Blowback

Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • POLITICS AND PROSE

    Gwenyfar | Wilmington, NC | January 09, 2012

    The Red Rascal is visiting one of our fave indie bookstores --  Politics and Prose in D.C.! Thank you so much for sending him  to an Indie and not to B&N. Your support of Independent business is very important and we are very grateful.

  • ALEX'S FLAWS

    C.O. | Washington, D.C. | January 09, 2012

    Alex isn't so bad. She's just young and lacking in life experience. Leo has enough of that for both of them. In fact, he has enough to see past Alex's flaws and recognize her good heart. She'll grow up in her own good time, just as all GBT's characters have. Just as the rest of us did. Okay, most of us.

  • B.B.

    Ted | Newport Beach, CA | January 09, 2012

    Blue Bandit. Deep.

  • WOW

    Maerzie | Florence, WI | January 09, 2012

    Wow! A red rascal and a blue bandit in a pre-presidential election year? I wonder what GBT is cooking up in his head? This sounds interesting.

  • LIKE A HAMMER

    Joel Caplan | Savannah, GA | January 08, 2012

    Absolutely awesome. You came down on Newton like a hammer! Thanks for making my day.

  • SICK

    John Spicer | Charlotte, TN | January 08, 2012

    Sick, sick, sick. Now you stoop to bashing Republicans running for President. You've gutted Newt, how about Obama? You have no guts.

  • NEAR THE TOP

    Gary Edwards | Gurnee, IL | January 08, 2012

    Sir, you have delighted me for decades, but today's Newt Luggage Strip is very near the top of your genius. Thank you!

  • I'LL EAT MY HAT

    Wendy | Bristol Township, PA | January 08, 2012

    If you can show me any politician in Congress that doesn't have undesirable baggage, I'll eat my hat. Newt's is just more publicized.

  • OOOOOH!

    Anne | Belfast, N. IRELAND | January 08, 2012

    Oooooh! The savage brilliance and content of a 19th-century political cartoon, drawn as a strip. Love the added punch of Gekko. "Greed is good." This smile should sustain me while I read the Sunday newspapers and stories about all sorts of other politicians and their smelly baggage.

  • SUNDAY PIECE

    Bruce Strickland | Mountainair, NM | January 08, 2012

    Great Sunday piece. Not only do you have every Newt scandal I can remember, you nailed his physical shape.

  • TODAY'S STRIP

    Mara | Montclair, NJ | January 08, 2012

    Re: today's strip -- what a Googlefest! I kind of wish I'd stopped before Kip Carter...

  • ALEX AND LEO

    Valerie F. | San Diego, CA | January 07, 2012

    I do sincerely wish people would lighten up about Alex and Leo, particularly Alex's proposal/wedding plans. This isn't self-aggrandizement -- it's Alex in love! And Toggle adores her. I fail to see anything wrong in that.

  • SENSIBLE AND CENTERED

    Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | January 07, 2012

    Despite his TBI, Leo is the sensible and centered one in this relationship, and I can't wait to see how he brings Alex down to earth for a soft landing.

  • WORLD-WEARY, WORLD-WISE

    Alex | Brooklyn, NY | January 07, 2012

    It's interesting that the character Alex has the lidded eyes, indicative of the world-weary, world-wise characters of the strip. She clearly isn't world-wise. Nor is she world-weary. I wonder how much longer it will be before Leo, finally tired of her self-absorbed infantilism, finally extracts himself from her.

  • COOL THING

    Bernard | Washington, D.C. | January 07, 2012

    The really cool thing about this week's Flashback sequence has been watching Mike and Kim work as a team advising Alex. Kim is often just a background presence in the Mike story-arcs, and it has been a pleasure to see her in a more active role.

  • LEO

    U.D. | Red Sox Nation | January 07, 2012

    Run Leo, run!

  • MY GIRL

    Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | January 07, 2012

    Stop hatin' on my girl Alex! What some see as grandiose self-importance I see as passionate idealism. I have someone like Alex in my real life, and I'm crazy about her, too. It's young people like Alex who are going to save the world -- assuming we don't screw it up so badly in the meantime that even they can't fix it.

  • FIELD-GROUND REVERSAL

    Terry Ryder | San Leandro, CA | January 06, 2012

    The first panel of today's strip contains an optical illusion of the "field-ground reversal" type. When I first saw the panel, I saw it containing two women kissing; Kim on the left and an older, more jowly woman on the right. Is easier to see if you start at the right hand border of the panel. You have to think of the black starry sky as a hoodie and Mike's hair as background. Think of Mike's eye as the woman's eye looking towards Kim's nose.

  • IN THE CLOUDS

    Larry S. | Delaware, OH | January 05, 2012

    Today's strip -- an affirmation of Alex's grandiose self-importance if ever I saw one! When her head's in the clouds, it doesn't go up into them, they come down to her head. Outrageous!

  • A PERFECT PAIR

    John N. | Columbia, SC | January 03, 2012

    Colbert and Red Rascal. They are like Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald. A perfect pair.