Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    First rule of business: make sure you send the right person for the job.

  2. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 2 years ago

    Zonker has pretty much wasted his life so far in good part due to apathy induced by his mellow

  3. JP Steve

    JP Steve said, over 2 years ago


    But Zipper is learning fast!

  4. Jessica Allan Schmidt

    Jessica Allan Schmidt said, over 2 years ago

    Boys, go out and win one for the Zipper.

    … since, you know, it’s not as if Zipper would win it, were he there. Make him proximal to success, at least.

  5. DTJB

    DTJB said, over 2 years ago

    An excellent protege.

  6. ragarms

    ragarms said, over 2 years ago

    Never send out an apprentice to do the masters’ work.

  7. luckylouie

    luckylouie said, over 2 years ago

    I want some Z-bud!! I’ve never had a quick hit get me that high.

  8. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, over 2 years ago

    @DOSQueen (From yesterday)
    Making drugs illegal has not kept drugs off the streets but it has increased violence of all kinds as drug lords fight law enforcement to keep the supply flowing.
    It has resulted in a militarization of law enforcement and an increase in police brutality.
    It has caused an increased indifference for the bill of rights and the constitution.

    One major cost that I have never seen accounted for is all the thefts and burglaries committed by addicts to finance their habit. Most of these costs are borne by regular people without any recourse as they are too small for the police to be bothered with or the insurance policies to cover.

    And with legalization you eliminate the all pushers constantly trying to create new “customers” from children.

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago


    Contentment is a terrible thing. Zonker has spent his life having and doing nothing, and perfectly happy with that. He doesn’t even seem to age. Or, until recently, mature.

    It sometimes seems that a very large portion of mankind have and accomplish no more, but aren’t so fortunate as to be happy about it. Why should we think that Zonker would have done more without his “mellow”?

    On the other hand, his present endeavors do suggest some unexploited potential there.

    The problem with being contented with little can be that one eventually reaches an age when it is no longer enough, and one regrets wasted opportunities.

    Still, one has always been left wondering if Zonker was to be pitied … or envied.

  10. cdward

    cdward said, over 2 years ago


    Though I’m no proponent of stoning, it’s hard to say he wasted his life when he seems so content. Perhaps if we all strive for something like that but via a more natural method….

  11. $$i9

    $$i9 said, over 2 years ago

    Those who have problems with how I choose to live are not in my audience; those in my audience have no problems with my choices. People are successful if they are what they want to be. In the first 20 years of my life, my success was determined by others. Afterwards, I decided to have more of a say in it and listened less to others whose main interest in me was controlling and dominating me.

  12. jeffiekins

    jeffiekins said, over 2 years ago


    > And with legalization you eliminate the all pushers constantly trying to create new “customers” from children.

    Everything you said until that was perfectly on-target. As far as this, think of how Phillip Morris (or whatever they’re calling themselves this week) uses Joe Camel cartoon and other means to market cigarettes to children. Sadly, they seem similarly effective to the pushers’ efforts.

    P.S. Even when the costs of burglaries ARE covered by insurance, “regular people” still pay for it (by paying for the insurance, which would be cheaper otherwise).

  13. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, over 2 years ago

    as if this type of high is not “natural”, lol. Wasting one’s life is a purely subjective valuation. in today’s America, Zonker is a complete and utter failure. then again, today’s America is a complete and utter failure, about to destroy the ecological systems required for human life as well as every other part of the web of life. so throwing stones at Zonker is relative.
    such value judgements depend on your point of view/value system.

    Zonker’s “life” is a failure or success depends on who does the judging and what are the values. it is obvious Zonker appears incapable of communicating when he is stoned, according to the cartoon.

  14. SKJAM!

    SKJAM! GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I@Beleck3, I think you mean Zipper is incapable of communicating when stoned; Zonker seems to have had little trouble over the years with his coherence level. Happens in real life too. One person just gets a great buzz, another goes entirely loopy from the same dose.

  15. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago


    People who say “you’re wasting your life” usually mean “you’re not living up to my expectations”. To which I would reply, “why should I?”.

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