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I hate to bring this up, but am I the only one that doesn't buy the Alex/Leo storyline? First off, I think GBT is wrong about his own character. She's not narcissistic, just a bit Aspergers-y, like so many brilliant nerds. But also, I just don't buy it that she would be interested in Leo in the first place. I feel like GBT gave her to Leo as a kind of a prize, because he deserves an awesome girlfriend. But Alex deserves an awesome relationship too, which means someone she can talk to about the stuff that really interests her. Please, GBT, don't falisify the storyline of the math/science/computer genius, just because you are presently more interested in war veterans.
I feel great empathy for what Toggle (Leo) is about to go through. After 25 years, I'm still not sure I know how I happened to be married yet. Crafty creatures, these women. Crafty.
This week's storyline is a riot. I always love Mike's antagonistic attitude toward his ex, but today's "Are you on drugs?" retort has to be the best yet! Then to have Alex raise the snark further by suggesting J.J. could use the money just stamped this one an indelible classic. The strip can poke fun at politics with the best of them, but it's multi-level character interactions like these that places Trudeau on a plateau all his own.
Thank you for today's Flashback strip. I want a t-shirt that reads, "My Chinese hosts can go suck eggs."
Alex narcissistic? I saw GBT on Charlie Rose last night, and that's what he called her, adding, "like her mother." Well, okay, I can see the self-absorption. But what is obnoxious in the mother is positively charming in the daughter. GBT was right: Alex has become the central character of the strip. What he didn't add is that she is also the most beloved. Am I right, fellow readers?
What perfect timing for today's Flashback to my favorite Ambassador Duke understatement ("I'm sure my Chinese hosts would be saddened to see U.S. gunboats steaming up the Yangtze as I would be.") on the day after the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao in the United States for a public relations tour. Maybe they'll serve eggs for him to suck at the upcoming State Dinner.
I sense disaster incoming in the strips about Alex's marriage. Please don't break our hearts (once again)!
What is up with Alex turning into a psycho biatch like her mother? She used to be cool, now I'm afraid Leo is going to get the J.J. treatment. Leo! Run! Run away! She is crazy!
My husband gave me your wonderful, ten pound (we weighed it) book for Christmas, and I just finished it. What a terrific collection! I loved going back in Doonesbury history, and I found the pages of information and background fascinating. Thanks!
I'm enjoying Alex's announcement -- particularly the part about "He doesn't know it yet..." The real question is just how much Alex knows about what he knows. Might be a surprise there for her, but odds are it may be a long time before she discovers this little fact. After all, Toggle's track record speaks for itself and he's shown interesting degrees of subtlety already.
I sympathize with the girl totally. I too am getting married. To Natalie Portman.
Goodbye, Daisy. Rest in peace. We'll miss you.
Ah, you've done it again. How do you manage to pierce the heart with this comic strip?! And I love that you give Alex all the best; she must be daddy's little girl, eh? I've been here for 30 years, and when she graduated from MIT... Well, there it is. Crazy, but there it is. Live forever, mate.
This is a timely sequence on funerals, given what just happened in Tucson. Relevant in how it shows that memorials all too often become about politics and the grievances of those left behind, rather than a celebration of those who've passed.
Today's strip: words out of my mouth. At my mother's funeral, one of her friends went on and on about how sweet and thoughtful and kind my mother was. My jaw was dropped so low, all I could say was, "Really?"
I don't want the funeral to end either. As a fellow Boomer I've noticed how often one's very old friends will make the effort to show up at a parent's funeral -- I'm hoping we're going to see at least one of Zonker, Mark, Joanie and B.D. Preferably all of them. And I'd really love to see Leo and B.D. join forces to confront Zeke and the superannuated biker as they try to get in through the attic window.
I know it sounds weird, but I'm going to be sorry when this funeral is over. It's one of the funnest things GBT has done in a long time, especially the conflict between Mike and his brother. And J.J. and Uncle Stupidheads' behavior confirms my suspicion that they're going to do their best to wreck Alex's wedding. But, of course, we can count on Leo to save the day by reminding Alex with a simple gesture that it's really about the two of them.
I am loving the Retrospective book. It's perfect. Not only does it put me in the frames of mind of I had when I first looked at these strips, but it also allows me to see more than one a day and to smile and laugh for a variety of reasons. Thanks for doing it all.
Excellent artwork on panel three of today's strip. I keep looking at it and laughing. Keep up the excellent work, G.T!
In my family, it's referred to as "the hair pullin'" -- when everyone starts arguing over who gets what from the deceased's worldly goods. I don't remember anyone actually getting their hair pulled, but I do know of family members who haven't spoken to each other for several years after arguments over stuff that wasn't even valuable. In the strip we haven't gotten there yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing how the Doonesbury heirs settle the inheritance. It's always a surprise to see who acts crass (not usually who we expect) and who behaves with some class (never who we expect).