Blowback

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.

  • GNOMES AND ELVES

    Nelson W. Black | Oakland, CA | October 10, 2018

    The Daily Briefing (after reading the strip) is the single most important feature of the site. Given that I read the TimesNPR, the Monitor, and even now and then peek at old Fair and Balanced, I still miss stuff. The bevy of Gnomes and Elves who post the Daily Briefing should be commended for their stellar work over the years. Please do not remove this feature.

  • SITE PROGRESS

    David Stanford, Duty Officer | The Doonesbury Website | October 09, 2018

    We are gradually smoothing everything out on the new site. The MUDLINE is back, and has the freeze-it feature I mention in my note below. If you are using Firefox you aren't yet able to see Roland's latest post on the Home Page, but it's there if you are using Chrome or Safari -- and on all browsers, the FOLLOW button leads you to @RealRBHJr's Twitter page. SITE NEWS will return soon.

    Thanks for your patience. Onward!

  • MEIHEM IN CE KLASRUM

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 09, 2018

    Re Sunday's strip: Roland might like to check out "Meihem In Ce Klasrum," by Dolton Edwards. Edwards suggests that the President should declare an annual Easy Language Day, wic a nu speling simplificayun, suty az "y" for "sh" and "c" for "th", eaty taim, until cere ar "no mor uv ciz teribli trublsum difikultis." It simz tu mi cat cis iz an aidea huz taim haz kum in cis Prezidensi.

  • MUDLINE

    Jeff Shea | Andover, MA | September 24, 2018

    The new site looks nice, but the Mudline doesn't work. Any suggestions?

    Editor's Note:

    The new admin tool for Mudline is almost ready, so a new one will go up soon. An abundance of new material has accumulated...  HEADS UP: We've added a subtle but great new feature. When your cursor moves across the Mudline itself, the tickertape freezes! Check it out.

  • LARGE PRINT

    Mary McKim | Portugal Cove, CANADA | September 24, 2018

    I'm concerned because the new site doesn't include the option of large print for those of us who have limited vision. Now I have to work really hard and strain my eyes to read the dialogue balloons. Is there any possibility that you can reinstate the large type option? I'm 70 years old and have been a fan of Doonesbury since the dawn of time.

    Editor's Note:

    Good news! We still offer this feature, it just moved slightly. Right below the day's strip, check out the fifth option from the left: ENLARGE. Click that, and you should be good to go. 

  • VIDEO ARCHIVE

    Ken | Ashland, OR | September 19, 2018

    I will miss your "Today's Video" offerings, and I've enjoyed browing the video archive. Would it be possible to provide a link to that?

    Editor's Note:

    Thanks. All suggestions and requests are being taken under advisement!

  • NICE LOOK

    Carl Stein | San Francisco, CA | September 18, 2018

    There's a nice look to the new Home Page, and I like the larger size of the strips on the Flashbacks page.

  • CHANGE

    Anne | China, MAINE | September 18, 2018

    Say it isn't so. I hate change, and especially when it is eliminating the two things that exposed me to things that were not on my radar screen. I especially appreciated the "Today's Video," and I always watched it. The variety was great and included pieces that I would have never viewed except for your selection and placing them on the site. Oh, well. Thank you for having these available. Sorry to see them go. 

  • SITE UPDATE!

    David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | September 18, 2018

    At some point today we will be going live with a new version of the Doonesbury web site. Version 4.0 (or is it 5.0? -- we can't remember) will be sleek and phone-friendly. If any initial glitches arise, please bear with us. Our attentive colleagues, who've labored long and hard on this new iteration, will be swift to deploy the iron should a wrinkle appear.

    You may notice two changes, both made in the interest of the aforementioned sleekness:

    We are discontinuing the DAILY BRIEFING, the curated selection of news stories we launched as part of the original site in 1995. And we bid adieu to TODAY'S VIDEO. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeking out and sharing nearly 3,000 videos since the feature launched in 2010, and I thank those of you with whom I've corresponded whenever something moved you to write and share the delight.

    Doonesbury is 48, the site is 23, and those energizing autumn winds are stirring. We truly appreciate your continued support of this venue. Please keep the BLOWBACK coming.

    Onward!

  • SAD, BUT TRUE

    Mike Alles | Patrick AFB, FL | September 16, 2018

    Today's strip: How sad, but true, to a state much greater than ever before, I feel.

  • RE BRIAN DOWLING

    Tiger 6 | Moffat Tunnel, CO | September 15, 2018

    ...and Dowling is seated next to fellow Eli and future All Pro Calvin Hill. I sadly recall these two ending several years of Princeton dominance with Dowling literally strolling into the end zone after a trick play in 1968.

  • BRIAN DOWLING

    Ted Whitham | Bangor, ME | September 15, 2018

    Today's 40-years-ago Flashback strip features former Yale quarterback Brian Dowling, the inspiration for the character B.D., sitting on the bench (see panel four).

  • ELIZABETH COTTON

    Mike Flamang | Belmont, MA | September 12, 2018

    Today's video, Elizabeth Cotton (what can I say) goes straight to my heart. She is soul.

  • RELATIONSHIP

    James Mitchell | Everett, WA | September 03, 2018

    Boopsie is such an angel. An example of what relationship takes in any culture.

  • EVERY STRIP

    John Lawless | Nashua, NH | September 02, 2018

    I am not Trump's biggest fan, but do you need to make every strip about him? He has actually made some improvements, but you would never acknowledge. Every week I pick up the comics and there it is: another Trump slam. Why don’t you look for some new material, like, perhaps, some of the issues concerning a certain person's emails, or the death of Americans at an embassy, or border agents shot because we essentialy gave guns to Mexican thugs. Make up some humor about that...

  • GOOGLE

    Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | September 02, 2018

    Boy, is today's 20-years-ago-Flashback strip ever prescient. Google was incorporated a few days after it was published. Anyone remember Altavista?

  • EDUCATING PEOPLE

    McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | August 30, 2018

    Reading Sunday's strip I initially cringed at the phrase "re-education center." Then I chuckled to read "formerly known as schools." So, really, it's not re-education so much as educating people in the things they were supposed to know in the first place, such as what the Constitution really says and how our system of government actually works. These should be taught in schools, and were taught back when I was in the 9th grade. I'm witnessing a lot of ignorance about both government and history among people I know, so apparently they aren't being taught anymore. Ignorance isn't bliss, it's just ignorance, and what you don't know really can hurt you.

  • RE-EDUCATION

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | August 29, 2018

    You're allowed to daydream about things you wouldn't do in practice, and Mike's daydream points out a real concern, even if the solution isn't so good. Whichever side wins the next few elections, it'll be by a small margin, and roughly half the country will be very upset about the result. I guess Trump voters, or at least the ones who attend his rallies, positively enjoy the upset feelings of the left, but the left won't enjoy leaving half the country so terribly upset, both for pragmatic reasons (avoiding pendulum swings every four years forever) and because of a lingering support for democracy. Yes, the word "re-education" has a bad history, but if we want to see lasting progressive change, Trump voters (along with their European counterparts) will have to be educated, somehow, away from nationalism and racism.

  • HOPE

    Scott F. Holland | Tigard, OR | August 28, 2018

    Thank you for today's strip, which was filled with arrogance, elitism, and a total misrepresentation of Trump voters. You just don't get it, and you are not alone. I will simply send Mr. Trump more money, vote for him in 2020, and hope that he crushes the American left.

  • B.D.

    Cyrus B. | San Diego, CA | August 28, 2018

    B.D. is a man of character and I respect him. While I often disagree with his thinking, this part of his history actually makes me ashamed for him. Poor Boopsie!