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Rick | Dayton, OH | May 21, 2017

Hey, another option for Z-Z Bud: Zonk could add some nicotine to his weed, and go after the stoner tobacco smokers. Then they would only have to burn and inhale one plant instead of two to get the desired physical effects!

William Martindale | Lumberton, TX | May 21, 2017

Thank you so much for today's Warren Zevon video ! I think that all of his fans are keeping him in our hearts.

Kathleen Standard | Brooklyn, NY | May 20, 2017

It's been 14 years since I started reading Doonesbury on this website (and not just in books or newspapers). I was working a rather boring job with nothing but internet time, and every so often I'd play the jigsaw puzzles or Mike's Kwik Kwiz, or watch Duke dispense some wisdom (we still joke about how Jerry Orbach would "crack us like an egg"). Now, I go to you frequently to see what uplifting video you've selected. I appreciate the care you take in curating the mass of material out there, because too much is just as overwhelming as none. Today, the video about the Danish island with a carbon-negative footprint has prompted me to reevaluate our solar options for a small cabin we're building. Thank you for helping me think about things that can be changed, notice things that are worth changing, and keep a bit of perspective on things that make my head want to explode.

Melissa Burkhart | Kirkville, IA | May 19, 2017

I am a big fan of Doonesbury, and have read the comics in the paper ever since I was little (I am 35 now) I used to read them to my grandparents, and now my kids read them to me. I would like to thank you for making such an iconic comic strip that I have enjoyed forever.

Alyn Adams | Johannesburg, SA | May 18, 2017

I love the contrast between today's 40-years-ago and 35-years-ago strips; Rick has a somewhat less blasé attitude when the one doing the "adulting" is him.

Editor's Note:

 This post refers to our popular Flashbacks page, which features nine on-this-date-in-previous-years strips. Since that content changes every day, here in BLOWBACK I am linking to the cited strips via the complete Doonesbury archive, so the links will be good indefinitely.

Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 17, 2017

I hear ya, Boopsie. In Zen Buddhism we get a lot of people who find themselves and then lose themselves again. Other churches too, they tell me.

Julia Kelley | Bonne Terre, MO | May 17, 2017

When I read this past Sunday's strip I was impressed that someone else feels the same way I do about our Commander In Chief. You hit that on the head. How could anyone understand what he is talking about?

Patti H. | Rome, NY | May 15, 2017

Yikes! Zonker and his plants have foreshadowing down to a science in the 35-years-ago-today Flashback strip! Talk about scary.

R.J. | Charlotte, NC | May 14, 2017

The way things have been going lately, Trudeau may end up reprising the 1973 'Guilty, guilty, guilty!' strip.

Evans Wohlforth | Newark, NJ | May 13, 2017

Today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip is a true classic -- Zonker consoling his friend, the tropical potted plant who is yearning to join the free temperate-zone plants in the wild. A perfectly balanced and profoundly funny strip; dry, well-crafted wit. Thank you.

Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 11, 2017

Yesterday's strip was a fun wink at the 1988 readership, many of whom assumed that Mike, Zonk, B.D., Boopsie, etc. went to the same school as GBT himself. I know how Zonker felt -- I often assumed they all went to Yale!

Thad Humphries | Charlottesville, VA | May 09, 2017

Walden won't accept anyone with a criminal record? No wonder they haven't fielded a championship football team.

Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | May 07, 2017

I just love it that in today's strip the older generation have their noses in their screens -- but Sam is reading a book!

J.J. | Roseland, FL | May 05, 2017

Today's strip is perfect!! Jeremy's skill and wisdom in courtship parallels our President's abilities in the Oval Office.

Neal Byles | Concord, NH | May 03, 2017

I had forgotten that Lacey wore her hat while bathing. Is there a chance that the Congresswoman was related to B.D.? "Davenport" does begin with a "D."

Ellen A. Malone | Mt. Lake, PA | May 02, 2017

The medium is the massage. I am sure I see myself in J.J.'s painting. Resistance is cathARTic!

John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 01, 2017

Given that GBT has sabbatically reprised J.J.'s mid-80s foray into (broadly speaking) "non-representational art," yesterday's Sunday strip showing her Pollock-sized, if not Pollock-splattered, painting couldn't be an accident.

Tom | San Francisco, CA | April 30, 2017

Well, when it comes to Trump, J.J. would know. She painted the "hooters" on the nymphs on his yacht, while repeating to herself under her breath, "You have a family..." I wonder whether she is one of the contractors he has stiffed.

Karen | Layton, UT | April 30, 2017

Finally, after all these years, we get a positive story about J.J.! (I always felt a little sorry for her anyway.) Yes, art remains her primary motivation, but at least her muse is pointing her in the right direction.

Chris W. | U.S. of A. | April 30, 2017

I'd always assumed J.J. was the one who designed the, um, hats. You know the ones I mean.