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Garry: As a reader of Doonesbury for at least 40 years now, I've always related to Mike, but never more than yesterday. I have two daughters in their 20s, and your Father's Day strip showing Mike so pensive about his daughter's wedding touched me very deeply. Thank you for not only that poignant moment but for decades of thoughtful social commentary and biting humor.
I don't know if anyone else has pointed this out -- and it's not that it's preventing me from thoroughly enjoying Alex's wedding, but it's driving me crazy! Joanie didn't get married at Walden. She got married in Lacey's (parapharasing her mother) "fancy-schmancy" townhouse in D.C.
The first person to contact the Duty Officer about this blooper was, sadly, its author. GBT was simultaneously chagrined by his error, regretful that inconsistency has become a hallmark of the strip, and hopeful that no one would notice.
Okay, Leo, here you have the Three Main Rules of Marriage, in a nutshell: 1. Men always have the last word in a discussion, as long as they say "Yes, dear." 2. When men demand hot water, they get hot water. Doing the dishes otherwise is not reasonable. 3. No matter what, women always end up kneeling before men. And when they are kneeling, you will hear them say "Get out from under the bed!". (Sigh.) Best of luck.
Leo's ready for marriage. Having been in the military, he has rules #1 and #2 down cold.
Sunday's strip adds depth and dimension to both Mike and Walden, after 40 years. Simply brilliant.
Mike's expression says it all. We fathers have all felt the same at our first daughter's wedding. But Mike has prepared his daughter well. The future for that family remains in good hands. Thank you for this truly poignant moment.
Mike ol' buddy, I think we're all just about as shocked as you are. They grow up so fast, don't they?
On reflection, I am not sure what stunned Mike so. Was it seeing how grown up Alex has become, or that she has never looked so much like her mother before?
As a wedding gift to honor Leo and Alex I'm donating my miles to Fisher House ("The foundation uses donated frequent-flyer miles to provide airline travel to reunite families of the wounded and to enable our wounded heroes to go home to convalesce.") The Fisher House web site is easy to use, and airlines that support the program are listed.
I remember that look on my dad's face on the day of my own wedding. I didn't truly understand it until we got the photos. I looked exactly like my mum, who had died three weeks before; I am in awe of how my dad managed to get through the day.
When Mike saw Alex in her wedding dress his eyes changed. I hope they don't stay that way. My grandpa has Alzheimer's, and that's how his eyes would look in the Doonesbury world.
Aw, man! Way to make me cry! She's gorgeous.
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.
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.
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 Father's Day strip ever!
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!
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.
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!
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.