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TODAY'S STRIP
J.H. | LA, CA | December 28, 2014

Seeing the strip for today, Sunday, December 28th, I wonder how far in advance of the publication date they are drawn.

Editor's Note:

 The Sunday strips are completed and turned in to production five to six weeks before the publication date.

THE INTERVIEW
George | Jupiter, FLORIDA | December 27, 2014

With respect to The Interview, I've got to believe that agent Sid Kibbitz somehow has his hand in the greatest promo stunt ever.

CLASSICS
Elizabeth B. | USA | December 26, 2014

My mom gave me books of the Mike-Zonker-B.D.-in-college years of Doonesbury to get me started, but these Classics are my introduction to the Doonesbury decades that I was too young to read or appreciate the first time around. You are a treasure.

SOMETHING SPECIAL
Jeffrey Cleveland | Los Angeles, CA | December 24, 2014

I just want to thank you for being an important part of my life. I've been an avid fan since the '60s. I have learned so much about politics and I have laughed my ass off. Doonesbury is really something special.

p.s. I cried when B.D. lost his leg.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
Barb | Bend, OR | December 23, 2014

Flashback, thirty years ago today: The secret of Zonker's eternal youth revealed!

SPOILER
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | December 19, 2014

"When are you guys getting married?"  Spoiler alert: Joanie and Bick do finally tie the knot.

J.J.
Fiona | North Wales, UK | December 19, 2014

This week's trip down memory lane has really reminded me that I really don't like J.J. and she never did change. What did Mike ever see in her.

EERILY FAMILIAR
Bren | Dublin, IRELAND | December 17, 2014

Today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip seems eerily familiar. Have we achieved Doonesception?

RE "ZEKE"
Juanito | Sacramento, CA | December 17, 2014

  Also an excellent example of my best friend from undergraduate school who lives next door forty-two years later. Yikes!

ZEKE
Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | December 16, 2014

Zeke is one of my favourite characters (and so is J.J.). The amoral, lazy, freeloading Zeke with his "hip" rationalizations for his quasi-criminal behaviour is an excellent example of why certain aspects of the idealism of the late 1960s didn't last. And self-involved J. J. is a perfect counterpart for him, taking full advantage of the lame (IMHO) notion that "it's art if I say it's art." Merry Christmas to all!

EPIDEMIC
Osee | Pocatello, ID | December 15, 2014

Gin up an Ebola epidemic on Fox! One story arc launched and five to go.

EQUATING
Maureen Tighe-Brown | OHIO | December 14, 2014

Equating Cheney's 3000 who died on 9/11 with the 3000 gun deaths this year: brilliant!

TODAY'S FLASHBACKS
Bren | Dublin, IRELAND | December 12, 2014

Today's Flashbacks: three throwback parties, two Sunday strips, but no partridge in a pear tree.

THE PAST
Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | December 10, 2014

I have never seen the Alpha House show that keeps Garry from writing Doonesbury on a daily basis. However, you can keep running reruns as far as I am concerned. I enjoy reviewing the past of this strip, which was always current in its day and never seems dated. In fact, once you've caught up to the present I'd be haopy if you start again from the beginning and go one day at a time.

TWINS
So Alarmed | Oakland, CA | December 10, 2014

Where, where, where are Alex, Toggle, and them adorable twins? All love to Kim, but the last thing this once-a-week strip needs is another baby. Bring back the twins!

NATIVE GARB
Susanne Kernan | Pomona, NY | December 08, 2014

I just happened to watch Mike Nichol's "Charlie Wilson's War" last night. Great movie. Coincidently, the movie includes a clip of Dan Rather, unshaven, in native garb, reporting from the Afghan hinterland in 1980.

Editor's Note:

 The memorable 1980 real-life moment you refer to was an inspirational factor in today's Roland Hedley strip -- and earned Rather the mocking nickname "Gunga Dan."

FREEDOM FIGHTERS
David Huntington | Katy, TX | December 08, 2014

Wow! Roland Hedley covering those freedom fighters battling the Soviets. Does anyone remember how that turned out?

STORY ARCS
Mom | Peoria, IL | December 07, 2014

As the 51-year-old mother of a seven month old (yes, really), I can't pretend that at least one of today's proposed story arcs didn't catch my attention.

ARCS
Allan Levine | Toronot, ON | December 07, 2014

Regarding your story arc announcement today: YAAAAY!!!!

VIBRATING
J.C. | Ashland, OR | December 07, 2014

Is, maybe, GT's brain vibrating enough to get him back to the drawing board daily? Got my fingers crossed.

Editor's Note:

 Here at the Doonesbury Town Hall we have received no indication, vibrational or otherwise, that a return to new daily strips has been scheduled. Sorry to disappoint!