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Grant | Scituate, MA | May 05, 2014

I'm really, really enjoying the Classic Doonesbury look further back in history. During the hiatus last fall the reruns of more recent strips -- especially the Red Rascal stuff -- was too soon after their original publication. The depth of years of stuff here -- brilliant.

James | Alexandria, VA | May 04, 2014

I hate to break it Rick, but "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" would have bombed back in the days of print, too. First rule of headline writing: What's the news? "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" isn't news. "Boehner: Limit Back-Benchers' Power" is inside baseball, but that'd be news. Or if you're at the NY Post: "Boehner To Back-Benchers: Drop Dead."

Linda | Colchester, UK | May 04, 2014

I've been a reader since the early 80s, thanks to the Guardian. I showed the "How did you know it was an American plane?" strip to my daughter (born '84). Her response? "That could be a drone today." The more things change...

Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 03, 2014

What?! Facts at a Congressional hearing? And the questioner accepts them? I mean, I know it's a fantasy cartoon, but you wouldn't be able to get away with that today.

Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | May 03, 2014

I'm not sure whether to envy or pity those readers who have one favorite strip! How can they choose? I mean: "You got in!" "Big Mac!" "Don't you think they probably have drugstores in California?" "I'm my parents!"

Dennis Swaney | Oroville, CA | May 02, 2014

Looks like we're approaching my all-time favorite daily strip. where a Congressman/Senator asks this little old Cambodian peasant woman how she knows it was an American plane. He says there are big planes, little planes, etc. whereupon she replies with the make, model number, and name of the plane!

Paul Skinner | Southend-on-Sea, ENGLAND | May 02, 2014

I certainly hope we are going to see Zonker doing his Jacques Cousteau homage in Walden Puddle. These flashbacks take me back to when I discovered Doonesbury in the International Herald Tribune when working for Honeywell in Paris during the late '70s.

Adam Adwon | Tulsa, OK | April 30, 2014

As a Tulsan and longtime reader of the strip who remembers many of the originals in the current Classic Doonesbury retrospective, I am appalled that the Tulsa World has dropped the strip. Michael is from Tulsa! I hope that we will someday be able to read the strip in his hometown again.

Mike R. | Gardnerville, NV | April 28, 2014

If the word "classic" can mean something as meaningful today as when it was created, then today's "bomb" strip is the all-time classic of the Doonesbury collection. Talk about standing the test of time -- unfortunately and tragically.

Chris | St. Augustine, FL | April 28, 2014

Funny that the Blowback from Sunday's strip focuses on the doctor's waiting room time and not the tidbit that an oil exec (propped up by federal tax subsidies) is making EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS AN HOUR.

Chuck | Baltimore, MD | April 28, 2014

I see that the site is now carried by The Washington Post instead of Slate. I hope this is not going to cause any issues, like subscriptions, sign-ins and fees.

Editor's Note:

Nope! And you can read about the move in Michael Cavna's "Comics Riffs" column, here.

Balok | Petach Tikva, ISRAEL | April 28, 2014

Even 40 years later, I think that "I said, 'Look, Martha, here come the bombs'" is still just about my single favorite line from a Doonesbury cartoon.

Drew | Nha Trang, VIETNAM | April 28, 2014

While I miss having new daily strips to keep a true perspective on life in the 21st century, I am getting a huge kick out of revisiting the past. Of particular fun for me was the series with B.D. in Vietnam. I have just moved to 'Nam (not even a week ago) to teach English, so the series has a special relevancy for me. No, I haven't run into Phred yet, nor do I drink Schlitz. But at 50 cents a can, Heineken does quite well thank you very much.

Bruce Miller | Antelope, CA | April 27, 2014

My guess is the fellow in today's strip doesn't have to wait to see his doctor. If perchance he does, well, you get what you pay for, don't you?

Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | April 27, 2014

The most likely reason patients are kept waiting is that previous patients have taken longer than their allotted time, and the doctor has been patient with them. When I read "Rate My Doctor" comments, the largest number either complain the doctor has reminded them they've exceeded their alloted time, or complain of being kept waiting. I have a very good doctor, who has a sign posted: "One issue per appointment, please." If you have two issues, you book two appointments. Here in Canada, this costs people nothing. Sometimes I run over my allotted 15 minutes with him, and often I have to wait 15 minutes past my appointment time. The later in the day my appointment is, the longer I have to wait.

Al | Montreal, CANADA | April 27, 2014

Arghh! Now that GBT is doing only Sunday strips, I feel this pathetic sense of loss. With no regulars in today's, it only becomes worse. I feel like I've lost a family...

Tim | USA | April 27, 2014

Subtle. I suspect a lot of people are going to miss the point of how right wing Republicans do not see doctors as a vital community resource, which is why their time is so valuable.

Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 27, 2014

Doctors don't keep people waiting just for fun. Sometimes their schedules get thrown by unforeseen medical emergencies. Wouldn't you want your doctor to keep other patients waiting if you had a sudden heart attack in the examining room? It does happen, you know.

Rick E. | Dallas, TX | April 27, 2014

Today's strip, in which a patient is kept waiting two hours past his appointment time and charges the doctor for that time, is very familiar. A friend of mine did just that a couple years ago. She was kept waiting about an hour-and-a-half. She could wait no longer. She handed the receptionist a bill for her time and left. The doctor paid her bill.

Ben Ezzell | Quilcene, WA | April 25, 2014

I've been re-reading B.D.'s 'adventure' in the 10-years-ago section of the Flashbacks page. Oh, seeing that he actually has hair? Yeah, that's a shock. Anyway, flew SAR in 'Nam so I can relate too well but it's not a flashback trigger -- not the way it's presented -- but a deep sigh of relief.  And in the 5-1-04 strip, the line "Daddy's coming home!" --  there just isn't anything more to say, on so many levels. Thanks for tolerable reality; thanks for relief; thanks for the attitude.