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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • A FINE MIND

    David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | September 25, 2013

    Thanks for today's David Foster Wallace video. A fine mind lost to us too soon. A YouTube video of "This Is Water", his pithy Kenyon College 2005 commencement speech, got 4,000,000 hits in the course of a few days. Here's a recent link.

  • HELPS

    Giles Singleton | Wilmington, NC | September 25, 2013

    Your work helps me and millions of others -- and always has -- to deal with the insanity of the world, the USA, and the idiots/fanatics in Congress. Thank you!

  • THE TWINS

    David Hesla | Decatur, GA | September 25, 2013

    Re the twins in Sunday's strip: The baby on the reader's left has just had a bowel movement, and is very pleased both with itself and with the stool. Per W. H. Auden in "The Geography of the House":

    All the Arts derive from
    This ur-act of making,
    Private to the artist:
    Makers' lives are spent
    Striving in their chosen
    Medium to produce a
    De-narcissus-ized en-
    During excrement.

    This baby is an enthusiast, and is headed for a career in the arts.

    The other baby is laid back, skeptical, perhaps even cynical. This baby is headed for a career in science, philosophy, or journalism.

    The two of them represent the two sides of GBT.

  • ROBBED

    Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | September 24, 2013

    What? We missed the birth? We were robbed! No waiting room banter? No birthing room interaction between Alex and Leo? Who was born first, Eli or Danny? Someone had better have taken video. Maybe J.J. recorded the whole thing to use as performance art in the future...

  • THE BABES

    Azela | Lanzhou, CHINA | September 24, 2013

    The babes sound like two voices of Jeff (gaming Jeff and rest-of-the-word Jeff). Delighted to meet them.

  • MILLE GRAZIE

    Molly Larson Cook | Bellevue, WA | September 22, 2013

    Mille grazie for bringing Alex and the babies this lovely autumn morning! She looks great and those babes "sound" like terrific new additions. Can't wait to see/hear more of them.

  • YO!

    Susan Wood | Rochester, MI | September 22, 2013

    Yo, Trudeau! You mean to tell me Alex had her twins while the reruns were running?!? I'm expecting some serious cute to make up for that!

  • THE BABIES

    Dave | Philadelphia, PA | September 22, 2013

    Woohoo, the babies show up at last! I was hoping for some delivery room antics, but you can't have everything. The burning question remains, though -- will the evil one's name be Skippy?

  • FAMILY PORTRAIT

    Normann Aa. Nielsen | Odder, DENMARK | September 22, 2013

    Thank you for today's story. So much is told behind the frames: Alex and Toggle are okay, the birth was without any medical problems, the little family is content -- and there is a growing storyline in the apparent difference between the twins. This family portrait makes me feel good today.

  • ASTERISK

    C. Taduab | Vancouver, CANADA | September 21, 2013

    Re FORMIDABLE RESISTANCE: Bush may be an asterisk in the history books, but you can be sure he didn't risk anything of value to himself. That's for the American soldiers and Middle Eastern peoples. It's their asterisk.

  • FORMIDABLE RESISTANCE

    Nick Kennedy | Wilton, CT | September 20, 2013

    Sincere thanks for the continuing gift of your comic. It would be impossible to choose a favorite from among your extraordinary portfolio, but the Palin action figure and the Bush asterisk always make me laugh and renew my admiration for your inspiration. When I start to despair about the state of our country your work provides reassurance that public discourse is alive and well, and that there will never be the requisite public compliance to get us marching in lines off to some fundamentalist utopia. The most formidable resistance comes from the legions of smart___es.

  • LAST PANEL

    Maerzie | Florence, WI and Foley, AL | September 17, 2013

    The last panel in today's strip is hysterical! So very typically male.

  • AHA!

    Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | September 16, 2013

    Aha! Now Sorkh Razil reveals his true powers!

  • ENJOYABLE

    Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | September 14, 2013

    It's hard to wait for new strips, but you made it much more enjoyable with Wildwood Flower performed by Mother Maybelle and Family. Thank you. It's one of those songs you don't mind one bit being stuck in your head all day.

  • THINK-MAKING

    Anne Johnson | La Verne, CA | September 12, 2013

    I truly love the sometimes obtuse political positions your daily strip presents. They are think-making.

  • THOUGHTS

    John Markham | San Diego, CA | September 12, 2013

    (via QR code link ): Do your story lines concentrate on disreputable characters by design? I sometimes stop reading your strip for a week if nobody does anything decent for a while. Then again, if you changed the tone entirely and renamed it "Mother Teresa," that wouldn't be right either. Just my thoughts over morning coffee. Best wishes.

  • FLASHBACKS

    Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | September 11, 2013

    Interesting... I thought I'd skip a lot of Doonesbury Flashbacks over the summer, having seen most of the strips at one time or another. But all summer, and even now (despair! ten more weeks!) I saunter on over to see what's up with the guys, needing my Doonesbury fix at least once a day, old or new. They still entertain. I still enjoy the visit. Should I be surprised?

  • SUNDAY'S STRIP

    Roland | Cave Junction, OR | September 10, 2013

    I loved Sunday's strip. There was a strikingly similar event just two days before, when a cargo ship full of pot went up in flames off the coast of Malta. "Firefighting vessels had to return to port early after running out of snacks."

  • TIE-DYE

    Brett Pantalone | Pittsboro, NC | September 10, 2013

    I love Zonker's tie-dye in the new Sunday strip! Thanks to GBT for drawing the Sunday strips, even if he doesn't have time yet for the dailies. I'm grateful for whatever he can produce.

  • FOGS OF WAR

    Gianni Lovato | Chatham, NY | September 10, 2013

    Perhaps the "Red Rascal" could be diverted to Syria, lending some badly needed help in clearing the fogs of war in the region.