Blowback

Blowback

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  • 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!

  • DAYDREAM

    Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | August 27, 2018

    Having watched Ken Burns's documentary The Vietnam War, I found the Mike's summer daydream strip a bit sinister: North Vietnam had its re-education centers, too.

  • WHAT'S NEXT?

    Don | Sarasota, FL | August 26, 2018

    To satirize President Trump and his deficiencies is one thing, but it’s quite another to daydream about using “re-education camps” to retrain “former Trump voters." Such camps were the chosen approach of the Communists in Russia, Cambodia, and other totalitarian states, and are in use in North Korea today. If your preference is “retraining” instead of dialogue, you apparently believe that everything a Trump supporter thinks is wrong. What’s next: a Final Solution to the “deplorables” problem?

  • OFFICIAL PORTRAIT

    Julia | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | August 25, 2018

    In Roland Hedley's tweet about an "official portrait," I wonder why Trump is wearing a cricket sweater? The U.S. doesn't even play cricket (much).

  • OUR BELOVED ALICE

    Karen | Alberta, CANADA | August 24, 2018

    It finally happened! On the Flashbacks page I finally got to read the strip from 45 years ago today, where we are first introduced to our beloved Alice. I wonder how she's doing these days.

  • ROLAND'S TWEET

    S.B.N. | Newtown Square, PA | August 23, 2018

    Re. Roland's latest tweet: The difference between the two witchhunts is that Bubba sparred with his hunters over the meaning of "the" while Individual One admitted to a Fox reporter that he committed a felony.

  • A MIRACLE!

    Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | August 22, 2018

    I got up this morning, plugged in my electric guitar, turned on my drum machine, played and sang "Listen to the Music" in it's entirety (practicing for gigs this weekend). Then, lo and behold, the song is featured today on Doonesbury.com. A Miracle!

  • DOPPELGANGER

    Claudia | Dryden, NY | August 19, 2018

    I was wondering when Duke would make an appearance! He and his new doppelganger are a perfect fit for the Trump years and I couldn't figure out why they weren't already embedded in the administration. I was starting to worry! Trump should make an exception for Duke. He will never appear on Fox -- he likes to work behind the scenes, sowing mayhem as he goes. It seems to me that Trump Chaos + Duke Mayhem = an endless supply of comedy. And we need comedy these days. We depend on it.

  • LIBERALS

    Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | August 16, 2018

    The 30-years-ago-today Flashback strip depicts scare tactics being used to warn the public about liberals, in this case, Dukakis. No wonder I'm having deja vu.