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THE FAR DISTANT FUTURE
John Keefer | Santa Monica, CA | June 09, 2011

I think in the far distant future people with curiosity could do well to study Doonesbury for an idea of what 20th-21st century life was like, today's strip being a prime example.

ULYSSES
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | June 09, 2011

I loved Leo not getting the Ulysses reference. It's a reminder that Alex's neuroses aren't the only source of tension in the relationship; there's a real difference in education and social class that they're overcoming every day. It doesn't faze Leo, but I suspect Alex is very conscious of it and worried about it.

SAVE
Jane | Watson, CT | June 08, 2011

Almost sweeter than Leo on Monday was his boss's save to not suggest that Alex isn't a superhot chick.

MOZART GROUP
George | Tequesta, FL | June 08, 2011

I hope everyone takes the time to scroll down and watch Today's Video on the home page. The Mozart Group has left a smile on my face this morning. Thank you GBT for introducing us to so much talent on a daily basis.

DREW'S COUSIN
MyKidsMom | North of D.C., PA | June 08, 2011

I have a daughter that could pass for Drew's cousin. Scary smart, scary hot, sixth in her class of 270 and planning to go Ivy League. Her sweet BF of two years is visually impaired, academically disinclined, and one of the finest young men I know. Yet between the glasses, age and haircut, until very recently, he was pretty gawky looking. What they know is what Leo knows -- they have fun together, and they've got each other's back.

A GREAT PAIR
Peg Robinson | Goleta, CA | June 08, 2011

It's good for Alex to worry a bit: it helps her appreciate just what a jewel she's got. But it's also good that her jewel thinks he's got a complete gem, too. They're a great pair -- I have to join all the rest chiming in. I love those two. As individuals they're good people: as a couple, though, they're far more than the sum of their parts. They're inspired and inspiring.

THE AISLE
Jen Cantrel | Blue Springs, MO | June 07, 2011

Here is one more old (in both ways) reader who agrees that strips with Leo are my favorite. Honey and Duke were hilarious in their time, but the sweetness in an injured boy warrior like Leo is much needed balm now. Selfishly, I hope I am still alive when they walk down the aisle. I look forward to it!

PERFECT
Seven | Alexandria, VA | June 07, 2011

Yesterday's strip was awesome. Toggle was perfect with ihs line, "You make exception..." Very touching. But today with Ulysses and the siren was hilarious. Nice to see the heart of a Warrior. Thanks.

ANOTHER REASON
David | North Vancouver, CANADA | June 07, 2011

Another reason to love Doonesbury: GBT assumes his readers know their Classical mythology. (Today's "Ulysses" reference.)

SWEET
Charlotee H. | Edinbugh, SCOTLAND | June 07, 2011

I loved yesterday's cartoon. Unexpectedly sweet resolution to all that insecurity!

LEO
Shannon | Halifax, CANADA | June 06, 2011

I never thought I'd see such a romantic character as Leo in a political strip. GBT, you old softie!

CLUELESS
Bobby | D'lberville, MS | June 06, 2011

Leo is in the right world. The rest of us are clueless.

HOW?
Bill Martin | New York, NY | June 06, 2011

How can you not love Toggle?

MORE
Ann | West Chester, PA | June 06, 2011

I am more in love with Leo every day.

ALEX
Jaybees | Waimea, HI | June 04, 2011

Thanks for the laugh of the week. Alex is beyond funny.

MOVE OVER
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | June 04, 2011

Move over Dad-o-rama Popmeister. There appears to be a new "master of the emotional belly flop" !

DEATH OF A RELATIONSHIP
Fubar4fun | Tracy, CA | June 03, 2011

Here's the problem with this country; everyone imagines a guy talking to a woman better looking than his partner is the death of the relationship. Only in Hollywood does that happen. Everyone knows that a real man will always come home to his woman. Toggle is an Army veteran. Disabled, yet disciplined and devoted. Get it out of your head that this new chick will steal him away...

NICE JOB
Old Sarge | Ft. Meade, MD | June 03, 2011

Toggle, nice job scaring your girlfriend, even though it's mostly Alex that has the "I'm not worthy" problem. Someone knock her over with a pillow and bring her back to reality. I think Drew "knew all along" that Toggle was messing around (somewhat). Earth to Alex. Breathe, and look at the guy that adores you. That is all...

DRAMATIC TOUCH
Lisa | Paoli, PA | June 03, 2011

Nice dramatic touch with Drew's costume this week. What started as a simple t-shirt on Tuesday has become a slinky red dress by Wednesday. So out of Drew's character -- but so in tune with that alarming moment when your best friend doesn't realize it's time to dial down the star quality. I'm betting 99.9% of us readers are identifying with Alex right now.

FUN FACT
John | Ashland, OR | June 02, 2011

Fun Fact: "Leo" (pronounced leyoh) is the Hawaiian word for "voice." Aloha.