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FOUR FRAMES
Michael | Vancouver, CANADA | September 26, 2012

Today's is one of the best tragic-disguised-as-humorous strips ever from anyone. Youth: "I'm willing to take them on!" Age: "We were young once, took 'em on in the '60s, got serially creamed. Now we're old, won some, lost many, mostly defeated and tired. Especially tired." Four frames showing the social history of America over the last fifty years...

RICK
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | September 26, 2012

It doesn't make sense to me that Rick isn't writing a book or four, or teaching or lecturing...

POOR RICK
Cindy | Chandler, AZ | September 25, 2012

Very clever twist in today's strip. Im sure I wasn't the only reader who thought the person in the back seat yesterday was Toggle. Poor Rick.

ROSIN'S WORK
Jennifer | Pittsburgh, PA | September 24, 2012

Today's strip reminds me of Hanna Rosin's work and her book The End of Men. She surmises that this economy is harder on men, and women are better able to get ahead.

DIVORCE
James Stewart | Victoria, TX | September 23, 2012

Two lesbian friends went to NY to marry last summer. Over dinner when they returned to Texas they told me that while they could not legally marry in Texas they could get a divorce. Go figure.

ACCURATE
Ray | Baltimore, MD | September 22, 2012

As someone who suffers from a speech impediment and happens to work down the hall from a fellow who is nearly deaf, I'd like to say how accurate this portrayal is and quite hilarious to boot. Haven't laughed this hard since A Fish Called Wanda.

SIGN LANGUAGE
Alison | Carmel, CA | September 21, 2012

Alex, Toggle and his boss should learn sign language! I bet it would be handy around the recording studio.

WASN'T OFFENDED
Richard | Duluth, MN | September 20, 2012

I don't see how Alex's comment is condescending. If she'd expressed sympathy, that would have been close to pity, which is condescending. She made light of Leo and Sherm's disabilities, which might be irritating, but that's what GBT has been doing all week. As one with tinnitus I wasn't offended, because you know what they say about the best medicine.

APOLOGIES
Jewellya | Houston, TX | September 18, 2012

My deepest apologies, but I seem to have given Toggle the voice of a four-year-old.

ANSWER D
Ellen | Atlanta, GA | September 17, 2012

In the current Straw Poll I choose Answer D: Michelle Obama.

TOGGLE
Marcia | Erie, CO | September 17, 2012

i'm always glad to see the focus turn back to Toggle, who's now vying with B.D. and Melissa for favorite-character status. I'm amazed that a neo-pacificist such as myself could feel that way, but there it is. Also, let me express my relief that the young men in Doonesbury are not shaving the backs of their heads any more.

DRIVEL
Douglas | Maumelle, AR | September 16, 2012

I find it interesting that someone as politically astute as yourself can write an entire strip of drivel such as today's Flashback, without considering that what you were told (because you obviously quoted the party line and researched nothing) might be completely wrong...Your "fact" of evolution stands on complete blind faith, and the creation/flood/young earth model is completely supported by hard evidence. Don't let arrogance cloud your mind.

REGIONAL NAMES
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | September 14, 2012

I like the way GBT brings in some great regional names for minor characters, such as the Cajun Chance Lebon and the Pennsylvania Dutch Becca Bickle.

BECCA BICKLE
Mark G. | Cambridge, UK | September 14, 2012

I just want to say that even in Flashback mode, Becca Bickle is a joy -- one of my all-time favourite Doonesbury charcters. I think I must be in love...!

ELIZABETH MAY
Terilee Hague | Sidney, CANADA | September 13, 2012

I had to smile when I read the strip about Joanie pencilling in a short time for her recovery from hip replacement surgery. My member of Parliament, Elizabeth May, had this surgery last September 30 and said she would be back to work in three days. Well it was more like ten. However she was on the phone three hours afterwards, and held an interview with CTV's Don Martin the very next day, where she took the opportunity to expand on convalescent homes as a great way to improve the Canadian medical system by spending less money! She did admit to feeling a bit more tired than usual, but that really didn't seem to slow her down.

She opted to have local anesthetic, so maybe that was a big part of her recovery. However I will also vouch for her drive in such matters. Elizabeth is the very first Green Party MP elected in the history of Canada. As a caucus of one she feels very strongly about her attendance in the House of Commons. I have clipped out the strip to share with her. Good luck to others who are waiting for their hip replacements.

PIVOTAL MOMENT
Joshua Rey | London, UNITED KINGDOM | September 12, 2012

Oh no... I've been reading the 40-year Flashbacks assiduously, as Mike and Mark pursue their search for America, waiting for the pivotal moment when they meet Joanie -- and Sunday I was out all day and I missed it! Your humble servant begs for a link.

FIRST APPEARANCE
Matthew Edwards | Wirral, UK | September 12, 2012

Forty years of Ms. Caucus! It's great to see this week's Flashbacks featuring the first appearance of Joanie Caucus, when Mike and Mark gave her a lift on their nationwide bike trip. I missed these the first time around!

BAIT
Carolly Hauksdottir | Kensington, CA | September 11, 2012

In his continuing adventures will the Red Rascal have to rescue the Ginger Prince? Since the British government isn't hiding Prince Harry's location or job, the suspicion that he volunteered to be "bait" is a strong one. It may be in his best interest to learn "The Friday Song."

VIDEO BACKSTORY
Steve Wagenseller | Honolulu, HI | September 10, 2012

Your video for today has a backstory. The fourteen California lifeguards -- fourteen teens having fun during off-duty hours -- were fired by the city of El Monte for having made this fun video. If the city administrator knew how much thought, effort, and time it takes to do one of these, they would recognize that they've canned some hard-working, innovative kids. Here's a "Bring Back the El Monte 14!" petition.

HIP REPLACEMENT
Richard | Lacey, WA | September 10, 2012

Joanie is going to impress me if she gets out of bed the day after her hip replacement. Even the anterior insertion tears up a lot of tissue. And nobody's going to guarantee both legs will be the same length. Oh yeah, and don't forget the ionization issue! At least one of the manufacturers has been in court often over it's failed devices. Just sayin'.