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THE OTHER GREATS
Kelly | Edmonton, CANADA | January 04, 2011

Wow. Sad that the Widow Doonesbury has passed. I was thinking of the other greats who have left the strip: Andy, Lacey and Dick Davenport, Mark's Dad Phil. Part of life's journey of course -- even for comic characters.

THE WIDOW D.
Nancy J. | Phoenix, AZ | January 04, 2011

Oh, no! The Widow D. has passed on, with no parting words? Does Alex know Granny's gone? How about the forlorn, rejected suitors? Will she be interred in the great Northwest, or brought back to the red soil of Oklahoma? Mike's not a part of the sandwich generation anymore.

R.I.P.
Dennis B.Swaney | Oroville, CA | January 04, 2011

R.I.P., Widow Doonesbury a.k.a "Bodacious Granny D."

MOM
Richard | Olympia, WA | January 04, 2011

Outstanding storyline! We recently buried Mom. It was awkward and awful. The minister went on about how "she loved life." The boys (adult brothers)  sat around and compared beatings, as in who got the worse one ever. I think I won. But she could screw with your head. That turned a simple beating into a torture session where your whole existence was questioned. And invalidated. Her illnesses ate up all the inheritance. In the end, we were there for the funeral. I hadn't spoken to her since Dad died. I didn't have anything to say at the funeral, either. A simple paupers coffin. No memorial service, just a box. Just a hole in the ground. We're all comparing beatings and mind-farks, to see which one was the most devastating. As we left, my wife said, "You know, they all looked relieved she was dead." I had noticed the brothers wives looked relieved. There were even quiet admissions that she scared them, too. So yeah. Good call.

WHERE NO COMIC HAS GONE BEFORE
John | Kapaa, HAWAII | January 03, 2011

Ha! Great strip today -- once again. GBT continues to go where no comic has gone before. I'm just waiting now for the old rascal to sit up in her coffin and give Benjy an earful for not visiting. Well done!

AWWW
Dan (the Man) | Pennsauken, NJ | January 03, 2011

Awww. I'm honestly saddened about the passing of Mike's mom. I guess she finally made good on her escape...

DIRECTION
Judy Sokol | Los Angeles, CA | January 03, 2011

I like the direction on today's strip: Son out of touch with deceased older parent and family dynamic -- sign of the times. Keep it up.

POSING
Matthew | London, UK | January 03, 2011

I wonder why Julian Assange is posing as Benjy Doonesbury in the strip today. 

MY FAVORITE PART
Treva Obbard | CALIFORNIA | January 02, 2011

Oddly, my favorite part of today's strip is the first two panels, which don't even appear in my newspaper. Also, watching Leo's expression in each frame. Keep up the good work, GBT. And 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective is AMAZING!

OUR YOUNG VETS
Steve Paul | Grand Rapids, MI | January 02, 2011

Nice work in support of our young vets. There's still some class and intelligence to be found on the planet.

MINISTERS
Steve | Sacramento, CA | January 02, 2011

My wife is a minister. Those who found the Christmas strip offensive ought to hear what ministers say to each other in private.

RE "GOD"
S.B. | San Francisco, CA | January 01, 2011

About the Christmas strip and shouting at God: yes and no. Shouting "How Long, O Lord?" is Advent. But Christmas about "Here I am!" And then Easter is about God being totally in it with us; at that point one doesn't feel like shouting at him any more. But I do congratulate you for being genuine rather than glib about the subject.

GOD
Connie | Atlanta, GA | December 30, 2010

"How long, oh Lord" is the most repeated and venerable cry in the Bible. If God isn't big enough to yell at, well, that's not much of a God, is it?

CHRISTMAS STRIP
Mary Brown | Chicago, IL | December 30, 2010

The Christmas strip was spot on. I come from a long line of clergy persons, and am an elder myself. We all of us yell at God. At least he knows we care. Keep up the good work.

RE "SAD"
Tom Ryan | Columbia, SC | December 28, 2010

There are far too many "offended Christians," especially since we do our fair share of offending. I know GBT has a liberal slant and I know that going in. I need the humor, even if it is sometimes biting and makes me look at the big picture. Biblically, we are to "wrestle with God." Just read Proverbs. The chaplain cartoon character said exactly what I would expect her to say...

GIVES ME A CREEPER
T. A. | New York, NY | December 28, 2010

As an atheist who doesn't believe the military should even have sky-pilots, I think the strip's portrayal of chaplains and their work has been exemplary. Sometimes it gives me a creeper (that's when you kind of start to cry but don't actually).

RE "SAD"
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | December 28, 2010

"He deserves it, in my humble opinion." The VA counselor's comment reveals a view of God that is both narrow-minded and shallow. The only reason this offended Christian doesn't chuck Doonesbury out of his life immediately is that Mr. Trudeau is an equal-opportunity offender. Sooner or later, Doonesbury offends everybody.

AWWWWWW!
Cindy Ashcraft | Phoenix, AZ | December 28, 2010

I am not a sentimental fool. I know that in a few years, when Toggle and Alex are no longer starry-eyed lovers, they are going to want to change something about each other. But reading today's cartoon made me say 'awwwwww!', and remember those days of blind, unadultrated, pure love! Oh, and as for your Christmas comic -- even the most ardent believers have their moments when they scream and curse the way some things are. It's what people do in real life. Why shouldn't they do so in a comic strip?

THE CHAPLAIN
Anne Dowdeswell | Exeter, UK | December 27, 2010

I'm a priest in the Church of England and one of my closest friends is a military chaplain. The chaplain in your strip is one of the most honest and positive representations of ministry that I have seen. I hope you will eventually do a book that includes all of the strips with this character, as I would very much like to be able to give it to other military chaplains that I know. Many thanks for all your work.

OUTSTANDING
David | KC, MO | December 27, 2010

The Christmas Day strip was outstanding. Given that it's the Prince of Peace's birthday, taking a stance on the war is pretty great.