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POOR RICK
Brett Bayne | West Hollywood, CA | January 22, 2013

Jackball son, zero pension, his career a fading memory -- and now poor Rick is soon going to be married to a great-grandmother. Egad.

ADVICE
Bob | St. Augustine, FL | January 22, 2013

Congratulations to Alex and Leo. Here's advice to them and all expectant parents of multiples -- go to the National Organization of Mothers of Twins website and find a club near you. There is nothing like the support you get from people who have been there.

SWEET PAYOFF
Peg Robinson | Providence, RI | January 22, 2013

Eeeeee! Yes-yes-yes! Mike's gonna be a Gramps! Twins! And Toggle's gonna be a Poppa! And Alex is gonna be a Mom! Eeeeee! (Grins and dances and hope this goes well for all of them.) Thanks, GBT. This is the sort of sweet payoff that makes decades of reading investment particularly rewarding.

MOTHERHOOD
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | January 22, 2013

Geez, this strip is getting to be like Gasoline Alley, only more politically incisive! Way to shake things up, GBT. It will be interesting to see Alex's handling of motherhood, considering how wonderful her own mom was...

IMPISH
T.M. | Pierre, SD | January 22, 2013

Every time I see a strip with Alex growing up -- getting married and now becoming a mother -- I am glad to be able to go back to the archives and remember those joyful times when she was just an impish child. I wish I could do that with my own grown-up daughter.

JOY AND CHALLENGES
Rob | USA | January 22, 2013

As a father of twins I wondered if Doonesbury would be able to capture the joy and challenges of having twins, but a quick search shows that Trudeau is also a father of twins. Any apprehension is gone;  I couldn't be more excited to see his take on the experience.

WHERE'S THE PHD?
Catbird | Madison, WI | January 22, 2013

Twins. There go the next twenty years. This girl was a baby genius. She graduated from MIT. Whatever happened to grad school? Where's the PhD? The genius-level, hugely rewarding job? Grandma Joanie made it on her own, and ended up with everything. She inspired my generation. And Alex?

HONESTY
David Derbes | Chicago, IL | January 22, 2013

One of the terrific things about Doonesbury is that the characters age pretty much in real time, grow old, and die. I'm delighted for Alex and admire GBT for this development, but in all honesty I suddenly feel very old.

FUN
Sherry | Plains, MT | January 22, 2013

Twins! Far out! This is going to be as much fun as the wedding. Sniff... Our girl is going to be a hoot to watch.

LITTLE BLOCKBUSTER
mbc1955 | Stockport, Manchester | January 22, 2013

Whoa! A typically off-handed way to drop that little blockbuster in! It hardly seems like the second generation of Doonesbury has settled in and now we're going to be looking at a third. I can't wait to see how Joanie's going to take to the idea of being a great-grandmother...

MIKE
Fiona Messenger | North Wales, UK | January 22, 2013

Mike nearly fell to pieces at the sight of Alex in her wedding dress. How on earth is he going to cope with being a grandfather? Of two? At the same time?

HAPPY DAY
Gina | VIRGINIA | January 22, 2013

Oh, happy day! Hugs and congratulations to Alex and Toggle. I can't imagine a better two for two -- to tackle twins in a trailor, that is. Time for bigger digs, perhaps. Enjoy the ride, the best adventure ever!

LOOKING FORWARD
Tabitah Claydon | Bath, UK | January 22, 2013

I'm reeling. I'm delighted that GBT is looking forward, and thrilled to welcome another generation of the Doonesbury family. As a friend of mine told me, upon the arrival of my first child, "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those with children, and those who are still children." Let's hope Alex finds parenthood a more transformative process than Rick. I can't wait to watch her being forged in the fire of twins!

GOING TO BE
Nigel | Leeds, UK | January 22, 2013

Mike is going to be a grandad! Joanie is going to be a great-grandmother!!

READY
Marianne Sonne | Copenhagen, DENMARK | January 22, 2013

Alex is pregnant!? Congratulations! I wonder if Mike is really ready to be a granddad. Then again, who is?

THE NAMES
D.S. | Rome, ITALY | January 22, 2013

Twins. This is the begining of yet another generation in Doonesburyworld. A huge day! Can't wait to know the names.

SEVEN WORDS
Victor Field | London, UK | January 22, 2013

One word for Alex: Congratulations! Seven words for Drew, borrowed from Carly Rae Jepsen: Here's my number, so call me maybe?

WOW
Don Poole | Youngsville, NC | January 20, 2013

Wow! Sometimes B.D. comes out with something true and sorta profound, as in "Bubba's like free cable -- there for all to enjoy." We call him Cousin Bill, at our house. Happy Sunday morning!

BLOW IT OPEN
Craig | Edmonds, WA | January 19, 2013

Perhaps Jeff knows one small actual real detail of a scandal that he could tell to Rick who could blow it open? That is my delusion of grandeur for Rick. That he finally breaks through. And it would be nice if he got an assist from Jeff.

TODAY'S STRIP
Mara | NEW JERSEY | January 17, 2013

Re: today's strip -- please tell me there really is a video of this!