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SOUNDS GOOD
Melinda W. Capozza | Huntington, IN | March 05, 2018

Aerosmith for Andy's funeral sounds good to me. I've told my kids to play me out with the Beatles' "When I'm 64" and "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Segar. Crank it up!

YESTERDAY'S STRIP
Jane | Peoria, IL | March 05, 2018

On yesterday's strip? I got to the fifth panel and straight-up cried. Thank you for that, and please come back to the dailies soon!

HELLUVA TEAM
Brighella | Basel, SWITZERLAND | March 05, 2018

Melissa is a brilliant candidate and Joanie on the campaign will make this a helluva team. Go for it! And of course GBT will have to resume daily strips in order to cover the race...

JEFF
Anne | Burnaby, CANADA | March 05, 2018

When will Jeff wander through the kitchen? I love watching Mel skewer him.

THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Mary Cavanagh | Escondido, CA | March 04, 2018

Oh please bring Joan back to the campaign trail on behalf of Melissa, and please involve Rick's dry wit. ("We need a noun, Senator.")

YES!
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | March 04, 2018

Yes! Yes! Yes!! I heard myself shouting when I read today's strip. I don't know yet exactly what Melissa's running for, but in hindsight it's so obvious -- of course she will run; I don't need to list all the reasons why, but who could possibly be a more perfect candidate in 2018? Getting Joanie on her team is icing on the cake, although also brilliant. I can't remember when I've been this excited...!

BACK IN THE GAME
Mike | Bayonne, NJ | March 04, 2018

I can’t help thinking that Rick did that on purpose to get Joanie back in the game. Good for him. Good for her. Good for them all.

RUNNING FOR CONGRESS
Dave | Elmira, NY | March 04, 2018

Mel's running for congress -- that's brilliant! She's the perfect character, and her campaign is the perfect vehicle for commentary on the Big Orange Catastrophe. Good luck, Mel, you have my vote!

HOPE
Peter | Holliston, MA | March 04, 2018

Today's strip is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you for reminding me that our country's political system may have problems, but that there are people like Melissa who give us hope for the future.

NEW STORY LINE
Becky | North Bennington, VT | March 04, 2018

What a wonderful new story line! Thanks and can't wait to follow it.

MELISSA
Jim Gordon | New Paltz, NY | March 04, 2018

What a perfect linkage of past and present, reality and cartoon! Melissa is a great candidate for these times, as Ginny Sloan was back decades ago! Let's hope that if Melissa can't win, she loses to a worthy candidate such as Lacey Davenport. Nice job, GBT, again staying relevant on the cutting edge of comedy and politics. Granted, these days there is a fine line between them...

TRUMP
Peter | Holliston, MA | March 01, 2018

I'll just point out that Duke has disappeared several times, and always seems to reappear. It's part of what makes him Duke. When Trump became President, I thought: "Ugh. This is going to be a long four years. But, on the bright side, Doonesbury and SNL are going to have a lot of material to work with!" Thanks, Garry, for proving me correct. Doonesbury got me through the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s. I have no doubt I will survive the '10s with your help!

ONE-TIME GAG
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | February 28, 2018

I'm bemused that so many people think Duke's Sunday strip "disappearance" was anything but a one-time gag. It never for a moment occurred to me that it was anything else.

DUKE
Yeti | The San Juans, COLORADO | February 28, 2018

Duke's thoroughly outrageous behavior, closely resembling reality, has cracked me up for decades, He deserves a more suitable and flamboyant ending, like the one he once fantasized -- grabbing his gun and krugerrands and going out in a hail of bullets.

VENAL AND PLAIN WRONG
Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | February 26, 2018

If ever there was a fictional character who summed up everything venal and plain wrong about the last forty years it is Duke, so if this really is the end of his character then so be it. It's been one hell of a ride. Actually, no it hasn't. Duke is like a cigarette. The idea sounds okay at first but pretty soon everything is dirty and cheapened. Duke always was a low-rent John Falstaff, and who would actually want to meet that odious creep in real life?

PERFECT FIT
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 25, 2018

Trff is a perfect fit for this administration, right down to the "no complaints" shrug-off in today's strip. But then I got to the end, and I'm all "Nooooo! Not the Duke!" I genuinely wonder if and slightly fear that we may never see him again. Also, I actually don't remember him ever sexually harassing a woman. Maltreat another and advantage himself, sure, but only to the same degree he did everyone else. I'd like to think it's possible Duke may see some future reform.

HAIRDOS
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 25, 2018

Trff set a fashion in dictator hairdos, one followed, it seems, by Kim Jong Un.

STOPPARD
Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | February 25, 2018

Trff says "Thank God we're only minor characters." It's interesting that he and Jeff know that they're characters. I guess he's never seen Tom Stoppard's play Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. They were minor characters too.

DUKE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 25, 2018

Re Duke: It'll be interesting to see if you stick to it!

PERSONNA NON-VISIBLA
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 25, 2018

I think Trudeau has discovered/uncovered a new category of people -- personna non-visibla (or perhaps personna non-visible).