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LINUS
Ron Shirtz | New York, NY | May 21, 2011

I love the Linus reference. You made Schulz's day in heaven, I'm sure.

END OF THE WORLD
Charlie | Fort Worth, TX | May 20, 2011

The end of world is on May 21st? The good news: no more horrible losing seasons for the Mets!! The bad new: I won't get to see Rose and the Bulls beat the Heat and get to the NBA finals.

LOST
Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | May 20, 2011

I am afraid that Zonker may have just lost his Mercedes.

OSAMA'S OBITUARY
Big Don 1 | Las Vegas, NV | May 20, 2011

The current Straw Poll leads me to paraphrase Mark Twain: "I would never wish death on any man, but I read Osama's obituary with great pleasure."

SCRIPTURE
Jessica | Albuquerque, NM | May 20, 2011

I was very happy to see that you had the courage to have Zonker counter his neighbor's ranting with scripture (Matthew 24:36) that clearly states that no one knows the day. Thank you!

JUST IN CASE
Raz | New York, NY | May 20, 2011

Just in case, can you please print this Sunday's Doonesbury before midnight Friday? I always look forward to my once-weekly extended version of Doonesbury.

NON-JUDGMENTAL DAY
M.W. | Baltimore, MD | May 20, 2011

I like that you had Zonker talking to his neighbor about World Judgment Day, which Brother Camping claims will take place on Saturday. I know someone who has proclaimed Sunday, May 22, 2012 to be Non-Judgmental Day.

AFTER THE RAPTURE
Karen K. | Asheville, NC | May 20, 2011

So I guess after the Rapture we won't be seeing Sarah Palin or most of the Tea Party folk. It will be hell!

STILL HERE
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | May 20, 2011

It is probably a sure sign of the end of the world that this born-again fundamentalist Christian finds himself in full agreement with Zonker Harris. Jesus did indeed prophesy the end of the world in the 24th chapter of Matthew, and made it clear that only God the Father knew the hour and the day. No one in our mainstream church is paying the least attention to the May 21 deadline, except in the same humorous, satirical terms as Mr. Trudeau. Besides, I'm near 60 years old and have seen several of these end-of-the-world predictions come and go. We're all still here, reading Doonesbury.

TOUCHE
P.G. O'Brien | Warren, VT | May 20, 2011

Oh, Zonker, that's how you earn your name. ZONK! Touche, my man. Matthew 24:36. You knows your stuff.

MAY 22
Kjetil Hauge | Elksmarka, NORWAY | May 19, 2011

Can't wait to see the May 22 strip. You've got two versions ready, haven't you. Just in case.

RAPTURE
W. Camry | Arlington, VA | May 19, 2011

Is the Rapture before or after the Preakness?

ENOUGH
Rick | Dayton, OH | May 17, 2011

Great, just great. Until Monday I'd never even heard about May 21st. Now I gotta worry about it. As if I didn't have enough to worry about. Thanks.

SHOTGUN
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | May 17, 2011

Heeeeewack! I call shotgun, Zonker! You wax the boards and I'll wax the car. Malibu is calling!

THE POLL
Michael Strickland | El Dorado, AK | May 17, 2011

The poll on what pleases me most about OBL's demise is missing an option D: "Nothing!" I served three tours in Vietnam, I was a rifleman in the Infantry. I have seen plenty of dead human beings. Death, even when it comes to find a Saddam, a Hitler, a Stalin, is not a joyous thing. When you rejoice in the demise of a fellow human, you are rejoicing in the demise of your own humanity. Killing might be necessary, gloating about is not.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. -- John Donne

RAPTURE
Ben Ezzell | Quilcene, WA | May 17, 2011

Ah, yes. The Rapture. But are your pals safe?

WON'T KNOW
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AK | May 17, 2011

Thank goodness. After Monday I feared a week on suicide prevention: inherently not funny. The rapture: funny. If it is supposed to happen on Saturday, given the neighborhood I live in, I won't know about it until Monday.

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
William Tompson | Paris, FRANCE | May 17, 2011

The Rapture strips yesterday and today prompted me to check out Family Radio Worldwide's web site. The homepage is dominated by confident predictions of the Rapture on 21 May 2011 (four days left), but FR Worldwide is still accepting on-line donations. Unless Harold Campbell and his followers have found a way to take it with them, this sounds like a bad case of cognitive dissonance.

ZONKER'S NEIGHBOR
Jonathan Laufersweiler | St. Louis, MO | May 16, 2011

I wonder if Zonker's neighbor will want his weed-whacker back when he gets "left behind" this weekend?

HEAD-SCRATCHING
Roy | London, UK | May 16, 2011

A day of head scratching, and finally... I't's the Rapture, isn't it!