Blowback

Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you'd like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

  • A UNIQUE BAD GUY

    Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | May 01, 2011

    Jeff is a unique bad guy. Most bad guys are motivated by simple themes such as money, dogma, selfishness or status, and their reactions are predictable. Jeff's bitter view of Zipper, despite just having risked his best friend's life in his own thoroughly incompetently planned escapade, is disgusting in it's callousness. A new type of villian is born.

  • PRINCE HARRY

    Bernard | Washington, D.C. | April 29, 2011

    Come back in about ten years, Samantha. When Prince Harry gets tired of airhead social climbers like Ms. Flaunter, he'll be ready for a good-hearted, grounded, intelligent girl like you.

  • COMING UP

    Ben Ezzell | Austin, TX | April 29, 2011

    Coming up tomorrow on the Flashbacks page, the Sunday, April 30th strip from 2006. It's going straight to my therapist. At least it helps to laugh.

  • THE DONALD

    Bill Galey | Huntsville-Rocket City, AL | April 28, 2011

    The Donald said today, “I’m very proud of myself. . . . I feel I’ve accomplished something really, really important.” How unbelievably in sync with last week's strips!

  • ZONKER AND ZIPPER

    Steve H. | Saint Louis, MO | April 28, 2011

    Re WHAT I HAVE FEARED: hair color aside, Zonker and Zipper can be told apart. They have different eyes! They should look similar; they're related.

  • INEVITABLE!

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | April 28, 2011

    Inevitable! But Zonker, veteran of so many flops and disillusionments, is right there with a crumb of redemption.

  • ROUGH

    Glenn | Nordland, WA | April 28, 2011

    I missed the "5 years ago" story arc that's now running on Flashbacks the first time around. Man, B.D.'s got it rough...

  • BRILLIANT

    Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 28, 2011

    Love Sam's outfit, especially the hat. Brilliant, as the Brits would say.

  • ANGELS

    Karen K. | Asheville, NC | April 27, 2011

    Sam turns abruptly, she bumps "smak" into Prince Harry, he smiles -- angels sing. Cue music.

  • WHAT'S NEXT FOR SAM

    Andrew Page | Acton, MA | April 27, 2011

    I have a sinking feeling I know what's next for Sam...

  • TO SAM

    Bob Faser | Victoria, AUSTRALIA | April 27, 2011

    To Sam at Westminster Abbey: As gazillions of Doonesbury readers have said to Joanie, Lacey, Honey, Alex, Melissa, and your mother, so now we say to you: "You go, girl!"

  • HIS ENGLISH TITLE

    Keith | Lowell, IN | April 26, 2011

    Perhaps simply being a "Lord" in England doesn't guarantee you a place at the Royal Wedding. Or maybe Zonk got ripped off when he bought his English title way back when.

  • WHAT I HAVE FEARED

    Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | April 26, 2011

    The past two strips have confirmed what I have feared. The only way left to tell Zonker and Zipper apart is by hair color.

  • SURFING IN BRITAIN

    Kathleen DeWitt | Calgary, CANADA | April 26, 2011

    Re: ISN'T OVER YET. Whilst I agree with the sentiment that Zonker must get in, this poster could not be more wrong about surfing in Britain. Think Cornwall.

  • ISN'T OVER YET

    Steve | Wadsworth, OH | April 26, 2011

    This isn't over yet. Zonker must get in! He's too important. The British as yet know nothing of surfing.

  • OLD FRIENDS

    Brian | North Saanich, CANADA | April 25, 2011

    I have enjoyed the Doonesbury strips since they were first published. At the end of a full life, the strip is my first read in the morning, followed by the obituary column. In both situations, I feel that I am looking for old friends. They are never read in the reverse order -- I might see my name and miss the cartoon.

  • DON'T

    Karen K. | Asheville, NC | April 25, 2011

    Please don't break Sam's heart -- I beg you!

  • THE DONALD

    Deena | Sarasota, FL | April 25, 2011

    When I was a child the Donald was drawn by an excellent cartoonist, had a funny tuft of hair and spoke like a quack. Some things never change.

  • HIGHLIGHTING

    F.F.B. | Sunnyvale, CA | April 25, 2011

    Thanks for Sunday's strip highlighting how our government and media are giving the Bahraini government a pass on the horrific human rights abuses they are engaged in -- the worst we have seen so far, apart from Libya. I marvel at how you can do so much in such little space, while making us laugh. May your strip help educate the public and put increased pressure on our government and media to do right by these peaceful people demanding legitimate rights. Thanks!

  • OVER HERE

    Edana | SOUTH KOREA | April 25, 2011

    You make life here a little brighter. Please take it as my utmost compliment that you, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Hillary and Obama keep me going over here.