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Blowback

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  • PUNCH

    David Derbes | Chicago, IL | August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday I wake up hoping for GBT to deliver a punch against this horrid regime. This was a solid uppercut, as good as any I've seen since 1973, when I began reading the strip. Thanks.

  • GO, ROLAND!

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 10, 2018

    Go, Roland! His crowd-sourcing tweet ("I'm at a cocktail party right now...") is in the spirit of Planet3org's "Golden Horseshoe Award," named in honor of the following quote from Dashiell Hammett's novel The Golden Horseshoe: "I was reading a sign high on the wall behind the bar. 'Only genuine pre-war British and American whiskeys served here.' I was trying to count how many lies could be found in those nine words, and had reached four, with promise of more..."

  • TODAY'S STRIP

    Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | August 10, 2018

    Today's strip: Sergeant Rock with a jarring twist.

  • FAILED TO INCLUDE

    Steve Singer | Iowa City, IA | August 06, 2018

    Sunday’s "listicle" and Roland’s tweet failed to include women not currently related to Trump, every lawyer who ever bailed on him, the heads of every U.S. bank that won’t give him a loan, and whatever it was he said five minutes ago.

  • FRONT PAGE

    Mary Etue | Jackson, MI | August 05, 2018

    I loved today's Doonesbury. Keep up the good work. I wish it filled the entire front page.

  • BIGGER AND BETTER

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 05, 2018

    What a great enemies list! Bigger and better than Nixon's! But no "Failing Cartoonist"? Art Buchwald demanded to be put on Nixon's list, and was.

  • QUAINT

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | August 05, 2018

    An "enemies list" that dwarfs even Hoover's, let alone Nixon's. But, with a computer in front of him, I wonder why on earth the Red Rascal is using quaint pencil and paper to preserve it.

  • THE PRESS

    Elizabeth Horowitz | Berkeley, CA | August 05, 2018

    Great strip today, but I'm surprised there is no mention of the Enemy of the People: The Press. CNN. MSNBC. NYTimes.

  • CONTEXT

    David Hallett | St. John's, CA | August 02, 2018

    Last Sunday’s strip should be seen in the context of the character development of Leo/Toggle’s mother, which began long before the Trump presidency.

  • APPROPRIATE

    James Mitchell | Everett, WA | August 01, 2018

    I find the cross Toggle's mom is wearing in Sunday's strip to be entirely appropriate. Christian fundamentalists across America campaigned heavily for Trump, and continue to support his methods and madness.

  • MELANCHOLY

    David | US of A | August 01, 2018

    I felt a little melancholy when reading today's 10-years-ago Flashback strip, in which Joannie comments, "Who knew America was ready [for a black president with a Muslim name]?" Turns out America might have been ready, but more than a few Americans weren't....

  • ENLIGHTENMENT

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | July 31, 2018

    Re: today's Classic Doonesbury strip : I know just how Lacey feels. I'll see someone on TV, or read about them in the paper, or hear a new (to me) phrase; then I call my daughter and say "Who are these people?" As she's under 40 years old, she's well-acquainted with pop culture. (Should I call it that?) But anything from the '80s or earlier, she calls me for enlightenment.

  • CROSS

    Bob Mizek | Chicago, IL | July 30, 2018

    Re: the Sunday 7-29-18 strip. I’m offended that you prominently included a cross on the redneck Trump supporter. It’s inappropriate and insensitive. Not all Christians are Trump supporters, racists, or redneck trailer trash. Don’t lump us all together...

  • NEWBORN BABY GIRL

    Allan Smitheel | Philadelphia, PA | July 29, 2018

    Great stuff today! Nicely drawn trailer park scene,* at Grammy's place, where Alex and Toggle, twin boys in tow, finally introduce their newborn baby girl (whose existence was intimated in the 2-4-18 strip!). Congrats!

    * Garry Trudeau is a very underrated cartoon artist -- though he still can't draw a nose. ;-)

  • THE TWINS

    Karen | Layton, UT | July 29, 2018

    Wow, today's strip is a bit of a shock. Wasn't it just a couple years ago that the twins were "playing Trump" in front of Joanie? Kids grow up so fast, especially in comic-strip land.

  • IN RED TERRITORY

    Just A Centrist | Peoria, IL | July 29, 2018

    I'm open-minded and determined to stay engaged with my community; kind of a trick these days, as I live blue deep in red territory. You should know the most fervent female Trump supporters I know are college educated and upper middle class, most of them professionals, but always in "assistant" positions. My friends in the trailer parks? They can spot a phony a mile away, and they hate him. Methinks GBT may have missed the mark with Sunday's strip.

    Interesting to note that, in the wake of Helsinki, the 4' x 8' Trump sign I used to have to drive by on a major state road is gone. The sign's owner had long ago stationed cameras there, and notices telling would-be vandals not to bother because it would be replaced and they'd be reported to the police.

  • ATTENTION SPAN

    Dave | Elmira, NY | July 28, 2018

    I was all set to enjoy yesterday's video -- Yo-Yo Ma, one of the greatest musicians of all time, playing a Bach Cello Suite, one of the most perfect pieces of music ever written. But the average cut time of that video was about 1.2 seconds, and I couldn't watch it. Then I got to thinking -- is this why I have ADD? Growing up watching television with shorter and shorter cut times, shorter and shorter scenes and commercials and stories and sound bites? I have the attention span of a firefly, and I wonder how much of that is a product of the media I've consumed since I was an infant.

  • OIL

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | July 28, 2018

    "Oil! Real fuel for real cars!" Who would have thought we'd still be arguing about this almost 30 years later?

  • PRESIDENT NORM

    Bluejay Young | Bloomington, IN | July 18, 2018

    I keep coming back to the June 10th strip with "President Norm." It lowers my blood pressure considerably...

  • ALPHA HOUSE

    Nancy Nehls Nelson | Weaverville, NC | July 15, 2018

    Having lost the DEM Primary here in Asheville ( "cesspool of sin") for a measly county commissioner seat, I have been licking my wounds and feeling betrayed by my own party since May. Your program Alpha House has pulled me out of my misery. You hit the nail on the head about NC politics! Gil John Biggs is perfect. Hell, we elected a US Representative out here in the mountains because he was a TN quarterback 20 years ago; he could barely speak in complete sentences. Please give us more! McCroy is gone, but the crazies in Raleigh remain, passing bathroom bills and micromanaging our local government. Your humor never gets old (and I'm your age). Thanks!