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Valerie F. | San Diego, CA | January 07, 2012

I do sincerely wish people would lighten up about Alex and Leo, particularly Alex's proposal/wedding plans. This isn't self-aggrandizement -- it's Alex in love! And Toggle adores her. I fail to see anything wrong in that.

Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | January 07, 2012

Despite his TBI, Leo is the sensible and centered one in this relationship, and I can't wait to see how he brings Alex down to earth for a soft landing.

Alex | Brooklyn, NY | January 07, 2012

It's interesting that the character Alex has the lidded eyes, indicative of the world-weary, world-wise characters of the strip. She clearly isn't world-wise. Nor is she world-weary. I wonder how much longer it will be before Leo, finally tired of her self-absorbed infantilism, finally extracts himself from her.

Bernard | Washington, D.C. | January 07, 2012

The really cool thing about this week's Flashback sequence has been watching Mike and Kim work as a team advising Alex. Kim is often just a background presence in the Mike story-arcs, and it has been a pleasure to see her in a more active role.

U.D. | Red Sox Nation | January 07, 2012

Run Leo, run!

Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | January 07, 2012

Stop hatin' on my girl Alex! What some see as grandiose self-importance I see as passionate idealism. I have someone like Alex in my real life, and I'm crazy about her, too. It's young people like Alex who are going to save the world -- assuming we don't screw it up so badly in the meantime that even they can't fix it.

Terry Ryder | San Leandro, CA | January 06, 2012

The first panel of today's strip contains an optical illusion of the "field-ground reversal" type. When I first saw the panel, I saw it containing two women kissing; Kim on the left and an older, more jowly woman on the right. Is easier to see if you start at the right hand border of the panel. You have to think of the black starry sky as a hoodie and Mike's hair as background. Think of Mike's eye as the woman's eye looking towards Kim's nose.

Larry S. | Delaware, OH | January 05, 2012

Today's strip -- an affirmation of Alex's grandiose self-importance if ever I saw one! When her head's in the clouds, it doesn't go up into them, they come down to her head. Outrageous!

John N. | Columbia, SC | January 03, 2012

Colbert and Red Rascal. They are like Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald. A perfect pair.

Kimboi | San Francisco, CA | January 01, 2012

Once again, the danger of reading the strip in the middle of the night has been brought home: my raucous, uncontrollable cackling at the Red Rascal's encounter with Steven Colbert set off the dog. The neighbor's dog. Did Colbert contribute?

Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | January 01, 2012

Thanks for the great start to the new year with today's strip. Now that he has the "Colbert Bump", I'm looking forward to meeting the Red Rascal during a book signing at a nearby Borders.

Rock Quarry | Los Angeles, CA | December 31, 2011

Something tells me we haven't seen the last of the Sarah Palin doll.

Janice | Culver City, CA | December 31, 2011

I am wondering why Sam threw her dolls into the trash rather than give them to charity. Assuming they were still in decent shape, wouldn't some poor younger kid like the opportunity to have a nice doll? It can't be just because one of the dolls was a Sarah Palin, surely. I hold no brief for Sarah Palin but I do not like dislike expressed as careless waste of something that might still benefit someone else. What are this kid's seemingly enlightened parents teaching her?

Wanda Leach | Anderson, CA | December 31, 2011

Sam's dolls need to live on. She needs to go get them and take them to a local thrift store so a young girl can adopt them. The dolls will live on forever.  Sam is happy, the doll is happy. And a young girl that otherwise might not get a doll is happy.

T.F. Gray | Charlotte, NC | December 29, 2011

That's my daughter! At two she told me she wanted a driver's license for her third birthday. At ten she persuaded her uncle to let her sit on his lap and steer while he drove. At fifteen she took a waitress job to save up for her first car. Spot on!

Brian Corby | New York, NY | December 28, 2011

Sam's eyes! Artful is the word that comes to mind. I am the father of a 10-year-old girl and I know that day is coming. I can barely remember when Alex's eyes switched, but I know they did. And consider the standard bearer for expressed innocence and naivete -- Boopsie, who even when exclaiming outrage over the napalming of "baby ducks" still wears that as her default expression. No wonder I love this comic strip.

R. Willis | Portland, OR | December 28, 2011

Very clever touch in the fourth frame, changing the manner in which Sam's eye is drawn, in synch with B.D. saying "blink of an eye." I assume we will no longer be seeing Sam with the wide eyes, but with the lowered lid more typical of the adult characters.

Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | December 28, 2011

I was waiting for it, and you did it! Great shorthand transition. I remember when you did it to Alex, this time, you didn't even call attention to it. I wonder if Gasoline Alley had this kind of transition problem...

Nick | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | December 28, 2011

Whoa. Nice touch, GBT, between panels three and four. With the subtle change in eyes, Sam is no longer a little girl. I saw my 14-year-old give me that look yesterday. Sam is about to give her Dad a few lessons in parenthood...

Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | December 28, 2011

Oh no. Sam has Adult Eyes. I thought her Child Eyes weren't an age-related feature, but something she inherited from her mother...