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Bob | Tacoma, WA | August 29, 2011

The "coincidence" of Trff Bmzklfrpz beginning his memoirs and the emergence of Dick Cheney's In My Time is striking. We'll be able to learn directly about the planning / execution of an atrocity and simultaneously review its spun retelling.

Laureen | Val Marie, CANADA | August 29, 2011

Throw like a girl? I dunno. I throw like a girl. And I'm a girl! Doesn't mean I don't admire female baseball players. They throw like ball players. I throw like Mark.

Pete Stockwell | London, UK | August 29, 2011

Re. Mark "throwing like a girl": The Doonesbury strip would lack credibility if every character exhibited flawless, politically conscious values at all times. Express disappointment in the thoughts or actions of individual characters, by all means, but extending your disappointment to GBT, or the strip as a whole, misses the point of drama.

Julia | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | August 29, 2011

What have you done? Random House will be swamped with manuscripts from wannabe authors.

Judy Byers | Georgetown, TX | August 29, 2011

Enough of Trff! He's despicable. His best recent use in strip was to bring Becca Bickle onboard. Please develop her and the upheaval and trends in publishing/ebooks/how we get our reading fixes, aside from Doonesbury.

K.B.H. | Houston, TX | August 26, 2011

I am equally disappointed in GBT and DISAPPOINTED, both of whom assume that to "throw like a girl" is somehow an insult. I point you both towards the many, many female athletes who represent our nation in the Olympics, just for a start. And on behalf of Mark, who "throws like a girl": Thank you! what a compliment!

Richard | Olympia, WA | August 25, 2011

Becca Bickle? Spot on. Lets show lunatics -- of whatever stripe -- as they really are; grist for the media mill. BB will take on all comers with energy, verve, and bracelets that could dub as martial arts weapons. There's where you see the true invisible hand. The hand of affluence for the undeserving, and the insane. Honestly, sometimes I can't tell the difference, either.

Chris Windsor | Long Beach, CA | August 24, 2011

I am very disappointed in today's strip. You cannot resist the temptation to label Mark with the oldest gay stereotype in the book: he throws like a girl. In my experience "Lyle, the Effeminate Heterosexual" as portrayed by Dana Carvey years ago on SNL rings equally true, since most of my gay male friends are excellent athletes and sportsmen.

Lisa | Paoli, PA | August 24, 2011

I'm hoping Mark will become a Big Brother for some young boy who needs exactly the kind of camaraderie and encouragement he's talking about.

Pasha S. | Coquitlam, CANADA | August 23, 2011

I make it a point to read the Flashbacks section every day, partly for nostalgia, but also for for the weirdly prophetic strips from years past. The one from 10 years ago today is scary: Boopsie and B.D., commenting that "a whole new generation of madmen" "will "pay any price to destroy us." This in a strip that appeared just three weeks before 9/11.

Alan Harrison | Pittsburgh, PA | August 23, 2011

Someone round about the age of 60 should know better than to call a friend cross-country in the middle watches of the night. For any reason. Still -- "She's more up on the gay stuff"? Depth in characterization can be recognized by the author's willingness to have a protagonist sometimes be a total d*bag.

Dave Kuykendall | Springfield, IL | August 23, 2011

What the what? Did Mark's hair go white after he heard about Michele Bachmann's views on homosexuality?

John Malone | Newman, GA | August 23, 2011

As outrageous as the extreme distribution of wealth is, the real crime to me is that in a country that professes one man/one vote the 400 have more political power as well.

C.B. | Longmont, CO | August 23, 2011

The current Straw Poll seems to call for an Option D: All of the Above.

Larry S. | Delaware, OH | August 22, 2011

So who will present the greater challenge to the gorgeous and talented Becca Bickle -- the self-deluded psychopath or the self-deluded Peter Pan? Becca's had a good run so far. I look for it to continue.

Chris Campbell | Overland Park, KS | August 21, 2011

Today's "400 families" strip is really just an embellishment on last Sunday's about how even college grads are these days not trained to think critically. Before you can solve a problem, or even be outraged by it, you first have to recognize that it is a problem, and not let the "Invisible Hand" folks do the math for you. How ironic that it is Zipper who (at least momentarily) feels a pang of that outrage.

Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY | August 21, 2011

Today's Sunday strip aptly summed up the current American crisis in a fit of frenzied discovery, met by a sigh of complacent ignorance. Calm wisdom and proper action still lurk in the open with the general wellbeing, all waiting to be accomplished...

Rock Quarry | Los Angeles, CA | August 21, 2011

I wonder when Zipper's eyes will transform from doe-eyed wonder to the world-weary resignation of the other characters.

Andronico | London, UK | August 21, 2011

I like the "trust the invisible hand" being uttered by someone lounging supine in the sunshine -- I've often thought this faith in free markets, to be born of intellectual sloth, complacency, a disabling fear of complexity and of the painstaking thinking-through of muddy realities and detailed policies and risks, needed to run a successful mixed economy. In the UK we call its extreme adherents "headbangers."

J.D. Douglas | Seattle, WA | August 20, 2011

I laughed out loud today -- my first laugh of a dreary day -- when Becca had to wrap up her interview with Trff Bmzklfrpz since her "two o'clock" was due, and who do we see over her shoulder for his appointment but the Red Rascal. Love GBT's plotting.