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PERFECT
Dayne Chastant | Mesa, AZ | May 02, 2011

Re A UNIQUE BAD GUY: Jeff's perfect for the CIA. His sense of entitlement ("Mom, just pay it!"), his adherence to magical thinking, his inability to pick talented people (Really? The nephew of the flakiest character in comicdom?), and his inability to take responsibility make him a perfect fit. He'll have Havoc's job soon.

TIMING
Bob | St. Augustine, FL | May 02, 2011

Timing is everything -- I wake up to see your strip, and then find out that bin Laden is dead. Wow.

THE NEWS
Jim Kizer | Baltimore, MD | May 02, 2011

Given the news from last night, today's comic is eerily apropos.

TODAY'S DOONESBURY
Rock Quarry | Los Angeles, CA | May 02, 2011

My Goodness! Today's Doonesbury is ripped from today's headlines! Is this art imitating life, or is life just a comic strip?

A UNIQUE BAD GUY
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | May 01, 2011

Jeff is a unique bad guy. Most bad guys are motivated by simple themes such as money, dogma, selfishness or status, and their reactions are predictable. Jeff's bitter view of Zipper, despite just having risked his best friend's life in his own thoroughly incompetently planned escapade, is disgusting in it's callousness. A new type of villian is born.

PRINCE HARRY
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | April 29, 2011

Come back in about ten years, Samantha. When Prince Harry gets tired of airhead social climbers like Ms. Flaunter, he'll be ready for a good-hearted, grounded, intelligent girl like you.

COMING UP
Ben Ezzell | Austin, TX | April 29, 2011

Coming up tomorrow on the Flashbacks page, the Sunday, April 30th strip from 2006. It's going straight to my therapist. At least it helps to laugh.

THE DONALD
Bill Galey | Huntsville-Rocket City, AL | April 28, 2011

The Donald said today, “I’m very proud of myself. . . . I feel I’ve accomplished something really, really important.” How unbelievably in sync with last week's strips!

ZONKER AND ZIPPER
Steve H. | Saint Louis, MO | April 28, 2011

Re WHAT I HAVE FEARED: hair color aside, Zonker and Zipper can be told apart. They have different eyes! They should look similar; they're related.

INEVITABLE!
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | April 28, 2011

Inevitable! But Zonker, veteran of so many flops and disillusionments, is right there with a crumb of redemption.

ROUGH
Glenn | Nordland, WA | April 28, 2011

I missed the "5 years ago" story arc that's now running on Flashbacks the first time around. Man, B.D.'s got it rough...

BRILLIANT
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 28, 2011

Love Sam's outfit, especially the hat. Brilliant, as the Brits would say.

ANGELS
Karen K. | Asheville, NC | April 27, 2011

Sam turns abruptly, she bumps "smak" into Prince Harry, he smiles -- angels sing. Cue music.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR SAM
Andrew Page | Acton, MA | April 27, 2011

I have a sinking feeling I know what's next for Sam...

TO SAM
Bob Faser | Victoria, AUSTRALIA | April 27, 2011

To Sam at Westminster Abbey: As gazillions of Doonesbury readers have said to Joanie, Lacey, Honey, Alex, Melissa, and your mother, so now we say to you: "You go, girl!"

HIS ENGLISH TITLE
Keith | Lowell, IN | April 26, 2011

Perhaps simply being a "Lord" in England doesn't guarantee you a place at the Royal Wedding. Or maybe Zonk got ripped off when he bought his English title way back when.

WHAT I HAVE FEARED
Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | April 26, 2011

The past two strips have confirmed what I have feared. The only way left to tell Zonker and Zipper apart is by hair color.

SURFING IN BRITAIN
Kathleen DeWitt | Calgary, CANADA | April 26, 2011

Re: ISN'T OVER YET. Whilst I agree with the sentiment that Zonker must get in, this poster could not be more wrong about surfing in Britain. Think Cornwall.

ISN'T OVER YET
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | April 26, 2011

This isn't over yet. Zonker must get in! He's too important. The British as yet know nothing of surfing.

OLD FRIENDS
Brian | North Saanich, CANADA | April 25, 2011

I have enjoyed the Doonesbury strips since they were first published. At the end of a full life, the strip is my first read in the morning, followed by the obituary column. In both situations, I feel that I am looking for old friends. They are never read in the reverse order -- I might see my name and miss the cartoon.