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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • HUMAN NATURE

    Gary Wagner | Brick, NJ | January 21, 2020

    Today's Doonesbury Classic strip is from 1993, but the punchline is just as appropriate today as it was then. I guess that some aspects of human nature never change.

  • THANK YOU

    Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | January 19, 2020

    As one of Lindsey's many unrepresented constituents, Thank you for today's strip!

  • STORY ARCS

    Marty A. | Orange, MA | January 18, 2020

    I didn't realize how ubiquitous Duke is in Doonesbury World until I noticed that four of the nine story arcs currently running in Flashbacks are about him.

  • I WONDER

    Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | January 12, 2020

    In today's 40-years-ago Flashback strip, the first three frames have the toaster cocked and toasting, but we never get to see the toast pop up. I wonder if it burned.

  • THANK GOODNESS

    Margo D. | Castlegar, CANADA | January 05, 2020

    Re today's SAY WHAT? quote:

    "He's already set a standard for presidents that most mortals won't be able to meet."
    -- Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Trump

    Well, thank goodness for that!

  • WEARINESS

    John R. Ziemba | La Grange Park, IL | January 05, 2020

    GBT does it again. The world weariness, psychological and emotional exhaustion captured perfectly by B.D.'s reaction in the final panel

  • TRUMP

    Beth | Roseville, CA | December 29, 2019

    Like GBT, I've been wondering what in the world a Trump "Library" could possibly contain. Turning it into a "luxury" condo high-rise in Moscow, however, is perfection. Well done! 

  • CUTTING EDGE

    Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | December 22, 2019

    Gotta hand it to Trudeau. Great strip this morning. Really cutting edge stuff in my opinion.

  • SWIPE

    Karen | Layton, UT | December 15, 2019

    When I read the line, "What are their little names again?" in today's strip, I thought at first that it was simply J.J. being self-absorbed and forgetful. But on further reflection, J.J. could be taking a swipe at Alex's insistence on a "grandmother name." Nicely done, if so. 

  • FLASHBACK

    Wolfgang Beutin | Rellingen, GERMANY | December 12, 2019

    Re the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip: "Lay some hubris on me" -- one of my favorite lines. I am old enough to remember Doonesbury from the beginning and I cannot wait for "Guilty, guilty, guilty!!" to come around again -- not the strip, but in real life!

  • PARTIES

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | December 09, 2019

    Oh boy! We get to revisit two parties this week -- the End of the 70s bash, and Rev. Scot Sloan's "Sixties Revival" publication party. It'll be fun to compare the differences five years make in cultural phenomena. Plus, they'll help to take my mind off the 20-years-ago-today Flashback series, which is giving me the creeps. (I tell you, I'm feeling as old as Mike looks in yesterday's strip.)

  • COMMENT

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | December 03, 2019

    I recently posted the following comment on a story in the New York Times about Trump on "The Apprentice." I thought I'd share it with younger Doonesbury readers by sending it to BLOWBACK:

    As an older reader, let me point out that Garry Trudeau has been spoofing Trump in Doonesbury for over 30 years. Doonesbury is probably the best social history of the baby boom generation available. The "Flashback" strips printed on the site each day now go back 45 years. Trump showed up as an object of derision well before "The Apprentice," but more absurd than mean. 

    Editor's Note:

    Thanks, Roger. I'll take advantage of your comment to mention the New York Times Bestseller YUGE! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, and the more recent SAD! Doonesbury in the Time of Trump, both of which are available here

  • THE WALL

    Martin Fass | Rochester, NY | December 02, 2019

    What a marvelous sequence yesterday with the Wall, and all cheers and thanks for everything you do!

  • Margot Lane | Menemsha, MA | December 01, 2019

    I am just old enough to recall reading this the first time, so chuckled with the first panel. I cannot tell you how much good this strip did me today. I really needed it. For those of us struggling with Trump anxiety and having a soul when others do not, it helped. Laughter allowed me to breathe. Thank you, Trudeau.

  • TOONTOWN

    Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | December 01, 2019

    Today's POTUS strip is absolute genius. Even that word doesn't do it justice. One for the Toontown Hall of Fame.

  • THE BRICKS

    Donald Williams | Little Rock, AR | December 01, 2019

    It took me the best part of a half hour to line up the bricks to read: 'IMPEACH NIXON!" Good job!

  • WALL BUILDER

    Charlie Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | December 01, 2019

    Too good that you kept Nixon's wall in storage all these years. I guess you just knew that some day it might be needed, and here we are: the wannabe wall builder finally gets his wall. Just brilliant!

  • HISTORY

    Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | December 01, 2019

    History repeats.

  • THAT WALL

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | December 01, 2019

    I've been waiting for that wall to reappear! Superficially, Trump doesn't feel like Nixon, because Nixon just dug a hole and hid in it, whereas Trump talks a mile a minute on Twitter. But his talk is all subterfuge, a way of hiding in plain sight. They're the same in arrogance and lying. Nice touch with the misplaced bricks, so the young 'uns who don't remember the wall's original appearance will get the idea.

  • UKRAINE

    Charlie | Sumner, ME | October 31, 2019

    Re today's "Bridges of Madison County" Classic strip from 1993: Ha! "You must own them, you must impose your will on the scene! Like I did...on the steppes of Ukraine..." The dots are all connected now: Trump got his inspiration from Doonesbury! (How else would he know Ukraine has steppes?)