Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, about 3 years ago

    She can talk about people being shot, blown up… but not about her sexuality.

  2. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, about 3 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    That is not to what Mel’s Dad is referring when he says, “don’t dwell.”

  3. annieb1012

    annieb1012 said, about 3 years ago

    It’s Roz who’s gay, not Mel.

  4. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 3 years ago

    Returning soldiers have long history of not discussing their experiences at length, or in depth. Could this be what he means?

  5. Astolat

    Astolat said, about 3 years ago

    Assuming all the strips in this arc are run as they were originally (last year), we will see Mel “dwelling” around this time next week. Mel was a victim of “command rape” a year or two before this strip.

    As annieb1012 says, it is Roz who is gay, not Mel. Mel confided in Roz, whose response was to ask “Is this guy still breathing? Only I’ve got a couple of weeks leave coming up…”

  6. pelican47

    pelican47 said, about 3 years ago


    Thank you Astolat. You said it a lot better than I could have.

  7. Caligulla

    Caligulla said, about 3 years ago

    Because the Russians didn’t ship advanced MANPAD’s into Afghanistan for the Taliban to use, and we DID. We supplied a relatively small number of Stingers to the Muhahideen, which they used to rather great effect. Hence we can, with limited risk, conduct helicopter operations, and the Russians, particularly toward the end, couldn’t.

  8. ChessPirate

    ChessPirate said, about 3 years ago

    ♪♫ “You just slip out the back, Jack; Make a new plan, Stan;
    You don’t need to be coy, Roy; Just please don’t dwell, Mel…” ♪♫

  9. Blitzie

    Blitzie said, about 3 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    The comic is referring to dwelling on bad experiences, not sexuality. If you read the whole story arc, it’s very obvious for that character.

  10. Joan

    Joan GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I thought Mel and Roz were partners in life!

  11. Kerovan

    Kerovan said, about 3 years ago


    Probably. My Grandfather was a, as he put it, “Guest of the Fuhrer” at the end of WWII (POW). That is all he would ever say about it. Nobody, that I know of anyway, ever heard any details except that.

  12. Seasisme

    Seasisme said, about 3 years ago

    Most ex-soldiers I know do not want to talk about their experiences, they want to forget the trauma and live their lives. Dwelling just extends the trauma.

  13. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    Yeah, I think you’re off on this one, BZ. It seems more to me like he’s afraid she’ll be the stereotypical “shell-shocked” veteran in front of the kids.

  14. diggitt

    diggitt said, about 3 years ago

    Joan and others: When a comic strip shows a relationship between a straight man and a straight woman, they are not necessarily a couple. So if a comic strip shows a person (of either sex) known to be gay or lesbian, and shows them with a person of the same sex, it is just barely possible that they are, you know, FRIENDS. I and many, many other straight people have good friends of my own sex, and some of them are h-o-m-o-s-e-x-u-a-l-s. That does not make me a h-o-m-o-s-e-x-u-a-l too, and it does not mean we have a sexual relationship. It means we are, you know, FRIENDS.

  15. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 3 years ago

    He did not want to muzzle or control Afghanistan.
    He wanted to kill the ones behind 9/11/01.
    President Obama finished him off for us but the two organizations responsible are still around

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