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40 YEARS AGO
Virgil Starkwell | Rellingen, GERMANY | February 25, 2012

"You lousy commie gook!" If I had not been hooked already 40 years ago, today's Flashback strip would have done it. Since then I've watched in awe how GBT developed the characters and held the mirror to America, for those who cared to look into it and see themselves.

LOOKING FORWARD
Kerryn | Adelaide, AUSTRLIA | February 25, 2012

As mothers-in-law go I don't think Alex's prospective mother-in-law is all that much worse than Leo's. As for prospective stepfathers-in-law -- I'm quite looking forward to Leo's first meeting with Uncle Stupidhead.

WORDS
Roger Day | Bristol, CT | February 25, 2012

In the words of Alex's people: Zomg teh drama!

BLOGGER
Dave Guilford | Detroit, MI | February 24, 2012

Rick the blogger sitting in his home office wears a tie?

THE BLOWBACK
Stan Allard | Middleburg, FL | February 24, 2012

As a 50-something Army retiree I identify with Leo in many ways, so I’ve been reading this week's strips as intently as anyone else. In addition, for some reason I’m also paying attention to the Blowback. I believe marriage is nothing more than a civil contract between two individuals regardless of their gender or sexuality. However, I do appreciate what is important about marriage or any relationship; honor, love and faith in another person to always do what’s right even under the most trying circumstances. So I find it disheartening to read some of the Blowback posts. One reader can’t understand why Leo must “ask for Alex’s hand in marriage." Well, I can answer that. It's called honor. He is honoring a long-held tradition that is obviously important to him. Another reader laments about Leo’s mom, stating “Alex should have run the first time she met her." It’s called faith. Based on their relationship. Leo has given Alex the faith to believe she will always come first in their marriage. It’s obvious Leo and Alex love each other in a traditional and nontraditional way and it works very well for them. They will do just fine without our help or meddling.

WHAT OR WHO
T.G. | Greenfield, MA | February 24, 2012

I wonder what or who can save Alex from her lack of self-confidence. The redhead?

DOUBTS
Babette d'Yveine | Fairfield, CT | February 24, 2012

I wonder if I'm the only one that has doubts about Alex marrying Leo. Think of the mother-in-law she'll be getting! I'll never understand why Alex didn't run the first she met her.

HOMESICK
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 23, 2012

Watching Joannie and Alex is making me homesick for the North Country. Where I grew up, upon turning 16, we'd be handed the keys and told to go spin donuts in the parking lot so that when we spin out, we'd know what to do! (And yes, we did.)

SCARING ME
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | February 23, 2012

Hey, Trudeau! Knock it off! You're scaring me. I have to wait until tomorrow to see if Joanie will let Alex know that trying to melt the snow is a great way to suffocate to death? Oy. Will one of these nice ladies please use a cell phone and call for help? I hope I can sleep tonight. (How can I be so emotionally invested in a cartoon character? I need to get a life...)

HALLELUJAH!
Kathleen | Brooklyn, NY | February 22, 2012

Thank god! Praise whatever! Hallelujah! Alex and Leo are on solid "probably-maybe-sure-why-not" footing. I'm not concerned that Alex is too self-absorbed in using her phone for romance; she has supreme faith that technology will never allow them to be lost, and I can't say I disagree with her. I'd most likely be the same way, and I'm the major problem solver in my family. It will only take a few minutes to call for help, but it feels eternally satisfying to lay out a plan for the rest of your life. Also, even though many people fault her whammo! pow! way of making decisions, studies show that this way of thinking is no less valid or successful than agonizing over the big choices.

HER HAND IN MARRIAGE
Ellen | Atlanta, GA | February 22, 2012

I don't understand why Leo feels he has to ask Alex for her hand in marriage and why Alex is okay with this. Leo should just say yes if this is what he wants.

FAST ONE
Betsy Vane | McGaheysville, VA | February 22, 2012

Oh, I can't believe what a fast one you pulled! I was really afraid for Alex. What a relief...There is an inconsistency here though. The Joanie I've known and loved all these years would have said "Sweetie, there's lots of privacy out in the storm."

PRIVACY
A.C. | Baltimore, MD | February 22, 2012

It strikes me as unlikely that Alex would ask her gram for privacy. I'll never forget the woman ahead of me in a checkout line on her cell phone telling her boyfriend what color and type of underwear she was wearing, among other things.

ALEX
Dee Martin | Chicago, IL | February 22, 2012

I think Alex is bipolar, like my daughter. They remind me of each other -- very loveable but out of touch. I hope GBT doesn't take Leo away from her!

AFRAID
Burgundy | Naperville, IL | February 21, 2012

I'm afraid we will never see Joanie again.

SURREAL
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | February 21, 2012

Alrighty then, someone nudge Zipper and let him know what's going on with Alex. Unless of course, he's been following online using his Doonesbury iphone app. in which case, he ought be showing up any moment to save the day. Talk about surreal. Is this performance art?!

LOVE HER
Jason | Baton Rouge, LA | February 21, 2012

Though I couldn't disagree more with Alex's (and GBT's) politics, I love her to death. Grab what you want, Lex, don't let anyone hold you back. Here's to Leo bringing her a bit more to the real world!

HOLDING MY BREATH
Gina | Washington, D.C. | February 21, 2012

Well, great. Now I'm holding my breath as this whole Alex-Toggle thing plays out. I swear to goodness if Joanie catches cold (or worse) to give her GranD "privacy" I will have to agree that Alex is just too self-involved. Augh!

P.S. Thanks for the as-always delightful diversion into this marvelous parallel reality. Kudos, Trudeau, kudos!

OH DEAR
Peg Robinson | Providence, RI | February 21, 2012

Oh, dear. I do hope Toggle's biding for time, not actually ditching Alex. I'm one of the folks who loves them as a couple.

OUT OF THE CAR
Bart Simms | Pittsburgh, PA | February 21, 2012

To gain privacy to talk on her cell, Alex could get out of the car instead of Joanie. Joanie ought to stand up for herself. What a self-absorbed, selfish granddaughter!