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Lets face it, our favorite comic strip is often obscure or inconsistent, and key characters are sometimes left stranded for years. Long-suffering readers are within their rights to demand some clarification. Use the "Ask GBT" form to email us your questions, and we will frequently answer some of the best!
I applaud the return of Honey, who as I recall was last seen riding a float in the Mardi Gras parade after dumping Duke. Has she been in China all this time?Chris C. | Characters | Washington, D.C. | July 03, 2012
Actually the indefatigable Ms. Huan was in China when we last saw her, precisely four years ago during the run-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics. For Duke, re-encountering Honey unexpectedly in a professional capacity was traumatic, but we assume readers will find revisiting the episode both timely and enjoyable.
Did Alex ever graduate from MIT, or did this ultrasmart young woman drop out of college in order to make a happy home for the man she loves? That would be too retro for me. Please tell me I missed a graduation panel somewhere!Liam | Characters | Brooklyn, NY | May 07, 2012
You did indeed. Although Alex is still at MIT, as a grad student, a June 2010 Sunday strip featured her cap-and-gown day -- and foreshadowed the wedding storyline that is currently unfolding. Enjoy!
It's depressing to see Rick getting no respect as a journalist. I mean this guy was profiled by David Halberstam, for crying out loud. Right? How about we revisit some of Mr. Redfern's glory days?Dean Mitchell | Characters | Sacramento, CA | April 10, 2012
We're happy to summon up the August 1979 series you refer to, though at the time Rick failed to see much glory in the interview experience.
What was it that happened to Toggle -- wasn't he wounded in an errant drone attack?D.F. | Characters | Seattle, WA | April 03, 2012
You may be thinking of Jeff "Red Rascal" Redfern who, as a CIA intern, accidentlaly launched a drone and took out a Taliban ammo dump. Although Leo "Toggle" DeLuca was also wounded during an earlier deployment to Afghanistan, he lost his eye and suffered a TBI when his vehicle was blown up by a VBIED (Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device) in Iraq in December 2007.
We're expecting our first grandchild, and my daughter-in-law was telling us about the baby kicking. I recall a long-ago strip where the parents were discussing this and I think the dad mentioned that the baby had a "backbeat." I would love to see that so I can share it with the family.Dave Belicove | Characters | Rochester, NY | February 07, 2012
We're happy to dust off the entire 1977 sequence you refer to, which focused on parents-to-be Jimmy and Jenny Thudpucker and the child who was eventually named "Rimshot." It also featured houseguest Bob Dylan and a phone call from then-president Jimmy Carter. Best wishes to all.
It was nice the way Sam's eyes changed recently. And I see that's not the only way she's got character 'development,' if you know what I mean. But I'm a little confused. Shouldn't she be 19 now? Does Sam age differently than other characters?Mark Allen | Characters | Portland, OR | December 31, 2011
Comic strip time unfolds by its own rules, as when a single conversation takes six days. In regards to B.D. and Boopsie's teen, perhaps some clarity can be offered by revisiting her birth, which reminds us how peculiar the courtship of her parents was.
I don't remember Doonesbury ever including Santa Claus in the strip, or addressing Christmas at all. Is Trudeau part of the War on Christmas?Henry Inness | Characters | Galesburg, IL | December 23, 2011
If we didn't know better, we'd take this to be a thinly-veiled attempt (a successful one, we might add) to summon visitations by a few of our favorite ghosts of Doonesbury Christmases past. Merry Holidays!
Donald Trump's hair this week is extraordinary. A few years back there was some Trump storyline in which we witnessed the intricate process by which his look was achieved. Could you please run that by us again?B. Camozzi | Characters | Elkton, OR | December 13, 2011
With pleasure. Here's a link to the 2007 series that explicates the construction of the coif du Trump.
With all the sexual harassment allegations fired at Herman Cain, can we please revisit GBT's awesome send-up of an actual elected official dogged by harassment allegations -- Herr Gropenfuhrer?Alan | Characters | Melbourne, FL | November 20, 2011
A timely request indeed. The elected official you refer to was, of course, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and we are happy to feature this series from 2003.
Roland occupies the same universe as Mike, Mark, B.D., and Zonker. But was he ever part of the Walden crowd?Mike Irwin | Characters | Maumelle, AR | October 31, 2011
While never a member of the legendary Walden Commune, Roland has interacted with various of its denizens in the past -- most notably while researching a notorious cover story for Time magazine, an episode chronicled in this 1974 sequence.