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    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 20, 2015

    It's easier to not commit yourself if you never complete a sentence. Modern "leaders" and newsreaders have a "wonderful" way of interrupting themself mid-sentence, making a self-mocking aside to a different idea that metaphorically explains their inner, deeper thoughts, before returning to the original answer to paraphrase John Lennon's words, "We'd all like to change the world" and/or "We're doing what we can." A completed sentence would get in the way of them letting the audience space out on their wit and think the politician, newsreader, sees the same solution as they do. "Hey, I know what he means but he's not allowed to say it ... As soon as I finish this wine (or joint) I'm going to write my big idea down. It's time has come."


    Andrea Mina | USA | September 20, 2015

    Today's strip really hit the mark. I can't watch World News Tonight any more because of the breathless, overly dramatized way they present the day's events. Well done.


    Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 18, 2015

    The 35-years-ago-today Flashback was an eye-opener -- I had no idea that J.J. had been involved with Zeke before she met Mike. Maybe I should study up on the Timeline!

  • RICK

    O. | Bristol Township, PA | September 17, 2015

    It's interesting that the week of Rick cluelessly blogging about his failure as a husband and father is followed by the time Alice came to see him and he met Elmont. His humanity shines through whenever he's with Alice and her crowd. I guess it's easier with strangers.


    Lee Horwich | Okpo, SOUTH KOREA | September 15, 2015

    I just love the SayWhat? and Mudline reports from those deep thinkers such as Trump and Palin, increasing the depths of human knowledge and understanding, wondering when the carnival is going to end and hoping it does before too much damage is done. In the meantime the entertainment and the sheer vacuousness of their rhetoric (and amazement that the voting/general public has let it go on so long) continues to amaze.


    Bren Finan | Dublin, IRELAND | September 10, 2015

    It's been really fascinating to read the parallel stories in the Flashbacks section from five and ten years ago, with B.D. struggling to cope with his PTSD in the latter, and helping Toggle cope with his own in the former. Doonesbury's always had incisive political commentary, but it's the growth of the characters over decades that really sets it apart.


    Deborah | Out West, USA | September 08, 2015

    Thank you for highlighting fact that teaching ability and qualifications mean nothing to school administrators. One comic strip won't change anything, but it certainly was nice to see the issue made front and center for a few moments.


    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | September 07, 2015

    It's been a while since I was in college, so I'm not up to date on all sorts of stuff. But is the practice depicted in the Sunday, September 6th strip the norm nowadays? My husband was an attorney, specializing in appellate and civil rights cases; he did pro bono work occasionally, but he certainly didn't expect people to work for him without pay, or at a reduced rate.

    Editor's Note:

     There are links to recent stories and editorials about the plight of the adjunct professor here, here, and here. Doonesbury has addressed the subject before, as demonstrated in this new FAQ.

  • TRAP

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 07, 2015

    People have fallen into Trudeau's trap on Sunday's strip. The "Dean" in "Dean just arrived" is not "the Dean", but "Dean" (as in James) -- an Assistant Extras Casting Agent for a movie (or commercial) being shot on Walden campus. This is why he only cares that they "look smart enough." The reveal is in the last panel when he says "I also need a professor-type for a student film!" Don't feel bad if you were tricked -- an Oxford University Phd with honours friend of mine was also misled by Trudeau, and started to analyse what's wrong with Higher Ed in 2015 until I told him that "Dean" himself was also only hired by the day; that's how business has gone. In the end everything becomes like a movie set.


    Linda Welling | Victoria, CANADA | September 07, 2015

    Re Sunday's strip, I'm trying to decide what to make of the hiring of two middle-aged males for the positions. I wonder if "looking smart enough" to be professors still means being male. Or if more males than females are adjuncts. Or maybe it's too much to address more than one issue at a time...


    Cameron Russell | Norfolk, VA | September 07, 2015

    Thank you for illustrating the plight of adjuncts today. With reduced enrollment around the nation, many adjuncts are being "cast aside" when, in the case of our community college, they made up over 60% of our teaching faculty two years ago. Our community college is now concentrating on efficiency (number of students per instructor), and it is trying to institute a corporate model like the for-profit schools. College is supposed to be about learning, not numbers (except in math classes).


    David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | September 07, 2015

    Thanks for Sunday's adjunct professor strip. It describes the way I was treated as a computer professional with 30 years experience while working as a "contractor." Bad hours, bad offices, bad ambience. The old story of management by meatheads.


    Melissa G. | Charlotte, NC | September 06, 2015

    Thanks so much for the spot-on comic today. I couldn't stop laughing because sadly, you nailed it. Adjunct professors today are the corner migrants of yesterday.


    Dan O'Rourke | Wooster, OH | September 06, 2015

    Mr. Trudeau, I thoroughly, sadly, enjoyed your Sunday September 6th cartoon. It is far too true and very much the situation at the University where I am employed. Thank you for bringing the issue to the attention of others so humorously.


    Big Guy | New York, NY | September 06, 2015

    Today's strip is true to life about how adjuncts are treated. Thank you. Here in NYC, CUNY pays the most; NYU and Columbia the least. The more prestigious the school, the less the pay. In fact, NYU and Columbia Law and Business schools "strongly encourage" their adjuncts to donate their pay back to the schools.

  • CLUE

    Lobo Bielich | Key Biscayne, FL | September 04, 2015

    The August 31 strip, a Classic from 1985, may give us a clue to the origin of Jeff's fantasy world. If Rick had no time for him, it is no wonder the kid had to create a parallel universe...


    Don Kuzenko | Eagle Lake, CANADA | September 03, 2015

    Does there exist, or will there exist, an archive of all the strips? I would like to begin at the beginning and explore the entire World of Doonesbury.

    Editor's Note:

     Indeed there is, and yes you can. Bon voyage. Start here.


    Sandra M. | Indianapolis, IN | September 02, 2015

    More GBT "Easter eggs" in today's Classic strip; In Rick's wastebasket it's panda, panda, panda, bunny!

  • SAM

    Steve Lang | Concord, MA | August 30, 2015

    I enjoyed the taking-a-look-back-at-the-commune-days strip, though I had the impression that Sam was conceived when Boopsie and B.D. were living out in Malibu. Then again my memories are often wrong. Or maybe Boopsie's mythologized her past.


    Andy | Cambridge, UK | August 27, 2015

    I am stunned to realize that Kim is forty. She had just started talking in today's 40-years-ago Flashback strip.