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    Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | May 29, 2017

    Michael must thank his lucky stars for Zeke some days. J.J. used to exploit him the way Zeke exploits her now.


    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 28, 2017

    I can hardly begin to imagine how much Trff must have left off his SF-86 security clearance application.


    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | May 28, 2017

    When Trff first appeared some time ago he seemed rather too awful to be true. Only Saddam or Idi Amin seemed to measure up, but since that time, Trffs have been popping up like weeds. He was almost prophetic. Even his "do" seems to have become a model for monsters. Kim Jong Un must read the strip.


    Sparky Hudson | Toronto, CANADA | May 28, 2017

    I had an interesting little epiphany this morning, while partaking of my Sunday morning ritual -- café con leche served with a Doonesbury. Reading the current strip, then toggling between Flashback strips (going back to Nixon and Reagan), I realized afresh not only the awesome authority of the jester to speak truth to power – that’s not exactly news – but that the spiritual parent of our current gang of jesters (Stewart, Colbert, Oliver, Bee, Meyers, Noah, Kimmel et al.) is none other than GBT himself.


    Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | May 28, 2017

    I love Sunday's 40-years-ago-today Flashback strip, which I missed the first time around and in my incomplete collection of Doonesbury albums. For those of us who recall those heady, pre-TSA days, the difference between smoking and non-smoking was usually one row -- 'smoking' or 'non' made no difference whatsoever to one's personal air quality. Especially long-haul.


    Dave | Elmira, NY | May 28, 2017

    Trump and Trff -- a match made in heaven. Thank you for not dignifying the Big Orange Game Show host with an icon. Your caricature is so spot-on, I hope it stays for the duration; and please God may the duration be short.


    Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 27, 2017

    In Friday's maternal bed Classic strip J.J. says "Having a kid is the most creative thing I've ever done." Through her lips, was GBT especially sly in expressing his disapproval of J.J.'s faux art ("performance" aspects notwithstanding)? Or perhaps he meant for her to say "procreative."


    Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | May 26, 2017

    In today's Classic strip J.J. gives birth live on cable TV, but the program is less popular with viewers than Monday Night Football. Those games are probably louder and bloodier than having a baby -- and they are definitely more lucrative.


    George S. | Tequesta, FL | May 26, 2017

    Re. Today's "Little Nemo" video: I didn't think cameras were allowed in the Senate Chamber.


    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | May 24, 2017

    For some reason I remembered B.D.'s line in today's 1988 Classic strip as "Well, gross," not "Oh, gross." I think the former sounds better yet I honestly have no idea why. Shrug.


    Dave White | Cleveland, OH | May 21, 2017

    I absolutely love how politically incorrect (on several levels) today's strip is! Please keep doing what you've done so well for so many years.


    Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | May 21, 2017

    "Minty" weed for black homosexuals?! Oh dear, Garry: I'm afraid someone will consider that racist, though I think it is a rather wicked joke on the advertising business.

  • Z-Z BUD

    Rick | Dayton, OH | May 21, 2017

    Hey, another option for Z-Z Bud: Zonk could add some nicotine to his weed, and go after the stoner tobacco smokers. Then they would only have to burn and inhale one plant instead of two to get the desired physical effects!


    William Martindale | Lumberton, TX | May 21, 2017

    Thank you so much for today's Warren Zevon video ! I think that all of his fans are keeping him in our hearts.


    Kathleen Standard | Brooklyn, NY | May 20, 2017

    It's been 14 years since I started reading Doonesbury on this website (and not just in books or newspapers). I was working a rather boring job with nothing but internet time, and every so often I'd play the jigsaw puzzles or Mike's Kwik Kwiz, or watch Duke dispense some wisdom (we still joke about how Jerry Orbach would "crack us like an egg"). Now, I go to you frequently to see what uplifting video you've selected. I appreciate the care you take in curating the mass of material out there, because too much is just as overwhelming as none. Today, the video about the Danish island with a carbon-negative footprint has prompted me to reevaluate our solar options for a small cabin we're building. Thank you for helping me think about things that can be changed, notice things that are worth changing, and keep a bit of perspective on things that make my head want to explode.


    Melissa Burkhart | Kirkville, IA | May 19, 2017

    I am a big fan of Doonesbury, and have read the comics in the paper ever since I was little (I am 35 now) I used to read them to my grandparents, and now my kids read them to me. I would like to thank you for making such an iconic comic strip that I have enjoyed forever.

  • RICK

    Alyn Adams | Johannesburg, SA | May 18, 2017

    I love the contrast between today's 40-years-ago and 35-years-ago strips; Rick has a somewhat less blasé attitude when the one doing the "adulting" is him.

    Editor's Note:

     This post refers to our popular Flashbacks page, which features nine on-this-date-in-previous-years strips. Since that content changes every day, here in BLOWBACK I am linking to the cited strips via the complete Doonesbury archive, so the links will be good indefinitely.

  • ZEN

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 17, 2017

    I hear ya, Boopsie. In Zen Buddhism we get a lot of people who find themselves and then lose themselves again. Other churches too, they tell me.


    Julia Kelley | Bonne Terre, MO | May 17, 2017

    When I read this past Sunday's strip I was impressed that someone else feels the same way I do about our Commander In Chief. You hit that on the head. How could anyone understand what he is talking about?


    Patti H. | Rome, NY | May 15, 2017

    Yikes! Zonker and his plants have foreshadowing down to a science in the 35-years-ago-today Flashback strip! Talk about scary.