Blowback_toon

Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you’d like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

SERENDIPITY
Roberta | Henderson, NV | January 16, 2016

That the 1985 series about Z's lottery win was re-published on the day of this week's Powerball event: serendipity. Or as Zonk might say, "Serendipity doo!"

AMAZING
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | January 15, 2016

Two days after the big Powerball draw, here is Zonker telling us what the winners are feeling. Amazing.

LIGHT OF DAY
Brian | Perth, AUSTALIA | January 12, 2016

I loved Sunday's ISIS humour. Acknowledging the horror of ISIS, one of the best ways to fight back is to ridicule them, humiliate them, and expose their un-Islamic idiocies to the bare light of day. Well done!

JOYS
Evan Samuel | Chingli, CHINA | January 12, 2016

One of the joys of Doonesbury is seeing how many people miss the point. Sunday's strip looks like a keeper. Bravo...

ISIS
Robert N. Ashcroft | Herndon, VA | January 12, 2016

Charlie Hebdo would be the first organization to defend, nay, insist, that ISIS is a subject worthy of humor. I recommend the British movie Four Lions, which is about a group of hapless terrorists. ISIS are idiots. Murderous idiots, but worthy of derision all the more for it.

A LESSON
Jerry Griffin | Oklahoma City, OK | January 11, 2016

By my reading, Sunday's strip was not directly about ISIS but rather a lesson in the absurdity of denying safe haven to refugees for fear of terrorism.

TOURIST VISA
Barb B. | Bend, OR | January 11, 2016

The ISIS recruit should take the tourist visa and book his trip to Y'all Qaeda, currently located some 40 miles south of Burns, Oregon, on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. He'll need to take beer and tobacco as gifts, bring his own junk food and plenty of underwear, and some tampons for the women there. (He can also use a tampon to plug any bullet wounds from shooting himself in the foot.) So with the ideology, the disdain for the local population, the scenery, the plentiful guns and ammo, and the beards, it should be just like home.

NOT FUNNY
Shauna McGoldrick | Payson, AZ | January 11, 2016

Sunday's strip is not funny. There is nothing humorous about ISIS, and they are not worthy of being in a cartoon. Have you forgotten Paris and Charlie Hebdo? Really poor judgment.

WHAT?
Richard | Duluth, MN | January 09, 2016

What, Aunt sophie doesn't get a cut?

15-YEARS-AGO STRIP
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | January 09, 2016

I love yesterday's 15-Years-Ago Flashback strip. Hopefully it is prescient.

INEXPLICABLE
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | January 07, 2016

Honey's total, unwavering loyalty to Duke has always been completely inexplicable to me. There must have been some really weird imprinting in her childhood, which I don't remember ever hearing much about.

USE IT
John on Maui | Haiku, HI | January 06, 2016

I know people like Honey; get the info, go use it to their advantage.

NEWSREELS
Anita Williams | Wildomar, CA | January 05, 2016

I think that Ted Cruz looks and sounds more like Mussolini than McCarthy, and I remember them both from newsreels in the movie theatre. Yes that makes me very old, but so "in tune" with Doonesbury"and MSNBC. Aloha, from a Hawaii girl.

CRUZ/MCCARTHY
Robert Berger | Los Angeles, CA | January 04, 2016

Finally somebody else noticed the Cruz/McCarthy thing. The lack is probably due to the fact that my circle of acquaintance is much younger than me. When I was eight and my sister five we were tourists in the Senate Office Building in D.C. The elevator door opens and there's Tail Gunner Joe. My sister burst into tears. Our parents were Democratic Party activists.

TODAY'S VIDEO
Kathy | Newtown, PA | January 03, 2016

Re Today's "Orangutan Makes A Hammock" Video -- I'm pretty positive neither of my children could figure out how to do that...

THE EARLY 80s
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | January 02, 2016

Sal misses the early 80s? Oh come on: Reaganomics, "Greed is good," the AIDS epidemic? On the other hand: I was back in college, part time; my baby daughter was growing up; I became a quilter.

FLAMER
Perry | Flagstaff, AZ | December 29, 2015

I remember adopting the word "Flamer" to describe Reagan-ites, and I recall it as a term from the strip, but I had no recollection, until reading this series, of the exact origin. Yet another reason to love these walks down memory lane.

SAL
Steve Ehrmann | Silver Spring, MD | December 28, 2015

I've loved your strip for decades, but I can't remember who Sal is.

Editor's Note:

 During his pre-college years, Mike's younger brother Benjy turned to the Punk side and adopted the moniker "Sal Putrid."

BATHROOM BREAK
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | December 27, 2015

Re The "Bathroom Break" story in Daily Briefing: Wow! This Huffington Post article predicated on Hilary Clinton's tardy return to the stage last weekend was powerful. What gave it so much greater a kick was the TedX piece at the end. As a man who tries to be careful I how he approaches and interacts with women it gave me lots to think about. Equality demands more than just lip service. Keep 'em coming.

YES
Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | December 27, 2015

The Donnie. Yes!