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ANDY
Casey | New York, NY | July 08, 2014

I love re-reading the vintage strips. I have all of the books and pick them up at random. Andy's story is one (of several) that makes me cry every time I read it. AIDS was such a taboo subject, and GBT handled it with such compassion and sensitivity. His ability to address important issues with grace, and a smile, is what makes Doonesbury an art form. Thank you and keep 'em coming.

ANDY
Elizabeth Connor | Washington, D.C. | July 08, 2014

The story of Joanie meeting Andy Lippincott was wonderful and sweet the first time so many decades ago. Now that we know the rest of the story, it's heartbreaking, too.

ENLIGHTENED
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | July 08, 2014

Re: Skid's fingerless gloves. Once again I am enlightened by Doonesbury. About a year ago I saw someone wearing gloves in the summertime and wondered why. Now I know. Thanks!

PROGRESSION
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | July 07, 2014

Hey, I love the progression in today's Flashbacks page. Early on, we see frazzled uncertain Joanie going off to law school, and 20 years later she is forcefully prosecuting big tobacco. Way to go!

HALE AND HEARTY
Joshua Rey | London, UK | July 06, 2014

Great to get a fix on Duke's age; in today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip he's 42 years old. So he's still hale and hearty at 77. Must be a lifestyle thing...

ABOUT BIKERS
John | Madison, WI | July 06, 2014

Just an FYI about bikers; there is a method to our apparent madness. Having ridden now for 30 years on freeways all over the country I can tell you that the best way to get killed on a motorcycle is to ride like you drive a car. You will be run over, or at least off the road, if you pace traffic. The safest speed is 10 mph faster than the cages. It gives them fewer shots at you. Pinballing is just part of the deal.

SKID
Karen L. Hale | San Diego, CA | July 06, 2014

I love Skid. Good to see him. And yes, he brought up a very valid point: Iif you are carrying, you need to be absolutely legal in all things vehicular.

ROTATIONS
Tess | Chestertown,MD | July 04, 2014

Hey! Our family loves Doonesbury. We have almost all of the books, which have become ever-changing rotations for our bathroom reading. I just wanted to let you know that I noticed a big typo when I was re-reading Heckuva Job, Bushie! When B.D. is telling his daughter Sam that he's going back to the hospital for more tests after losing his leg, he calls her "Alex." Oops! You've probably seen that by now, but I just thought I'd let you know, to be sure. Keep the books coming! Squared Away was excellent.

JESSE WINCHESTER
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | July 02, 2014

There is another nostalgic aspect to that Little Feat video. Though not listed in the title, Jesse Winchester also sang in the chorus. Aside from his songwriting, Winchester is known for moving to Canada to avoid the war in Viet Nam. He died earlier this year in Virginia. Here is a tribute video, with his beautiful song "I Wave Bye Bye."

IMMORTALITY
Barb | Bend, OR | July 02, 2014

John Denver. One of the only non-politicians who became a semi-regular in the strip; when Duke showed up, his off-panel neighbor from Colorado often rated a mention. I wonder how Mr. Denver took this particular form of immortality.

NEIGHBORS
Grame Roberts | Birmingham, UK | July 02, 2014

Ah, we are reminded again of Duke's love for John Denver. The two eventually became neighbors in Colorado.

DIXIE CHICKEN
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | July 02, 2014

Whoot! What a way to start the day -- "Dixie Chicken" and Emmylou with hair still dark. I feel 40 years younger -- well, at least until I try to get up from the computer chair. I will gratefully have the tune stuck in my head all day.

Editor's Note:

 Upon realizing John Denver was reffed in today's Classic Doonesbury strip, the Duty Officer felt compelled to switch to a different musical classic -- Toots and the Maytals' cover of "Take Me Home Country Roads." But "Dixie Chicken" was post-dated to yesterday, and can still be enjoyed via the Video Archive.

INDEPENDENT MUSIC ARTISTS
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | July 02, 2014

Another way to support independent music artists; listen to independent, community radio station WYCE.org. Once you discover an artist who touches you, buy their CD.

A MARKET
Jonathan | Potters Bar, UK | July 01, 2014

Re Sunday's strip about the music biz, the fact that there are a variety of means by which people can voluntarily support their musicians, as though those musicians were so many charitable causes, is not a substitute for an actual market in music. A market is an arrangement whereby someone who desires a good, is obliged to pay for it if he wishes to enjoy it. A situation in which anybody can enjoy the good without paying for it, is not a market. I say "the good," but in reality this means the dwindling output of fewer and fewer artists who are less and less able to afford to devote themselves mastery of the art of composition.

THUDPUCKER
Nick Dangerfield | Tillamook, OR | July 01, 2014

Jimmy Thudpucker living in his car?! To put it in Nate-Harris-Speak, "Methinks not." Unless, of course, his car is one of those tricked-out mega mobile homes, maybe...

ON THE MONEY
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | June 30, 2014

As a professional musician currently "retired" in my mid 50s both by choice as well as circumstance I have to say Sunday's Thudpucker strip was right on the money. There's tons of virtual fame to be had with almost zero income to go with it. If video killed the radio star, downloads, YouTube, and the Net in general are killing off the genuine musicians, leaving behind a trail of  "virtual" ephemeral entertainers, very few of whom can be considered musicians.

WILD-EYED OPTIMIST
Paul Jones | St. John, CANADA | June 29, 2014

I think that the problem is less that the Internet is inherently evil and more that Jimmy has always been a naive little kid (as evidenced by his not having the same eyes as other adult characters) in a world where being a wild-eyed optimist is, well, not what I'd call adaptive behaviour.

JIMMY'S CAREER
Thomas | San Francisco, CA | June 29, 2014

It's true that it is difficult for independent artists like Jimmy Thudpucker to make a living directly distributing content online to their fans, without record label sponsorship. It is not impossible, though. Kickstarter crowdsources fan-based funding for new artistic projects. Fans can support their favorite artists monthly, or even by the song, at Patreon.com. Artists can sell their recordings online at Bandcamp, CDBaby, Audible or Amazon. Artists can design and distribute merchandise through retailers like Zazzle, Cafepress, Topatoco, and even Costcophotocenter.com. If artists prefer to bypass intermediaries, services like Paypal and Project Wonderful allow artists to fundraise directly via their own websites and blogs. Projects like Concertsinyourhome.com allow musicians to, as Jimmy Thudpucker once predicted, "earn a modest living through touring." Direct marketing requires networking, outreach, and personal thanks for even small incremental support. But hasn't Jimmy's career always been about connecting personally with his fans?

THUDPUCKER
Allan Olley | Oakville, CANADA | June 29, 2014

I would love to help Jimmy Thudpucker out, unfortunately the only music of his available to buy I can find is his greatest hits album from 1978 in Vinyl secondhand. I would happily pay him for his music if this were only possible. It is unfortunate his ring tones revenue has apparently fallen through, it sounded like he was doing so well...

WELL-FOUNDED
Carpetbag Yankee | Hartford, CT | June 29, 2014

Re IMPLAUSIBLE. Actually the 6/26 Classic strip was well-founded: the slave trade in New England thrived until 1808, with New London and New Bedford both being ports of call for slaves and sugar, and points of export for rum.