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RICK
Alyn Adams | Johannesburg, SA | May 18, 2017

I love the contrast between today's 40-years-ago and 35-years-ago strips; Rick has a somewhat less blasé attitude when the one doing the "adulting" is him.

Editor's Note:

 This post refers to our popular Flashbacks page, which features nine on-this-date-in-previous-years strips. Since that content changes every day, here in BLOWBACK I am linking to the cited strips via the GoComics.com complete Doonesbury archive, so the links will be good indefinitely.

ZEN
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 17, 2017

I hear ya, Boopsie. In Zen Buddhism we get a lot of people who find themselves and then lose themselves again. Other churches too, they tell me.

ON THE HEAD
Julia Kelley | Bonne Terre, MO | May 17, 2017

When I read this past Sunday's strip I was impressed that someone else feels the same way I do about our Commander In Chief. You hit that on the head. How could anyone understand what he is talking about?

FORESHADOWING
Patti H. | Rome, NY | May 15, 2017

Yikes! Zonker and his plants have foreshadowing down to a science in the 35-years-ago-today Flashback strip! Talk about scary.

LATELY
R.J. | Charlotte, NC | May 14, 2017

The way things have been going lately, Trudeau may end up reprising the 1973 'Guilty, guilty, guilty!' strip.

CLASSIC
Evans Wohlforth | Newark, NJ | May 13, 2017

Today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip is a true classic -- Zonker consoling his friend, the tropical potted plant who is yearning to join the free temperate-zone plants in the wild. A perfectly balanced and profoundly funny strip; dry, well-crafted wit. Thank you.

WINK
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 11, 2017

Yesterday's strip was a fun wink at the 1988 readership, many of whom assumed that Mike, Zonk, B.D., Boopsie, etc. went to the same school as GBT himself. I know how Zonker felt -- I often assumed they all went to Yale!

WALDEN
Thad Humphries | Charlottesville, VA | May 09, 2017

Walden won't accept anyone with a criminal record? No wonder they haven't fielded a championship football team.

LOVE IT
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | May 07, 2017

I just love it that in today's strip the older generation have their noses in their screens -- but Sam is reading a book!

PERFECT
J.J. | Roseland, FL | May 05, 2017

Today's strip is perfect!! Jeremy's skill and wisdom in courtship parallels our President's abilities in the Oval Office.

RELATED?
Neal Byles | Concord, NH | May 03, 2017

I had forgotten that Lacey wore her hat while bathing. Is there a chance that the Congresswoman was related to B.D.? "Davenport" does begin with a "D."

RESISTANCE
Ellen A. Malone | Mt. Lake, PA | May 02, 2017

The medium is the massage. I am sure I see myself in J.J.'s painting. Resistance is cathARTic!

J.J.
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 01, 2017

Given that GBT has sabbatically reprised J.J.'s mid-80s foray into (broadly speaking) "non-representational art," yesterday's Sunday strip showing her Pollock-sized, if not Pollock-splattered, painting couldn't be an accident.

HOOTERS
Tom | San Francisco, CA | April 30, 2017

Well, when it comes to Trump, J.J. would know. She painted the "hooters" on the nymphs on his yacht, while repeating to herself under her breath, "You have a family..." I wonder whether she is one of the contractors he has stiffed.

FINALLY
Karen | Layton, UT | April 30, 2017

Finally, after all these years, we get a positive story about J.J.! (I always felt a little sorry for her anyway.) Yes, art remains her primary motivation, but at least her muse is pointing her in the right direction.

THE, UM, HATS
Chris W. | U.S. of A. | April 30, 2017

I'd always assumed J.J. was the one who designed the, um, hats. You know the ones I mean.

WONDERFUL
Kerry Killingsworth | Auburn, AL | April 30, 2017

As a man and a feminist, I think it is wonderful to see J.J. in this light.

MASTERFUL
Charles Browne | Hogansville, GA | April 30, 2017

I've always been a fan, but today's strip, for some reason, just "said it all." Masterful indeed to evoke such a visceral response with the final panel. Well done!

MISGUESSED
David | Waltrop, GERMANY | April 30, 2017

You know, I completely misguessed the punchline today. I thought J.J. would have been one of several artists commissioned to do a theme like "the largest inauguration crowd in history" as a counterweight to the protests. But I have to admit that this calls more for the photoshopping talents of, uh, Zipper?

J.J.
Matthew | London, UK | April 30, 2017

J.J. has acquired a social and political conscience? Why, it's a Trump miracle!