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NAILED
Neil Bevan | Saone et Loire, FRANCE | April 18, 2011

Visually and verbally, you have the loathsome and ludicrous Trump absolutely nailed. Brilliant!

TWO-MAN GROUP
John Keefer | Santa Monica, CA | April 17, 2011

Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump should form a two-man support group for those that are pathologically grandiose!

JOKE
Fiona | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | April 17, 2011

Ah, Donald Trump, the cartoonists' dream subject; his comb-over. the gift that keeps giving. But the notion of him running for such high office is a joke -- please say it isn't so!

WEIRDLY ACCURATE
Neil Kowalewski | Buffalo, NY | April 17, 2011

Thanks for today's depiction of Donald Trump -- it's grotesque yet weirdly accurate. If the man can't be honest about his hair, why should anyone take him seriously about, well, anything, let alone the presidency of the United States.

THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIENCE
Bob Faser | Victoria, AUSTRALIA | April 17, 2011

Great strip on today! I was wondering when you'd begin to lampoon the eminently parody-worthy Donald Trump. Actually, Mr. Trump has an important contribution to make to international relations, in that he comforts the collective conscience of the people of Italy by demonstrating that Silvio Berlusconi is no longer the world's most ridiculous politician.

PRINCESS FANTASY
Jim Milstein | Pagosa Springs, CO | April 16, 2011

This is the most up-to-date realistic princess fantasy yet. If I had a daughter, Sam's fantasy is the kind I'd hope she'd have.

FYI
Pete Ortiz | San Antonio, TX | April 16, 2011

FYI Sir, Bond is MI-6 not MI-5. MI-5 is like the FBI, MI-6 is like the CIA.

BORING?
Frank Bath | London, ENGLAND | April 15, 2011

London boring? What is Zonker on? Perhaps he is thinking of London, Canada.

TSSSST
Andrew Page | Acton, MA | April 15, 2011

It's like the 'tsssst' episode of South Park: I've got this "Why wouldn't that work?" thing going on in my head.

THE ROYAL WEDDING
Emil Baer | Napier, NEW ZEALAND | April 13, 2011

If Zonker goes to the royal wedding, whoever he goes with, at least this time no one will yell, "Eek! A Commoner!"

THE WEDDING
Karen K. | Asheville, NC | April 13, 2011

PLEEEEASE let Sam go to the wedding with Uncle Zonk. If they won't let her, can I go?

THOSE OPPRESSED
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | April 12, 2011

Re. AMUSED: I would agree, providing the artist in question then donated these millions to the cause of those oppressed by that very dictator.

A PROBLEM
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | April 12, 2011

Re. AMUSED: I have a problem with dictators being parted with money that they either a) stole from their own people or, b) received in US aid, which means they stole it from you and me. To pay for a 50 Cent concert!

STOLEN
Francesca | Ventura, CA | April 12, 2011

Re. AMUSED: There's a big problem with parting an evil dictator (or his kids) from a couple of million dollars. It never belonged to him in the first place! The money Khadafi's evil issue paid to Beyonce and other entertainers for their services was stolen from the Libyan people.

NON-IDEOLOGICAL
Bob Faser | Victoria, AUSTRALIA | April 12, 2011

I'm not sure the reader who compared jeff to the McCarthyite ideologues of the 50s really "gets" him. Jeff is utterly non-ideological. (To have an ideology, one must actually believe in something.) His espionage career, first with the CIA and then with Overkill, does not flow from any ideological commitment, but from a growing sense of himself as being The Red Rascal -- the Scarlet Pimpernel of the 21st century: heavy on the derring-do, light on any conviction behind it. The $90 ransom sums up his involvement. (I hope that's $90 in greenbacks, rather than in the slightly more valuable Aussie dollar.) Who would have thought that Jeff would become such a complex character?

RESOLUTION
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | April 11, 2011

The resolution to Jeff's capture was perfect: Once again, the American gets away with it without learning a single lesson or paying any significant price (moral or otherwise). I really wish Trudeau would try to recapture the sense of outrage he used to put into the strip. Everyone likes (or tolerates) Jeff, but he's morally reprehensible, a "kinder, gentler" equivalent of the wingnuts from the 1950s who saw Communists in every corner.

O. HENRY
Susan Cole | Fort Lauderdale, FL | April 10, 2011

Ninety bucks? This brings to mind O. Henry's famous tale The Ransom of Red Chief.

THE COST
H.D.R. | Oakland, CA | April 10, 2011

I'm sure the $90 was to cover the cost of all the texting the Red Rascal did using their cell phones.

DISAPPOINTED
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | April 10, 2011

I'm a little disappointed. I hoped the Red Rascal was going to end up running something in that benighted piece of the planet. Of course, he's not home yet...

GREAT ENDING
Doug Bowker | Salem, MA | April 10, 2011

Sunday's strip about the $90 ransom was plain awesome, dude. What a great ending to all the inflated mythology of the Red Rascal. I hope we eventually get to see some story flashbacks of how this came to pass.