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COOL
Y.T. Sarah | SoCAL | April 20, 2013

Re: FLASHBACK. From the link I followed the one-of-a-kind mind of young, Titanic-obsessed Alex for a few days to 24 April, 1998. And I wanted to tell her, from almost 15 years in the future, that someday Leo would change from her "forbidden love that could never be" to happy hubby and father of her twins! (Okay, okay, so it's a different Leo. Still cool!)

A JOY
Normann Aa. Nielsen | Odder, DENMARK | April 20, 2013

"it was a joy, young lady." Yes, Zonker, and for all of us readers. Although unconventional and sometimes more than a bit illegal, you were always ready to help Sam and her family. You gave her some values that reach farther out than the ordinary. You were never degrading to her, but always there on the same level. This departure is a milestone in her life.

FELLOWSHIP
Bob | MINNESOTA | April 20, 2013

I have a feeling this might be the first sign of the final breaking of the Fellowship of Walden. I wonder if GBT is moving towards retirement.

THE HUMAN SIDE
Lobo Bielich | Miami, FL | April 20, 2013

Sometimes you don't need social or political commentary to be brilliant. Sometimes it is just the human side. Today's strip, in which Sam thanks Zonker for raising her, is one of those times. Thank you, and congratulations on such a masterful, touching end to his week's series.

FLASHBACK
Ray Lampe | MASSACHUSETTS | April 20, 2013

While I always enjoy Doonesbury immeasurably, the Flashback strip from 15 years ago made me laugh out loud. And thanks for the clarification on the "stinkin' badges" meme, which I often use.

DARN IT!
Samsam | Richmond, VA | April 20, 2013

I cried, darn it! Of course I'm a Sam too.

AN UNCONVENTIONAL NANNY
Donna Manning | Dartmouth, CANADA | April 20, 2013

Thanks, Doonesbury. Thanks for making me bawl my eyes out first thing in the morning. Yes, Zonker's an unconventional nanny and, I'm sure, maddening to live with. But as Sam's family struggled with the aftermath of B.D. losing his leg -- and she confessed to Alex, Zonker's former charge, that she was scared of her father -- my first thought was that those two girls could have had a worse caregiver. A perpetual adolescent, Zonker got his first-ever Real Life Job for these people. And now I find that I'm not so interested in his upcoming adventure and probable reversion to full-on man-child as much as how his going will affect the family he's left behind.

A CHANCE REMARK
Hisham | Cambridge, UK | April 20, 2013

There is always the keen observation, the masterful satire and the razor sharp wit, while behind it all rolls on the quiet saga of the Doonesbury world that forms the backdrop and the grounding of it all. And you rarely notice it, for as it is with those you know, their history is always with you. Though at times recollection must be pushed hard to turn back the pages, I know who you were, but to me you are always as you are now. But then a chance remark, a fleeting snatch of music, and I remember another time, another place, another you, with fondness, with love and deep gratitude for the privilege of sharing your journey. "Thank you for raising me, Zonker." And I remember a baby girl who stared steadfast into the night sea: "No, no, one more, one more!" Thank you, GBT.

BADGES
John Keefer | CALIFORNIA | April 19, 2013

Nice Treasure of the Sierra Madre reference! "We don't need no stinkin' badges" is the most famous line of the film, and has become a meme.

Editor's Note:

Like many beloved phrases, this one has evolved into its ideal form. What the Mexican bandit Gold Hat actually said in the film was "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

WOW, ZONKER
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | April 18, 2013

Wow, Zonker. Leaving one or two items behind is forgetfulness, but this level of brain fade can mean only one thing. You are officially a Burnout. Too many brain cells on the injured list. Head back to California, you can't survive in the real world.

WELCOME
Chris Conner | Denver, CO | April 18, 2013

Welcome to Colorado, Zonker. Assuming you find your way here. And welcome to the cover of our alt weekly, Westword.

FROST
Charlotte | UNITED KINGDOM | April 17, 2013

Nice Robert Frost reference!

RALLY ON 4/20
Gerald Martin | USA | April 17, 2013

Oddly enough, I'm on the same road trip. I will be watching for Zonker and nephew at the Denver Rally on 4/20. GBT is on the cutting edge here, folks.

40 YEARS AGO
Jack Arnott | Salt Lake City, UT | April 17, 2013

Speaking of 40 years ago, Zonk and Zip should avoid Arizona if they have a couple of seeds in the trunk. I know, it's not on their way. But they don't have a map.

ZONKER
David Cooke | Issaquah, WA | April 16, 2013

To be happy in this life we must each strive to find our own passion. I like to think that Zonker has merely had his passion outlawed for most of his life. This move to Colorado may just be his turn to truly shine as he finally finds a place to live his life with intention, in the pursuit of happiness. And if Colorado doesn't work out, he can always move in with Mike here in Washington State while he gets his grow up and running. We legalized it here too, in case you hadn't heard.

THE ROAD
John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | April 16, 2013

If memory serves, it's been about 40 years since Mike and Mark so exuberantly hit the road. Could this be "Hee wackity doo do do" part two? Bring it on!

AGAIN
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 15, 2013

Ah, The Long Strange Strip rides again. Or possibly Nephew of Long Strange Strip. Whichever, I always love it. Remember, Zip, wherever you are, there you go.

ROAD TRIP
Barry Cochran | Portland, OR | April 15, 2013

So Zonker heads out on another road trip. Call me when he finds America.

A RELIEF
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | April 15, 2013

"Cheer down" is a phrase I first heard on a George Harrison record about twenty-five years ago. It's a relief to not be the sole occupant of Obscure Desultory Cultural Detritus Island.

TRANSPORTED
Yundah | Olivet, MI | April 14, 2013

It is Sunday morning. It's a gray day. The bird feeder is empty (with birds staring towards the house, waiting for the bird seed from the sky) and the day was looking singularly unattractive. Then I clicked on Today's Video and was transported from bleary Michigan to someplace where rain is composed of beautiful voices and stunning poetry. I come to the site for my daily dose of snarkish insight, but sometimes, like today, you give me beauty. Thanks.