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Blowback

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  • YOU AND COLBERT

    Tiger69 | Animas Forks, CO | June 15, 2019

    First, a salute to “Ole Guy” (below). As a 72-year-old aspiring curmudgeon myself, I identify with him as if he were my father. Like Ole Guy, I could not have made it this far and kept my sanity without the conspiratorial observations and humor of you and Colbert.

  • RESCUE

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 14, 2019

    Re Sunday's strip: Joanie expecting Lacey (of 20-years demise) to rescue us from Trumpdom -- Lacey's too nice, and of civil manners. Can you imagine DT's tweets on her? But I suspect that all the candidates have people who are discussing DT's lack of manners and morals. What worries me is his crusade to obliterate every bit of Obama that he can.

  • LACEY

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 14, 2019

    It was great to see Lacey in Sunday's strip even if she was a figment. I had been hoping for an appearance. For me, she was the last good Republican, a symbol of the old WASP upper class. I remember the day when, as she left to work on taxes and deficit spending, Dick reminded her that they were rich. The real world version was G.H.W. Bush, and Lord knows, he compromised his principles to stay in the Republican game. If Lacey's people had stayed in control of the Republican Party after 1960, I could have imagined being one. I watched the Party go evil from a prime seat in the South.  

  • JOANIE

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 09, 2019

    No, no. Joanie supported Elizabeth Warren back in the day. I hope she hasn't really come to think that centrist not-making-waves is the way to beat Trump! ("The country yearns for calm, for decency, for common sense!") 

  • MEDICAL MARIJUANA

    Bluejay Young | Bloomington, IN | June 05, 2019

    Today's Classic Doonesbury strip may be where the education of the general public about medical marijuana really got started. It was sort of vaguely known that marijuana helped with chemo side effects, but this storyline seems to have brought it to the forefront.

  • OLE GUY

    Emiel Meisel | Culver City, CA | May 24, 2019

    Thanks!! As a 94-plus year ole guy -- a true curmudgeon -- thanks for makin' me laugh every mornin'. I love you, Garry; your strip has as much to do with my longevity as anything I can think of -- except my two-plus years in Paris, my 24 years as an ex-pat in Mexico, and finally, my almost 69 years of wedded bliss with my wife Harriette! Thanks from one curmudgeon to another.

    -- Emiel aka Emiliano aka ole guy 

  • #@*!

    Peter Baird | Stevenson Ranch, CA | May 20, 2019

    #@*! For the first time in nearly fifty years I'm identifying with B.D. Baby ducks, baby ducks, baby ducks...

  • NUANCES

    J.C. Charles | Portland, ME | May 17, 2019

    Mike and Zonk are reading the wrong letters. I've been reflecting for months on the subtle nuances in your drawings. I'm amazed you can communicate the poignancy of humanity so accurately. Thank you!

  • DUDESS

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 16, 2019

    I quite agree that the deplorable "dudette" disrespectively diminishes "dudess" -- though I like a well-placed solecism as much as the next corrupter of standard usage. For instance, I once heard my daughter exclaim to her mother: "DUDE! MOM!" 

  • BEST

    Dane Winberg | Pueblo, CO | May 16, 2019

    Today's strip, last panel: I love this self-referential humor. This is the best example I've seen in a long time.

  • DUDESS

    Jim Milstein | Pagosa Springs, CO | May 15, 2019

    Good to see in a recent Doonesbury Classic strip that Zonker is using the proper feminine form of "dude," which, ever since Mark Twain, should be "dudess." It is a deplorable solecism to use "dudette." Some dudesses are large. To squeeze them into a dimunutive like "dudette" is disrespectful.

  • JOANIE CAUCUS

    David Hallett | St. John's, CANADA | May 14, 2019

    I just realized that Joanie Caucus made her debut on 9/11 (in 1972). A positive moment to hold up against the more negative later associations with that date.

  • THE TIMES

    Steven Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | May 08, 2019

    Good to see the voice of Joan Baez featured on your front page. When Dylan sang "the times they are a-changin'" who knew they'd be changin' toward the Trump era.

  • POOR MR. BUTTS

    Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 07, 2019

    Poor Mr. Butts. The new kid gets all the attention, so much that Butts doesn't sleep well these days. Not only that, Butts doesn't even get a mention in his own nocturnal production. The Sunday strip is so steeped in irony that we need not fear for GBT's peace-of-mind -- his alter-ego is his sleepless stand-in. It's not ironic that various public-health protectors (FDA, NIH, Surgeon General, et al) refer to tobacco-less vape-products as a "tobacco product." Other adjectives better describe that notion. 

  • THE VINYL CAFE

    James Mitchell | Everett, WA | May 06, 2019

    Re MADE ME SMILE. Thanks for your kindness to those of us who faithfully, every Saturday, followed the news from Lake Wobegon with another visit to the Vinyl Cafe. You know, if you ever visit Nelson BC, there is a record store with books and coffee that could have been the model for Dave's Record Store. Stuart McLean traveled all around Canada, to all provinces and most of the small towns, bringing Canadians together into a single culture that well could have been pen pals with that tiny town in the fold in the map. I miss them all: Stuart, Garrison, and the daily dose of Doonesbury. Thanks again for bringing Stuart back one more time!

  • MADE ME SMILE

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | May 03, 2019

    Watching Zonker pack before Boopsie calls for help made me smile. Whenever I run into a similar situation I think of a certain character in a Stuart McLean* story. Sam, a ten year old boy, visits a fortune teller and afterwards tells his best friend Murphy that he can see the future because he’s “psycho”!

    * McLean was a writer, broadcaster and storyteller who had a show on CBC Radio called “The Vinyl Café." Each show featured a story about the family of Dave, Morley, and their kids Stephanie and Sam. Dave is the owner of a record store that is the source of the show's title. Its motto: “We may not be big, but we’re small.”

  • DAUGHTERS

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | April 29, 2019

    When the "Take Your Daughter to Work" project was proposed, I'm pretty sure B.D.'s version is not what we had in mind.

  • NOT BAD

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 28, 2019

    That's not bad quality control; it's great iconoclastic modern art! Well, except for the spelling mistake.

  • NARCISSISM

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 22, 2019

    Monday's and Sunday's cartoons feature narcissism interestingly (cynically?) juxatposed: Ray's projection of himself as Boopsie's supposed "fantasy" -- back to back with the President's self-evident fantasy of his own reflection.

  • TRUMP

    Keith Barnes | Camden, CT | April 22, 2019

    The "10,000th documented lie" comic is brilliant. How does Trump do it? How does he lie (like a Persian rug) some 10 times a day in public and probably 100 times a day in private? Yes, it's clearly involuntary and automatic -- perhaps a unique hyped-up defense mechanism. Gotta be the product of a genetic flub. Science needs to study him.