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A REAL-LIFE JOB
A.K. Dogman | Anchorage, AK | December 10, 2010

I wonder if Jeff will ever succumb to reality, or if the Red Rascal is (like Walter Mitty) just a character in a long dream with no connection to reality. If Jeff were actually in Afghanistan I'm sure the Taliban would have issued a reward, and within a week he would either be dead or undergoing torture. In short, Jeff needs a real-life job. If necessary, in a sea of cubicles, or as a work person like an electrician, or with schooling as an engineer who makes things work. The latter is an unlikely scenario as it requires four years of real study, and four more years of (often dull) experience in real life work to be a success. The same advice goes for Zipper Harris, who will awake some morning as a 65-year-old hippie street person on the edge of Walden Colege, drinking Thunderbird without even a loyal dog to befriend him.

A FINE JUDGE OF JUSTICE
James Bailey | Phoenix, AZ | December 09, 2010

Awesome! Today's cartoon was the epitome of irony, given that the Red Rascal's exploits have been written by a person who is obviously a fine judge of justice (taking from the evil and giving to the poor). Of course, the "evil" in his stories is the Taliban but in real life (well, cartoon real life) he actually took money from the real evil in Afghanistan, the USA (a foreign invader whose country was never threatened by Afghanistan) and gave it to an anonymous Afghan (we don't know yet to what use that person will put the money) representing the average Afghan, wily and cunning after 3,000 years of dealing with occupiers. This strip could also be seen as an homage to the great 1960s TV series Get Smart. Mr. Overkill is sure a lot like Mr. Big, who was a dwarf after all. And KAOS was a Delaware corporation -- you know, for tax purposes. I'm waiting with unbridled excitement to learn the fate of Mr. Big -- Mr. Overkill -- when his contract gets cancelled.

SUICIDE?
Cindyash | Phoenix, AZ | December 09, 2010

Um, in today's strip, did Jeff try to commit suicide? Or is this really something being dreamed up by Jeff in his parents' house, soon become a best-selling graphic novel? Mmmm. Maybe Jeff does have some of Rick's writing genes. As for REALITY CHECK -- back in college I visited a friend attending school in Boulder, and she took me to the Alfred Packer Memorial Grill -- in synch with their motto: "Have a friend for lunch." I think I still have the t-shirt that says, "Keep an eye on your thighs." Glad to hear it's still going strong.

DINKY DAU
T.B. | Historic Macoupin County, IL | December 07, 2010

The Red Rascal is in beaucoup dinky dau, I think. As for "REALITY CHECK" --  I grew up in Denver, and well remember "Alfred Packer Day." They used to play a song about him on the Top 40 radio station.

COLBERT
Joseph Lenchner | Corralitos, CA | December 07, 2010

Nice to see GBT out of his cave, and on The Colbert Report.

THE RELATIONSHIP
Valerie F. | San Diego, CA | December 06, 2010

Two things: 1) Toggle is one of the most fabulous featured characters in a long time, and I'm digging the focus on the relationship between him and my favorite brilliant, adorable, neurotic nut case, the sweet Alex. Kudos.

2) Thank you for always, always, always being there and on point for us for 40 terrific years. Please don't even think about retiring soon. I just had a garage sale where I got rid of loads of books (I'm just a little compulsive about books), but the Doonesbury collections were all in the "save" pile. I don't take a paper any more, but I always check in on five strips online: Candorville, Frazz, 9 Chickweed Lane, Pooch Cafe, and I save you for last. Hugs and kisses from your fan since the beginning. Go Zonker, you've got Pres. Roth on the run!

SINCE IT FIRST APPEARED
Kathy Koons | Oviedo, FL | December 05, 2010

I was glad I could read today's strip on the site: The Orlando Sentinel didn't print the first two panels, and they are terrific. I also want to thank you for and congratulate you on 40 terrific years. I've been reading the strip since it first appeared in the newspaper, own all the books (including the new Retrospective) and even remember the musical on Broadway. I am a most grateful and avid fan!

DUMB MOVE
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | December 05, 2010

I wonder if President Roth has considered that for every good prospect who will be reassured by his dumb move, there are ten who will be turned off. I happen to know one: She gets straight A's, is captain of her soccer team, a talented musician and an all-around great kid. And she's decided not to apply to Wesleyan because of this. Nice going, Mr. Roth!

