New York, NY | June 23, 2012

In honor of Alex and Leo's wedding, I drew some fanart of Doonesbury weddings past. These past few weeks have been awesome.

WORRY
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | June 23, 2012

What? Did Zeke say "Black Sabbath" over there in the corner of the strip!? And to whom did he say it? (Music of foreboding rises: dun...dun...Dah!) Will Toggle's Father be revealed at the wedding? How Dickensian! This is scary for those of us who have imbued these characters with life in an alternate universe. We worry for dear, dear Toggle and his new, clueless but brilliant and loving wife.

HAPPY FOR THESE KIDS
Frankie | San Diego, CA | June 23, 2012

I have loved Toggle ever since he programmed the music for his buddies in their armored vehicle just before it was blown up. Toggle and Alex are good together: he is calm and confident and loves and appreciates her; she is super-bright and knows what a great soulmate she's found in this talented and centered person, and she even manages to be polite to his possessive mother. For a while I worried they wouldn't get married, that something dark would intervene, but no, Trudeau has allowed us to be happy for these kids on a beautiful day in June, with old friends and whacked exes with piggy boyfriends not excluded but bartending the party. Personally, I am very grateful for this gift.