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FOUNDATION
Michael Cecil | New York, NY | April 10, 2012

The Red Rascal setting up a foundation to pay out of work journalists to blog would be pretty satirical.

TROLLS
Mark Troll | Seattle, WA | April 10, 2012

I wish in future you would not refer to bad entities as "trolls." It has gotten difficult -- my daughter even changed her name.

HUFFPO
T.B. | Freeport, ME | April 10, 2012

Rick's going to donate his talents on HuffPo? For free?? Blawg! Bring it, GBT...

POIGNANT
Rosie E. | Menlo Park, CA | April 10, 2012

It's always interesting to look at the Flashbacks and see the same character at different points in their life, but this week has been particularly poignant. Twenty-five years ago, Phil Slackmeyer goes dancing at Rosewood, trying to forget about all the legal trouble he's in. Fifteen years later, he's dead and his son Mark is hard-pressed to find anyone who actually cares. The record of a life nearly not wasted -- hands up if you're hoping the same thing will happen to Jeff someday!

MY ADDICTION
John Drake | Austin,TX | April 10, 2012

I broke my addiction to HuffPo when I learned that some bloggers (specifically an IBM VP) pay HuffPo to post their work and the payer gets to moderate all the comments. So when I commented that the VP's blog exhorting people to get technical degrees was self-serving and disingenuous given IBM Global Services' practice of replacing their American, onsite employees with off shore resources, my comment was deleted.

NEVER IMAGINED
J. G. | Galt's Gulch, CO | April 10, 2012

I can't believe that until now, I never imagined that Rascal could help good ol' mom and pop -- perhaps pay off the mortgage, and prepay insurance and taxes for a few years. What would be wrong with that?

PITY
Jon McQueen | Chantilly, VA | April 10, 2012

Millions for war porn, but not a dime for Reasonable Rick? Pity. Especially since that comic anomaly reflects the king's ransoms raked in by political screedmeisters / ripsnorters / voter-deluders. Oh, well. It's only money.

RE "TODAY'S PANEL FIVE"
SamSam | Richmond, VA | April 09, 2012

Ah! I believe that Sunday look between Joanie and Rick was "How on earth did we raise this perfect wreck of conspicuous consumption given our backgrounds?"

A SLICE
Brian Trerice | Kabul, AFGHANISTAN | April 09, 2012

As usual, Mr. Trudeau gives us a view (with opinion) of American society. A slice, in particular, of the class of recent rich, complete with inflated ego, and lack of familiarity with the lifestyle.

MORNING BREAD
Pat Goudey OBrien | Warren, VT | April 09, 2012

It's after 1:30 am and I just read today's strip. That means when I get up in the morning, there will be no new strip to start the day. Each time I read it, it's almost sad that I've used it up and must wait for another whole day for another one. Doonesbury is my morning bread, and one four-panel strip is just not enough. But I guess it's all I'm gonna get (except for a bit more on Sundays), so I'll just have to wait patiently (no, impatiently) for another tomorrow. (Is Rick going to administer Jeff's foundation? Oh, me. Oh, my.)

TODAY'S PANEL FIVE
Mary Coady | San Francisco, CA | April 08, 2012

The best GBT drawing ever is in today's panel five. Rick's in-profile look at Joanie shows so much love, sadness and understanding. All without words. Beautiful, GBT. And the most empathic drawing of compassion I've seen in a long time. Perfect for Easter Sunday.

SUFFERING FOOLS
Karen | Layton, UT | April 06, 2012

Way to go, Toggle! Talk about suffering fools gladly. Jeff needs to be sent to the kiddie table for a while.

THE QUESTION
Laurie | Bloomington, IN | April 06, 2012

Oh, Joanie, how I love you! When faced with the question of Leo's father, you never skipped a beat -- just asked if the entire band will attend the wedding. Just as if it is the most normal thing in the world. Lacey taught you well!

ENTERTAINED BY JEFF
John N. | Aurora, IL | April 06, 2012

I can't believe I didn't pick up on this before. Of course Toggle would be entertained by Jeff -- he's myth-making the grind that Toggle went through. Perhaps we'll see a one-eyed accomplice to the Red Rascal in upcoming books.

PATERNITY
Terry D. McGee | Syndney, AUSTRALIA | April 05, 2012

People underestimate the degree to which paternity is visible. Take 4-5 men, say a rock band, put them in a lineup with one of their sons, and you've got a 50% chance at seeing where the DNA link is. Take away some of the mother's characteristics and add the male grandfather and you'll get over 70%. Toggle should go to a Motley Crue 'event' and find his father.

THE BEST
K.P. | Chicago, IL | April 05, 2012

Motley Crüe would be the best wedding band ever. Just sayin.

JOANIE
Gillian | Katy, TX | April 05, 2012

Ah Joanie I love you and you are, without a doubt, my role model. Of course the whole band will come to the wedding.

MIKE
Cam | Wellington, NZ | April 05, 2012

It's sad that Mike has such a restricted relationship with his daughter.

RE "STILETTO"
Brian Corby | New York, NY | April 05, 2012

Referring to Joanie Caucus as "Alex's Grandma" might indicate that this commenter is a relative newcomer to the strip. Yes, Joanie asked the question and yes, Alex didn't notice, but only because there was nothing to notice. There's a lot to know about Joanie. With Cliff for a first husband, J.J. for a daughter, and Jeff for a son, in Toggle she's hit the jackpot. Joanie is a truth-teller, but in no way high brow or a classist. It's a perfect punch line, no more no less.

STILETTO
Jonathan | London, UK | April 05, 2012

The progressive political campaigner, Alex's grandma, thrusts a stiletto between Toggle's ribs, crying "No working-class bastard is going to marry my granddaughter!" His fiance doesn't notice.