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STORY LINE
O. | Calgary, CANADA | July 23, 2015

The Donald? Imaginary? I don't think so. Not even a genius like Garry could create a story line as rich as Trump is providing in real time. What I wish is Trudeau would end his extended LOA so we could all enjoy his characterization of Trump on a daily basis.

WISH
Elizabeth Davies | Portland, ME | July 23, 2015

I wish there was a way to turn Donald Trump into an imaginary character like Jimmy Crow and Mr. Butts. Oh... right.

BIRTHING
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | July 20, 2015

Love the birthing series -- especially the baby's comment in the last one. Birthing is damn hard work, let me tell you.

TRACTION
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | July 19, 2015

Ouch! Todays comic hit the nail smack dab on the head so hard it almost hurt just reading it. But it's an an ouch more people in this country need to start feeling before Jim Crow gains more traction than he already has.

JIMMY CROW
Matt Koegler | Enterprise, FL | July 19, 2015

Jimmy Crow is the greatest "Imaginary character" since Mr. Butts. Absolutely fantastic. Boy, a character that good would sure make me want to do story lines with him on a Monday to Sunday basis...

RUMMYWORLD
Grant Hurlburt | Hamilton, CANADA | July 16, 2015

The "Rummyworld" series from 10 years ago exactly describes what is going on today with ISIS. Can you please re-post those 2005 strips?

Editor's Note:

  Certainly. Welcome to Rummyworld!

BOOPSIE
Jamie Kennedy | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | July 16, 2015

Cultural history note: Boopsie (while channeling Hunk-Ra) seems to be rocking a Madonna-type cone bra in today's twenty-five-years-ago Flashback strip.

THE PARROT
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | July 13, 2015

I love the parrot in last week's series. It's a shame he didn't become a regular.

ADULT EYES
Dea Natay | San Luis Obisopo, CA | July 12, 2015

Another Rick who needs help being taken seriously? What're the odds? But about Zipper... Trudeau's "adult eyes" are not necessarily indicative of maturity. Look at Zonk, he's had them since the '80s at least. Check today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip.

NOW YOU'VE DONE IT
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 12, 2015

Now you've done it. I am stuck envisioning everyone on the Fox debate stage in hipster glasses. And all of the others, too. In addition to the entire cast of Doonesbury, the entire Congressional Tea Party Caucus...when will it end?!?

ZIPPER
Yeti | Silverton, CO | July 12, 2015

I wonder if Zipper will ever grow up enough to have adult eyes.

THE ANSWER
Victor Field | London, ENGLAND | July 12, 2015

Jeff in glasses provides the answer to the question "What would Peter Griffin from 'Family Guy' look like if he was 150 pounds lighter, about 30 years younger, and had a full head of hair?" So probably not the effect Redfern fils was going for.

SERIOUSLY?
Angelo | Foggia, ITALY | July 12, 2015

Seriously? Jeff reading a newspaper?

RICK PERRY
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | July 12, 2015

Once again, GBT echoes the meanderings of my mind. The spouse and I had this very conversation the first time we saw Rick Perry appear with his trendy eyeglasses.

MARCIE
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | July 09, 2015

Hey, I wonder if Honey is the grown-up version of Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie, from Peanuts. She looks just like her and even says "Sir"!

EZEKIEL
Grant Hurlburt | Hamilton, CANADA | July 07, 2015

It is impressive how you have subtly aged Ezekiel and J.J. She looks a little morose and he is just a little heavy around the jaw. Still, having chosen a look, he ages well, like A. Warhol.

J.J.
Michael Timmons | Princeton, NJ | July 06, 2015

I thought Alex was "born on cable," not J.J., who I think predates cable (as do I). By the way, as her contemporary, Sunday's strip made me sad. I'm not sure how I am going to die, but I'm not planning for it yet.

Editor's Note:

 Right you are. J.J. gave birth on cable TV (in November 1988), which is what one assumes she meant to say. Thanks to the many readers who wrote to point out J.J.'s moment of pre-senility.

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 01, 2015

Rather than Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade, Sunday's strip reminded me of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Conscientious Objector:

...I will not hold the bridle while he clinches the girth.
And he may mount by hinmself: I will not give him a leg up
... With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where the black boy hides in the swamp.
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his pay-roll.

REVIEWING THE IRAQ WAR
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | July 01, 2015

I understand the reaction to B.D. and the Rev, but B.D. at least has spent time at college reviewing the Iraq war with his buddy. It's worth reading the whole series, methinks, beginning here.

COUNTERPOINT
Peter | Holliston, MA | July 01, 2015

Honey is an absolute gem. I'm always glad when she appears. Without her to watch over him, Duke would long since have been pushing up daisies (or pot plants, from the seeds in his pockets). She provides the perfect logical counterpoint to Duke's demented ramblings. Thanks for continuing the story from the previous weeks. I don't remember this one...