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LIKE A HAMMER
Joel Caplan | Savannah, GA | January 08, 2012

Absolutely awesome. You came down on Newton like a hammer! Thanks for making my day.

SICK
John Spicer | Charlotte, TN | January 08, 2012

Sick, sick, sick. Now you stoop to bashing Republicans running for President. You've gutted Newt, how about Obama? You have no guts.

NEAR THE TOP
Gary Edwards | Gurnee, IL | January 08, 2012

Sir, you have delighted me for decades, but today's Newt Luggage Strip is very near the top of your genius. Thank you!

I'LL EAT MY HAT
Wendy | Bristol Township, PA | January 08, 2012

If you can show me any politician in Congress that doesn't have undesirable baggage, I'll eat my hat. Newt's is just more publicized.

OOOOOH!
Anne | Belfast, N. IRELAND | January 08, 2012

Oooooh! The savage brilliance and content of a 19th-century political cartoon, drawn as a strip. Love the added punch of Gekko. "Greed is good." This smile should sustain me while I read the Sunday newspapers and stories about all sorts of other politicians and their smelly baggage.

SUNDAY PIECE
Bruce Strickland | Mountainair, NM | January 08, 2012

Great Sunday piece. Not only do you have every Newt scandal I can remember, you nailed his physical shape.

TODAY'S STRIP
Mara | Montclair, NJ | January 08, 2012

Re: today's strip -- what a Googlefest! I kind of wish I'd stopped before Kip Carter...

ALEX AND LEO
Valerie F. | San Diego, CA | January 07, 2012

I do sincerely wish people would lighten up about Alex and Leo, particularly Alex's proposal/wedding plans. This isn't self-aggrandizement -- it's Alex in love! And Toggle adores her. I fail to see anything wrong in that.

SENSIBLE AND CENTERED
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | January 07, 2012

Despite his TBI, Leo is the sensible and centered one in this relationship, and I can't wait to see how he brings Alex down to earth for a soft landing.

WORLD-WEARY, WORLD-WISE
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | January 07, 2012

It's interesting that the character Alex has the lidded eyes, indicative of the world-weary, world-wise characters of the strip. She clearly isn't world-wise. Nor is she world-weary. I wonder how much longer it will be before Leo, finally tired of her self-absorbed infantilism, finally extracts himself from her.

COOL THING
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | January 07, 2012

The really cool thing about this week's Flashback sequence has been watching Mike and Kim work as a team advising Alex. Kim is often just a background presence in the Mike story-arcs, and it has been a pleasure to see her in a more active role.

LEO
U.D. | Red Sox Nation | January 07, 2012

Run Leo, run!

MY GIRL
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | January 07, 2012

Stop hatin' on my girl Alex! What some see as grandiose self-importance I see as passionate idealism. I have someone like Alex in my real life, and I'm crazy about her, too. It's young people like Alex who are going to save the world -- assuming we don't screw it up so badly in the meantime that even they can't fix it.

FIELD-GROUND REVERSAL
Terry Ryder | San Leandro, CA | January 06, 2012

The first panel of today's strip contains an optical illusion of the "field-ground reversal" type. When I first saw the panel, I saw it containing two women kissing; Kim on the left and an older, more jowly woman on the right. Is easier to see if you start at the right hand border of the panel. You have to think of the black starry sky as a hoodie and Mike's hair as background. Think of Mike's eye as the woman's eye looking towards Kim's nose.

IN THE CLOUDS
Larry S. | Delaware, OH | January 05, 2012

Today's strip -- an affirmation of Alex's grandiose self-importance if ever I saw one! When her head's in the clouds, it doesn't go up into them, they come down to her head. Outrageous!

A PERFECT PAIR
John N. | Columbia, SC | January 03, 2012

Colbert and Red Rascal. They are like Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald. A perfect pair.

THE DANGER
Kimboi | San Francisco, CA | January 01, 2012

Once again, the danger of reading the strip in the middle of the night has been brought home: my raucous, uncontrollable cackling at the Red Rascal's encounter with Steven Colbert set off the dog. The neighbor's dog. Did Colbert contribute?

GREAT START
Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | January 01, 2012

Thanks for the great start to the new year with today's strip. Now that he has the "Colbert Bump", I'm looking forward to meeting the Red Rascal during a book signing at a nearby Borders.

SOMETHING TELLS ME
Rock Quarry | Los Angeles, CA | December 31, 2011

Something tells me we haven't seen the last of the Sarah Palin doll.

WONDERING WHY
Janice | Culver City, CA | December 31, 2011

I am wondering why Sam threw her dolls into the trash rather than give them to charity. Assuming they were still in decent shape, wouldn't some poor younger kid like the opportunity to have a nice doll? It can't be just because one of the dolls was a Sarah Palin, surely. I hold no brief for Sarah Palin but I do not like dislike expressed as careless waste of something that might still benefit someone else. What are this kid's seemingly enlightened parents teaching her?