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DOONESBURY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | January 01, 2017

Happy New Year to all at Doonesbury! Keep it coming, and we may all survive Trumpdom.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Patrick Roth | Glendale, AZ | December 31, 2016

Happy New Year to G B Trudeau, the characters in Doonesbury, and all the fans of the strip! I have followed it for many years and laugh and cry with all the characters you create for us. Thanks! 

CHANGE
Richard Zimmer | Reese, MI | December 25, 2016

Change was the winner of this election. Are you going to change? If your comic strip is going to bash President Trump week after week, you will not be doing America a service. Use your power in a positive way.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to the proprietor and inhabitants of one of the saner corners of the internet, even if they aren't all really real.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Yvonne Pawtowski | Lynnwood, WA | December 25, 2016

Happy holidays (including Christmas) to Mr. Trudeau and all my fellow readers out there.

THE WIDER VIEW
Richard Pearce | London, UK | December 23, 2016

This is devout fanmail, which I’ve been meaning to write for about 40 years. I live in the UK, but in 1976-7 I lived in Baltimore, and in a weird foreign world your strip was one of the wormholes through to the perception of humanity that I shared. After a long career in international schools I now have a PhD in, effectively, cross-cultural psychology, and lecture and write about dealing with the diversity of humanity. I continually quote your work, along with the Bible and Shakespeare, which are also handy sources in their way. At times of stress I flip through some of your older work, and my family knows that every few years there will be a new Doonesbury retrospective to add to my collection which I will carry off to my corner and read many times.

Sadly, there’s nothing like Doonesbury over here. In an era when the internet allows us to spend all day talking only to like-minded people (okay, I know you covered that twenty years ago), we need to be reminded that there is a world out there. Thank you for your companionship in my life, and for all you have done to encourage America to take the wider, more accepting view of the world.

MADE ME GIGGLE
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | December 22, 2016

Zonker having a financial effect on the UK aristocracy? The person who was part of the George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open, messing with the "ruling class" ? Today's strip made me giggle. Thank you, GBT.

LORD Z
Dan | Santa Cruz, CA | December 22, 2016

Oh no! Is Lord Z responsible for Brexit?

WRONG
Terry Sumlin | Foley, AL | December 21, 2016

Sunday's strip is just wrong. I think Donald Trump is as much of a Clan member as I am, and rest assured I am not. Why not leave the man alone and just see if he will do what he said he would. He sure can't be any worse than Obama, right?

TRUMP
Chuck Lantz | CALIFORNIA | December 21, 2016

Re the December 18th Sunday strip, panel #4, re Trump and the media/nation: I am almost speechless. That is pure art. If I was brave enough, and young enough, I'd have that tattooed on my face.

MORE PROMISING
D.M.W. | Vineland, NJ | December 18, 2016

Looking at the Flashback strip from 45 years ago today: Wow, any of those choices look way more promising than what is waiting in the wings.

NAILS IT
Dave | Elmira, NY | December 18, 2016

Today's strip absolutely nails it, Garry. Trump's tone, attitude, message, supporters -- and above all his appearance. Please don't give him an icon, and for the love of our country, please don't retire, at least not until his own Republican congress impeaches him.

THE REAL WORLD
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | December 18, 2016

This could only happen in the comics, because in the real world Donald Trump never does press conferences.

STUNNED
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | December 18, 2016

The last panel of today's strip left me stunned breathless -- and then I realized that was due to something akin to terror. I don't know where GBT finds the courage to keep doing this kind of thing, but I fear for him over the coming times.

TRUMP
A.F. | Tampa, FL | December 18, 2016

Gee, Non Sequitur called Trump a fascist. You only put his supporter in a KKK suit. Leftist haters are out-of-control! Trump is not even president. He will work with Congress, unlike the current president who rules "with a pen and a phone!"

HOPE
Mark | Silver Spring, MD | December 18, 2016

Today's Trump special gives hope that for the next four years there will be lots of opportunities to raise spirits in these sad times. Let the festivities continue!

MANY FRONTS
Brendan Nichols | South of Jerferson, OR | December 17, 2016

Today's strip explains so very much...on so many fronts.

Y-MOTHER
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | December 17, 2016

We know, after 30 years, what these preoccupied, professional parents have for an outrageous son -- namely Jeff -- so we must wonder what the over-investment of the y-mother hath wrought in Christopher. Also, I have to thank Doonesbury for proffering such cunning videos that I most likely would never otherwise see, like today's wonderful "Unicorn."

Editor's Note:

 Posting the videos is our great pleasure. In case you didn't recognize him, the singer of "The Unicorn and Princess Rainbow" is Steve "Blue's Clues" Burns. The song is from Foreverywhere, a new kids' album he and collaborator Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips just released.

MEMORIES
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | December 17, 2016

The current series of Classic strips -- Jeff or Jeffrey, the "right schools" -- oh do they bring back memories of my daughter's early childhood. But we were living in Westchester County, NY: Need I say more? Thank goodness I was raised up by a common-sense Midwestern family, to whom ethics and compassion and courage meant so much more; and I brought up our kids the same. Yes, they've turned out very well.

CUTE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 13, 2016

Okay, Sunday's strip introduced two new-to-me terms which I had to look up: "non-binary" and "cisnormativity." Credit to GBT for allowing Sam to settle for "cute" as her preference. And credit to Grant Strobl for putting the University of Michigan's "local" pronoun preference policy on the map for us.