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HAPPILY READING
Sioux | Silver Spring, MD | October 28, 2015

I've been happily reading Doonesbury since college in the '70s and honestly can't imagine the social or political landscape without you all. Keep up the amazing work, even when insanity takes its toll!

TOUCHSTONE
Robert McManus | Lexington, SC | October 27, 2015

Outstanding work for all 45 years! A touchstone for each day.

JABS
G.M.S. | USA | October 26, 2015

When I started reading your work I was just a kid and didn't know about satire; I knew you were funny, alongside Calvin and Hobbes. Now I need those laughs to get through the eye-rolls and sadness induced by today's news cycle. Thank you for many well-aimed penciled jabs at politics as usual, politics as unusual, and just plain nonsense.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
Peter | Halifax, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Happy anniversary!

THAT FIRST STRIP
Tom French | Washington, D.C. | October 26, 2015

Look at that. There's that first strip. Forty-five years ago today. What an important part of American culture -- and more, my life! I've been here reading Doonesbury for over forty years...

AMAZING RIDE
Zonker Harris | Fremont, CA | October 26, 2015

I started reading Doonesbury and Herb Caen about the same time, and I even took a job delivering the SF Chronicle so I could be one of the first on the West Coast to read them both before starting morning classes in high school. It's been an amazing ride, all these years, and I wanted to thank you for being a favorite part of it. Best regards.

MANNA
Theresa D. Bergen | Nyack, NY | October 26, 2015

During the Equal Rights Amendment Campaign your scripts were like manna from heaven to those of us who had left our jobs and families to work in unratified states. Thank you for all the laughter.

THANK YOU
J. Hall | Bewpirt, KY | October 26, 2015

Mr. Trudeau, Congrats on 45 years of political education, art, humor, and speaking truth to power. Doonesbury has been an important part of my life, and I thank you for it.

SHARING
Breeze | Madison, NJ | October 26, 2015

Thank you for sharing all of your gifts.

REFRESHER
Paul Logas | Silver Springs, FL | October 26, 2015

While I've missed new material, I've loved the refresher on all those great strips of my youthful past. An avid reader from day one, I look forward to you going back to being the Jon Stewart of comics. Thanks for all these great years, and here's to many more. (Btw, thanks for not saying your were done!)

ILLUSTRATED SATIRE
Peter Rizzo | USA | October 26, 2015

I remember my father getting the first Doonesbury anthology many years ago when I was about 12. I read it cover to cover several times. I asked my dad about substituting the word "subsidy" in "My country tis of thee" in a strip where Mike asks a farmer what he is growing; acres and acres of weeds. Once I understood it, I felt that illustrated satire was one of the most powerful things ever. Not soon after that I met your father. I spent the entire time, accompanying a guest of someone else, reading strips in your library. I was touched by your insight and then depth of character during a discussion (at the ripe old age of 14) that I had with your father about what it was like to have a son who was a cartoonist, who followed his dream regardless of the societal pressures placed. He showed me a strip you did for him; Mike standing on the edge of a bluff, wondering about living life when not feeling supported. Yep, a seminal moment in my life. Well done, sir. Congratulations on having done a job so well you had a profound impact on a boy who now writes letters to politicians on occasion, and feels change can be identified, as well as implemented. Thank you.

FRIENDS
Nick Stow | Ottawa, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Congratulations on 45 years. I count the characters of Doonesbury among the friends with whom I've grown up. Thanks for capturing so many of our thoughts, fears, angst, and lives.

KEEP IT UP
Shirley Chapian | Pahrump, NV | October 26, 2015

Haven't met a strip of yours that I didn't like. I have a lot of the books, and re-read them from time to time. Hope you keep it up for many more years!

RIDICULOUS
Susan Whiteaker | Ava, MO | October 26, 2015

Thank you for speaking truth to the ridiculous world we  live in -- for all these years! It makes life better to have someone who thinks like you around every day.  I've been reading your strip since it started.

PERSPECTIVE
Dana van der Merwe | Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA | October 26, 2015

Thanks for the unique, but accurate, perspective you have been providing with regard to this strange habitat we are inhabiting. Your characters are not only well-drawn but have real personality.

BRAVO!
Tom Kueny | Venice, FL | October 26, 2015

Forty-five years! I don't think I missed a day. Thanks you for your artistry, you are truly a genius. I love Alpha House too. Bravo! Bravo!

JOANIE
Linda Welling | Victoria, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Forty-five years?! I became hooked on the strip when Joanie appeared. Still here. Thanks.

45
Guy Geerts | Leuven, BELGIUM | October 26, 2015

Just want to say thanks. Here's to 45 years. Cheers!

THE TRUTH
Birgitte Thomsen | Arhus, DENMARK | October 26, 2015

I love, love, love Doonesbury and have done so for more than 40 years. Our Danish newspaper, Information, has brought the strip since the very start and I have read the newspaper and Doonesbury with the greatest of joy every single day since 1973. Thank you so much. My life wouldn't have been the same without it, and that is the truth.

HIGHLIGHT
Roberta Decker | Fremont, CA | October 26, 2015

Thank you for Doonesbury. It has been the highlight of many of my days...