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THE RETURN
T. Fox | Sherman Oaks, CA | July 23, 2012

Why can't I laugh at the return of Jim Crow? Racial profiling, plain ol' racism are so last millenium. Today's strip makes me cry.

JEFF'S PAD
Max Zimmerman | Houston, TX | July 22, 2012

I've been trying to figure out the math on Jeff's pad. I don't think J.K. Rowling could afford the place.

HONEYMOON
Frances O'Neill Zimmerman | La Jolla, CA | July 20, 2012

I have been enjoying Alex and Toggle's road trip honeymoon (except for Toggle's worrisome flashbacks) and I especially liked their visit to the ball of twine. I want to suggest they take a look at the Very Large Array of giant telescopes in the high desert of southern New Mexico. In a beautiful barren landscape, visitors can watch these huge dishes turn and listen to the cosmos, repositioning themselves according to whatever messages are incoming. It's pretty neat.

DOWNFALL
John Riley | New Brighton, MN | July 20, 2012

Jeff's behind on his mortgage? His downfall has already begun. Maybe it's time for another trip to Afghanistan.

PTSD IN VETS
Craig Berg | Romney, WVA | July 20, 2012

You've done a great job raising awareness about PTSD in vets. (Eighteen vets commit suicide every day in the U.S.)  I want to mention that some people have found Transcendental Meditation helpful.

LEFT SOMETHING OUT
Treva Obbard | Albany, CA | July 19, 2012

I think you've left something out in the options for your latest Straw Poll. The internet isn't cocaine, alcohol, or reefer: it's caffeine. It's 12:04 AM and though I'm not as alert as I could be, I'm certainly not going to fall asleep any time soon. Not while the monitor's still glowing. My creative juices are flowing! I could keep googling, chatting, etc. all night! And as soon as I shut down, I'm going to crash for like nine hours.

IRONY
T.F. Gray | Charlotte, NC | July 18, 2012

Never mind the genealogy! I love the irony of Jeff talking about being overseas serving his country while Toggle was...um...let me think. Oh.

EWWW!
David Stanford | Doonesbury.com | July 18, 2012

I am so excited to hear that the newlyweds have reached our state. Alex and Toggle, drive north a few hours and we can join you for dinner! Jeff, back off, your mother is Alex's grandmother! You may not be blood-related, but...ewww!
-- D.F., Fort Collins, CO

Wait a minute, back the truck up! Isn't Jeff the uncle of Alex? That's seriously creepy, GBT. just don't go there.
-- Mable, Burney, CA

Whoa. Did Jeff forget that Alex is his niece? Or just GBT?
-- Allie, Gettysburg, PA

Editor's Note:

 Neither. But GBT inadvertently mixed up the two boys during the course of the week. While Jeff is threatened by Leo's warrior bone fides, it's Zipper who's had the crush on Alex. Apologies to the many horrified, genealogically astute readers who noticed.

MADE ME SMILE
Joy | Colorado Springs, CO | July 18, 2012

Funny, I live in Colorado Springs and when I saw the strip about them being on Pikes Peak, I looked up at the mountain like someone I actually know was up there. I guess they kind of are. Made me smile.

THE BIGGEST
Julie Leonard | Boulder, CO | July 17, 2012

That's just the biggest ball of twine made by a group of people. The biggest ball of twine made by one person is in Darwin, Minnesota. Everyone knows that.

DON'T MESS
Cheryl | Walton, NY | July 17, 2012

Please don't mess with Toggle and Alex! Some happiness is needed in this world, and if it has to come from Doonesbury, so be it.

BARBED WIRES
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | July 17, 2012

I'd worry about Jeff and Zip disrupting the new marriage, except for the ineptitude of Jeff and Zip. How many barbed wires will the newlyweds have to limbo beneath before the strip becomes Mary Worth?

HONEYMOON
Seven | Alexandria, VA | July 17, 2012

I would have enjoyed going to see the world's largest ball of string rather than spending my honeymoon visiting my new husband's ex-wife and daughter. Needless to say, my marriage was short and a valuable lesson!

GROUP IQ
Mark Moore | Missoula, MT | July 17, 2012

Your Sunday strip on "group IQ' was amazing. It has been bouncing around in my head for months that individual cleverness for our hunter/gatherer ancestors was quite meaningless for their survival. You are truly shaping our culture in a good way. Thanks.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Barbara | Saco, ME | July 16, 2012

Thank you for Sunday's strip highlighting the cultural need for emotional intelligence and the contribution of women's problem-solving capacities and wisdom. Your recognition and representation of the value of balance is very much appreciated. Sexism is flourishing in so many arenas while our world is in crisis. There's such a peaceful and constructive resonance in that strip.

THE WAITRESS
Barb | Bend, OR | July 16, 2012

I figured out where Toggle and Alex ate last week: Bangor, Maine.According to John Steinbeck's Travels With Charlie, page 45. "[The waitress] wasn't happy, but then she wasn't unhappy."

CAN'T WAIT
Dsaved | Rome, ITALY | July 16, 2012

The world's largest ball of twine? Boy, I went straight to the web to seek it out! I can't wait for more Americana from Alex and Leo's road trip/honeymoon!

PERFECT 8
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | July 16, 2012

Okay, I'm calling today a Perfect 8 on the FLASHBACKS slot machine. Every one of the panels has people talking in different realities, at cross purposes to one another. George W., Sid, Ken Starr, Ron Headrest, Hedley, even Joanie, and certainly B.D. -- all were off in worlds by themselves. Even Melissa's psychiatrist could only try to contact Melissa's headspace.

OH, ZIPPER
Normann Aa. Nielsen | Odder, DENMARK | July 16, 2012

"She won't friend me" -- bwuhaha! Oh, Zipper, get a grip on reality. There are probably a lot of girls out there that have looked right through you and have seen your potential. Which is zip. There is a difference in degrees between Jeff and Zipper: Jeff is trying, Zipper is denying!

GENDER DISCRIMINATION
Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt | Bloomington, IN | July 15, 2012

As a man who works in an environment with three levels of female bosses above me I can tell you that women should be encouraged to be inclusive of men. Women are much more cliquish and exclusive than men and need to learn not to discriminate against men. Encouraging the opposite is just leading women to be poorer managers and unfairly limiting the careers of men. Gender discrimination is ugly whether it's performed by men or women. Please don't encourage it.