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  • J.J.

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 01, 2017

    Given that GBT has sabbatically reprised J.J.'s mid-80s foray into (broadly speaking) "non-representational art," yesterday's Sunday strip showing her Pollock-sized, if not Pollock-splattered, painting couldn't be an accident.

  • HOOTERS

    Tom | San Francisco, CA | April 30, 2017

    Well, when it comes to Trump, J.J. would know. She painted the "hooters" on the nymphs on his yacht, while repeating to herself under her breath, "You have a family..." I wonder whether she is one of the contractors he has stiffed.

  • FINALLY

    Karen | Layton, UT | April 30, 2017

    Finally, after all these years, we get a positive story about J.J.! (I always felt a little sorry for her anyway.) Yes, art remains her primary motivation, but at least her muse is pointing her in the right direction.

  • THE, UM, HATS

    Chris W. | U.S. of A. | April 30, 2017

    I'd always assumed J.J. was the one who designed the, um, hats. You know the ones I mean.

  • WONDERFUL

    Kerry Killingsworth | Auburn, AL | April 30, 2017

    As a man and a feminist, I think it is wonderful to see J.J. in this light.

  • MASTERFUL

    Charles Browne | Hogansville, GA | April 30, 2017

    I've always been a fan, but today's strip, for some reason, just "said it all." Masterful indeed to evoke such a visceral response with the final panel. Well done!

  • MISGUESSED

    David | Waltrop, GERMANY | April 30, 2017

    You know, I completely misguessed the punchline today. I thought J.J. would have been one of several artists commissioned to do a theme like "the largest inauguration crowd in history" as a counterweight to the protests. But I have to admit that this calls more for the photoshopping talents of, uh, Zipper?

  • J.J.

    Matthew | London, UK | April 30, 2017

    J.J. has acquired a social and political conscience? Why, it's a Trump miracle!

  • TRAVEL

    Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | April 28, 2017

    Speaking of geography, travel is a great way for people to find out about the world, but it's a double-edged sword with regard to making the world a better place in the long term. All those people flying around constantly, burning vast quantities of fossil fuels that pollute the environment and add to climate change; there's not a lot of point to learning about the world if there's not going to be much of a world left to know about...

  • GEOGRAPHY

    Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | April 26, 2017

    Geography is so important. And travel. After teaching university for four years in a wealthy Persian Gulf country, to mostly Muslim students whose parents were from 20-plus countries in the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and SE Asia, my memories are of happy, cooperative, friendly, and hospitable people -- mostly women -- who love to laugh and who respect teachers. With "family values." So different from the image one gets from TV. If only more (U.S.) Americans would travel and see that the majority of people in the world just want to get through their lives, support their families, and have the pleasures of socializing. They all would wish me Merry Christmas, by the way, and Christmas trees and ornaments were for sale in many stores.

  • SUBSTITUTE

    Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | April 26, 2017

    In today's Classic strip on North Korea you could very easily substitute Donald Trump for Miss Nouri.

  • TIMELY

    Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | April 26, 2017

    Today's "Where's Korea?" strip, though 29 years old, is timely.

  • GEOGRAPHICAL IGNORANCE

    Terry Posey | Crawfordville, FL | April 26, 2017

    The student's geographical ignorance in today's strip is no worse than that among the current crop of social media experts. Gil should lean on his geometry expertise as he introduces the most basic foundation of geography -- the world is not flat, it is a sphere.

  • TEACHER FANTASY

    Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 25, 2017

    Given our math professor's heroic efforts to educate his students in geography, I can't resist sharing my "teacher fantasy." Whatever the subject, I would be sure to help my students understand their good fortune to be born in the wealthiest country in history that also respects individual liberty (pretty much like all of the West, Japan, South Korea, etc). To start would be a brief review of human history -- war, slavery, disease, and a very high mortality rate due to "neighborly" violence.

  • GEOGRAPHY

    Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, CA | April 25, 2017

    Geography is a Jeopardy category?! Now I know I'm getting old, because it was a subject in elementary school -- even had a textbook, and tests you had to pass.

  • KUDOS

    McAlvie | Washington, D.C. | April 24, 2017

    Kudos to Gil for being willing to tackle the problem. I was thinking recently about all the hoopla over STEM skills and wondering why it has completely taken the place of concerns re basic literacy, geography, and -- last, but it should certainly not be least -- history and government. I do not argue the importance of STEM education, but the reality is that most of us do not use higher math in everyday life. But everyone needs to know how to read and write. Good writing skills equal good communication skills, and we are leaving the newer generations woefully unprepared -- to say nothing of the fact that kids today probably know less about U.S. history, and certainly less about how our government works, than at any other time in our history. The world's greatest nation is getting dumber all the time. Seventy years ago when my parents were growing up in a small, rural mountain town, people wanted their kids to get educated and have more opportunities. What happened? Make America great again: Encourage your children to learn something, so that the future isn't so scary. They'll have to deal with it anyway, at least help them prepare.

  • ART

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 24, 2017

    GBT was right on the money with J.J.'s self-involved, self-aggrandizing, concept that Mike had thrown out "$300,000 worth" of her art. I believe that 1988 cartoon predates an incident at a London art museum in which a custodian doing after-hours cleaning took an installation's "found objects" to be trash.

  • GEOGRAPHY

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 24, 2017

    Gil is right. Geography is math. The lengths of days and nights at different latitudes and seasons, navigation, prevailing winds, weather, fractal coastlines, the Four Color Theorem, political redistricting, demographics, medal counts at the Olympics, the impact of Global Warming; something for everyone.

  • SWEET

    Mark Miller | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | April 24, 2017

    The forty-five-years-ago-today-Flashback strip is sweet: The christening of Walden Puddle.

  • GOOD TIMES

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | April 23, 2017

    Wow! The Flashbacks page gave us a momentous week in Doonesbury history: a wedding, another wedding, the birth of Samantha, and the founding of the Walden Commune. Good times, great memories!