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MISCHIEF?
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 01, 2015

As Jeff met with publishing success, his hair crept down the back of his neck towards an adult look. Now it's been shaved again. Up for regressive mischief?

HEART
Robin Waterfield | GREECE | February 28, 2015

Today's strip just reminds me how much heart Garry always has, as well as head-oriented humor.

THE ROMANCE
Molly Larson Cook | U.S. of A. | February 28, 2015

Renewing acquaintance with Dick and Lacey is so great. When I read this series the first time, I was so much younger. Now, I'm - uhm - in the peer group, and love how GT captured the romance that still burns with age. As for an earlier BLOWBACK comment about "girls," most of my female friends and I refer to ourselves as "girlfriends." Even the ones who are ardent feminists. And we'd sure rather be called "old girls" which has a more affectionate sound than "old women," which is completely other. Thanks for Dick and Lacey; she's a great old girl!

BIRDING
John Sharp | Arlington, MA | February 28, 2015

I always enjoy Doonesbury, even though I don't follow the detailed story line enough to recall everything about the interesting characters and their relationships. I really enjoy the points you make about all kinds of issues. For example, I was very impressed a year or three ago when you made many salient points about disabled veterans, in several ways and over a long time period.

I am not sure where you are going with the latest foray, this time into birding, but so far you seem to be pretty much trashing those who do appreciate birds, in the most trite and overworked way. As a birding enthusiast and Doonesbury fan, I hope this will lead somehow to something more deserving of your really great reputation for bringing important issues to the attention of your readers.

I read an interview some years ago in which you stated that your father's advice was that life is not meant to be enjoyed, and that you just have to find a way to get through it. You have done so much more, and I am confident that you will continue in that direction.

STUPID
Wolfgang | Rellingen (Hamburg), GERMANY | February 28, 2015

Re MUDLINE: I have asked myself for years whether it is legal to be so stupid in public. How did these people get elected, and what does it say about the people voting for them? George Carlin had an answer to that: "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

DICK AND LACEY
Shelley | Meota, CANADA | February 28, 2015

Dick and Lacey. What a wonderful romance of the ages. I always enjoyed seeing them and I've always hoped for what they had. I do miss them terribly, and am so glad to see them again.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | February 27, 2015

Re GIRLS: When females refer to themselves as "girls," they are not setting a universal standard. Oddly enough, this is clearly understood when men refer to themselves as "boys."

LIFE
Len Simpson | Abbeville, AL | February 27, 2015

Mr. Trudeau has devoted his career to showing us that life is one big foible.

MUDLINE
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | February 26, 2015

I'm always fascinated by the "Mudline" and the "SayWhat?" quotes. In the two countries that I've lived in, Australia and Germany, any of these quotes would be enough to kill a politician's career. These sort of quotes would be a once in a year occurrence, not a daily one.

FORESHADOWING
Terry Moore | Victoria, CANADA | February 25, 2015

Talk about dramatic foreshadowing. Don't do it, Dick!

EXTINCT
Alex | Washington, D.C. | February 23, 2015

In today's strip reference is made to Bachman's warbler. I hope Dick got to see it. It's considered to be extinct now.

I REMEMBER
Barb | Bend, OR | February 23, 2015

Oh dear. I remember this story arc from the first time it ran, and then I reread it in a collection, and here I am getting the tissues again to wipe away my tears for what I know will be happening -- the sweetest, most wonderful, most natural, and yet saddest moment in the strip up until then.

FEMALES
Ron Malecki | Surf City, | February 23, 2015

I expect men will stop referring to females as girls whenever females stop referring to "a night out with the girls."

GIRLS
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | February 23, 2015

I find it so wearying that Americans especially persist in referring to all human females as "girls." I'm especially disappointed to see it in Doonesbury, even though Mike is a dork; how old does a female have to be to be considered a woman?

ATTRACTIVENESS
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | February 23, 2015

I can definitely see how Mike's attractiveness to Kim can be seen as being related to his being "the star of one of the best comic strips of all time." This, however, does not explain Charlie Brown's lack of success in his long-term courtship of the little red-haired girl. Neither does it explain Snoopy's life-long celibacy (though there may be surgical reasons for this).

META
T.V. Gord | Ottawa, CANADA | February 22, 2015

Re today's strip: Clearly she married him because he's the star of one of the best comic strips ever. It's meta.

FLASHBACKS
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | February 21, 2015

I'm just back from a week in hospital, during which I had no computer access. I had been a little foggy in the head when I went in, so didn't ask anybody to send me the Flashback strips. A clear result: I am now committed to living at least another five years, so as to pick them up the next time around! Good to be back.

Editor's Note:

And good to have you back on Blowback. Hope your recovery is complete and swift!

SANDWICH
Tim Phelps | Vancouver, CANADA | February 21, 2015

Coffee cup, sure. But did you notice the magical disappearing sandwich?

SPOTTED IT
Jan | Milwaukee, WI | February 21, 2015

Aha! Spotted it! The magical disappearing coffee cup!

MACARTHUR
Mark Jenkins | Springfield, IL | February 20, 2015

While recently watching American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur on YouTube, a photograph of MacArthur (posing, as usual) struck me as bearing a striking resemblance to Uncle Duke. I believe the ambassador may in fact be the general's illegitimate offspring, a fact subtly memorialized through the naming of Duke's aide in Pago-Pago. You can see the MacArthur photo at 52:57 of this video. and Duke's portrait here.