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COUNTERPART
Joel Calhoun | Monticello, MS | January 15, 2012

Today's strip is a perfect counterpart to last Sunday's baggage strip. And serves as a perfect "take that" to those who complained about the latter. Speaking of which, the wahhhmbulance should be arriving in 3...2...1...

ACHIEVEMENT
Tom | Brisbane, AUSTRALIA | January 13, 2012

The fan boys make Jeff look intelligent. Quite an achievement really.

PEERS
Lin | Port Townsend, WA | January 13, 2012

At last! Jeff is finding his true peers.

MOVIE RIGHTS
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | January 12, 2012

Judging from the first panel of today's strip, the Red Rascal's fan base appears to include Sand People from "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." Now that's drawing power even Lucas and Spielberg can appreciate! Can movie rights be far behind for young Redfern?

STRAW POLL
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | January 12, 2012

I just voted in the current Straw Poll that the welcome home parade(s) should be later, after Afghanistan is withdrawn from too. But I want to add that the reason should be made explicit with an official statement: many of the troops have served in both theaters.

BEWARE, BLUE BANDIT
Susan A. | San Mateo, CA | January 11, 2012

"It is I, Rick, father of Jeff." Beware, oh Blue Bandit of the Drawstring Pants. As the Vanderbilt med students would say, commodum habitus es -- you have just been owned.

DIVIDEND
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | January 11, 2012

So, Blue Bandit...You know not that I, Lord Dirtbag, also read Doonesbury, the True Window into the Earthly plane. Nor that I have joined with Lord Voldemort, Lord Sauron, and Lord Vader. Your unguarded words will be your doom, for we shall lie in wait at this "Comic-Con" in "San Diego" and finally crush you like the insignificant annoyance that you are. The destruction of the Red Rascal, your brother of The Colors, is an unexpected dividend.

DIFFERENCES
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | January 11, 2012

The differences between Jeff and the Blue Boy with the Belly are twofold: first, Jeff knows he's in character. Second, Jeff's actually done something with his life.

RICK
The Phlebob | MINNESOTA | January 11, 2012

"It is I, Rick, father of Jeff" may just be the funniest line GBT has ever written. Especially since Rick would never mangle the English language with grammar like that. And then there's the "Batman to the rescue" aspect of the situation.

COMIC-CON
Cindy | Phoenix, AZ | January 11, 2012

Oh goodie, a riff on Comic-Con! This should be great fun. My husband goes every year (while I thankfully am allowed to spend my time at the beach), and every day he comes back with stories that have me rolling on the floor laughing.

FOLLOW THE MONEY
Dave Dalton | Frankenmuth, MI | January 10, 2012

Follow the money. I wonder when Duke is going to smell that Red Rascal "needs" a publicity team...

NOT SURE
Julia | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | January 10, 2012

I'm not sure if the strip or the Republican race is the more surreal and entertaining.

WORDS TO MINISTER BY
Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | January 10, 2012

I always love Flashbacks when they raise the curtain on a new character we've known for a lifetime. Today's a big day for me personally, as I'm in my last year of training for ordination in the Church of England: enter stage right (40 years ago) Scot Sloan, the fighting young priest who can talk to the young. "Can I lay some java on you?" Words to minister by.

POLITICS AND PROSE
Gwenyfar | Wilmington, NC | January 09, 2012

The Red Rascal is visiting one of our fave indie bookstores --  Politics and Prose in D.C.! Thank you so much for sending him  to an Indie and not to B&N. Your support of Independent business is very important and we are very grateful.

ALEX'S FLAWS
C.O. | Washington, D.C. | January 09, 2012

Alex isn't so bad. She's just young and lacking in life experience. Leo has enough of that for both of them. In fact, he has enough to see past Alex's flaws and recognize her good heart. She'll grow up in her own good time, just as all GBT's characters have. Just as the rest of us did. Okay, most of us.

B.B.
Ted | Newport Beach, CA | January 09, 2012

Blue Bandit. Deep.

WOW
Maerzie | Florence, WI | January 09, 2012

Wow! A red rascal and a blue bandit in a pre-presidential election year? I wonder what GBT is cooking up in his head? This sounds interesting.

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!