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CHEERS
Sidonia Schumann | Fort Bragg, NC | November 21, 2011

Deliver me from old dog - new dog generational competitiveness. Wild and crazy cheers for the utterly testosterone-tension of the third frame;  few can express seething fury with stone silence and pull it off. What a wonderful example for those who would "Honor thy father....."

THE WHOLE ROUND
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | November 21, 2011

There you have it -- the whole round of Redfern nuttiness in a nutshell.

A THOUSAND WORDS
Victor Field | London, ENGLAND | November 20, 2011

Sons aren't supposed to do worse than their fathers, but when someone like Jeff Redfern has a blockbuster on their hands while Rick is a downsized journalist... If ever a picture was worth a thousand words, the expression on Rick's face in the last panel is.

PITY
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | November 20, 2011

Oh Papa, have pity on me. If I can't have Red Rascal's red-headed editor, I will throw myself into the sea!

TOTAL LOATHING
U.D. | Boston, RED SOX NATION | November 20, 2011

Is it irrational to develop a complete and total loathing for a fictional character? I never thought I hate one as much as J.J., but Jeff Redfern just knocked her off the top of the list. He is what parents of Rick and Joanie's ilk have created and deserve. For all her arrogance, superficiality and instability even Alex shows some heart, compared to the complete waste of genetic material the Jeffs of the world are.

SO GLAD
Ben Ezzell | Phoenix, AZ | November 20, 2011

Jeff, dear Jeff. I'm so glad you're published. And I'd love to tell you why it amuses me so much -- but then I'd have to...well, you know.

CORPUS
Dave | Kennewick, WA | November 19, 2011

It took me five years, but I have essentially read the entire Doonesbury corpus with help from your site. Thanks.

TIRESOME
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | November 19, 2011

Alex isn't autistic. She's tiresome. Completely inner-directed. Even with Leo. I keep wondering when she (or Leo) will realize that Alex "loves" Leo for the same reason some parents INSIST, AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS, that the doctors find something developmentally wrong with their child. "Oh, you may be a parent, but I, I (pause to pat chest for emphasis, put slight catch in voice) have a child with sufferitis. You can't understand how much of a sacrifice I, I (pat chest) make every single day." It's a game to these people. It isn't about others, it's about themselves and how they have to make sure that no matter what the event, they are the center of attention.

ALEX
Jon Mann | Santa Monica, CA | November 19, 2011

Is Alex on the Autism Spectrum?

THE CLASH
Susan Adams | Portsmouth, NH | November 19, 2011

I love the clash of generations between Joanie and Alex, and I love that they each enjoy the other's company.

OH, ALEX!
Kathleen | Brooklyn, NY | November 19, 2011

Oh, Alex! Would that I were so young and stupid again...

ALEX
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | November 18, 2011

I adore Alex. I find her a breath of fresh air.

YES!
Maerzie | Florence, WI | November 18, 2011

Yes! Keep up the good work. I love the Elizabeth Warren sign in the background of today's strip and the hint of Rick Perry's memory lapse. Somehow, you manage to fit in all the goodies.

UH-OH
John Burscough | Brigg, UK | November 18, 2011

A doctor's view: Uh-oh. This isn't looking good for Joanie. Alzheimer's?

ALEX
K.P. | Chicago, IL | November 18, 2011

Alex is the most annoying character I've ever encountered in any fictional publication. Don't get me wrong GBT, I feel like she absolutely needs to be in Doonesbury. But every day I want to throw my cup of coffee at her. Clueless, smart people like with this, who are too idealistic to recognize the context of a situation, drive me absolutely bonkers.

WORMTOWN
Kevin McGee | Worcester, MA | November 18, 2011

Thanks for the shout-out to Woostah (known affectionately around here as "Wormtown") in today's strip. You've captured the attitudes perfectly -- we're both welcoming and challenging in these parts.

OBNOXIOUS PRAT
Adam | Tsukuba, JAPAN | November 17, 2011

Hey! Isn't the obnoxious prat in the glasses giving Joanie a hard time Howie, the little snot-nosed sexist brat from her day-care class?

HOWARD DEAN'S LEGACY
Thomas Williams | Annapolis, MD | November 16, 2011

Today's strip made me compare Howard Dean's crucifixion for a mere war whoop to the accusations of sexual harassment and racism made against today's GOP contenders. Howard Dean's legacy must include the fact that he showed all future candidates how to use the Internet during a campaign.

20-SOMETHINGS
Nigel | Leed, ENGLAND | November 16, 2011

Today's strip really reflects well the 20-somethings of today. Well meaning, but sometimes insensitive in the way they express their concerns.

LAUGHED OUT LOUD
Doug Bowker | Salem, MA | November 15, 2011

I have been reading Doonesbury for forever, it seems, and more often than not it brings a smile to my morning. Today, I actually laughed out loud with the droll conversation between Alex and Joannie, and the offer to cover for any "senior stuff." Love it! And it must be a situation many aging boomers confront, part multi-generation gap, part truth. I recall Joannie hopping into the chopper sidecar with Mark back in the day (with Mike getting left behind of course) and now her granddaughter is concerned she'll break a hip at a meeting. As usual, good writing on so many levels.