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ALEX NARCISSISTIC?
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | January 19, 2011

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?

PERFECT TIMING
Greg Weinman | Washington, D.C. | January 19, 2011

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.

DISASTER
Billie MacGowan | Como, ITALY | January 18, 2011

I sense disaster incoming in the strips about Alex's marriage. Please don't break our hearts (once again)!

WHAT IS UP?
Captain Amazing | Seattle, WA | January 18, 2011

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!

TEN POUND BOOK
Kathy Williams | Eastport, MI | January 17, 2011

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!

ALEX'S ANNOUNCEMENT
Ben Ezzell | Salt Lake City, UT | January 17, 2011

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.

SYMPATHIZE
Steve | Sarasota, FL | January 17, 2011

I sympathize with the girl totally. I too am getting married. To Natalie Portman.

GOODBYE DAISY
Linda Weinberg | Anmore, CANADA | January 17, 2011

Goodbye, Daisy. Rest in peace. We'll miss you.

ALL THE BEST
Niki | Montreal, CANADA | January 14, 2011

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.

MEMORIALS
Tim | Vancouver, CANADA | January 13, 2011

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.

ON AND ON
Coquelicot Hall | Joshua Tree, CA | January 13, 2011

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?"

A PARENT'S FUNERAL
Kerryn Goldsworthy | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | January 13, 2011

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.

SOUNDS WEIRD
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | January 12, 2011

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.

RETROSPECTIVE
Michael E.C. Gery | Manteo, NC | January 12, 2011

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.

PANEL THREE
Eric Olson | Holland, MI | January 12, 2011

Excellent artwork on panel three of today's strip. I keep looking at it and laughing. Keep up the excellent work, G.T!

HAVEN'T GOTTEN THERE YET
Sue | Oakland, CA | January 12, 2011

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).

THE PRIZE
Alan Harrison | Colchester, VT | January 12, 2011

"The youngest Dr. Whoopee sales manager in history..." With a two-day setup on that line, it could take the prize for all time cheesiest effort by a salesman.

MDMA
Will Warner | Austin, TX | January 11, 2011

It seems like it would be in character for Toggle to consider taking MDMA to see if it improved the aphasia. Or LSD. Alexander Shulgin's book Pihkal describes an incident where one of his college students greatly reduced his stuttering that way.

CONDOLENCES
Thomas Putnam | Cambridge, MA | January 11, 2011

I just want to send my condolences at Mom's passing. I wonder if Zonker is invited to the wake. Many thanks for the last 40 years!

SYMBOL
L.S. | Boise, IDAHO | January 11, 2011

A comment re yesterday's SayWhat? quote, where Sarah Palin's aide said the crosshair  Palin used on a map "is a surveyor's symbol."  It is. And we call it a target. And when we point the surveying instrument (sometimes called a gun) at it, we say we are shooting it.