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Tom | San Francisco, CA | December 14, 2015

I'm a little concerned that two Sunday strips in a row show Mike and J.J. each dissatisfied with their marriages. Their divorce was bitter enough. I feel sad to see both fall into the pattern of quiet, passive-aggressive disparagement of a spouse, rather than attempting real communication.

To confront B.D.'s drinking, Mike physically blocked his access and said, "Let's talk about that." If Kim's cell phone addiction bothers Mike so much, he could afford her the same courtesy of direct confrontation, rather than simply walking out on her during a lunch date. (Having been a lunch date abandonee myself, albeit under different circumstances, I know how hollow and mortifying it feels to be the one left behind.)

Similarly, when J.J. was concerned about Mike's growing distance, she first attempted to involve him in her social life and her art, then attempted to teach him about her art when he didn't understand it. She then confronted him directly about his wandering eye at a college reunion, and next enlisted the help of his mother-in-law and friend Joanie. Finally, they made a pact to work together to raise their child despite their differences. In short, for all her challenges, J.J. fought for her marriage with Mike. It seems she feels that Zeke's not even worth fighting for.

I understand that conflict is the foundation of drama, upon which storytelling strips are built. I just wish the conflict weren't so cold and mean.

Sam | New York, NY | December 13, 2015

A day without Doonesbury is like a day without sunshine. Not that the Classic daily strips aren't terrific, but...

Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | December 09, 2015

Frames one and two of today's 30-years-ago Flashback strip are views of Manhattan which 9/11 etched permanently on my mind. Some of the documentaries regularly repeat-screened over here include video clips of the Twin Towers, as they disappeared, shot from an apartment facing them. Prominent in the foreground is a water tank on an adjacent roof. Eerie.

Nermal | San Juan, PR, USA | December 06, 2015

Today's strip is yet another standing ovation gem! Mobile devices are a horror. I'm beginning to suspect that Steve Jobs may conceivably have been as evil as his critics always wanted to believe that he was. This glorious new millennium is losing its charm in a hurry -- even though its predecessor was certainly no bargain in the milk of human kindness department. Viva GBT, yet again!

Richard Geldard | New York, NY | December 05, 2015

Right on! For today's climactic finish; America as sterilized garbage can.

Victor Field | London, ENGLAND | December 02, 2015

As I dislike going into fits of rage in the mornings, can I suggest "SayWhat?" should come with a trigger warning every time DT (I hate writing his name) is featured?

Karr | Baltimore, MD | December 02, 2015

Congrats on 45 Golden Years! Sometimes, I swear, you are the only thing in the print waves that makes sense. Thank you soooooooo much, you and your Cool Crew!

Roger Miller | Nathrop, CO | December 01, 2015

As much as many of us would like to see more new strips, it continues to amaze me how spot-on and current the old strips remain. Kind of a sad commentary really.

Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | November 30, 2015

Last week's Classic strips on the homeless during the Thanksgiving holiday were totally on target. Goodness knows people need to be reminded that there are so many in need, less fortunate than some of us. Thank you.

Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | November 29, 2015

Zonker and Zip part of the 1% ?! Damn I love the irony!

Scott Boye | Friday Harbor, WA | November 29, 2015

God, I've missed Toggle!

D.C. | Gloster, UK | November 29, 2015

Yay! The twins!

Neal | Concord, NH | November 24, 2015

"Well, I thought so, but I may have gotten it wrong." Today's 35-years-ago Flashback is definitely on my list of best Doonesbury strips ever! Honey truly is the real hero (if somewhat an anti-hero) of modern history. She's there at all the great moments, blithely, innocently shaking the world to its foundation. She's kind of like earth's R2-D2. 


Jeffrey Burr | New York, NY | November 23, 2015

It's so interesting that back in 1985 you could just say "the Depression" and everyone understood that you meant the 1930s. Nowadays you'd be more likely to feel the need to specify either "the Great Depression" or "the 1930s Depression" to refer to that one, in order to differentiate it from the one we just went through starting in 2007.

Suzie Null | Durango, CO | November 22, 2015

If the professor in today's strip had been female, Sam would have also been evaluating her on her appearance, clothing choices, "likeability," and on how often she smiled. Sam would have also evaluated her more harshly than a male professor if she hadn't been available, on call, to help Sam through everything from content, to advising, to personal issues, or to "accommodate" Sam if she hadn't been able or willing to do the course work.

P.H. | USA | November 21, 2015

There you have it! In the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip we learn why B.D. always wore a helmet: His ears stick out. Mystery solved!

Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | November 20, 2015

I loved today's dance clip on the home page -- a great mashup of historic dancers and modern music. Thanks for the boogie feet to start the day! 

Stephanie Knopp | Philadelphia, PA | November 20, 2015

Bravo, Garry! Love this week's revisit of the J.J. art scene strips. As a veteran professor for many years in an art school, I can attest that you completely captured the nonsensical jargon that has proliferated throughout the art world. As always, you hit a bullseye.

Aging Zoo Animal | Silverton, CO | November 19, 2015

Poor Mike. At least we know that he will have a soft landing with his wise, kind, and understanding second wife, Kim. Even narcissistic J.J. will find her true soul mate in the worthless parasite, Zeke. God couldn't have found a better plan than Mr. Trudeau's.

John Bevan | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | November 18, 2015

I can't recall that the great artists of the past needed to append long, tedious, usually pointless explanations of their work. Even worse are those who need to cover their art with words! If it isn't clear what the work is about then there's no point in waffling on.