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  • SAFE LANDING

    Vincent Domeraski | Hammondsport, NY | January 16, 2012

    I can't help but think that as Jeff comes in for an apparently safe landing in the real world and becomes the entrepreneur that he has always wanted to be, his story might have some resemblance to that of his creator.

  • TOGGLE

    A. Harrison | Hartford, CT | January 16, 2012

    Silly Toggle. Marriage change context.

  • HOPE

    Ashley | Savannah, GA | January 16, 2012

    I sure hope today's strip doesn't mean Leo will be talked out of marrying Alex.

  • CONTENTION

    Terry Lyons | Armidale, AUSTRALIA | January 15, 2012

    That there is any popular support at all for Newt Gingrich is staggering to those of us looking on from the sidelines. It just confirms John Maynard Keynes' contention that “capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

  • AS GREAT A THREAT

    Mike Campanelli | Levittown, NY | January 15, 2012

    In todays strip the usual Left attacks continue. While I dislike Mr. Gingrich greatly I have to agree with the quote in the last panel: "As great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union."  Even as an independent centrist I view Trudeau as a 60s anti-American Quisling. And he's no Al Capp, either.

  • NEWTISMS

    Maerzie | Florence, WI | January 15, 2012

    Wow, these Newtisms beat all. He really does have a sick ego problem. He has to cut everyone else down to make himself appear superior!

  • NEWT

    Sean | Dayton, OH | January 15, 2012

    I wish Newt had a chance, not only because he may be the only person who can undo the Obamatastrophe, but also because it would make your head explode.

  • COUNTERPART

    Joel Calhoun | Monticello, MS | January 15, 2012

    Today's strip is a perfect counterpart to last Sunday's baggage strip. And serves as a perfect "take that" to those who complained about the latter. Speaking of which, the wahhhmbulance should be arriving in 3...2...1...

  • ACHIEVEMENT

    Tom | Brisbane, AUSTRALIA | January 13, 2012

    The fan boys make Jeff look intelligent. Quite an achievement really.

  • PEERS

    Lin | Port Townsend, WA | January 13, 2012

    At last! Jeff is finding his true peers.

  • MOVIE RIGHTS

    Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | January 12, 2012

    Judging from the first panel of today's strip, the Red Rascal's fan base appears to include Sand People from "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." Now that's drawing power even Lucas and Spielberg can appreciate! Can movie rights be far behind for young Redfern?

  • STRAW POLL

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | January 12, 2012

    I just voted in the current Straw Poll that the welcome home parade(s) should be later, after Afghanistan is withdrawn from too. But I want to add that the reason should be made explicit with an official statement: many of the troops have served in both theaters.

  • BEWARE, BLUE BANDIT

    Susan A. | San Mateo, CA | January 11, 2012

    "It is I, Rick, father of Jeff." Beware, oh Blue Bandit of the Drawstring Pants. As the Vanderbilt med students would say, commodum habitus es -- you have just been owned.

  • DIVIDEND

    Bernard | Washington, D.C. | January 11, 2012

    So, Blue Bandit...You know not that I, Lord Dirtbag, also read Doonesbury, the True Window into the Earthly plane. Nor that I have joined with Lord Voldemort, Lord Sauron, and Lord Vader. Your unguarded words will be your doom, for we shall lie in wait at this "Comic-Con" in "San Diego" and finally crush you like the insignificant annoyance that you are. The destruction of the Red Rascal, your brother of The Colors, is an unexpected dividend.

  • DIFFERENCES

    Allie | Gettysburg, PA | January 11, 2012

    The differences between Jeff and the Blue Boy with the Belly are twofold: first, Jeff knows he's in character. Second, Jeff's actually done something with his life.

  • RICK

    The Phlebob | MINNESOTA | January 11, 2012

    "It is I, Rick, father of Jeff" may just be the funniest line GBT has ever written. Especially since Rick would never mangle the English language with grammar like that. And then there's the "Batman to the rescue" aspect of the situation.

  • COMIC-CON

    Cindy | Phoenix, AZ | January 11, 2012

    Oh goodie, a riff on Comic-Con! This should be great fun. My husband goes every year (while I thankfully am allowed to spend my time at the beach), and every day he comes back with stories that have me rolling on the floor laughing.

  • FOLLOW THE MONEY

    Dave Dalton | Frankenmuth, MI | January 10, 2012

    Follow the money. I wonder when Duke is going to smell that Red Rascal "needs" a publicity team...

  • NOT SURE

    Julia | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | January 10, 2012

    I'm not sure if the strip or the Republican race is the more surreal and entertaining.

  • WORDS TO MINISTER BY

    Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | January 10, 2012

    I always love Flashbacks when they raise the curtain on a new character we've known for a lifetime. Today's a big day for me personally, as I'm in my last year of training for ordination in the Church of England: enter stage right (40 years ago) Scot Sloan, the fighting young priest who can talk to the young. "Can I lay some java on you?" Words to minister by.