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ZEKE
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | April 16, 2015

Re ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS: Zeke Brenner tends to survive, to the detriment of others; he's both a Libra and a Cancer.

ZEKE
Yeti | Howardsville, CO | April 15, 2015

Admittedly, Zeke lacks Uncle Duke's unexplainable charm. But since he is so completely amoral, I wonder if, in addition to Earl, he is another of Duke's lost offspring.

THERMAL
Michael McGuigan | New York, NY | April 12, 2015

I really appreciate the detail in Zonker's tie-dyed shirt in today's strip. It looks a lot like a thermal color-change shirt I used to have -- and loved -- years ago. In fact, given the slightly morphing colors from panel to panel, I'm sure that's the kind of shirt he's wearing.

ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS
Donna | Dartmouth, CANADA | April 11, 2015

Reading the strips in the FAQ's Zeke retrospective, I was pleased to see an old favourite, the series where he meets Joanie and Rick. But the one where he says he "had to" turn down a construction job and J.J. helpfully explains "Zeke's a Cancer, Mom," didn't ring true. So I grabbed my copy of He's Never Heard of You, Either and checked, and sure enough in that version Zeke's a Libra. Which led me to do some research into the astrological signs. I assume the intensity, impulsiveness, and selectiveness of Cancer fit the narrative better than the balance, beauty, and perfection of Libra, and so it was changed in the long run. Aaahhhhhh, the things Doonesbury has me learning on a soggy Saturday morning.

PRESENT
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 07, 2015

Sunday was my 70th birthday, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer way to start my day. Thanks for the present!

GLEEFUL
Neal Bevan | Leamington Spa, UK | April 05, 2015

I'm trying to find some way to express the delight I took in today's strip. The best I can manage is a gleeful "Oh boy!" Many thanks.

BEAUTIFUL
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | April 05, 2015

Ah, it's a beautiful thing to see when someone "big" gets as good as he loves to "give" the little people. Normally, I don't like bickering and sniping, but I can't help but ... love ... today's strip.

BLESSED BE
Granny Goodwitch | San Diego, CA | April 04, 2015

Merry meet. I have been meaning to tell you how very much I have enjoyed your comic through the decades. You are an inspiration and a genius o'wit. I wish you love and laughter and a wee bit o' Magick. Blessed be!

SEGREGATION
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | April 03, 2015

Thanks for the Flashback page's 40-years-ago-today strip about Louisa Day Hicks, a champion of racial segregation in Boston schools. I had no idea this went on and is still going on.

MANY TIMES
Dallas Liddle | Mpls, MN | March 30, 2015

Great to see this strip again -- I have thought of it many times when I heard someone (sometimes me!) propose to throw the "full weight" of whatever little cohort we were in against a problem. Classic Doonesbury: funny, humane, wise on several levels.

RAPTURE
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | March 30, 2015

The "James Watt" reference in today's strip didn't ring a bell, so I had to Google him. Wow. A guy who believed in the Rapture was made guardian of U.S. national assets.

SUMMED IT UP
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | March 29, 2015

One of my friends summed it up thusly: "We're old. The young women are not interested in us, they're just being polite."

IRONIC
Suzie Null | Durango, CO | March 29, 2015

I find it ironic to hear Mike complaining to another middle-aged man about how aging has left them feeing "invisible" in front of a "hot" younger woman. How many women who they had not considered "hot" had been invisible to them over the course of their lives?

ANGST
Harvey Dobrow | Fort Lee, NJ | March 29, 2015

I've been smiling all day since reading today's strip. It tapped into my angst of being a teenager in the '50s. Since I know you weren't one, I wonder how you became so insightful about what we now-70-year-olds remember all too well. Brilliant!

INVISIBLE
Bruce Miller | Antelope, CA | March 29, 2015

The young ladies, regardless of their natural beauty, don't ignore me, perhaps because I tend to regard them as grandchildren of a sort. This is not to say I've never come upon rude young women, or rude young men for that matter, but they appear to be rude to everyone, not just this old "invisible" fellow!

LOOKING AT WOMEN
Margaret Lark | Littleton, MA | March 29, 2015

Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen...Try looking at women who have learned over the years how to see you. As a stunningly beautiful, totes-rocking woman just a teensy bit younger than GBT and therefore of Mike and Bernie, all I can say is: Didn't mean to ignore you back then. Life was weird; I was learning. Take off your babe-o-scope glasses and look around.

THE WORST PART
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 29, 2015

To me, the worst part about aging is the certainty that I will miss out on so much that is to come. On the other hand, our current old people not aging and dying would mean that our current billion or so children would not get to take over and likely do rather better than their elders by forming the first truly global civil society. If hanging around to see it would mean that it wouldn't be there to see, I guess I'm OK with the whole old age and death thing.

VISIBLE
Patrick Michael | Chicago, IL | March 29, 2015

I find kindness, a smile, and most of my attempts at humor keep me visible, even at 60.

WAXED MOUSTACHE
Michell | Ashford, UK | March 29, 2015

Poor Mike! Can I suggest he ask Garry to give him a fashionista waxed moustache? It works wonders for my 50-something husband, who now gets ladies of all ages chatting to him. It seems as successful as having a cute, small dog but without the cleaning-up-after-it issues. Meanwhile, as the 50-something female partner of the 'tache, I still get zip!

HE AND JOANIE
Eileen | Salt Lake City, UT | March 29, 2015

Re HIGH POINT: Rick's wide-eyed wonder looks like sheer terror to me. But notice as he looks around he realizes that this is exactly what he wants, and we all know that he and Joanie go on to be one of the world's greatest couples.