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BEAUTIFUL
Barb Rayment | Prince George, CANADA | June 17, 2012

Beautiful, just beautiful. We have watched Alex grow up in snapshots over the past two decades, and I think we are all as surprised and shocked as Mike at the butterfly that has emerged. The last two panels sent me on a magical memory tour of her life -- and the "where was I at the time" of mine. The only thing left for this strip to wrap up is having Jimmy Thudpucker (that touring rockstar of years past) perform at the wedding, and have someone compare his nose to Toggle's. Best wishes to the happy couple and all their friends and family -- and thanks to GBT for a good ride.

FIRST TIME
Sonya | Wauwatosa, WI | June 17, 2012

I have been a devoted reader for years, but today's strip was the first time I have ever, for this or any strip, read it and burst into tears. Bravo.

THROUGH MIKE'S EYES
Tom French | Washington, D.C. | June 17, 2012

Today's cartoon was beautiful! Seeing Alex through Mike's eyes was touching and powerful. This has been a fantastic week of cartoons, but today's stood out beautifully. Some of us have been here for Alex's whole life, and this cartoon brought a tear to my eye.

BEST
Liza Hawley | Philadelphia, PA | June 17, 2012

Best Father's Day strip ever!

HUGS TO MICHAEL
Gina | Lovettsville, VA | June 17, 2012

Today's strip is just breathtaking. Biiiiig hugs to Michael. Yes, that astoundingly lovely dream that is about to get married is your daughter. Sit on that front step as long as you need to, big guy. It's exactly as big a deal as it feels. Whew... Oh, and Happy Father's Day!

WEDDING DRESS
Gann | St. George, UT | June 17, 2012

Today's comic strip isn't just for dads. It took my breath away when I first saw my daughter in my wedding dress. She was so beautiful.

OUTSTANDING
Catherine Dutcher | Littleton, CO | June 17, 2012

Always excellently slicing through both bullshit and sentiment, your strips these last two weeks have been outstanding. How you went from a clear-eyed depiction of rape and sexual abuse in our military to the fun of reuniting all your characters in Alex and Toggle's wedding has just blown me away. The Father's Day strip is dead-on beautiful. You rock!

DID IT
Niki | Montreal, CANADA | June 17, 2012

You did it again, GT, choked me up with that penultimate panel in today's strip. Keep up the good work re-humanizing the world, mate.

ONE WORD
Nick | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | June 17, 2012

One word on Alex in her wedding dress: Wow. The butterfly emerges from the caterpillar.

PERFECT
Celinda Kate | Port Townsend, WA | June 17, 2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the Father's Day strip. It was perfect.

SO FAST
Maria Latina | Cedar Falls, IA | June 17, 2012

It happens so fast, doesn't it, Mike? She's beautiful! And she's marrying such a nice kid.

THAT LOOK
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | June 17, 2012

Boy howdy, do I recognize that look on Mike's face. Mental tornado: "That's my baby and when did she/he grow up?" How the heck did our kids grow up and we don't feel a day older (until we try to get out of bed). Hang in there daddy, when they place that first born babe in your arms suddenly becoming an "old fart" is the greatest joy since your now-grown baby was first placed in your arms. Grandparent is the best gig in the world! Well, we can't send wedding gifts -- is there a charity that we can donate to in honor of the soon-to-be newlyweds?

MIKE
Jason | Shoreview, MN | June 17, 2012

I immediately empathized with Mike when I saw the last frame of today's strip; tears welled up in my eyes. The quote by Alex was pitch perfect, and brought me present to my daughter, who still calls me Daddy sometimes, reminding me of when she was a little girl, even though she is 22 and will soon enough be getting married and moving on with the next stage of her life. Perfect for Father's Day. Thanks, GBT!

TEAR-JERKER
L. Rodriguez | Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO | June 17, 2012

Thank you for the tear-jerker in today's strip, GBT! Best wishes on this Father's Day to everyone!

AAAAARGH!
David Cooke | Issaquah, WA | June 17, 2012

Aaaaargh! But I wanted to marry Alex!

FATHER'S DAY
Steven Pollack | Silver Spring, MD | June 17, 2012

Father's Day. All the fears and hopes of a father in one simple statement. Thanks, GBT.

MORE REAL THAN LIFE
Birgitte Thomsen | Arhus, DENMARK | June 17, 2012

More real than life! The beautiful wedding in Walden almost makes me love my own family, ha, ha. I don't think Hans Christian Andersen knew more about about the human character than you do, GBT. Thank you for almost 40 years in your company!

J.J. AND ZEKE
Larry S. | Hilliard, OH | June 16, 2012

So. J.J. and Zeke are crashing the party. I anticipate quite the reveal and the epic ripping Alex is going to lay on Mom for it.

A FAMILY REUNION
E.C. Koch | Littleton, CO | June 15, 2012

This week's strips are so great. It's not only Alex and Toggle's special event, it feels like a family reunion for me with all these characters I've known so long. All the same delights, surprises and worries of my real reunions.

BRAVO
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | June 15, 2012

Not only are you an on-point satirist, you are a keen observer of character. Somehow I just knew, as soon as J.J. said there was no way in hell she'd attend her daughter's wedding, that she'd find some way to finagle her way in! I don't mind telling you, I have a sister-in-law just like that -- loves to make a dramatic exit, then sheepishly sneaks back in when she realizes nobody cares. (You can publish this verbatim -- even the sister-in-law knows she's like this.) Bravo for another great story arc!