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FORTY YEARS WORTH
Laura Dickinson | Santa Rosa, CA | October 25, 2010

Forty years worth of thank you! Thank you, and thank you again. With warm regards.

SORKH RAZIL
Jonathan Adam | Oregon, OH | October 25, 2010

I am really enjoying the Sorkh Razil storyline. I've always liked Jeff as a slacker, but I like him so much more as the Red Rascal!

NEW FORMAT
Margaret | New York, NY | October 25, 2010

Thanks so much for the new format on the site. Loads faster, moves faster, easier to navigate. Looks great!

SITE
Ben Read | Santa Cruz, CA | October 25, 2010

I love the site redesign!

CAN'T FIND THE WORDS
Eric Persons | Huntington, WVA | October 25, 2010

I really can't find the words for how much I dislike the new format. Sunday strips compressed to an unreadable size. Confusing layout. Visually striking -- but not user friendly.

40 YEARS?
John Street | Seattle, WA | October 25, 2010

Has it really been 40 years? I have been enjoying your strip since it debuted in the Seattle papers. Now I enjoy a current on-line feed as well as the daily FLASHBACK dose. Thanks for the memories.

CAN'T BELIEVE
Aussiegregg | Canberrra, AUSTRALIA | October 22, 2010

I can't believe I've been reading Doonesbury for 40 years. Sometimes you just make me feel so old! Happy birthday! And many, many happy returns...

PORTRAYAL OF THE AFGHANS
J. Kelly | New York, NY | October 21, 2010

I gotta say, I'm getting pretty tired of GT's portrayal of the Afghans being so relentlessly negative. Especially this whole line about the PR campaign of Jeff's being so wildly successful, when the truth is so much the opposite: The U.S. is having so much trouble "winning hearts and minds" precisely because the Afghan's aren't buying into the PR campaigns. They're looking around and seeing all the thousands upon thousands of dead innocents killed by U.S. airstrikes and other military actions.

And what's up with this whole "dancing boy" thing? Gotta throw in some weird homophobic reference to satirize Karzai? WTF? It's condescending, insulting, and not terribly funny. Doonesbury's humor has a lot to do with how close its satire is to the real world: this is nowhere near.

THE STATE OF OUR UNION
P. Malina | Phoenix, AZ | October 21, 2010

Congratulations on 40 years of consistently satirical, biting commentary on the state of our Union and the world in general. Doonesbury has been one of my never-miss strips since college, and I am now 59! All I can say is: "I hope we rock on for another 40!"

THE DIALOGUE
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | October 21, 2010

The dialogue in the final panel of today's strip confirms my opinion of GBT as the Voltaire of the 21st Century. When the Red Rascal uttered the line, "That is not our way. What else you got?", my heart leaped. Kudos and thanks to GBT for making many an otherwise-ordinary day in the life into a literary event.

THANKS FOR ALL 40 YEARS
Don Langstaff | Fairfield, IA | October 20, 2010

Thanks for all 40 years -- insightful, funny, and often a more direct presentation of "what's current" than the networks. Thanks again!

FRESH AIR
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | October 20, 2010

After several weeks of Alex's self-centered angst, and Jeff's Robin Hood fantasies, yesterday's realistic, genuinely funny banter among B.D., Boopsie, and Sam at the breakfast table was a breath of fresh air.

ALEX AND LEO
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | October 20, 2010

Relax, folks. GBT is too smart to break up Alex and Leo. He knows that if he did, we'd all be making like peasants with pitchforks. He's just stretching out the suspense because he knows we love them so much. We're all looking forward to the wedding strips, Garry! Can't wait to see what kind of production Kim puts on, and how J.J. and Zeke will try (unsuccessfully, I'm sure) to create a scene and ruin everything. I'm sure Drew will be a lovely maid of honor.

SWEETNESS AND LIGHT
Don | Spring Mills, PA | October 20, 2010

I would not count on Mr. Trudeau to follow the wishes of his readers. If this were a series of sweetness and light vignettes then B.D. would still have two complete legs, Toggle/Leo would have both eyes, and Mike's divorce would never have taken place. What we get is life painted with brushes of varying breadth but never tinted rosy (except when we need to become more aware of breast cancer).

PLOT PLAN
Treva Obbard | Albany, CA | October 20, 2010

My mental plot plan for Jeff is that everyone thinks he is the Red Rascal, so that in an effort to keep up the charade he has to become the Red Rascal, for real. Like in The Postman, by David Brin.

RIDING HIGH
John | Memphis, TN | October 20, 2010

Red Rascal is still riding high. Deficit? 1.5 trillion. Afgan-Iraq war? 1.05 trillion expense. I guess the difference went to Overkill, but we can't account for that. It's "black budget," so there's even a hole in the deficit accounting.

OVERKILL
Richard | Duluth, MN | October 20, 2010

I wonder if Overkill plans to hand Jeff over for the cool $1,000,000 ransom. That'd be awesome.

RE "ONE OF THE FIRST"
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | October 20, 2010

This morning I happened to be at the computer when today's dewey-fresh Slate Doonesbury email arrived at 4 a.m.

JEFF
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | October 20, 2010

Now we get to see if Jeff is as good an actor as he is a writer (cue ominous music).

THE QUESTION
Richard | Olympia, WA | October 20, 2010

It's remarkable how these 'idiots' survive while disaster strikes all around them. So the question really is, does the Red Wingnut bring it on by kharma and retribution, or does he just stumble from one chaotic scenario to another? I'll go with 'stumble.'