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NEWFOUND RESPECT
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 12, 2016

  Once I had "temped" as Weekend Mom-In-Chief for our two toddlers, I had newfound respect for the permanent position. Redfern better man up, he has only one nose to wipe (not counting the one over his 'stache).

ON MY GUARD
Eric Witte | Woodbury, MN | April 12, 2016

So Joanie Caucus feigns illness to give husband Rick a lesson on the challenges of balancing domestic chores with a full-time job. And in Downton Abbey, Mrs. Hughes feigns an injured hand so that Mr. Carson can learn a thing or two about the challenges of domestic chores. Do all wives pull this stunt? I'd better be on my guard...

THE WAR PRAYER
Gary Wagner | Brick, NJ | April 12, 2016

Sunday's Red Rascal strip and the pushback that it inspired made me recall Mark Twain's parable, The War Prayer. It should be uncomfortable to look at the literal result of nationalistic hubris. If everyone looked at the usually unspoken outcomes of war, perhaps we would be less likely to pound those drums.

WISH FULFILLMENT
Rom | New Britain, CT | April 12, 2016

The Red Rascal engaging in Donald Trump's wish fulfillment in Sunday's strip -- serving as Trump's executioner -- reflects the offensive reality of Mr. Trump's inhumanity and general lack of decency in all matters.

FAIR
Linda | Colchester, UK | April 12, 2016

To be fair to men, my daughter is roughly the same age as Jeff, and when she was little, her dad was often the one running around. I wouldn't have been able to build the career I had if he hadn't pulled more than his weight!

TOO TRUE
Sherrill | Campton, NH | April 12, 2016

About Sunday, April 10th's "Red Rascal" comic: What it says about the #Trump16 following is, sadly, too true. I had a bit of trouble, though, with even the suggestion of killing a woman and her children along with my morning cocoa. Effective? Most definitely. Reality? Sadly so. Overkill, especially in a comic children might be reading, perhaps more than just a bit.

FAMILIAR
Peter | Hillsdale, NJ | April 11, 2016

Today's 45-Years-Ago full-color Sunday strip seems familiar somehow. The only thing I didn't see were the pastel purple tarantulas.

Editor's Note:

The first Sunday Doonesbury strip appeared three weeks before this one, on March 21, 1971. The unusual coloring reflects the fact that neither GBT nor the fledgling syndicate had experience with the format; they were making it up as they went along. We hope to upgrade the resolution of this early work in future, to make it more easiliy readable.

TOUCHED A NERVE
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | April 10, 2016

Mr Trudeau, you seem to have touched a nerve with your Red Rascal of the future. It seems some Republicans are trying to distance themselves from their fellows who are enthusiastically drinking Donald Trump's Kool-Aid. I guess they stopped reading before the last panel.

TOUGH TALK
Nancy Marble | Lexington, SC | April 10, 2016

I find it interesting that so many would take offense at a strip directed at the man in the tan mask, and his tough talk...Perhaps it hits too close to home for those who find it so objectionable.

OUT OF BOUNDS
Robert Grayson | Cumming, GA | April 10, 2016

Today's Doonesbury strip in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution picturing Red Rascal as an executioner representing Donald Trump is not only repulsive but could certainly be classified as slanderous. Not funny at all. It had always been my opinion that Trudeau lived "one the edge" with some of his slanted attempts at humor, but I find this latest product to be out of bounds.

NOT COOL
Sara Jewell | Gaffney, SC | April 10, 2016

Today's strip was not funny. Not cool, not hip, not liberal. I don't care about your political beliefs, nor who you decide to target as not worthy, but thinking anyone would get a chuckle or snicker over killing people is a sad statement about a pundit.

NOT FUNNY
T. Post | Daytona Beach, FL | April 10, 2016

Doonesbury is not funny. This is why I am cancelling my newspaper. Liberal news we don't need! Today's strip was supposed to be funny? You are just another Trump trasher.

TRUMP
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | April 10, 2016

Although the (godawful) Trump said he would "take them out," he has been backtracking on this. So maybe the Red Rascal would take them out for falafel and ice cream. Oh wait a minute, there's also his comment about ignoring the Geneva Convention when you're losing.

IMMINENT DANGER
Angie | Nova, VA | April 10, 2016

Today's strip put the imminent danger of a Donald Trump presidency in horrifying perspective. I nearly gagged on my morning coffee but, please, keep them coming. Someone has to point out just how insane our country has become, and try to pull us back from the brink.

RASCAL
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 10, 2016

It appears to be time to rename Jeff's alter egomaniac: Red-State Rascal, Panderer to Panderers.

LACEY DAVENPORT
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | April 09, 2016

Lacey Davenport is so marvelous. Had the Republicans ever had the sense to nominate her for the presidency, I would have voted for her in a heartbeat. (Me voting for a Republican president? Will wonders never cease?)

LACEY
Paul Dunmore | Paraparaumu, NEW ZEALAND | April 08, 2016

I wish the Republicans would bring back Lacey Davenport to run for President. A party with so little concern for facts should have no problem running a dead fictional woman for President, and she would raise the tone of the whole contest immeasurably.

DETAILS
Judy | Roseland, FL | April 08, 2016

In Thursday's 45-Years-Ago-Today Flashback strip, I love it that Rufus uses the subjunctive verb form correctly: "If the black community were..." Shades of Garrison Keillor and the English majors. It's all the little details that we've loved in Doonesbury for so many years.

TACITURN
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 06, 2016

GBT has so far perfectly captured the taciturn Eastwood Film Hero Persona in his campaign to become the elected "Sheriff of Carmel." I'm betting that his word count will not exceed twenty.

WARNED
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | April 05, 2016

"Putin, obviously." Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Just what this world needs: an axis of narcissistic dictator bullies. We have been warned!