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DRYER LINT
Nina Jamison | Springfield, VT | February 24, 2018

Yesterday's strip suggesting dryer lint as nesting material for birds made me laugh out loud! But I looked it up and it turns out it is not a good idea. I love your cartoons, which help with the keeping-sane thing in the time of Trump.

GOVERNMENT
Drew Irwin | Toronto, CANADA | February 24, 2018

Yesterday's Say What? quote -- Trump on the NRA: "They love our country and will do the right thing." -- confirms my longtime contention that contrary to popular belief there are actually four branches to the U.S. government: the Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the NRA.

THE ENVIRONMENT
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 24, 2018

With his usual critical ability for grasping a central irony, GBT was, lo those many years ago, able to enumerate the many ways we abuse the environment while rendering, at the same time, the practical impossibility of thorough consideration or each and every point.

YUPPIE ARROGANCE
Nikki Longaker | Binghamton, NY | February 23, 2018

Alas, Mike unwittingly represented, back then in 1990, a kind of yuppie arrogance in his dismissive view of Zonker's prescient environmental concerns.

ROLAND'S TWITTER ACCOUNT
Alix | Pawtucket, RI | February 22, 2018

It's not sucking up if it's true: if GBT doesn't get a Pulitzer for Roland's Twitter account, there is no justice. I've had milk come out of my nose more than once.

INSTINCTS
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | February 19, 2018

Re the Doonesbury Flashbacks page and the 30-years-ago-today strip: Al Gore truly was and is a prince of a man. But he lacked the instincts of Bush and Clinton. Where W. could live in Kennebunkport and always sound like a good ol' boy, Gore was intelligent and capable enough to use several accents, but lacked the instinct to realize you have to be consistent. And being "just one of y'all" simply wasn't him, so he couldnt use the W. strategy. And he still won the popular vote and quite probably the presidential election. Even Adlai Stevenson was advised to make a few grammatical errors to broaden his appeal. (Yes, you've conveyed the above in four terse panels.)

HEY ROLAND
Tom | Centennial, CO | February 19, 2018

Hey Roland, no texting while driving!

SECRET MESSAGE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 18, 2018

If I were smarter, would I understand the secret message in those elevator buttons?

CENSUS
Richard Schumacher | The Benighted States of American | February 18, 2018

The Republican 2020 Census will save a lot of money by skipping the difficult people: the homeless, the undocumented, the Democrats...

OLDER
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 15, 2018

The way I read Sunday's strip, Zipper is Zonker, except the latter has gotten older. Wanting to be a video star isn't that different from wanting to be a British lord. The point being that when you are young you can try something, and if it doesn't work, you try something else. The point of growing older is that you develop a realistic understanding of your strengths and weaknessses, and can settle into a supportable career. I really feel sorry for today's kids, who live in a world with competitive admission to kindergarten, a world in which you aren't allowed to make any mistakes.

RESPONSIBLE
Anne | China, ME | February 13, 2018

You go, Zonker, now that you are all grown up and being the responsible one. But, question, is it okay to ask someone who has been using your product to now get in a vehicle and drive? Maybe it was his first joint, first puff and a big not-to-worry. But it gave me pause.

MEDALS
Ed Gosnell | Columbus, OH | February 12, 2018

Re Roland Hedley's 2/11 tweet about POTUS and North Korean medals: Given Trump's reference to the New York nightlife of the 1970s as being his Vietnam because of the threat of STDs, perhaps POTUS does deserve to have medals on his pants. Not a purple heart, but perhaps a purple penis?

NO MATCH
Yeti | Animas Forks, CO | February 12, 2018

Zipper is no match for the sweet, kind and innocent young Zonk who sat in Walden Puddle and talked with his plants. Zonker has grown up now, has become responsible while retaining his selfless charm. Zipper, sadly, is a narcissist who, like our prez, will probably never grow up.

CANNABIS
Nick Wright | Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA | February 11, 2018

What a brilliant metaphor today's strip is for the legal commercialization of cannabis! Focused, realistic, ambitious Zonker is packing his product for shipment (and profit) while his spaced-out, delusional, aimless partner sits around smoking the same product.

REALLY?
Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | February 11, 2018

What the hell has happened to Zonker? Here is a man who drifted through life until society allowed him to find his true calling. He is a rebuttal in human form to every jackass who calls poor people "lazy" when it is society's own ignorant BS that puts barriers in front of people's lives by denying them the right to a higher education and a living wage. So now Zipper seeks his way to success and fulfillment and Zonker starts preaching about work ethic. Really? Surely Zonker knows better than most people that we all have it within us to be focussed and ''hard working" if we are given the tools and a clear path by society to do the thing we were born to do.

WELCOME
Nancy Netting | Oyama, CANADA | February 09, 2018

Re Alex's recent reappearance: Garry, how your fans are missing your daily strips! We will welcome them back: any time, on every topic, with every character (old and new).

DEADLY SINS
Daz | Perth, AUSTRALIA | February 07, 2018

Your Sunday strip back on February 21st, 2016 had Rev. Sloan, B.D., and Boopsie giving DJT one out of seven for avoiding deadly sins. After a year of his low-energy performance, I think we can now mark that as zero. I can't think of a lazier person who achieved high office.

THE RETURN OF ALEX
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | February 05, 2018

The return of Alex (plus one) reminds us that GBT has pulled off a rarity as a widely-circulated syndicated cartoonist with a Sunday-only obligation. It also reminds us that, along with readers, the side-characters aren't "getting the memo" either and are even more bit players than they were pre-sabbatical-or-whatever-this-is. Alas, finally it reminds us that Doonesbury has become a weekly Trump newsletter of sorts -- of the bad-publicity variety.

IMAGINE
Roy Smith | US of A | February 05, 2018

The Flashback page's 40-years-ago-today strip makes me wonder whatever happened to Ellie and Howie. I like to imagine that they ended up getting married, but they’re currently undergoing some marital strife since he started wearing a MAGA hat and she a pussy hat.

LOVELY
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | February 04, 2018

Very sweet comic today. Quite lovely. More like this, please!