Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    BD and Boopsie, now the hard work starts.

  2. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, over 4 years ago

    She’s regretting that she did.

  3. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago

    Apparently, Sam is entering the “terrible teens” — rudely texting, while Dad, waxing sentimental, is cut out of the interaction. But wait, wasn’t BD just like that when he was younger? Wearing a football helmet as a symbol of “cutting out” the world?
    Just goes to confirm the old adage, “Like father like daughter.” Yup, ya got it right again, LWP: hard work for Mom and Dad straight ahead. Sigh. And I had harbored such hopes, that she would NEVER act that way . . . . Yeah, and I have a daughter too, who went through such a stage. Is married to a good provider, an attorney, now, with a six-month old son, my grandson.
    Oops, there I go again, waxing sentimental — just like BD.

  4. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago

    It’s called “the jaggies”, Clark Kent AKA Superdude.

  5. crweaver

    crweaver said, over 4 years ago

    She is indeed way too mature for Sarah Palin.

  6. rpmurray

    rpmurray said, over 4 years ago

    This is so unrealistic. There should be a cell phone stuck to her ear 24/7 if she’s supposed to represent todays youth.

  7. chasches

    chasches said, over 4 years ago

    I guess Sam takes after her father. Boopsie has been with B.D. since the 60s and still hasn’t lost that look of wide-eyed innocence (or is it optimism?)

  8. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 4 years ago

    so, true…that little girls grow up in a blink of an eye…i still think of lindsay lohan as that kid in the parent trap movie and raven simone as that cute kid bothering bill cosby.

  9. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 4 years ago

    Shouldn’t she have save the Sarah Palin doll so that, in the future, if anyone has any money, they could have a relic of what helped to destroy America?

  10. too-zonked

    too-zonked said, over 4 years ago

    I’m no fan of the Baked Alaskan, but from her remote outpost she could not have done much to destroy our country. That honor sits squarely on Bush and his cronies. Palin is too insignificant to have had any impact. She might not even earn a footnote in the future’s history books.

  11. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago


    “This is so unrealistic. There should be a cell phone stuck to her ear 24/7 if she’s supposed to represent todays youth.”
    Trudeau does visit such affects upon his 2d or “special purpose” caricatures from time to time. Example: his recent iconic depiction of disgraced ex-Governator Arnold “der boobengrabber” Schwazenegger as a Threatening Hand. Another example: ex-Prexy Dubya as a Roman soldier’s war helmet. He only depicts these differently from his “top-tier” people.
    But Sam is no “secondary” or “tertiary” tier. She’s definitely a “top tier” or 3D (= complete + developing + complex + long-lasting character) from the moment of her birth.
    And as such she should not be so stylized (weighed down) for fear of coming across to the reader as too simplistic, unsympathetic, objectified, and therefore unconvincing.
    A more careful depiction of her as unwittingly refusing to suspend her texting while supposed speaking with her father, a PRIMARY person, is a trait of the “terrible teen” stage she may be passing through right now.
    Texting-while-talking is sufficient to generate unwanted dissonance — just the right touch to get the point across: that she may feel chaffing under their “rule”.
    But texting to a SECONDARY person while also talking over a permanently-attached cell phone (Blue Tooth) to a TERTIARY person is overkill — to the point of slapstick comedy.
    For in the slapstick comedy case the primary father-daughter intimacy is diluted and at risk by secondary and tertiary effects. How to maintain intimacy between daughter Sam and father BD is one of the “hard work” tasks that will test both BD AND Boopsie’s time, effort, and parenting skills.
    Thus a second interfering gadget — a permanently attached cellphone (such as a Blue Tooth) would tend to work against that precious and necessary intimacy.
    My opinion only, dtπ.

  12. gustep12

    gustep12 said, over 4 years ago

    Did you notice the last panel? Sam’s eyes changed from “child eyes” to “doonesbury eyes” :)

  13. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago

    מזל טוב = “good luck” 2U2, favorite babygirl.

  14. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago

    Good catch, Susan. Hopefully, Boopsie can ride that one out in the interests of helping to guide Sam to a good and decent boy.

  15. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 4 years ago


    Monday I tied blue ribbons in her hair before she went to school.

    Tuesday I packed her teddy bear and she was off to camp.

    Friday I drove her to college with her silver flute.

    Sunday she moved to Manhattan with her fiance.

    Will the neighbors on East 35th Street please see that she doesn’t dawdle on her way to work?

    She’s the one with the flute and the teddy bear
    and blue ribbons in her hair.

    — Arlene Mandell (1989)

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