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LOSERS
Mrs. Grimble | Scotland, UK | July 30, 2017

For Trump, all prime ministers are losers, because they're (theoretically) answerable to a Head of State. Whereas he, a president, is the Head of State. Thus he outranks them!

SURVIVE THE DARKNESS
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | July 30, 2017

If today's SayWhat? is accurate* (Trump on Obamacare over recent months: "It's a failed experiment. It is totally gone.... Dead.... It's broken, it's collapsing. It's gone.... It's out of business.... It's dead!"), what is keeping Obamacare alive? It must be a spirit greater than Trumpism, greater than the worst negativity spirit that America can evoke. It must be a powerful lot of good at work. It must be a lot of good, hardworking people trying to "do no harm." God bless them, and may the spirit survive the darkness.

Editor's Note:

  * It is.

SWEET
Allison C. Davis | Albuquerque, NM | July 30, 2017

Those sweet, tiny hands!

@!%#
Charlie Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | July 30, 2017

Ah, I am so enjoying Sundays. Today we have the Trumpster with tiny hands talking to (yelling at?) Reince Priebus... and since you penned this cartoon, Priebus has been canned, and the [a series of incredibly offensive expletives deleted] Mooch has come on board. Just another week at the bonkers Trump White House. Man, you just can't make this @!%# up can you?

GLASSES
Bobbie Herman | Fairfield, CT | July 29, 2017

I wonder if Mike wears his glasses to bed so he can see his dreams better...

COMMANDER CODY
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | July 27, 2017

Thanks for the dose of Commander Cody today -- prompted me to wade through my stack of vinyl.

MIKE
Brendan Nichols | South of Jefferson, OR | July 27, 2017

To even consider such a quandary as the one Mike ponders as he stares through the glass probably never occurred to way too many for long enough to seriously consider. It is futile to blame another for troubles when such proclivities are increasingly ubiquitous. The truth is, "The buck stops here" should be on every mirror as a reminder. It does, or it doesn't; which one gets prominence declares the value of the person it controls.

RELIEVED
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | July 26, 2017

Reading today's 10-years-ago strip on the Flashbacks page I have to wonder if G.W. Bush is relieved that he will no longer be remembered as the worst President in history.

CLASSIC
Rick Puig | London, UK | July 24, 2017

I've always thought today's Classic strip, about Zonker giving Mike career advice, was funny.

KAYFABE
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 23, 2017

Sorry, Boopsie. What B.D. is telling you about isn't acting. It's kayfabe, as in pro wrestling. Check out this 2007 film. (Donald Trump is the master, seeming simultaneously to be the good guy "face" to his base, and the bad guy "heel" to everyone else, and sometimes doing heel-face-heel turns within a single sentence.)

COINCIDENCE?
Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | July 22, 2017

Nicely timed. Mr Butts' 1989 redux as the strip of the day while Reuters digs into Phillip Morris marketing tactics used to try and hook new smokers in third world countries. Coincidence?

DUMPSTER FIRE
Dan | Minneapolis, MN | July 21, 2017

  A Chicago printmaker has made art out of the "dumpster fire" designation. I bought a copy at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend! 

THERAPIST
June Cleaver | Peoria, IL | July 20, 2017

I just caught Sunday's strip, with Elias and B.D. I'm in therapy for PTSD (medical, sexual, and automotive trauma -- a trifecta!). My therapist and I have conversations about the dumpster fire in D.C. She tells me I'm not the only one, by a stretch. Oy.

MR. BUTTS
Dave | Elmire, NY | July 19, 2017

And here comes Mr. Butts, Trudeau's greatest character!

PESD
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 16, 2017

As I read today's strip -- B.D. talking with Elias -- I was thinking it was PESD, Post-Election Stress Disorder. But then I found this.

LOOKING FORWARD
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | July 15, 2017

I'm looking forward to a new strip in which Mark Slackmeyer will be shouting "Guilty, guilty, guilty!"

EARLY MEMORY
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | July 14, 2017

The current Zonker-as-Nanny series continues to hit it out of the park. My mother, born 1924, was only one generation removed from a time when public school teachers were expected to be single. An early memory of mine (from the early Sixties) is of my mom telling my dad that I had called our babysitter "mama." This made little impression on me at the time but made a much bigger one now that Trudeau reminded me of it. I have little doubt that it caused my poor professional mother no little pain.

DIDN'T KNOW
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | July 12, 2017

I didn't know Mrs. Doonesbury the first was a helicopter pre-cursor: "What happened to lunch, nap, doctor's appointment, play date, and bath?" (Oxford comma not in the original.) As a veteran parent I'd respond: "We took a bath this morning, lunch and nap were on the subway, the doctor was rescheduled, and babies don't have playdates."

BLOWBACK POST
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | July 11, 2017

Glad I'd put down the coffee before I got to the "No fair!" Blowback post...

NO FAIR!
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | July 09, 2017

No fair! I want to see the front of the painting!