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Mark | Centralia, IL | October 30, 2015

I've always thought of Doonesbury as the Mike Royko of comics. Thank you for giving Americans a look at the real America.

Bonnie Yantis | Edmund, OK | October 28, 2015
Forty five years of the best! You have made my day so many times. Humor is hard to write, and there I was snorting coffee out my nose, thinking "What a gift this strip is and what a gift this man has!" Happy Birthday and Many More. I also love The Sandbox and all you've done for vets.
Jennifer Niehaus-Rivers | Tacoma, WA | October 28, 2015

Thank you so much for all of your work, humor, and insight for 45 years! I started reading Doonesbury with my Dad in 1975, at the age of 8. He had a bunch of the books, which we still have in the family library, so I was able to catch up on everyone's history. I didn't understand most of the politics, but I knew that I loved Zonker and his plants, Joanie at the daycare, and Mike and B.D.'s "odd couple" relationship. Over the years, certain strips, series, and even collections meant so much to us.

My husband and I were both in the Army, and I sent him strips when he was in Afghanistan in 2005. He posted them in his cubicle/hut, and they instigated many "colorful" conversations with some of his more conservative buddies. And your stories about the troops themselves have been sensitive, timely, beautiful, and sad. I literally cried when B.D. almost died. I have given those particular books to friends in the military. It's an honor to support Fisher House -- I stayed at the Landstuhl House when I was suffering Persian Gulf Syndrome in 1996. Thank you for everyone you have offered; our family and friends! Best wishes.

Michael McKown | Burbank, CA | October 28, 2015

Garry, I have often remarked that you have such sensitivity to trends, you pick up on them so far ahead of everyone else (or at least me). I've been a huge fan of your strip since forever. Countless times you've had me laughing hysterically. Since I joined Facebook about four years ago, I have shared many of your strips with my friends. Your brilliance is greatly appreciated here. Take care and best wishes.

Elka | Malden, MA | October 28, 2015

We desperately need the daily strip back for this election! (Not to mention that I need to know what's happening with Alex's twins...) Please consider taking a sabbatical from the TV show so you can go back to the strip.

Mike Silva | Boisek ID | October 28, 2015

The social, racial, and political issues that have arisen over the years in Doonesbury are just as pertinent, if not more pertinent, today than when they were first broached. You, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and a very few others have kept me somewhat sane over the past 15 or so years of idiocy, craziness, and, yes, plain, good old fascism. Don't go away, continue working, but don't work yourself to death. We need you.

Tom McGuire | Gloucester, VIRGINIA | October 28, 2015

I just wanted to congratulate you on having such a great, long run. What started as a comic strip has become, I think, great commentary on the American experience during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Thanks.

Sioux | Silver Spring, MD | October 28, 2015

I've been happily reading Doonesbury since college in the '70s and honestly can't imagine the social or political landscape without you all. Keep up the amazing work, even when insanity takes its toll!

Robert McManus | Lexington, SC | October 27, 2015

Outstanding work for all 45 years! A touchstone for each day.

G.M.S. | USA | October 26, 2015

When I started reading your work I was just a kid and didn't know about satire; I knew you were funny, alongside Calvin and Hobbes. Now I need those laughs to get through the eye-rolls and sadness induced by today's news cycle. Thank you for many well-aimed penciled jabs at politics as usual, politics as unusual, and just plain nonsense.

Peter | Halifax, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Happy anniversary!

Tom French | Washington, D.C. | October 26, 2015

Look at that. There's that first strip. Forty-five years ago today. What an important part of American culture -- and more, my life! I've been here reading Doonesbury for over forty years...

Zonker Harris | Fremont, CA | October 26, 2015

I started reading Doonesbury and Herb Caen about the same time, and I even took a job delivering the SF Chronicle so I could be one of the first on the West Coast to read them both before starting morning classes in high school. It's been an amazing ride, all these years, and I wanted to thank you for being a favorite part of it. Best regards.

Theresa D. Bergen | Nyack, NY | October 26, 2015

During the Equal Rights Amendment Campaign your scripts were like manna from heaven to those of us who had left our jobs and families to work in unratified states. Thank you for all the laughter.

J. Hall | Bewpirt, KY | October 26, 2015

Mr. Trudeau, Congrats on 45 years of political education, art, humor, and speaking truth to power. Doonesbury has been an important part of my life, and I thank you for it.

Breeze | Madison, NJ | October 26, 2015

Thank you for sharing all of your gifts.

Paul Logas | Silver Springs, FL | October 26, 2015

While I've missed new material, I've loved the refresher on all those great strips of my youthful past. An avid reader from day one, I look forward to you going back to being the Jon Stewart of comics. Thanks for all these great years, and here's to many more. (Btw, thanks for not saying your were done!)

Peter Rizzo | USA | October 26, 2015

I remember my father getting the first Doonesbury anthology many years ago when I was about 12. I read it cover to cover several times. I asked my dad about substituting the word "subsidy" in "My country tis of thee" in a strip where Mike asks a farmer what he is growing; acres and acres of weeds. Once I understood it, I felt that illustrated satire was one of the most powerful things ever. Not soon after that I met your father. I spent the entire time, accompanying a guest of someone else, reading strips in your library. I was touched by your insight and then depth of character during a discussion (at the ripe old age of 14) that I had with your father about what it was like to have a son who was a cartoonist, who followed his dream regardless of the societal pressures placed. He showed me a strip you did for him; Mike standing on the edge of a bluff, wondering about living life when not feeling supported. Yep, a seminal moment in my life. Well done, sir. Congratulations on having done a job so well you had a profound impact on a boy who now writes letters to politicians on occasion, and feels change can be identified, as well as implemented. Thank you.

Nick Stow | Ottawa, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Congratulations on 45 years. I count the characters of Doonesbury among the friends with whom I've grown up. Thanks for capturing so many of our thoughts, fears, angst, and lives.

Shirley Chapian | Pahrump, NV | October 26, 2015

Haven't met a strip of yours that I didn't like. I have a lot of the books, and re-read them from time to time. Hope you keep it up for many more years!