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Stephanie Bolduc | Natick, MA | March 28, 2011

Oh how I love Alex and Toggle. Please can we have more of them? Sunday's strip was fantastic!

CLIFFHANGERS
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | March 28, 2011

I hate cliffhangers. Didn't like them in "Batman," (yeah, the corny one) when I was a kid. Don't like them in comics now. I blame my inner child. I want more Rascal.

 

TRIBUTE
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | March 27, 2011

Even if unintentional, today's Flashback ski strip from 40 years ago is a nice homage to "Get Smart."

RECOVERED
Larry S. | Delaware, OH | March 25, 2011

Today's strip about Bernie's aLIST idea reassures us that he has recovered from his moment of madness ten years ago -- seen today on the Flashbacks page -- when he said that he would only sell boring stuff that people really need.

JEFF
John N. | Columbia, SC | March 25, 2011

Jeff is America, sort of, sometimes.

GENERATION GAP REDUX
Mike Stiles | Portland, OR | March 24, 2011

I see Jeff as the Generation Gap Redux. Now it's the damn kids with their Xboxes instead of the damn kids with their grass and communes. The Boomers' views of Gen-Y is just as jaundiced as the views about the Boomers 40 years ago.

NATURAL CONSEQUENCE
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | March 23, 2011

The Red Rascal is the natural consequence of two generations of educating children in unearned self-esteem.

GPS
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | March 23, 2011

I just got the Charlie Sheen GPS. Every time I make a correct turn -- "Winning!"

ESCAPADES
Anne | Belfast, N. IRELAND | March 23, 2011

Red Rascal's escapades make Ray Hightower's awful problems more poignant and real. I see Jeff as a 21st-century version of Voltaire's Candide -- triumphing despite his naivete, through a series of improbable adventures that echo current or recent historical events.

RE "NOT ENAMORED"
Treva Obbard | CALIFORNIA | March 23, 2011

Comparing Jeff to Ray is like comparing Stephanie Meyer to Shakespeare (no offense to Twilight fans). We all care about Ray, and know that he's doing the hard stuff, and I don't know about you, but I genuinely worry if he'll be alright. Jeff I don't worry about, because killing Jeff would be like killing Bambi. It just can't happen...

FASCINATING
Keith | Knoxville, TN | March 22, 2011

I think it's fascinating that so many of us want the Red Rascal to succeed despite his hopeless level of naivete and unfounded confidence. Maybe there's something in American culture that makes us want to believe that unprepared and undisciplined people can still be fabulously successful.

ONE OF THE BEST
Ed Campos | La Verne, CA | March 22, 2011

The Red Rascal's capture has got to be one of the best episodes of all your characters. We know he will escape but how? No don't tell me!...

NOT ENAMORED
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | March 22, 2011

I seem to be the only person in America who is not enamored with the Red Rascal, maybe because I knew Special Forces soldiers in the Army and I know how far from the truth the Red Rascal really is. His escapades look even more farcical when compared to Ray Hightower's poignant and very real combat problems.

A STEP AHEAD
Isabel Valencia | Edling, GERMANY | March 22, 2011

Bravo again, GBT! Always a step ahead, with deep analysis of the past. The saga of the Red Rascal appears now to highlight the situation of young Afghan citizens who have grown up in a violent, unstable society, leaving them apathetic, pessimistic and distrustful. I am hoping that the Red Rascal will be rescued by the very young children, as I read that they still have hope. I also hope the Red Rascal will help show the Afghans that the USA is not 'all-powerful' but that our intentions are good. Better behave now, Jeff.

WAITING
Susan | Watsonville, CA | March 22, 2011

I keep waiting for the Red Rascal to accidentally do something truly befitting his fictional legend, and for Jeff to experience some kind of emotional growth. I can't wait to see what happens next. And I sure hope Overkill gets his comeuppance by having to fork over millions of dollars in ransom.

ZIPPER'S FACE
David Wyatt | Columbus, OH | March 21, 2011

In yesterdays strip I love the way Zipper's face was drawn, as he looked truly shocked, as if perhaps something might actually have penetrated his thick skull. If this won't do it, nothing will, but I do like the idea that he might grow a bit as a character. On the other hand maybe not.

A RAISE
Alex | Cleveland, OH | March 21, 2011

So Jeff does his part to help a brutal tyrant escape, and Jeff survives. Most likely, he will go on to helping bigger and more important criminals. Well, I guess it's truthful. Make sure he gets a raise. Perhaps you can have someone steal the money from some widows and orphans.

CLIFFHANGER
Richard | Olympia, WA | March 21, 2011

Nice cliffhanger! Leaving RR to die is cold enough though. I'm not blaming the chopper crew. They just drove the taxi. It was the spooks, the mercenaries, and the pols that went along.

MOURNING
Jen Cantrel | Blue Springs, MO | March 20, 2011

I knew you wouldn't kill Jeff. You just couldn't do that to me. I'm still mourning Lacey...

WAKING
L. Rodriguez | PUERTO RICO | March 20, 2011

Okay, when is Jeff waking from his dream?