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JEFF
John Cotton | Livermore, CA | August 25, 2016

I wonder if with Joanie's and Rick's offspring Jeff it turned out to be more nurture or nature?

HANDSOME STRANGER
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | August 24, 2016

I don't remember when the impending breakup is going to happen, but it was good to see Mike get some ego stroking from his missus (he's too "bitchin'" to let her friends come around) as the Village Voice's "handsome stranger."

HERO'S JOURNEY
Bruce Bendix | Saginaw, MI | August 19, 2016

I taught Mythology for 12 years, and wish I'd had today's video "The Hero's Journey" then; explained it better than I did!

JOSEPH CAMPBELL
Niamh ("Neve") | Seattle, WA | August 19, 2016

As a big fan of the late Joseph Campbell and his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, I loved today's video! I'm pretty sure Mr. Campbell would have enjoyed it to. And "Iskander" is a great name for a Hero.

JUST A STAGE
Fiona | Abergele, WALES | August 19, 2016

"Just a stage," huh? I don't think Jeff ever grew out of it.

GOOD THING
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AK | August 18, 2016

I've given away my first two copies of Yuge! -- one to the rector of my church, and I'm hoping to hear blowback in a sermon. When I went to Amazon to order more, I saw they are temporarily out. I take that as a good thing. Let's hope Yuge! is no longer topical by Christmas. I do not want to be giving them as stocking stuffers.

FOOTPRINTS
Mike | New York, NY | August 16, 2016

Thanks for bringing Elmont back on Sunday. That was elegantly done. I'd like for you to know that I'm a 58-year-old dyslexic guy, now running a 501c3 dyslexia remediation program for elementary school kids in Brooklyn. Back in 1974, you were the first writer that showed me that I could get pleasure from reading. I haven't missed a strip in all these years. If not for you, I doubt I'd be doing this, and I doubt these kids would be learning to read. See? You've left footprints in places you didn't know you'd been to.

FORECASTING REAL LIFE
Reed Scherer | Elburn, IL | August 15, 2016

GBT has done it again -- political satire forecasting real life! Paul Manafort is Uncle Duke, advisor to Berzerkistan's ousted strongman Trff Bmzklfrpz! Brilliant yet scary.

INTERVIEW
Bob Zeschin | Los Angeles, CA | August 13, 2016

GBT gives a rare interview on Democracy Now to discuss Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump. (A transcript is thoughtfully provided on the site as well.)  Rather to my surprise, the interviewer never mentions The Hair, but GBT brings it up himself in the closing minutes of the half hour, and his description is the best one yet!

YUGE!
Catherine Paciotti | Omaha, NB | August 12, 2016

I just finished Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump. What a great compendium of years of this megalomaniacal narcissistic man-baby. The hair! I got the ebook version, so I can't show it to friends, but I'll be recommending it. I'm going to look for the remaining strips now. Thanks for the memories.

BIRDER CULTURE
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | August 11, 2016

As a life-long birdwatcher I love the birds, but not so much the obsessively solipsistic birder culture that GBT so hilariously skewered. It's not silly, WASPy old men wandering the fields in bow ties and tweeds any more. Now it's perky, tech-laden, L.L. Bean-clad creatures of all ages, genders, races, creeds, who rush around terrorizing what birds that are still out there.

BLOWBACK
The Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | July 29, 2016

Due to a summer break we won't be posting new material on BLOWBACK until Wednesday, August 10th. But please keep the comments coming. We'll catch up!

I REMEMBER
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 27, 2016

Re Tuesday's 1986 strip and what Mike refers to as "the most inane, preposterous story I've ever heard." I remember Reagan saying, that November, "We did not -- repeat, did not -- trade weapons or anything else for hostages." And then in March: "A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not." That divide has been the whole of U.S. politics ever since.

PERFECT
M. Harris | Lascassas, TN | July 25, 2016

Sunday's strip was sadly perfect. Sadder still is the likelihood that it can be run again next weekend. To quote Steely Dan in Dirty Work, "I foresee terrible trouble."

SPEECHLESS
Karen | Layton, UT | July 24, 2016

Bravo, GBT -- today's strip summed up the past week all too well. (The horror! The horror!) It shows true artistic genius to say so much with so little. Even Roland Hedley was speechless.

PREDICTION
Chris Langton | Sausalito, CA | July 24, 2016

Re MANUEVER: Perhaps, rather than "prepackaged, pathetically palpable, prejudice" today's strip was a prediction by someone who has seen this movie before and knows how it ends.

WAIT
Arthur O'Donnell | San Francisco, CA | July 24, 2016

Wait, I thought today's strip was about the Golden State Warriors losing the NBA championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers...

HOW I FELT
Patricia Tomnay | Palm Coast, FL | July 24, 2016

Thanks for today's Doonesbury strip. It's exactly how I felt at the end of his speech -- amazed at the insanity of the crowds, disgusted with Trump, and, quite frankly, frightenend.

DON'T AGREE
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | July 24, 2016

Although I share the astonishment of your characters towards the nomination of Trump, I don't agree with the "Nazi salute" in the first frame.

LISTENING TO TRUMP
Anthony | Old Saybrook, CT | July 24, 2016

I had the same thought after listening to Donald Trump on Thursday night; I will never be able to get that hour and half back. I also felt the need to take a shower, but that could have just been the summer heat.