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WWP
Bill Vose | Orlando, FL | March 10, 2016

I usually do not agree with many of your musings, but as a Wounded Warrior from the Vietnam War I thoroughly enjoyed your expose strip that ran on Sunday in the Orlando Sentinel and referenced the Wounded Warrior Project. I was donating to them after the intense well-done ads they were running, but when I saw disparaging info on a vet website i inquired of their nearby HQ and was met by a wall of silence. I am involved on the Boards of a few other Vet charities, and no one gets any compensation other than expenses. It is common knowledge in the Vet community that WWP is an overall bust. Thanks for outing them.

FITS PERFECTLY
Susan Bein | Portland, OR | March 09, 2016

Just substitute Trump's name for Buchanan's in today's "20 years ago" Flashback strip, and it fits perfectly. Only trouble is, twenty years on, it looks like that "reich" is much more likely to become a reality. And how ironic is it that Muslims are the new Jews, feared, hated and blamed for conspiracies. Mexicans are the new Roma, who were also on Hitler's hit list. Feels like end times, but sadly, it's just business as usual for the lowest common denominators in the human race.

PROSTHETIC LEG
Big Guy | New York, NY | March 08, 2016

The second panel of Sunday's strip shows B.D. crossing his prosthetic leg over his other leg -- not an easy thing to draw. Thank you Mr. Trudeau for working to improve your skills to make your excellent comic strip even better.

TAKEDOWN
Dave Collins | Johnson City, TX | March 07, 2016

I'd like to add the voice of this Marine veteran of the American War in Viet Nam to the others praising Garry's takedown of the despicable exploitation of vets by the WWP. Semper fi, Mr. Trudeau!

CHARITIES
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | March 07, 2016

Thank you for Sunday's riff on the Wounded Warrior Project, and by extension most of the charities I've never heard of that telephone to solicit donations. I much prefer to donate directly to local organizations where I know the people.

RIGHT ON
Sheila Conley | Orford, NH | March 06, 2016

Today's strip about WWP was right on. How can "charities" dupe so many people?  Fisher HouseDAV, and other real organizations need the help. Thank you very much.

THANK YOU
Dana Barricklow | Salem, OR | March 06, 2016

Thank you, thank you, thank you for today's comic strip!

TODAY'S STRIP
Tony Xavier | Hillsdale, NJ | March 06, 2016

Garry, thank you for today's strip on the Wounded Warrior Project. It made me think, look up this "charity," and then cancel my contributions. I'll now donate to DAV -- Disabled American Veterans! Thanks again.

NUDESBURY
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | March 05, 2016

45 Years Ago Today: Nudesbury! This ought to inspire the next collection: The Pre-Code Doonesbury.

STANDARD SHIFT
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | March 05, 2016

I was delighted to note the standard shift on the car headed to the cemetery in Friday's strip; Curtis clearly wields it with authority, and the downshifting leaves no doubt as to the need for speed! Hardly anyone appreciates real driving these days...

ZOMBIE CUCUMBER
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 02, 2016

Slave Zombie Duke really takes me back. Zombie cucumber (Datura Stramonium, aka Jimson Weed) -- the second half of that prescription after the blowfish poison -- wasn't on Duke's personally approved list of psychotropic drugs, but it suited him.  Voodoo Economics has multiple meanings, and there are so many Zombie Lies That Will Not Die, all the way back to the Curse of Ham theology, used to justify slavery in the US and Haiti and many other places.

TRUMP
Julia Archer | Broadview, SOUTH AUSTRALIA | February 29, 2016

Wait! Trump reads Doonesbury? Oh happy day.

LEAP DAY
Neal Byles | Concord, NH | February 29, 2016

No Flashback strips? Stupid Leap Day...

Editor's Note:

Indeed. The Flashback system couldn't pull content for all the 5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45 Years Ago Today slots, so it took a day off. It will resume tomorrow!

SAYWHAT?
John Brennand | Landley, CANADA | February 29, 2016

Monday's SayWhat? is priceless (it was just on my lunchtime news, too). You have to ask if Trump even listens to what he says, or has said, after a comment like this one. Where was this refusal to jump to conclusions when he called for exclusion of all Muslims from the U.S.?

BERLUSCONI
Paula D. | Albany, NY | February 29, 2016

If Donald Trump becomes president, it will resemble the presidency of Silvio Berlusconi of Italy — except, of course, with a nuclear arsenal and a huge (really tremendous!) military apparatus, and maybe not quite so many bunga bunga girls. Silvio was a disaster as a chief executive, but was wildly popular, just like The Donald.

OXYGEN
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | February 29, 2016

Donald Trump is sucking all the oxygen from the room? Oh yeah. And he's not done yet. He's barely started.

CURTIS
Richard Schumacher | TEXAS | February 29, 2016

Curtis (in the current "Dead Duke" story arc) looks a bit like a young Trump, dontcha think?

TODAY'S STRIP
Dean M. | Minneapolis, MN | February 28, 2016

Way to trump Trump with his own petard in today's strip. (And you are the master of the DT coif.)

WHITEWATER
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | February 26, 2016

Wow. Thursday's 20-years-ago Flashback strip was prescient, and is still current. That's a real accomplishment for a comic strip. People who lived in Arkansas at the time, of course, knew the Whitewater story was a crock, but when the New York Times is pushing a story it has legs.

SOUL-SEARCHING
M. Nichols | South of Jefferson, OR | February 24, 2016

Thank you for the fuel to elicit some beneficial soul-searching, GBT. Yesterday, after being subjected to yet another dose of selfish drivers' antics, and still cogitating on Sunday's Doonesbury strip, my own judgemental reaction to their antics came up for review. Suddenly, as I parked in front of the veterinarian's office in Sublimity to pick up some meds for our beloved old dog, my mother's long-ago remonstrance whispered through my mind: "You see your own faults most in others!"

Now, admittedly, such comeuppances can indeed devolve from witnessing the antics of others important to you, or having been the victim of such inappropriate nonsense, and probably other ways yet -- there are countless ways to be drawn into the practice of selfishness, for one sin -- but I immediately thought how sad it is that, quite apparently, the vast majority of the lot of haters running for president of the U.S. (and seekers of myriad other positions of power and influence), seem to have not had the blessing of such an aware and insightful mother to guide them through the thickets of stupid human tricks.

I did; and I still find myself being sucked into the stupidity of responding judgementally at times. (I have often told students that dumb means you don't know better; stupid means you know better, and refuse to employ it: The only one who can fix stupid is the bearer alone.) Someone should remind these folks that Jesus never once is recorded as having advised us mob to hate anyone, nor anything, except sin. But hey, we prodigal sons are a rare breed, eh? Not: Most of us lot apparently just never seem to garner the courage to admit we were wrong, and wax willing to change that. Any more, my favorite prayer is, "May God bless those who love us; And, those who hate us. May God forgive us all!" I find it's great for humility.