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ZONKER'S PLAN
Rod Paynter | Vancouver, CANADA | May 21, 2015

Re Zonker's plan: What if everyone did that? The world would be a much pleasanter place.

MIKE AND KIM
Monica Bilotta | Catania, ITALY | May 21, 2015

I inherited the passion for Doonesbury from my father's comics, but I never got to know how Mike and Kim met. Can you please help me fill in this gap? Thank you very much

Editor's Note:

 With pleasure. We take you back to Seattle in the winter of 1996...

TOAST
Claude P. Bowie, Jr. | Olive Branch, MS | May 20, 2015

In the last panel of today's strip, i notice that the toast has popped up but the toaster handle is still down. How can this be??

OSHKOSH, B'GOSH!
Dean Mitchell | Sardine Creek, OR | May 20, 2015

Today's is indeed a classic strip; my favorite character wearing my favorite work clothes. OshKosh, b'gosh!

JENNER
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | May 20, 2015

In today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip I enjoyed the reference to Bruce Jenner, who was a Wheaties-cereal-box-featured athlete after winning the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon in 1976.

RECRUITMENT
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | May 17, 2015

I think today's Walden Uni "recruitment of applications to fail" would make a funny premise for a series.

I WONDER
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach FL | May 16, 2015

Doing the math, Jeff is now about 32 years old. I wonder why senior citizens Rick and Joanie are still letting this loser sponge off them.

A LITTLE RESPECT
Ed Gosnell | Columbus, OH | May 16, 2015

Both Jeff and J.J. strike me as being highly underrated. Jeff was certainly in some very dangerous situations in Afghanistan and muddled through somehow; and writing a highly successful novel is certainly a major accomplishment. And in the case of J.J., any artist who can support herself with her work is not to be sneered at. Also, if I remember correctly, she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant, albeit with a little help from Mike. Nonetheless, she obviously is not without talent. Both tend to be their own worst enemies; but both have been uncommonly successful in their own way and deserve at least a little respect.

THE PRIZE
Dane | Pueblo, CO | May 15, 2015

J.J. or Jeff? Considering what they've produced so far, J.J., in spite of herself, gets the prize.

J.J. OR JEFF
Giles | Sidcup, ENGLAND | May 15, 2015

In today's Doonesbury Classic Joanie's feeling like she can get being a parent right this time. I wonder, on the scale of things, which child is the bigger train wreck, J.J. or Jeff?

KIM
Joshua Rey | London, UK | May 12, 2015

It was so good to see Kim as a baby again on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page last week, in the strips from 35 years ago. Who could have guessed then that she would become step-grandmother to the heirs-apparent of the whole franchise? I remember her in her early teens doing too well in school for the comfort of her schoolmates, and getting her parents in trouble for throwing off the curve, and then, years later, going to work for Mike as a coder.

JEFF
Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | May 11, 2015

Knife, knife, knife, spoon! -- Ah, Jeff is a winter child.

E.T.
Miguel Halverson-Ramos | Longmont, CO | May 10, 2015

I was born in 1970, and I became a daily reader of Doonesbury with the "Extra-Terrarium" strips. Prior to that I often didn't "get" the humor, or got lost with the number of characters. Seeing Zonker trying to revive "E.T." was a distinct moment for me (I thought it was hilarious!) in which I decided to make a point of reading it daily to keep up with the stories. Since then I've gotten to know and appreciate all the characters more, and more . . . Thank you, GBT!

P.S. In those days my hometown paper The Boulder Daily Camera had Doonesbury on the editorial pages, which also had fairly regular (and sometimes controversial) contributions from Hunter S. Thompson.

PRESCIENT
Anonymous | London, U.K. | May 07, 2015

The 40-years-ago strip yesterday: how prescient.

OMG
Patti H. | Rome, NY | May 06, 2015

OMG. Kim is 40?!  I loved it when GBT brought her back years later as an A+ teenager, and even more when she became the new love of Mike's life.

PLANT HOMIES
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | May 04, 2015

Seeing Zonker talking with his plant homies it suddenly dawned on me: this could be the genesis of the Green Movement!

700,000 DEATHS
Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | May 04, 2015

Your current policy of running Classic strips has encouraged me to also check out the Doonesbury Flashbacks page daily. It is enormously useful to read the strips regarding Vietnam and Cambodia, such as the 5-4-75 Sunday. Seven hundred thousand deaths! I was a Canadian teenager at the time and it meant little to me then. Now, as an adult living in the Middle East, I can perceive the absolute criminality of these horrific and utterly unjustified killings, because I live among people who are disregarded or even demonized in the conservative U.S. news bubble, and can relate this to the SE Asian situation. I dont know to what extent, if any, these events somehow precipitated the Pol Pot nightmare. Again, thank you so much for your unique and marvelously expressed perspective on our world.

HOLDING A BOTTLE
James McFaralane | Cape Town, S.A. | May 01, 2015

I notice, in the 30-years-ago-today Flashback strip, that Mike drinks beer in the 'display' style beloved of admen, rather than the the normal, relaxed way of holding a bottle with the fingertips.

HONEY
L.T. | Paris, FRANCE | April 30, 2015

I too have always loved Honey, with or without Duke. Her naivete, flavored with firm determination, her cluelessness about her current situation, combined with random astute cultural observations, form such an original and amazing hodgepodge.

RED RASCAL
Ward Horack, Sigma Tau (briefly) | London, UK | April 26, 2015

So The Red Rascal was a Deke. Good on ya, brother!