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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • WHAT'S HAPPENING

    Esther Lee | Culleoka, TN | April 04, 2012

    I am so happy to see what's developing with Alex. I really can't express the multiple dimensions this rouses from the point of view of a woman born in (tadah!) 1939. What I have lived through and been supported by is so well inferred by this comic strip. Thanks.

  • DONORSCHOOSE.ORG

    | | April 04, 2012

    Thanks to Zonker and GBT for putting Donorshoose.orgin the strip back in February. I gave pencils and books to a kindergarten class in Florida in my mother's name for Valentines Day, with a doubling of my contribution for mentioning Zonker. The supplies were just delivered and we got a nice note. I never would have known about them if you hadn't put them in the strip.

  • CRED

    Nick | Yuba City, CA | April 04, 2012

    Jeff does have some actual Iraq/Afganistan cred. He may have been a Nimrod but he did go over, and the Berzerkistan stint could have ended badly. But I'm still pull'n for Toggle all the way! The best character to come along, in my humble opinion.

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | April 03, 2012

    The complexity of the relationships of everyone in the strip is detailed, nuanced -- and goes back decades. How mortifying (mortifying, I tells ya) it is for me to realize that I know exactly who everyone is, and how they are connected. Now let's sit back, and watch worlds collide!

  • PERCEPTIONS

    Jahn Ghalt | PENNSYLVANIA | April 03, 2012

    "I thought you'd be bigger, more ripped." Toggle's not Special Forces, but those guys tend to be compact and wiry -- tough and able to function forever. Perceptions can be deceiving. Who is/was taller, President Reagan or President George H. W. Bush?

  • PUNK

    Maddie | Toronto, CANADA | April 03, 2012

    Toggle, I am begging you, in the nicest possible way: please please please take that insufferable punk down.

  • TOGGLE'S WOUNDING

    Carl Schitt | Skamania County, WA | April 03, 2012

    The December 2007 rerun of Toggle's wounding, which I had somehow missed: sweetness itself.

  • GODSPEED

    Steve Johnson | Edina, MN | April 03, 2012

    Wow. Looking at the expression on Joanie's face when she announced "Jeff's home" and the impossibility of Jeff's world of mansion, literary agent and so forth actually existing in reality, I have come to the conclusion that you have decided to tackle the subject of mental illness. If so, Godspeed. My son is bipolar.

  • NEXT TO

    Patrick Sigel | San Antonio, TX | April 03, 2012

    It's like seeing the manufactured image (John Wayne / Ronald Reagan) next to the real deal (Jimmy Stewart / Audie Murphy). Drive on, Leo!

  • PERFECT

    C.J. Wells | Greencastle, INDIANA | April 03, 2012

    The remarkable depth of these characters that the strip develops day after day in just four panels occasionally strikes me, especially when long-standing characters meet for the first time. It's hard to imagine a world that could hold the absurdity of Jeff's character and the harsher realities of Toggle's life, but then there they are, conversing in the same room, and it's perfect.

  • HARD TO TYPE

    Dave Huntington | Houston, TX | April 02, 2012

    It is hard to type (do we still call it that?) whilst continuing to chuckle about your take on pledges. I do not remember, ever before, laughing out loud at any Doonesbury strip, and I have been a fan since the 70s. Wonderful!

  • EMERALD CITY

    Laura Welch | Port Townsend, WA | April 02, 2012

    I just got back home after attending the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. Not a trace, not a hint, not a headwrap of the Red Rascal to be seen. I seem to recall a challenge being offered by a rival, to be taken up at Comicon. I realized at the time it was probably not mine, but I was hoping... I am so disappointed, dawg!

  • ENGAGED

    Jo Kester | Rock Hill, SC | April 02, 2012

    Wait a minute! Alex and Toggle are engaged? I thought he said no when she texted her proposal! How did I miss such an earthshaking event? I feel so out of it, so outraged, so irrelevant, so Gingrich....

  • INTERESTING

    D. Taylor | San Luis Obispo, CA | April 02, 2012

    Leo, scarred veteran of war, meets Jeff, war fantasy writer. Real hero vs storybook hero. Which will dominate? The answer may not be obvious. We live in a world where our fictions stand as large as real life, sometimes even larger. This could get interesting.

  • REAL DEAL

    T.F. Gray | Charlotte, NC | April 02, 2012

    Real Deal meets Rascal. I can't wait!

  • APROPOS

    Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | April 02, 2012

    The April Fool's Day strip was very apropos for that holiday. I wonder if Grover will donate his collection to the Smithsonian?

  • WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

    John | Asland, OR | April 02, 2012

    Just the thought of what could be coming this week, after reading today's strip, brought tears of laughter to my eyes. Leo and Jeff in the same room; when worlds collide. Thank you, GBT.

  • WISDOM

    Wolfie | Sewickley, PA | April 02, 2012

    Fiance, eh? Guess he said yes. Good for them! Very interesting future ahead -- I'll be eagerly reading and hoping for the wisdom of their youth to see them through.

  • THE ODDEST COUPLE

    Bob Jensen | Houston, TX | April 02, 2012

    At last: Toggle meeting Sorkh Razil. The oddest couple since Elvis met Nixon!

  • WORTH WAITING FOR

    Brett Bayne | Los Angeles, CA | April 02, 2012

    So the American war hero finally comes face to face with his ultimate counterpart — a pathetic poser with counterfeit cred. Well worth waiting for through two weeks of reruns!