Jonathan | London, UK | April 20, 2015
Re WIT AND ARTISTRY: I cannot agree that Putin is socialist or communist. Russia has shed both the centrally commanded character of its economy, and the ideology of liberation through the abolition of market relationships generally, and exploitation specifically, which underlies communism as a teaching. Nor does it any more adhere to the "revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat pending the transition to full communism" which best describes socialism. Nor even does Russia have the kind of Nordic economy in which a generous welfare state is provided by relatively high taxation. Russia just sells oil products and tries to keep its population from starving, freezing to death, or violently revolting. It's not quite politics as we know it but it's a long way from the idealism of the Left.
WIT AND ARTISTRY
Lee B. Nicholson | Apharetta, GA | April 19, 2015
Thank you for using your wit and artistry to criticize someone on the Left for a change; Putin (Left as in the socialist/communist direction). I have been reading your cartoons since 1970 or so, when I first read them in my college newspaper, and I remember very few where the Left was taken to task like this. Thank you!
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | April 17, 2015
A line in today's 40-years-ago Flashback strip -- "roll those film clips" -- focused beautifully on today's concerns about cell phone video cameras.
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | April 16, 2015
Re ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS: Zeke Brenner tends to survive, to the detriment of others; he's both a Libra and a Cancer.
Yeti | Howardsville, CO | April 15, 2015
Admittedly, Zeke lacks Uncle Duke's unexplainable charm. But since he is so completely amoral, I wonder if, in addition to Earl, he is another of Duke's lost offspring.
Michael McGuigan | New York, NY | April 12, 2015
I really appreciate the detail in Zonker's tie-dyed shirt in today's strip. It looks a lot like a thermal color-change shirt I used to have -- and loved -- years ago. In fact, given the slightly morphing colors from panel to panel, I'm sure that's the kind of shirt he's wearing.
Donna | Dartmouth, CANADA | April 11, 2015
Reading the strips in the FAQ's Zeke retrospective, I was pleased to see an old favourite, the series where he meets Joanie and Rick. But the one where he says he "had to" turn down a construction job and J.J. helpfully explains "Zeke's a Cancer, Mom," didn't ring true. So I grabbed my copy of He's Never Heard of You, Either and checked, and sure enough in that version Zeke's a Libra. Which led me to do some research into the astrological signs. I assume the intensity, impulsiveness, and selectiveness of Cancer fit the narrative better than the balance, beauty, and perfection of Libra, and so it was changed in the long run. Aaahhhhhh, the things Doonesbury has me learning on a soggy Saturday morning.
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 07, 2015
Sunday was my 70th birthday, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer way to start my day. Thanks for the present!
Neal Bevan | Leamington Spa, UK | April 05, 2015
I'm trying to find some way to express the delight I took in today's strip. The best I can manage is a gleeful "Oh boy!" Many thanks.
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | April 05, 2015
Ah, it's a beautiful thing to see when someone "big" gets as good as he loves to "give" the little people. Normally, I don't like bickering and sniping, but I can't help but ... love ... today's strip.
Granny Goodwitch | San Diego, CA | April 04, 2015
Merry meet. I have been meaning to tell you how very much I have enjoyed your comic through the decades. You are an inspiration and a genius o'wit. I wish you love and laughter and a wee bit o' Magick. Blessed be!
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | April 03, 2015
Thanks for the Flashback page's 40-years-ago-today strip about Louisa Day Hicks, a champion of racial segregation in Boston schools. I had no idea this went on and is still going on.
Dallas Liddle | Mpls, MN | March 30, 2015
Great to see this strip again -- I have thought of it many times when I heard someone (sometimes me!) propose to throw the "full weight" of whatever little cohort we were in against a problem. Classic Doonesbury: funny, humane, wise on several levels.
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | March 30, 2015
The "James Watt" reference in today's strip didn't ring a bell, so I had to Google him. Wow. A guy who believed in the Rapture was made guardian of U.S. national assets.
SUMMED IT UP
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | March 29, 2015
One of my friends summed it up thusly: "We're old. The young women are not interested in us, they're just being polite."
Suzie Null | Durango, CO | March 29, 2015
I find it ironic to hear Mike complaining to another middle-aged man about how aging has left them feeing "invisible" in front of a "hot" younger woman. How many women who they had not considered "hot" had been invisible to them over the course of their lives?
Harvey Dobrow | Fort Lee, NJ | March 29, 2015
I've been smiling all day since reading today's strip. It tapped into my angst of being a teenager in the '50s. Since I know you weren't one, I wonder how you became so insightful about what we now-70-year-olds remember all too well. Brilliant!
Bruce Miller | Antelope, CA | March 29, 2015
The young ladies, regardless of their natural beauty, don't ignore me, perhaps because I tend to regard them as grandchildren of a sort. This is not to say I've never come upon rude young women, or rude young men for that matter, but they appear to be rude to everyone, not just this old "invisible" fellow!
LOOKING AT WOMEN
Margaret Lark | Littleton, MA | March 29, 2015
Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen...Try looking at women who have learned over the years how to see you. As a stunningly beautiful, totes-rocking woman just a teensy bit younger than GBT and therefore of Mike and Bernie, all I can say is: Didn't mean to ignore you back then. Life was weird; I was learning. Take off your babe-o-scope glasses and look around.
THE WORST PART
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 29, 2015
To me, the worst part about aging is the certainty that I will miss out on so much that is to come. On the other hand, our current old people not aging and dying would mean that our current billion or so children would not get to take over and likely do rather better than their elders by forming the first truly global civil society. If hanging around to see it would mean that it wouldn't be there to see, I guess I'm OK with the whole old age and death thing.