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JOURNALIST
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | September 24, 2011

Poor Rick. He still thinks he's a journalist. Rick, old friend, the industry threw you away. You are the equivalent of a failed state.

THIS STORYLINE
Catherine Dempsey | Flatrock, CANADA | September 23, 2011

I love this storyline. The level of satire and social commentary is reaching new heights. The characters are so real, and yet the tone is so good-humored. Way to get your points across, Mr. Trudeau! I can hardly wait until morning for the best minute on the web.

DAD'S PROBLEM
Allie | Getysburg, PA | September 22, 2011

Wait. So Dad's problem is that junior didn't give the embargoed book to him? What's more Boomer stupid -- that he wanted it, or that he failed to engender that kind of loyalty in his son? Yeesh!

NOT FEELING THE LOVE
Mark | Cheonan, SOUTH KOREA | September 22, 2011

I'm not feeling the love for Becca Bickle. To me, she's a substanceless incompetent. For those of you chiding Jeff for selling the book for $10, remember it was Becca who mistakenly gave it to him in the first place. As to her being substanceless , when she is interviewing Trff, she wants him to write a trifling feel-good story of redemption that would have precisely no meat to it. When Trff utters perhaps his only substantive line ever in the strip (August 20, panel three) -- an abhorrent line, but definitely substantive -- Becca blows him off with a terse, "We'll be in touch." So, when he was acting like a sexual predator he was just a silly with a story of redemption, but when he spoke the truth of his view on his own story, he was no longer of interest. Sounds a lot to me like Becca wants fluff instead of substance.

THE SAME THING
Bill | Elmhurst, IL | September 20, 2011

Isn't GBT guilty of the same thing that Roland is here? This is getting too 'meta' for me.

APPEALING
Richard | Duluth, MN | September 20, 2011

Appealing though the hell-hath-no-fury image of Becca may be, why doesn't she send a lawyer?

TODAY'S VIDEO
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | September 20, 2011

Glad you posted "Reg Kehoe and His Marimba Queens" as today's video. On YouTube someone commented, "I'll have whatever the bass player was having."

QUICK
Andrea | Rome, ITALY | September 20, 2011

Boy, let Becca eat up Roland quick. Please! Living in Italy I just can't wait to see a mass-media prima donna being handed a righteous spanking.

BEST
Mark Gamon | Cambridge, UK | September 20, 2011

Becca! Best new character in two decades. Love her!

FOX
Paul Gunther | Mosier, OR | September 19, 2011

I hope Fox News has been watching. Roland's spin is a riot, great humor!

YOUR MUSE
Chris Campbell | Overland Park, KS | September 19, 2011

If it costs you every fan in the US and every newspaper client, please oh please remain true to your Muse. Draw what you see fit to draw. Caption what you see fit to caption. Anything less, and the terrorists win. I actually liked Sarah Palin from the minute McCain introduced her at the convention until the minute I realized that the GOP would never have allowed her nomination unless they were up against the first viable black candidate. Since the thunder-theft role is long gone, so is any credibility she may have once been permitted to presume. I just hope the book lives up to your hype. Oh, and B.D. sure has grown.

WHY
Kevin Foley | Atlanta, GA | September 19, 2011

The public editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offered an op-ed on why the Palin strips were dropped from the AJC. You can read it here.

MY MONEY
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | September 19, 2011

My money's on Becca in any smackdown with that tweet-twit Roland.

24 HOURS
Julia Archer | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | September 19, 2011

The next twenty-four hours is going to be very long indeed. Hear them bangles jingle.

THE JUNGLE
H. Mason | Boston, MA | September 18, 2011

I read today's Doonesbury cartoon having just finished reading, The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. While  much has changed since the early 1900s, it still led me to thinking that the American economy runs the risk of regressing toward such a scenario. People need to understand where we have been in order to comprehend the implications of unchecked/unregulated capitalism. America needs an economic model/plan that allows for the benefits of both capitalism and socialism. Such a model/plan needs a name, free of the connotations associated with either capitalism or socialism. Someone needs to release a movie version of The Jungle to help people understand where we have been and just how bad things were (and can be again) without government intervention and social safety nets. 

THANKS
Suzie Null | Durango, CO | September 18, 2011

Thank you for reading The Rogue so that I don't have to. Your comics are all the information that I need on that subject (and more).

HATHOS FESTIVAL
Jim Milstein | New Uraniborg, CO | September 17, 2011

It's a hathos festival! Three-in-one: McGuinness, Fox, Palin, in any combination or all together. GBT, you are to be commended.

HILARIOUS
Kathleen | Brooklyn, NY | September 17, 2011

Despite all the people writing to urge distance from McGinniss's book, I'm actually finding it hilarious, both for the subtle satire embodied by Roland, but also because she just sounds like the throw-down freak I've always suspected her to be.

HATE
James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | September 17, 2011

Re: SARAH PALIN. After reading Doonesbury off and on for 30+ years I never assumed hate towards any individual. Someone once said, "Life is a tragedy for those that feel but a comedy for those that think." Doonesbury is a 3-D living color representation (sometimes in black and white) of that statement.

TOO MUCH
Richard Hanson | Normal, IL | September 17, 2011

TRIBULULATIONS

Satire some editors can't seem to grip
Sends us online for redacted strips.
What a sorry life for mass detailin'.
We're all high, inhalin' too much Palin.