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A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • MENTAL PROCESSES

    Shooshie | Dallas, TX | November 09, 2015

    In today's Classic strip Marcia says "Mr. Right would dress me with his eyes." One wonders what mental processes lead to such amazing punch lines, day after day, week after week, for forty-five years. That's a mighty deep well, Mr. Trudeau. And one that I greatly appreciate. These comics have been touchstones for my sanity for, well, 45 years of my life!

  • CLIMATEGATE

    Andrew Laine | Cape Cod, MA | November 08, 2015

    Thanks for putting Exxon front and center of Climategate. I hope this thread continues until Sun and Wind prevail!

  • JOYFULLY SINGLE

    A.M. | USA | November 06, 2015

    At age 66, I'm wondering if I was inspired by the Singularity Ceremony strips to live the life I have lived. In October of 1984, I left a marriage of nine years that wasn't meant to continue and have been joyfully single ever since. However, in an alternative life, I would have married Toggle and had twins. Thank you so much for Toggle, Alex, and the twins! I love the video archives and watch them daily, along with reading the strips.

  • B.D.

    Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | November 05, 2015

    I've just seen the first Sunday strip (3/21/71), Mike describing B.D.'s feeling that he's buffeted by the winds of change, with everything he loves seemingly threatened, and I realized that it would be just as topical today; B.D. would be a Tea Partier!

  • SUNDAY

    Jamie Kennedy | Greenwich, AUSTRALIA | November 04, 2015

    I noticed that on 11-1-15 there was no 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashback page, and that in 1970 that date was a Sunday. I assume the two facts are related? When did the Sunday strip commence, and was it an eight-panel extravanganza from the get-go?

  • SINCE IT BEGAN

    Patti | Raleigh, NC | November 04, 2015

    I have loved this strip ever since it began, and used it to bolster my political arguments many times. Thank you.

  • CLASSICS

    Becky Sheppard | Fort Worth, TX | November 03, 2015

    Ever since the Classics series began running last year I have really enjoyed going back in time with the strip, getting to know much-loved characters' backgrounds. Sadly, I didn't start reading Doonesbury when it first began.

  • TESTY

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | November 02, 2015

    I've been reading the comments, mostly laudatory, on the 45 years of the strip, and I'm getting a bit testy that you're being compared to Mark Twain and/or Mike Royko. Garry, you're absolutely yourself. (Although I suspect Twain might have liked you a lot.) Keep on truckin'.

  • RESEARCH

    Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | November 02, 2015

    Re yesterday's strip I didn't google "Kasich," but I did google "the fourth wall." Glad to see you haven't lost your inventive freshness. You still provoke me to research your gags. Okay, I admit it, I did google Kasich. But the fourth wall was more interesting.

  • RESONATED

    Chris Levine | Clearwater, FL | November 02, 2015

    I remember reading Doonesbury in the Daily Campus while a student at UConn in the early 70s. It resonated with many of us Baby Boomers back then, as it still does today. That was a time when the annual Yale/UConn football game was a big deal for in-state bragging rights; so when you did a shout-out to this tradition about 15 years ago I framed those cartoons. I will always be a fan!

  • DELIGHTED

    Ian Orchard | Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND | November 02, 2015

    Oh, thank heaven, Garry. When they run older comic strips often it's because the cartoonist has died and I didn't hear about it.  I just got your Anniversary Email and am delighted to hear you are both well and fit to go. Keep up the great work!

  • AN INFLUENCE

    Tim | Long Beach, CA | November 02, 2015

    I love the "Larry King look" in the header of your letter. Over the years you've offered up so many insightful "comics." Thank you. I'm so very happy that you've been an influence on the thoughts and politics of our times. I wish you continued health and success.

  • MEMORIES

    Dave Logan | Chicago, IL | November 02, 2015
    Thanks for keeping us sane and entertained all these years. I used to see you walking your kids to school on West 88th Street and always wanted to stop you and go into fan-boy mode, but successfully resisted the urge. I know you likely appreciated my restraint. Thanks again for providing us with so many cherished memories over the years.
  • FOREVER

    Mike W. Barr | Akron, OH | November 02, 2015

    Congrats on #46! I've been following the strip since its earliest days and GBT's jousts with the management of the Akron Beacon Journal. Doonesbury Forever (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)!

  • FUNNINESS

    Jennifer Jarvis-Schroeder | Tipp City, OH | November 02, 2015

    I just want to say "Thank you" for all the awesome, pithy, biting, tender, politically incorrect funniness over the years. May you keep on aggravating the hell out of the Donald Trumps and Hilary Clintons of the world.

  • GOLD STANDARD

    Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | November 02, 2015
    Congratulations on 45 years of Doonesbury, GBT. I was a high school senior in Bayonne, NJ, when you started. I discovered Doonesbury while at Lafayette. The strip has kept me in touch with the nuances of U.S. popular culture during the 35 years I've lived in Australia. Along with Peanuts, it represents the gold standard of the modern comic strip. If you wrote musicals, you'd be Gilbert and Sullivan. If you made documentary films, you'd be Ken Burns. If you wrote 19th century novels, you'd be Dickens, Austen, and Twain. Thanks for 45 years.
  • MISSED SOMETHING

    Michael R. Graham | USA | November 02, 2015

    I can't believe it's been so long! And between sabbaticals and blackouts I feel like we missed something.Thankfully, you and the gang never have. Happy Birthday, and may savage comedy never grow old.

  • STILL ENJOYING

    Carol Jackson | Los Lunas, NM | November 02, 2015

    Hi, Mr. Trudeau, I've been reading your strip since about 1979 or 1980, and I'm still enjoying it. I really relate to Mike, but my favorite is Zonker. Yours is my second favorite comic strip (behind Peanuts) and I'll keep reading it until I die, I think. Forty-five years of strips? That's good for a lifetime. Please keep up the good work. Thanks.

  • THE COMICS

    Lynn Margolis | Austin, TX | November 01, 2015

    Happy anniversary. Since childhood, reading the comics was the most important part of my day. After I became a journalist, it somehow held even more relevance. Thanks for all the fridge-worthy strips, and the memory of my late co-copy editor who lovingly named her cat Lacey after your character!

  • REALITY AND LAUGHTER

    Evan Samuel | London, UK | November 01, 2015
    Happy birthday. I first came across Doonesbury in Australia in the late Seventies, possibly early Eighties -- my university years. The strip was my crash course in U.S. politics and culture; I've got the collections (back to the Yale strips), I read it religiously (in the absence of, you know, religion) and I'm dreading the next five months in China, where I think I may struggle to get my fix. Carry on the great work. Reality and laughter: a potent combination.