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.

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Julia | Forest City, NC | December 23, 2013

    Thank you thank you thank you for exposing to the nation the stupidity of North Carolina's ridiculous laws and cuts.They also will no longer pay for a Master's of Education. Teacher morale is at an all time low, with more and more testing and record keeping. This 25-year teacher wants to thank you for your candor. You didn't even mention the governor and his lack of understanding. It's sickening really to teach in NC. Merry Christmas!

  • THANK YOU

    Dennis Plyler | NORTH CAROLINA | December 23, 2013

    First, I would like to thank you for the mention of open carry at Starbucks. I personally prefer concealed carry, but either way I feel safer knowing decent folks are making an effort to protect us from those who wish to do us harm. Second, I would like to thank you for representing North Carolina as a GOP controlled state that supports responsible voting and firearms. This depiction will hopefully help in keeping anti-gun liberals from moving to our wonderful state.

  • MUSICAL POTENTIAL

    Benjamin Smeall | Green Bay, WI | December 23, 2013

    What we are seeing here may be a crucial point in the history of the Doonsebury comic strip. Toggle is realizing the tremendous musical potential of his sons, which may take them far beyond what he can achieve in his own lifetime.

  • BENEFITS

    Allie | Gettysburg, PA | December 21, 2013

    Wait. Starbucks offers all those benefits? To part timers? I'm in! (Please ignore the bachelor's in math ed.)

  • HEALTH INSURANCE

    Perry | Boston, MA | December 21, 2013

    I wonder if Starbucks' health insurance will cover an employee wounded by a gun-totin' customer.

  • WONDERING

    Marcello Franchi | Bologna, ITALY | December 21, 2013

    I wonder if I am the only one taking note of the deafening silence from the other grandmother -- Mrs. DeLuca.

  • STARBUCKS

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | December 21, 2013

    Yeehaw! Just when I was beginning to suspect GBT of "product placement" praise for Starbucks one day, we get the critique the next. I'll try asking for "a Rio Grande with a dusting of manure" next time I go. As I don't carry heat, open or closed, maybe they'll substitute chocolate shavings for the manure?

  • ALL HIS TOES

    Dana Wheelock | St. Paul, MN | December 20, 2013

    Reading last Sunday's strip, I think Garry must have known my late father -- the guy who felled a concrete silo with a rifle. He died with all his toes though.

  • TOGGLE

    Neal Byles | Concord, NH | December 20, 2013

    Seeing Toggle's reaction to his twins' two-point harmonic wailing took me back to the moment when I realized my own daughter really got me: the day she asked to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail, then laughed at all the right moments when we did. You're going to be a great dad, Toggle!

  • THE TRANSITION

    Bruce Bendix | Saginaw, MI | December 20, 2013

    With Alex, Toggle, and the twins we are seeing the transition from one generation to the next. I will miss some of the "old" characters of my generation -- although I'm sure some will still put in appearances -- but it is good to know that GBT has plans to continue for the forseeable future.

  • PAYING MIA

    Bob | St. Augustine, FL | December 20, 2013

    Oh, my. Alex is paying Mia under the table, in cash? For a full-time nanny who should be earning close to $30,000 a year, that's illegal.

  • RE-RUNS

    Trilobyte | Ranchos de Tacos, NM | December 20, 2013

    I got so used to the re-runs that now I find myself trying to remember what comes next... Always glad to read Doonesbury, old or new.

  • FATHERS

    O. Polka | Montpelier, VT | December 19, 2013

    I'm looking forward to seeing Toggle help raise his boys. Diaper escapades, teaching the boys to throw horns, death metal lullabies, etc. Fathers must father, right?

  • ALEX AND MIA

    Carol Friefeld | Boulder, CO | December 18, 2013

    I think that Alex and Mia need to start up their own biotech start-up. They would crush.

  • ANY WONDER?

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | December 18, 2013

    Alex seems to have an entirely reactive mind that zooms breathlessly from one potential alarm, one desperate thought, to another. As implied by so many TV characters like the girls in Lena Dunham's "Girls," it might seem generational, but now we have been presented here with the nanny who seems utterly calm and collected. Any wonder the twins can chill in her presence and then rage when Mom gets home? Well observed, GBT.

  • LEGISLATIVE ANTICS

    David Markun | Arlington, MA | December 18, 2013

    I recently found myself reading the news of legislative antics (in this case, in the U.S. Senate) with less incomprehension and less outrage than usual. Watching seven episodes of Alpha House in two days is what helped me to better understand and predict legislators' behavior.

  • TRIAL AND SUCCESS

    Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 17, 2013

    As the father of two, I suspect that infants learn to customize their cries through trial and success. They land on the set of tones that work with Dad and especially Momma. The "custom" aspect of this idea springs from hearing other youngsters -- their tones largely don't work on me. Especially with the not-quite-talking, I find their yells and cries to be entertaining, not so much alarming or distressing.

  • STRUCK

    Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | December 17, 2013

    Wow, twins in harmony -- look out, world! But I was struck once again by the enduring truths in Doonesbury: today's Flashback from 20 years ago today depicts a plight we may soon re-visit as a nation...

  • HE WOULD WAKE AND HOWL

    Mary Gibbs | Manchester, UK | December 17, 2013

    I love Monday's strip -- my sons are now 34 and 26, but it took me right back to 1980. I'd arrive home, and the minute I entered the house, he would wake and howl, even if I did not utter a word. It was enough to make me believe in telepathy!

  • RAISING TWINS

    Dayne Chastant | Awatukee, AZ | December 17, 2013

    Get ready for the pain and pride that comes with raising twins, Alex. As a twin, I know completely.