Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Quit while you’re behind, Alex.

  2. TheSnoopster

    TheSnoopster said, about 4 years ago

    Lincoln, Nebraska? as in The Cornhuskers?

  3. MiepR

    MiepR said, about 4 years ago

    Ouch. First rule of holes time (when you’re in one, stop digging).

  4. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    Not the big one in Nebraska; a fictional,small community college in Virginia.

  5. TheSnoopster

    TheSnoopster said, about 4 years ago


    oh, i see

  6. MiepR

    MiepR said, about 4 years ago

    There are I think five characters in this strip who are in their twenties, and Trudeau is consistently encouraging us to dislike all of them except Leo.

  7. MiepR

    MiepR said, about 4 years ago

    Jeff, Zipper, Duke’s son (does he have a name?) Alex and Leo. Am I missing anybody?

    Leo never does anything wrong. Jeff is pathetic and predatory. Zipper is pathetic. Duke’s son is predatory. Alex is a scion of the family that produced JJ, who is kind of parasitic, and married to a guy who is terribly parasitic. Also Jeff. These people don’t have any unilateraterally appealing children. Alex is as good as it gets, and she is always coming off as going through the motions.

    So, what’s the message here, Garry?

  8. MiepR

    MiepR said, about 4 years ago

    Maybe Trudeau could arrange to have Boopsie’s daughter volunteer to go off to some act of American invasion and get shot up, and then she could come back all crippled and be perfect too?

    Just sayin’ Garry.

  9. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 4 years ago

    She really should know that….

  10. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    Duke’s son is Earl. Get it?

  11. StupidIdiotWhoShouldntVoiceHerOpinions(but does anyway)

    StupidIdiotWhoShouldntVoiceHerOpinions(but does anyway) GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Drew, Alex’s college roommate, was likeable enough, but was mostly shown reacting to Alex’s drama. Also she hasn’t been seen since the wedding.

    Zipper should be in his 30’s by now, at least! He’s been in college since the late 90’s. I’m not sure if Trudeau is aging him in real time though.

  12. MiepR

    MiepR said, about 4 years ago


    “Get it?” Tad hostile there, leftwingpatriot.

    I would likely have remembered his name if he had more context. He is just Duke’s sociopathic spawn to me.

  13. MiepR

    MiepR said, about 4 years ago

    @StupidIdiotWhoShouldntVoiceHerOpinions(but does anyway)

    Good comment and you are not stupid. I forgot about Drew. Drew got hosed for being pretty, instead of being promoted for being really smart.

    Also good point about Zipper. Zipper and Zonker are kind of foils as characters go. That’s okay. I’d just like to see a male character in his 20’s who was a decent guy who didn’t have to be a war vet to get there.

    This is not to diss Leo. I think Leo is one of Trudeau’s better creations. But the contrast between him and the other young men in the strip is becoming disturbingly stereotyped. Class warfare is real and should be addressed, but can’t we have another young male character who doesn’t make us grind our teeth? And yes, let’s bring back Drew. With her nice new boyfriend, who could then bond some with Leo? And then work on how they could all be imperfect in some kind of politically oriented friendship circle?

  14. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 4 years ago

    Come now, I think some of y’all are being a little harsh on GBT. This strip is satire after all. Every character in Doonesbury is deeply flawed, except those like Ginnie, Kim, Becca, and Drew who are offered chiefly as foils, and never as the center of the action. Hapless Mike, Self-righteous Mark, …
    well, maybe Joanie has proven most unequivocally admirable, and Sam has real potential among the younger set, thought we haven’t seem much of her lately. ….
    and think of the transformation and growth of B.D. He spent decades being just as awful as any of these younger ones, and has finally been allowed to have some better qualities. …
    Yes, for some, maturity and wisdom comes through suffering, and yes, Leo is the only one whom GBT never mocks, and that may be because he is THE young wounded warrior. …
    Perhaps is it not the obnoxiousness of the younger set that bothers folks, but rather that they seemed less real and less entertaining to watch than some of their elders. Or perhaps the humor comes to the older characters because they are seem through the eyes of a contemporary, but somehow the younger ones are seen through the eyes of their elders, of whom GBT and most of us commenting here are.

  15. robert

    robert said, about 4 years ago

    Why not talk about Libya?
    I think we need a “Lone Ranger” type there ASAP like in Iraq!
    Or, isn’t this strip that recent?

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