Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Rick, support your son’s success; it probably won’t last that long.

  2. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 5 years ago

    Okay, what’s really going on between son Jeff and dad Rick?

  3. Bill the Butcher

    Bill the Butcher said, almost 5 years ago

    Proving once again that hard work and honesty do not pay.

  4. rayannina

    rayannina said, almost 5 years ago

    “Red Rascal” is the new “sparkly vampire” …

  5. jollyjack

    jollyjack said, almost 5 years ago

    Purity of Rick’s motives aside, the occasional dose of reality is a parental obligation.

  6. Ira Nayman

    Ira Nayman said, almost 5 years ago

    Bookstores order as many books as they think they can sell, BUT if they don’t sell them, they can return them to the publisher. So, at this point, Jeff hasn’t SOLD book one. (ALSO: over 80% of books that are printed and sent to bookstores are returned, after which they usually end up in landfill. It’s an incredibly wasteful system in so many ways.)

  7. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, almost 5 years ago

    Jeff’s fantasy book is going to do better that the fantasy book about Palin and her family., which was a complete dud.

  8. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, almost 5 years ago

    I hope he does a book tour. I hear Kelly Ripa is looking for a new co-host.

  9. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, almost 5 years ago

    BTW, now that Jeff is seemingly coming into some money, did he ever reconcile his problem with Overkill? It would seem his ex-employer may not have fond memories of the “Red Rascal” and his losing $50,000,000; Overkill might want some compensation if Jeff’s pockets get a little deeper.

  10. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, almost 5 years ago


    see yesterdays responses!

  11. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    @Ira Nayman

    That’s because books are taxed every year they’re in inventory. Publishers and bookstores can’t keep them in stock because they’d be money drains. It’s less expensive to rip the covers off for credit and destroy the rest than to hold them until they’re sold. I found that very heartbreaking when I worked in bookstores and had to kill the books. I had to put the books down.

  12. AKHenderson

    AKHenderson GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Has Roland Hedley reviewed the book? He’s done with that other review assignment.

  13. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 5 years ago

    For those who want to know what PalinDrome is talking about, here’s a plot summary of the great novel ZULEIKA DOBSON BY MAX BEERBOHM (Oxford University, UK, 1911). Godspeed you through it. (Source: Wikipedia.)
    Zuleika Dobson is a stunningly attractive young woman of the Edwardian era, a true femme fatale, who is a prestidigitator by profession, formerly a governess. Zuleika’s current occupation (though, more importantly, perhaps, her enrapturing beauty) has made her something of a small-time celebrity and she manages to gain entrance to the privileged, all-male domain of Oxford University because her grandfather is the Warden of Judas College (based on Merton College, Oxford, Beerbohm’s alma mater). There, she falls in love for the first time in her life with the present Duke of Dorset, a snobbish, emotionally detached student who—frustrated with the lack of control over his feelings when he sees her—is forced to admit that she too is his first love, impulsively proposing to her. As she feels that she cannot love anyone unless he is impervious to her charms, however, she rejects all her suitors, doing the same with the astonished Duke. The Duke quickly discovers that Noaks, another Oxford student, also claims to have fallen in love her, without ever having even interacted with her. Apparently, men immediately fall in love with her upon seeing her. As the first to have his love reciprocated by her (for however brief a time) the Duke decides that he will commit suicide to symbolise his passion for Zuleika and in hopes that he will raise awareness in her of the terrible power of her bewitching beauty, as she innocently goes on crushing men’s affections.
    Zuleika is able to interrupt the Duke’s first suicide attempt from a river boat, but seems to have a romanticised view of men dying for her, and does not oppose the notion of his suicide altogether. The Duke, instead pledging to kill himself the next day—which Zuleika more or less permits—has dinner that night with his social club where the other members also affirm their love for Zuleika. Upon telling them of his plan to die, the others unexpectedly agree to also commit suicide for Zuleika. This idea soon reaches the minds of all Oxford undergraduates, who inevitably fall in love with Zuleika upon first sight.
    The Duke eventually decides that the only way he can stop all the undergraduates from killing themselves is by not committing suicide himself, hoping they will follow his example. By an ancient tradition, on the eve of the death of a Duke of Dorset, two black owls come and perch on the battlements of Tankerton Hall, the family seat; the owls remain there hooting through the night and at dawn they fly away to an unknown place. After debating whether to follow through with his suicide, while seeming to decide at last to embrace his life as just as valuable as Zuleika’s, the Duke receives a telegram from his butler at Tankerton, reporting the portentous return of the owls. The Duke promptly interprets the omen as a sign that the gods have fated his doom. He proudly tells Zuleika that he will still die, but no longer for her; she agrees as long as he makes it appear that he is dying for her by shouting her name as he jumps into the river. Later the same day, a thunderstorm overwhelms the May Week boat races while the Duke drowns himself in the River Isis, wearing the robes of a Knight of the Garter. Every fellow undergraduate, except one, promptly follows suit.
    All of the Oxford undergraduates now dead, including, with some delay, the cowardly Noaks, Zuleika discusses the ordeal with her grandfather, who reveals that he too was enamoured by all when he was her age. While Oxford’s academic staff barely notice that all of their undergraduates have vanished, Zuleika decides to order a special train for the next morning… bound for Cambridge.

  14. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 5 years ago

    prestidigitator, noun (Source: Miriam Webster)

    Definition: • One who practices tricks and illusions for entertainment (a skilled prestidigitator can make entire buildings seem to disappear.) • Synonyms: conjurer (or conjuror), illusionist, prestidigitator, trickster. • Related Words: charmer, enchanter, enchantress.
    Example: Becca Bickle (Source: dtπ). And more power to her if you can’t control yourself!

  15. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 5 years ago

    “The idiot liar son beat the hard working honest dad at an easy success book deal.”
    Thanx, Radish, for that. And thanx also, PalinDrome, for the “evil enchantress” angle and the Max Beerbohm app.
    These are helpful, though I’m still looking for a more socio-psychologically derived understanding of the intimate father-son relationship Trudeau portrays here. And maybe Joanie’s role in it. Notice in both Sunday’s strip and in Monday’s, she appears to be trying to protect Jeff against Jeff’s clearly unjustified onslaught against his own, well-behaved, though perhaps too cynical father.
    Question for any trained, degreed, evidence-based socio-psychologists out there? Your answers will interest me.

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