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EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Tom French | Washington, D.C. | October 28, 2010

Forty years -- and I've been with you every step of the way. I even saw the Broadway musical! Doonesbury is a national treasure. Please run to fifty years.

HELPING ME GROW UP
Cindy | Phoenix, AZ | October 28, 2010

40 years ago I was a socially awkward pimply teen, who read everything she could get her hands on. I discovered Doonesbury in HS and became the woman I am today -- socially awkward, wrinkled, with a mean sense of humor and skewed world view. I thank you for helping me grow up!

WRONG
Dennis | Syracuse, NY | October 25, 2010

Zonker has it wrong. Growers now plant indoors to ensure quality control. Proper amount of light, water, plant food and temperature. Corporate growers are designing grow rooms the size of football fields. I can see Zonker's weed patch bulldozed for a McGrower.

TRUE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN
O.J. | Sacramento, CA | October 25, 2010

As a true Conservative Republican I can’t thank you enough for Sunday’s strip! Dead spot on! I have been reading your strip for years, probably all 40, and while I may not always agree I always have been entertained. You have made me “think twice” more than once. It has been a pleasure and a wonderful trip! Thank you.

NPR
A.K. Dogman | Anchorage, AK | October 25, 2010

In Sunday's strip Mark Slackmeyer, who is employed by a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliated radio station, asked Boehner to name an expenditure he would cut out of the federal budget. I suggest that Boehner would have replied, "National Public Radio." Mark then would have yelled, ""No, no, no! Please, not that!"...

SPOT ON
Larry S. | Delaware, OH | October 25, 2010

The Sunday strip with Mark is spot on. Speaking of a culture of debt! Who remembers that the only budget cuts offered by a certain revered former president were ones he knew would never pass. Even though he frequently complained about the debt, it seems evident in hindsight that he wanted no solution -- it was too good an issue to give up by actually fixing it. I predict "deja vu all over again."

BOWDLERIZED
Hu Lindsay | Norwalk, CT | October 25, 2010

It's interesting that today's strip was bowdlerized in the Stamford (CT) Advocate to exclude the last two frames, thereby avoiding the word "marijuana,' and replacing those images with a stretched-out version of the second panel.

RUDE AWAKENING
Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | October 25, 2010

So, with this week's strip we get to see Zipper bask in his uncle's glow of having set up his own private pot field. As opposed to seeing B.D. and Alex give him holy hell over the way he treated Toggle? Or seeing Zipper getting kicked out of college because his mom can't foot the bill in this recession and/or because the professors and administration finally have had enough of his crap? Isn't it time Zipper got the rude awakening he deserves, as far as finding out how much everyone hates him and being forced to fend for himself?

NOTHING BIG
Tom Davis | Austin, TX | October 25, 2010

Nothing big to say -- just thank you, for your commitment, and for your wondrous sense of humor.

EVERY DAY
Ed Moeller | Portland, OR | October 25, 2010

Forty years. Two wives, 18 cars, two motorcycles, countless jobs and re-locations, and one GBT. Thanks for making me laugh and think every day.

HOOKED
Jeanne Harris | Ft. Worth, TX | October 25, 2010

Play fair! I read today's strip, was immediately "hooked," and now must go back, way back -- maybe even to the beginning! Shame on you. I love your work.

FORTY YEARS WORTH
Laura Dickinson | Santa Rosa, CA | October 25, 2010

Forty years worth of thank you! Thank you, and thank you again. With warm regards.

SORKH RAZIL
Jonathan Adam | Oregon, OH | October 25, 2010

I am really enjoying the Sorkh Razil storyline. I've always liked Jeff as a slacker, but I like him so much more as the Red Rascal!

NEW FORMAT
Margaret | New York, NY | October 25, 2010

Thanks so much for the new format on the site. Loads faster, moves faster, easier to navigate. Looks great!

SITE
Ben Read | Santa Cruz, CA | October 25, 2010

I love the site redesign!

CAN'T FIND THE WORDS
Eric Persons | Huntington, WVA | October 25, 2010

I really can't find the words for how much I dislike the new format. Sunday strips compressed to an unreadable size. Confusing layout. Visually striking -- but not user friendly.

40 YEARS?
John Street | Seattle, WA | October 25, 2010

Has it really been 40 years? I have been enjoying your strip since it debuted in the Seattle papers. Now I enjoy a current on-line feed as well as the daily FLASHBACK dose. Thanks for the memories.

CAN'T BELIEVE
Aussiegregg | Canberrra, AUSTRALIA | October 22, 2010

I can't believe I've been reading Doonesbury for 40 years. Sometimes you just make me feel so old! Happy birthday! And many, many happy returns...

PORTRAYAL OF THE AFGHANS
J. Kelly | New York, NY | October 21, 2010

I gotta say, I'm getting pretty tired of GT's portrayal of the Afghans being so relentlessly negative. Especially this whole line about the PR campaign of Jeff's being so wildly successful, when the truth is so much the opposite: The U.S. is having so much trouble "winning hearts and minds" precisely because the Afghan's aren't buying into the PR campaigns. They're looking around and seeing all the thousands upon thousands of dead innocents killed by U.S. airstrikes and other military actions.

And what's up with this whole "dancing boy" thing? Gotta throw in some weird homophobic reference to satirize Karzai? WTF? It's condescending, insulting, and not terribly funny. Doonesbury's humor has a lot to do with how close its satire is to the real world: this is nowhere near.

THE STATE OF OUR UNION
P. Malina | Phoenix, AZ | October 21, 2010

Congratulations on 40 years of consistently satirical, biting commentary on the state of our Union and the world in general. Doonesbury has been one of my never-miss strips since college, and I am now 59! All I can say is: "I hope we rock on for another 40!"