WOW
J.M. | Washington, D.C. | December 05, 2010

Wow. Your Doonesbury funny in today's paper was eerily like Joseph David Osman's new book on Afghanistan; Surrender to Kindness: One Man's Epic Journey for Love and Peace.

TIPPED OVER
Ethan | Brooklyn, NY | December 05, 2010

I love Doonesbury, but today's episode of the adventures of the "Red Rascal" definitely tipped over into racism. You should read Orientalism, by Edward Said.

RUMOR
Sua | Middletown, CT | December 05, 2010

There's a rumor afoot that President Roth is actually Matt Frewer. (What would Matt do?)

TWO DUCKS
Wooly | Peoria, IL | December 05, 2010

"Give him two ducks and marry his sister?" Oh, you magic man, you.

RIDICULOUS MOVEMENT
G. | Washington, D.C. | December 04, 2010

Thank you for taking on the ridiculous movement on President Roth's part to bring Wes into the mainstream. I just graduated and was there to see the transition under Roth. I was not pleased, to say the least. Hopefully he will take notice of this and other efforts to preserve Wesleyan's unique character and atmosphere of understanding. GO WES!

WASN'T SO CLEVER TO INSULT THE ALUMNA
Stephanie Gold | Boonville, CA | December 04, 2010

One more voice of gratitude from yet another middle aged Wes alum: I'm delighted to see the support your strip has set in motion. Roth's decision is so ludicrous. Maybe it wasn't so clever to insult the alumna who harbor fond memories of Duke and Zonker days, when we're the same folks he reaches out to annually for our Wes gifts. No more contributions till Zonker and Duke days are restored!

HIDING ITS FUZZY UNDERBELLY
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | December 04, 2010

Weslayan's traditional rival just up the road is Trinity College, a more prim institution rather more effective at hiding its fuzzy underbelly. While it is fine to whoop Wes at football and sprout our surfeit of investment bankers, some of us from Trinity have regarded Weslayan as a place where the poetic, humane sensibility has been more tenderly cultivated. Sad that their prez should feel so embarrassed by some bit of Zonker flavor to this, and glad that GBT should rub it in.

THROWING YOUR HAT
Sara Manela | Eugene, OR | December 04, 2010

This week's strip has been the best Hanukkah present a Wes alum could ask for. Thanks for throwing your hat into the ring on this attempt to control a unique student culture!

REALITY CHECK
M. Nathan | Madison, WI | December 04, 2010

As a reality check to the controversy at Wesleyan I'd like to mention that for decades the University of Colorado at Boulder (a bastion of vegetarianism) celebrated "Alfred Packer Day" in commemoration of the infamous cannibal who allegedly ate members of the party of prospectors he was hired by. Though the holiday ended, there is still a campus grill in his honor. Eat that, President Roth!

APPALLED
Michael McClure | Ukiah, CA | December 04, 2010

I have Long been a Doonsbury fan; the first thing I do in the morning is dial up the strip. A couple of years ago I had to spend a couple off weeks in the VA hospital in Walla Walla, WA. After a few days there I went looking for the library to access a computer and ketch up on back strips. After getting permission to use the computer, to my dismay I discovered that they were editing the Doonesbury strip and not allowing the patients to access it. I was really appalled.

HOOKED
Duke's Illegitimate Son, IV | Lawrence, KS | December 04, 2010

I am 40 years old and I remember first finding Doonesbury in a library when I was 12 years old. I have been hooked ever since. Thank you!

THIS ROTH GUY
Tammi J. | Lexington, KY | December 04, 2010

I have been reading Doonesbury since my early college days in 1976. At present, it is the only one I endeavor to read every day, and you are bookmarked in my favorites. I have visited Wesleyan's campus, having been involved on a brief basis with them years ago, so I am somewhat familiar. The current series is awesome, and I hope this Roth guy comes to his senses. Of all the horrific things in this world to be concerned about, he's afraid of a way the students and faculty blow off steam and have fun. Geez Louise, get over it! Rock on, Trudeau!