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J.J. AND JEFF
Laurette | Paris, FRANCE | October 13, 2011

I wonder how someone as wonderful as Joanie Caucus managed to produce not one, but two screwed-up kids -- J.J. and Jeff.

THAT FAIR SKIN
Barbara Hoff | Denver, CO | October 13, 2011

The hat's perfect for that garden work. She needs to keep that fair skin healthy. Smart lady all around!

LUCKY
Carol Jackson | Albuquerque, NM | October 13, 2011

Alex, I'm really happy you and your grandma are sharing a place. Just be happy she's still alive. My one grandma died before I was born, and my other grandma died when I was eight. I wish they would have lived long enough that I could have gotten to know them.

BETTER FARE
Blaise Marcoux | Lawrence, KS | October 13, 2011

Honestly, a program about a girl and her grandmother living together would be better fare than most of the sitcoms the major networks have picked up for this fall.

DON'T FORGET
Normann Aa. Nielsen | Odder, DENMARK | October 13, 2011

It's nice to see Alex and Joanie be so close. They always have been, of course. But I hope you don't forget about Drew. Like Kim, she is a clever and self-contained girl, and I for one would like to follow her more.

DAN QUAYLE?
Stig Oppedal | Oslo, NORWAY | October 13, 2011

Is that Dan Quayle we see in the third panel of today's strip, stalking Alex Doonesbury? Maybe it's just an oak leaf suffering from delusions of grandeur.

RELAX
Elisabeth Haikkala | Victoria, CANADA | October 13, 2011

Re the hat Joanie is sporting; try to relax, people. I'm pretty sure it's only her gardening hat. I'm also pretty sure we've seen her wear it before, but only when she's been in her garden. For better or for worse, I am confident that GBT is not going to let Joanie morph into Lacey -- at least not anytime soon.

RAY
Richard | Olympia, WA | October 13, 2011

I didn't realize Ray was back. I must have missed something. Going home can be way awkward. Hey, for the first eighteen months or so after I got back I was drunk, stoned or otherwise out of my mind. If I run into another vet at the local watering hole, he's got my ear. Even if he's a little drunk I figure I owe him 18 months' grace, just like I had. And he's just nibbling at the first hour. Party on, dude! You just know something is way bad wrong. It's the suicide rate. Personally, I don't care if you need to slug me to express emotion. I'm sixty-four and everything's a little creaky, but I can still take a punch. Just don't off yourself 'cause it hurts too much.

INFURIATING
Brian Corby | New York, NY | October 13, 2011

Re: the current Mudline and Straw Poll. The strident push by the mainstream media to marginzlize the OWS protesters, while predictable, is infuriating. Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World sums it up very nicely. Here's a link to that strip and a few other recent cartoon commentaries.

BRAVO
Kathy Carlton | KC, MO | October 12, 2011

I've loved and admired Joanie Caucus since she was first picked up on the road by Mark and Michael on their motorcycle trip. Her various relationships over the years have been wonderful to follow, and I am particularly fond of the one she had with Lacey. I am tickled to see that Joanie now appears to be wearing a hat that evokes the iconic chapeau worn by Congresswoman Davenport. Lacey would be so proud of Joanie's support of Elizabeth Warren. GBT, you are the master at weaving all of the characters' story lines together. Bravo!

BOO
Barbara Huber | Maplewood, NJ | October 12, 2011

I can understand that many of us Boomers may be putting on a little weight, but putting a hat on Joanie Caucus to make her look more grandmotherly??? Yikes! She is not Lacy Davenport! She's one of us. And although many of us are prisoners of our genes, if we wear hats, they are stylish! Boo.

INTRIGUING
Sean | Omaha, NE | October 12, 2011

It's always great to see an Alex-themed week. The grandmother element is intriguing, but I'm hoping for a segue into Toggle moving in with Alex.

ELIZABETH WARREN
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | October 11, 2011

Gotta love Doonesbury for talking up Elizabeth Warren and her bid for the senate. We need consumer protections so that certain people don't have to take their clothes off to pay for college.

THE MIX
Seven | Alexandria, VA | October 10, 2011

Loving the mix of Mel, Elias and Jeff. Great job on Roz coming out, a little non-traditional, but I wonder why the gay woman has to look like a "bruiser." So 70's stereotypical. And to the person that made the comment that the military "is not a dating service" -- really? Someone should tell that to the straight guys. Not complaining, just saying. Keep up the great work!

TOO MUCH
Sandra Moffett | Indianapolis, IN | October 10, 2011

I always love strips with Alex in them, but the photo of MIT's Strata Center in the background of her picture at the top of the page is too much! Please don't promote Frank Gehry; it only encourages him.

WHERE THIS IS GOING
David Derbes | Chicago, IL | October 10, 2011

I love where this is going. We know Joanie wants to work for Elizabeth Warren's campaign, we know Alex is still in the Cambridge area, and the whole idea of the grandmother-granddaughter bonding and teaching each other stuff is wonderful to contemplate. GBT, you old softie.

WELCOME
M. V. | OKLAHOMA | October 10, 2011

He may just be a fictional character, but still -- Ray is welcome to come crash on this vet's couch anytime.

CRASHING
Joel Calhoun | Monticello, MS | October 09, 2011

Nice to see that Ray's gotten out of B.D.'s place. Now, if he'll only go home home, instead of just crashing wherever he wants. I understand that he's having difficulty adjusting to civilian life after all he's gone through, but until he returns home home, he'll never be more than a shell of a man.

ADVICE TO ROZ
Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | October 08, 2011

Regarding the Roz coming out story arc, there is a line in the film Lone Star where the female sergeant says to an errant female soldier, "We're not running a dating agency here, private." Even though I know Roz and Mel are not actually real, I think this would be good advice to Roz, at least.

HIS BEST SPEECH
Jim H. | Apache Junction, AZ | October 07, 2011

Thank you for posting Steve Jobs' commencement address. I feel it is his best speech. So many only know of him from his product announcements and sound clips. To hear from his heart is great.