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  • THE OPEN BOAT

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 24, 2015

    Stephen Crane's short story The Open Boat begins, "None of them knew the color of the sky." The survivors of a real-life shipwreck, including Crane, were totally focused on the waves that threatened to swamp their little lifeboat at every moment. But our Republicans are perfectly happy for us all to be swamped. Some of us have been saying for years now that President Obama should come out in favor of breathing.

  • NOT FUNNY

    Ed Pervin | Orlando, FL | May 24, 2015

    Last week every Republican senator voted for Obama's secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. Mitch McConnell led the support for the bill, while Elizabeth Warren opposed it. So today's strip is not true, and therefore not funny.

  • THE OPPORTUNITIES

    Alex | U.S. of A. | May 22, 2015

    I can't stop laughing -- in a sad, sad way -- over the notion of Zonker the soon-to-be graduate going to a job fair choked with big-name companies. The grads coming out into the "real world" now are in for not just an eye-opening experience, they're in for a rip-your-eyelids-clean-off-your-head experience: salaries are down, jobs are scarce, pensions are going away, the planet's heating up, and our political leaders are, frankly, not even close to being able to cope. Let's all have a good laugh at Zonker. In 10 more years, I wonder how many people with freshly-printed diplomas will want to shake him by the throat for not appreciating the opportunities he had.

  • ZONKER'S PLAN

    Rod Paynter | Vancouver, CANADA | May 21, 2015

    Re Zonker's plan: What if everyone did that? The world would be a much pleasanter place.

  • MIKE AND KIM

    Monica Bilotta | Catania, ITALY | May 21, 2015

    I inherited the passion for Doonesbury from my father's comics, but I never got to know how Mike and Kim met. Can you please help me fill in this gap? Thank you very much

  • TOAST

    Claude P. Bowie, Jr. | Olive Branch, MS | May 20, 2015

    In the last panel of today's strip, i notice that the toast has popped up but the toaster handle is still down. How can this be??

  • OSHKOSH, B'GOSH!

    Dean Mitchell | Sardine Creek, OR | May 20, 2015

    Today's is indeed a classic strip; my favorite character wearing my favorite work clothes. OshKosh, b'gosh!

  • JENNER

    David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | May 20, 2015

    In today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip I enjoyed the reference to Bruce Jenner, who was a Wheaties-cereal-box-featured athlete after winning the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon in 1976.

  • RECRUITMENT

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | May 17, 2015

    I think today's Walden Uni "recruitment of applications to fail" would make a funny premise for a series.

  • I WONDER

    Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach FL | May 16, 2015

    Doing the math, Jeff is now about 32 years old. I wonder why senior citizens Rick and Joanie are still letting this loser sponge off them.

  • A LITTLE RESPECT

    Ed Gosnell | Columbus, OH | May 16, 2015

    Both Jeff and J.J. strike me as being highly underrated. Jeff was certainly in some very dangerous situations in Afghanistan and muddled through somehow; and writing a highly successful novel is certainly a major accomplishment. And in the case of J.J., any artist who can support herself with her work is not to be sneered at. Also, if I remember correctly, she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant, albeit with a little help from Mike. Nonetheless, she obviously is not without talent. Both tend to be their own worst enemies; but both have been uncommonly successful in their own way and deserve at least a little respect.

  • THE PRIZE

    Dane | Pueblo, CO | May 15, 2015

    J.J. or Jeff? Considering what they've produced so far, J.J., in spite of herself, gets the prize.

  • J.J. OR JEFF

    Giles | Sidcup, ENGLAND | May 15, 2015

    In today's Doonesbury Classic Joanie's feeling like she can get being a parent right this time. I wonder, on the scale of things, which child is the bigger train wreck, J.J. or Jeff?

  • KIM

    Joshua Rey | London, UK | May 12, 2015

    It was so good to see Kim as a baby again on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page last week, in the strips from 35 years ago. Who could have guessed then that she would become step-grandmother to the heirs-apparent of the whole franchise? I remember her in her early teens doing too well in school for the comfort of her schoolmates, and getting her parents in trouble for throwing off the curve, and then, years later, going to work for Mike as a coder.

  • JEFF

    Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | May 11, 2015

    Knife, knife, knife, spoon! -- Ah, Jeff is a winter child.

  • E.T.

    Miguel Halverson-Ramos | Longmont, CO | May 10, 2015

    I was born in 1970, and I became a daily reader of Doonesbury with the "Extra-Terrarium" strips. Prior to that I often didn't "get" the humor, or got lost with the number of characters. Seeing Zonker trying to revive "E.T." was a distinct moment for me (I thought it was hilarious!) in which I decided to make a point of reading it daily to keep up with the stories. Since then I've gotten to know and appreciate all the characters more, and more . . . Thank you, GBT!

    P.S. In those days my hometown paper The Boulder Daily Camera had Doonesbury on the editorial pages, which also had fairly regular (and sometimes controversial) contributions from Hunter S. Thompson.

  • PRESCIENT

    Anonymous | London, U.K. | May 07, 2015

    The 40-years-ago strip yesterday: how prescient.

  • OMG

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | May 06, 2015

    OMG. Kim is 40?!  I loved it when GBT brought her back years later as an A+ teenager, and even more when she became the new love of Mike's life.

  • PLANT HOMIES

    John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | May 04, 2015

    Seeing Zonker talking with his plant homies it suddenly dawned on me: this could be the genesis of the Green Movement!

  • 700,000 DEATHS

    Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | May 04, 2015

    Your current policy of running Classic strips has encouraged me to also check out the Doonesbury Flashbacks page daily. It is enormously useful to read the strips regarding Vietnam and Cambodia, such as the 5-4-75 Sunday. Seven hundred thousand deaths! I was a Canadian teenager at the time and it meant little to me then. Now, as an adult living in the Middle East, I can perceive the absolute criminality of these horrific and utterly unjustified killings, because I live among people who are disregarded or even demonized in the conservative U.S. news bubble, and can relate this to the SE Asian situation. I dont know to what extent, if any, these events somehow precipitated the Pol Pot nightmare. Again, thank you so much for your unique and marvelously expressed perspective on our world.