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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?

SAM'S DOLLS
Wanda Leach | Anderson, CA | December 31, 2011

Sam's dolls need to live on. She needs to go get them and take them to a local thrift store so a young girl can adopt them. The dolls will live on forever.  Sam is happy, the doll is happy. And a young girl that otherwise might not get a doll is happy.

SPOT ON
T.F. Gray | Charlotte, NC | December 29, 2011

That's my daughter! At two she told me she wanted a driver's license for her third birthday. At ten she persuaded her uncle to let her sit on his lap and steer while he drove. At fifteen she took a waitress job to save up for her first car. Spot on!

ARTFUL
Brian Corby | New York, NY | December 28, 2011

Sam's eyes! Artful is the word that comes to mind. I am the father of a 10-year-old girl and I know that day is coming. I can barely remember when Alex's eyes switched, but I know they did. And consider the standard bearer for expressed innocence and naivete -- Boopsie, who even when exclaiming outrage over the napalming of "baby ducks" still wears that as her default expression. No wonder I love this comic strip.

BLINK OF AN EYE
R. Willis | Portland, OR | December 28, 2011

Very clever touch in the fourth frame, changing the manner in which Sam's eye is drawn, in synch with B.D. saying "blink of an eye." I assume we will no longer be seeing Sam with the wide eyes, but with the lowered lid more typical of the adult characters.

WAITING FOR IT
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | December 28, 2011

I was waiting for it, and you did it! Great shorthand transition. I remember when you did it to Alex, this time, you didn't even call attention to it. I wonder if Gasoline Alley had this kind of transition problem...

A FEW LESSONS
Nick | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | December 28, 2011

Whoa. Nice touch, GBT, between panels three and four. With the subtle change in eyes, Sam is no longer a little girl. I saw my 14-year-old give me that look yesterday. Sam is about to give her Dad a few lessons in parenthood...

ADULT EYES
Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | December 28, 2011

Oh no. Sam has Adult Eyes. I thought her Child Eyes weren't an age-related feature, but something she inherited from her mother...

GOODBYE SARAH
Hartwig Kinder | Munich, GERMANY | December 27, 2011

"It´s time to say goodbye Sarah, I´m no longer a child." This little great sentence might and may be a code for a whole new generation of thinking young people throughout the world. God bless.

UPSET
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | December 27, 2011

I was upset yesterday that Sam's favorite doll was about to be thrown out. Naturally the doll had feelings! I believe in recycling and keeping old memories alive and the sweet little doll, full of so many dreams, was about to be thrown out with the rubbish! But in light of today's strip I mightbe able to forgive Trudeau.

MORE DIALOGUE
Yoachim Russ | Annapolis, MD | December 25, 2011

Here's some more dialogue for the American in the last panel of today's strip: "So did you, sir! This is your country, not ours. What have you done here in the last eight years?"

WHY?
Billy Yank | Sterling, VA | December 25, 2011

"You had eight years!" Why weren't you able to reverse 1400 years of violence and corruption?

A FEW PANELS
Mona Stern | Gary, IN | December 25, 2011

Today's strip was the best, summarizing in a few panels of a comic strip all the years of this misbegotten war.

FAILURE TO RECALL
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | December 25, 2011

Prompted by Ray's recent comment about the failure to recall the lessons of Vietnam resulting in mistakes in Iraq, and our indifference to the welfare of our soldiers, I submit this short verse:

Please go fight the things we fear, While we stay home and cheer.
We'll try to catch the highlights on tv. Would you tell us how it ends?
That's too bad you lost your friend. Since that thing in Vietnam
We just can't seem to win.
Looks like we made the same mistakes again.

SUBTLE
Thad Humphries | Washington, VA | December 25, 2011

I thought yesterday's strip was brilliant, but today's is genius. Subtle yet damning. Thank you.

BITTERSWEET
Kate | Washington, via Hong Kong | December 24, 2011

Saturday's strip isn't the first time GBT has used that iimage from Saigon. But it was bittersweet to see on Christmas Eve. The man who took that photo was a dear friend of mine, who had choice words about war -- including the current ones. He and his wife threw the best Christmas Eve parties. He's gone now and we all truly miss him.