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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you'd like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

  • MOT JUSTE

    James Hogg | London, UK | January 27, 2018

    I wish we had on this side of the Atlantic commentators and cartoonists with your wit and acuity -- half as much would do. Your facility for the mot juste never ceases to amaze me.

  • CONVERGENCE

    Julia | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | January 27, 2018

    The growing convergence between The Strip and the media reports of the President's words is disheartening. Eventually the two must collide in some kind of Doomsday cataclysm.

  • ENJOYMENT

    Brian Corby | New York, NY | January 26, 2018

    I just caught up on the Sunday strips for the past few months; still brilliant, still funny, still relevant. Thanks for, literally, a lifetime of enjoyment. I started reading in 1973 when I was 10, as Doonesbury was light years ahead of the other comics of the day in terms of the only metric that mattered then, funny. I write now to recommend a book you may find meaningful. David Deutsch's The Beginning of Infinity. Any attempt on my part to summarize this work will fail, but here is David Albert's review in the NY Times Book Review from 2011.

  • ARTICULATE

    Jim Milstein | Pagosa Springs, CO | January 25, 2018

    It's hard to imagine the present Mr. Trump being as articulate as he is in this week's series of Classic 1990 strips. Brain rot.

  • TRUMP'S GOLF GAME

    D. Mitchell | Peoria, IL | January 23, 2018

    Re Trump's golf game, the portrayal in Sunday's strip is supported by this 2017 Sports Illustrated article. "Trump will sometimes respond to a shot he duffed by simply playing a second ball and carrying on as if the first shot never happened. In the parlance of the game, Trump takes floating mulligans, usually more than one during a round. Because of them it is impossible to say what he has actually shot on any given day, according to 18 people who have teed it up with Trump over the last decade, including SI senior writer Michael Bamberger, who has done so nine times."

  • MULLIGANS

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | January 23, 2018

    Regarding this past Sunday's strip, the president may well have spent his entire first year playing golf, but according to this piece in Golf Digest he has the best game of any president living or dead. So DJT is unlikely to have taken 500 mulligans or to have missed a putt by five feet. GBT rarely misses the mark. In this case, the president would likely offer him a do-over.

  • VANITY FAIR

    Susan Gutterman | New York, NY | January 22, 2018

    The Vanity Fair article from 1990 was a fabulous read!

  • DONALD AND IVANA

    D. Howard | Hoboken, NJ | January 22, 2018

    As a longtime Trump observer, today's Donald and Ivana strip from the 90s is giving me a flashback of my own -- to this.

  • REPORT

    Richard Thomas | Duluth, MN | January 18, 2018

    Huh. The self-esteem report is real!

  • CONTRIBUTIONS

    Richard and Donna Sutton | Leawood, KS | January 16, 2018
    Thanks for many years of laughs and pertinent, timely dialogue (even the reruns!). We're fortunate to still see your daily and Sunday strips in our ever-diminishing local newspaper, the Kansas City Star. These days especially, I look forward to your new Sunday contributions. I know you're younger than my 83 years, and I hope to benefit from your insight for the rest of mine. Please keep up your excellent work!
  • MISTAKE

    Yavni | Jerusalem, ISRAEL | January 14, 2018

    I am a big fan of the comic; I think it is almost always on point, funny, acute and truthful. But today's strip feels like a big mistake. As is often the case, you manage to include multiple jokes simultaneously, but in this case, the punchlines are punching in the wrong direction. One joke is "Ha ha, we men need to get a notarized letter these days to be in the clear, amirite!", while the truth is that it is still, perversely, far harder for an accuser to be taken seriously than an accused. Another joke is "Ha ha, the women are supposedly reassuring Mike, but actually, they are insulting him for not being manly (enough to be a sexual abuser)!" Which seems to me to be saying that men who would never sexually abuse women are laughable, are poor excuses for men. Additionally, the comic enables (though perhaps not reinforces) the trope of the nerdy guy as being deserving of nothing other than pity and laughs for doing what he can to get access to women. (See "The Adorkable Misogyny of 'The Big Bang Theory.'")

  • POOR MIKE

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | January 14, 2018

    Poor Mike. "Inoffensive." (Well, not counting Mr. Butts.) Now B.D., there's a character who's doing good work, but with a vulnerable history.

  • INSIGHTFUL

    Vivian Borger | Sarasota, FL | January 13, 2018

    I just want to thank Mr. Trudeau for his insightful comments/comics on the issues of the day. I'm a long-time reader, and I'm delighted that the genius behind Doonesbury continues to thrive. Long may your pen reign!

  • A GREAT EXAMPLE

    Raymond Lee Schimmel | Chico, CA | January 10, 2018

    I just want Mr. Trudeau to know that I very much appreciate his attention to detail. This past Sunday's strip was a great example. Showing the fake Trump Time cover on his desk and the picture on the wall, of steam shovel, oil derricks etc., was a stroke of genius. Keep it up! (And Jane Pauley is doing a great job for CBS Sunday Morning.)

  • LANDSCAPE PAINTING

    Barb B. | Bend, OR | January 07, 2018

    Even the landscape painting in the Oval Office is suffering from Trump's coal mining and oil drilling.

  • THE DAMAGE

    Carol Graham | Lexington, KY | January 07, 2018

    I appreciate your comic strip and the message you send. Sometimes I laugh out loud, and other times I shake my head wondering how long it will take to fix the damage Trump has done. Sometimes you just make me think, which is good. Keep up the excellent work.

  • ART BUCHWALD

    David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | January 04, 2018

    In a comment on today's strip made on the GoComics Doonesbury page, reader Kim Metzger points out that the final panel ("I saw what happened to Art Buchwald!") refers to a lawsuit that the satirist was involved in with Paramount Pictures over the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America. You can read about it here.

  • LIES

    Jerry Neyman | Quitman, MS | January 04, 2018

    Re the 15-years-ago-today Flashback strip: After the presidential nominations were in place in 2016, most people around here said they couldn’t vote for Clinton because she lies. Now approaching one year in office and 2,000 lies, I realize that irony is truly dead, cold, buried and forgotten. RIP!

  • CARRY ON

    Doug Elliott | Philo, CA | January 03, 2018

    Thank you so much for re-instituting the "enlarge" feature for the strip, and for the Mudline. My wife and I enjoy them both so much at the end of an otherwise depressing news day. Carry on the good work!

  • BACK IN 1980

    N.N.N. | Weaverville, NC | January 03, 2018

    Please consider reissuing Doonesbury Dossier: The Reagan Years. Everything in it is as relevant as it was back in 1980. Cross out the name Reagan and drop in "T" and there you have it! The same EPA battles. The same stupidity at press conferences. Sanity is out the window.