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Blowback

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  • DEATHS OF THE INNOCENT

    James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | September 19, 2019

    On today's 1993 Classic daily strip: "Why he didn't pop the other kid too. Makes no sense." Now, 26 years later, the senselessness of the deaths of the innocent has become even more incomprehensible. While the continued rabidity of the gun lobby becomes even more absurd? inhumane? close-mindedly ignorant? Definitely, an affront to civil society. (This strip, like many others, is getting posted on my FB page. Thank you for caring!)

  • LORD HUNK-RA

    Alan Levey | Skillman, NJ | September 06, 2019

    I thought Hunk-Ra was left behind in Malibu years ago. He has kept a low profile in Walden. Sam has much to learn about Boopsie’s past

  • NERVE

    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | September 04, 2019

    I think a woman who asked a man to betray his marriage vows has a lot of nerve behaving as if she's the mature one and taking the offensive before Mike's even said a word.

  • WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | September 02, 2019

    It's depressing. The ten-years-ago-today Flashback strip gives a perfect summary of our ill-conceived war in Afghanistan, and Americans are still dying there. It does appear we are now talking with the Taliban -- after what, 18 years? -- so I guess that's progress. 

  • POOR SAM

    Angie B. | Toronto, CANADA | September 01, 2019

    Poor Sam. I remember too well my bridesmaid days, and weddings have only gotten more elaborate and expensive since. The expectation that guests should be happy -- or even able -- to shell out thousands of dollars and vacation days (all those pre-parties!) borders on the absurd. My husband and I eloped for our wedding, then came back and threw a party. All the guests had to do was show up at a lovely restaurant for an amazing meal (on us, of course), then come back to our place for cocktails. It was very civilized.

  • LITTLE CHURCH OF WALDEN

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | August 29, 2019

    Nice reprise of Doonesbury and the cool minister, who has updated his ministry to include a focus group, yoga, and 12-step programs, thus attracting a congregation to the Little Church of Walden. The conventionally-minded might regard the stained glass skylight (in today's strip) as financed by "dirty money." It appears that GBT regards the minister as subscribing to a higher authority. 

    Editor's Note:

    The cool minister made his first appearance in the strip on January 10, 1972.

  • SITE ACCESS PROBLEM

    David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | August 25, 2019

    Reports from the field over the past few weeks indicate that some of you have been kept from the Doonesbury site by a Washington Post paywall, which shouldn't be happening. I wanted to write here that we are working to solve this problem, even though those on the yonder side of the paywall won't be able to read my comment. I am posting it anyway in case some of you occasionally break through! I hope the glitch will be resolved soon. Meanwhile, we apologize for the inconvenience...

  • INEPT

    Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OHIO | August 25, 2019

    Today's strip clearly shows that Trump tried to obstruct the fact that he was too inept to commit collusion. 

  • PUBLIC SERVICE

    Wanda Schmidt | Louisville, KY | August 25, 2019

    Seriously, what a public service, Garry! Those last 4 frames...

    Need to make a large public service poster, print massive amounts to post in every legally available public viewing zone. This is the antidote to the normalization of TrumpWorld. Assailed by the fire hose of Trump offenses, voters need to be reminded Trump is an unindicted lawbreaker who will will be held accountable once he is out of office -- or the Senate grows spine/gains Democrats -- whichever happens first! 

  • MUELLER REPORT

    Aspasia | Chicago, IL | August 25, 2019

    Know what the Mueller Report sounds like? "Guilty, guilty guilty!!" Hmm, where have I heard that before?

  • BOOPSIE

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | August 20, 2019

    Boopsie and a VR shopping system. This is not going to end well!

  • AMAZON

    John | Wappingers Falls, NY | August 20, 2019

    So this strip is where Jeff Bezos got the idea for Amazon!

  • Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | August 18, 2019

    Wait, what? B.D. got stupid again! I thought he was past that.

  • ZONKER

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | August 09, 2019

    The current series of strips, featuring Zonker, are another fascinating example of the continuity within the Doonesbury universe. Back then (1993) we had Zonker as an underground distributor of necessary medical assistance to a shunned part of American society. Now we have Zonker, seemingly ageless, as the proprietor of a quasi-legal (it’s legality denied federally) form of the same plant. Plus ça change, plus ça meme chose!

  • TERRIFYING

    K.C. Anderson | Homosassa, FL | July 21, 2019

    Thank you for today’s terrifying strip and so many others over the past 50 years (!) that I’ve been loving you. Just can’t help yourself oh truth teller, can you? Stay well, stay real. 

  • DUKE'S ADVICE TO HIS SON

    Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | July 21, 2019

    The mainstream press is dominated by debate about what the Democrats should do to win the election, but I haven't seen anything so striking, or chilling, as Duke's advice to his son.

  • DUKE'S CABINET APPOINTMENT

    Angie B. | Toronto, CANADA | July 21, 2019

    I’m disappointed by today’s strip, as I’ve been anticipating the imminent announcement in these pages of Duke’s Cabinet appointment. I can easily see him as Trump's Sec Def or Sec State, or maybe head of DEA or Homeland Security (“acting" of course, as Senate confirmation might be a bit of a problem). Duke may be amoral, but he’s clever, witty, calculating and resourceful. I’d wager that even zombie Duke would be better at any of these jobs than the incumbents.

  • WH PRESS SECRETARIES

    Noemi | Lafayette, IN | July 20, 2019

    Ah, so this explains our current White House press secretaries! Keep up the great work.

  • 50TH ANNIVERSARY

    Cin Daoust | Calgary, CANADA | July 20, 2019

    Congratulations in advance on the almost-impending 50th anniversary of Doonesbury (October 26, 2020). Dad and I laughed at "Guilty, guilty, guilty!" at our breakfast table in Sacramento. My kid sister sent me letters at college that started "Dear Captain America..." and our dog was named Zonker. When things get tough we say, "You gotta BELIEVE!" We've remained fans all these years. Earlier this week I sent my sister a cute video of wildlife on our neighborhood pond and she responded "Not baby ducks!"

  • CLASSIC

    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | July 10, 2019

    Re today's Classic strip: "Jeepers." I like that. Not nearly enough people say "jeepers" any more...