Blowback

Blowback

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  • TRUMP

    Peter | Holliston, MA | March 01, 2018

    I'll just point out that Duke has disappeared several times, and always seems to reappear. It's part of what makes him Duke. When Trump became President, I thought: "Ugh. This is going to be a long four years. But, on the bright side, Doonesbury and SNL are going to have a lot of material to work with!" Thanks, Garry, for proving me correct. Doonesbury got me through the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s. I have no doubt I will survive the '10s with your help!

  • ONE-TIME GAG

    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | February 28, 2018

    I'm bemused that so many people think Duke's Sunday strip "disappearance" was anything but a one-time gag. It never for a moment occurred to me that it was anything else.

  • DUKE

    Yeti | The San Juans, COLORADO | February 28, 2018

    Duke's thoroughly outrageous behavior, closely resembling reality, has cracked me up for decades, He deserves a more suitable and flamboyant ending, like the one he once fantasized -- grabbing his gun and krugerrands and going out in a hail of bullets.

  • VENAL AND PLAIN WRONG

    Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | February 26, 2018

    If ever there was a fictional character who summed up everything venal and plain wrong about the last forty years it is Duke, so if this really is the end of his character then so be it. It's been one hell of a ride. Actually, no it hasn't. Duke is like a cigarette. The idea sounds okay at first but pretty soon everything is dirty and cheapened. Duke always was a low-rent John Falstaff, and who would actually want to meet that odious creep in real life?

  • PERFECT FIT

    Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 25, 2018

    Trff is a perfect fit for this administration, right down to the "no complaints" shrug-off in today's strip. But then I got to the end, and I'm all "Nooooo! Not the Duke!" I genuinely wonder if and slightly fear that we may never see him again. Also, I actually don't remember him ever sexually harassing a woman. Maltreat another and advantage himself, sure, but only to the same degree he did everyone else. I'd like to think it's possible Duke may see some future reform.

  • HAIRDOS

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 25, 2018

    Trff set a fashion in dictator hairdos, one followed, it seems, by Kim Jong Un.

  • STOPPARD

    Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | February 25, 2018

    Trff says "Thank God we're only minor characters." It's interesting that he and Jeff know that they're characters. I guess he's never seen Tom Stoppard's play Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. They were minor characters too.

  • DUKE

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 25, 2018

    Re Duke: It'll be interesting to see if you stick to it!

  • PERSONNA NON-VISIBLA

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 25, 2018

    I think Trudeau has discovered/uncovered a new category of people -- personna non-visibla (or perhaps personna non-visible).

  • DRYER LINT

    Nina Jamison | Springfield, VT | February 24, 2018

    Yesterday's strip suggesting dryer lint as nesting material for birds made me laugh out loud! But I looked it up and it turns out it is not a good idea. I love your cartoons, which help with the keeping-sane thing in the time of Trump.

  • GOVERNMENT

    Drew Irwin | Toronto, CANADA | February 24, 2018

    Yesterday's Say What? quote -- Trump on the NRA: "They love our country and will do the right thing." -- confirms my longtime contention that contrary to popular belief there are actually four branches to the U.S. government: the Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the NRA.

  • THE ENVIRONMENT

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 24, 2018

    With his usual critical ability for grasping a central irony, GBT was, lo those many years ago, able to enumerate the many ways we abuse the environment while rendering, at the same time, the practical impossibility of thorough consideration or each and every point.

  • YUPPIE ARROGANCE

    Nikki Longaker | Binghamton, NY | February 23, 2018

    Alas, Mike unwittingly represented, back then in 1990, a kind of yuppie arrogance in his dismissive view of Zonker's prescient environmental concerns.

  • ROLAND'S TWITTER ACCOUNT

    Alix | Pawtucket, RI | February 22, 2018

    It's not sucking up if it's true: if GBT doesn't get a Pulitzer for Roland's Twitter account, there is no justice. I've had milk come out of my nose more than once.

  • INSTINCTS

    Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | February 19, 2018

    Re the Doonesbury Flashbacks page and the 30-years-ago-today strip: Al Gore truly was and is a prince of a man. But he lacked the instincts of Bush and Clinton. Where W. could live in Kennebunkport and always sound like a good ol' boy, Gore was intelligent and capable enough to use several accents, but lacked the instinct to realize you have to be consistent. And being "just one of y'all" simply wasn't him, so he couldnt use the W. strategy. And he still won the popular vote and quite probably the presidential election. Even Adlai Stevenson was advised to make a few grammatical errors to broaden his appeal. (Yes, you've conveyed the above in four terse panels.)

  • HEY ROLAND

    Tom | Centennial, CO | February 19, 2018

    Hey Roland, no texting while driving!

  • SECRET MESSAGE

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 18, 2018

    If I were smarter, would I understand the secret message in those elevator buttons?

  • CENSUS

    Richard Schumacher | The Benighted States of American | February 18, 2018

    The Republican 2020 Census will save a lot of money by skipping the difficult people: the homeless, the undocumented, the Democrats...

  • OLDER

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 15, 2018

    The way I read Sunday's strip, Zipper is Zonker, except the latter has gotten older. Wanting to be a video star isn't that different from wanting to be a British lord. The point being that when you are young you can try something, and if it doesn't work, you try something else. The point of growing older is that you develop a realistic understanding of your strengths and weaknessses, and can settle into a supportable career. I really feel sorry for today's kids, who live in a world with competitive admission to kindergarten, a world in which you aren't allowed to make any mistakes.

  • RESPONSIBLE

    Anne | China, ME | February 13, 2018

    You go, Zonker, now that you are all grown up and being the responsible one. But, question, is it okay to ask someone who has been using your product to now get in a vehicle and drive? Maybe it was his first joint, first puff and a big not-to-worry. But it gave me pause.