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MELISSA
Jim Gordon | New Paltz, NY | March 04, 2018

What a perfect linkage of past and present, reality and cartoon! Melissa is a great candidate for these times, as Ginny Sloan was back decades ago! Let's hope that if Melissa can't win, she loses to a worthy candidate such as Lacey Davenport. Nice job, GBT, again staying relevant on the cutting edge of comedy and politics. Granted, these days there is a fine line between them...

TRUMP
Peter | Holliston, MA | March 01, 2018

I'll just point out that Duke has disappeared several times, and always seems to reappear. It's part of what makes him Duke. When Trump became President, I thought: "Ugh. This is going to be a long four years. But, on the bright side, Doonesbury and SNL are going to have a lot of material to work with!" Thanks, Garry, for proving me correct. Doonesbury got me through the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s. I have no doubt I will survive the '10s with your help!

ONE-TIME GAG
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | February 28, 2018

I'm bemused that so many people think Duke's Sunday strip "disappearance" was anything but a one-time gag. It never for a moment occurred to me that it was anything else.

DUKE
Yeti | The San Juans, COLORADO | February 28, 2018

Duke's thoroughly outrageous behavior, closely resembling reality, has cracked me up for decades, He deserves a more suitable and flamboyant ending, like the one he once fantasized -- grabbing his gun and krugerrands and going out in a hail of bullets.

VENAL AND PLAIN WRONG
Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | February 26, 2018

If ever there was a fictional character who summed up everything venal and plain wrong about the last forty years it is Duke, so if this really is the end of his character then so be it. It's been one hell of a ride. Actually, no it hasn't. Duke is like a cigarette. The idea sounds okay at first but pretty soon everything is dirty and cheapened. Duke always was a low-rent John Falstaff, and who would actually want to meet that odious creep in real life?

PERFECT FIT
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 25, 2018

Trff is a perfect fit for this administration, right down to the "no complaints" shrug-off in today's strip. But then I got to the end, and I'm all "Nooooo! Not the Duke!" I genuinely wonder if and slightly fear that we may never see him again. Also, I actually don't remember him ever sexually harassing a woman. Maltreat another and advantage himself, sure, but only to the same degree he did everyone else. I'd like to think it's possible Duke may see some future reform.

HAIRDOS
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 25, 2018

Trff set a fashion in dictator hairdos, one followed, it seems, by Kim Jong Un.

STOPPARD
Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | February 25, 2018

Trff says "Thank God we're only minor characters." It's interesting that he and Jeff know that they're characters. I guess he's never seen Tom Stoppard's play Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. They were minor characters too.

DUKE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 25, 2018

Re Duke: It'll be interesting to see if you stick to it!

PERSONNA NON-VISIBLA
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 25, 2018

I think Trudeau has discovered/uncovered a new category of people -- personna non-visibla (or perhaps personna non-visible).

DRYER LINT
Nina Jamison | Springfield, VT | February 24, 2018

Yesterday's strip suggesting dryer lint as nesting material for birds made me laugh out loud! But I looked it up and it turns out it is not a good idea. I love your cartoons, which help with the keeping-sane thing in the time of Trump.

GOVERNMENT
Drew Irwin | Toronto, CANADA | February 24, 2018

Yesterday's Say What? quote -- Trump on the NRA: "They love our country and will do the right thing." -- confirms my longtime contention that contrary to popular belief there are actually four branches to the U.S. government: the Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the NRA.

THE ENVIRONMENT
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 24, 2018

With his usual critical ability for grasping a central irony, GBT was, lo those many years ago, able to enumerate the many ways we abuse the environment while rendering, at the same time, the practical impossibility of thorough consideration or each and every point.

YUPPIE ARROGANCE
Nikki Longaker | Binghamton, NY | February 23, 2018

Alas, Mike unwittingly represented, back then in 1990, a kind of yuppie arrogance in his dismissive view of Zonker's prescient environmental concerns.

ROLAND'S TWITTER ACCOUNT
Alix | Pawtucket, RI | February 22, 2018

It's not sucking up if it's true: if GBT doesn't get a Pulitzer for Roland's Twitter account, there is no justice. I've had milk come out of my nose more than once.

INSTINCTS
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | February 19, 2018

Re the Doonesbury Flashbacks page and the 30-years-ago-today strip: Al Gore truly was and is a prince of a man. But he lacked the instincts of Bush and Clinton. Where W. could live in Kennebunkport and always sound like a good ol' boy, Gore was intelligent and capable enough to use several accents, but lacked the instinct to realize you have to be consistent. And being "just one of y'all" simply wasn't him, so he couldnt use the W. strategy. And he still won the popular vote and quite probably the presidential election. Even Adlai Stevenson was advised to make a few grammatical errors to broaden his appeal. (Yes, you've conveyed the above in four terse panels.)

HEY ROLAND
Tom | Centennial, CO | February 19, 2018

Hey Roland, no texting while driving!

SECRET MESSAGE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 18, 2018

If I were smarter, would I understand the secret message in those elevator buttons?

CENSUS
Richard Schumacher | The Benighted States of American | February 18, 2018

The Republican 2020 Census will save a lot of money by skipping the difficult people: the homeless, the undocumented, the Democrats...

OLDER
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 15, 2018

The way I read Sunday's strip, Zipper is Zonker, except the latter has gotten older. Wanting to be a video star isn't that different from wanting to be a British lord. The point being that when you are young you can try something, and if it doesn't work, you try something else. The point of growing older is that you develop a realistic understanding of your strengths and weaknessses, and can settle into a supportable career. I really feel sorry for today's kids, who live in a world with competitive admission to kindergarten, a world in which you aren't allowed to make any mistakes.