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TRUE NARCISSIST
Thomas Ehrenberg | Brattleboro, VT | August 29, 2017

Full blown narcissistic personality disorder and sociopathy (in its various presentations) frequently overlap, with the grandiosity thrown in as well. Because the true narcissist experiences himself as superior, he is thus convinced that society's rules -- and laws -- don't apply to him. He imagines himself as above the law. The lack of concern for others and absence of any empathy are also characteristic, since the narcissist is entirely self referential (though often clever at figuring others out, and frequently charismatic as well). Narcissism is a different phenomenon from autism, having only the superficial similarity of non-relatedness. Paradoxically, the need for approval and admiration is constant and profound, as they substitute for genuine relationship.

ZEITGEIST
Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | August 28, 2017

Your Sunday strip elicited more free psycho diagnostics than I could ever have dreamed to obtain anywhere in the world. America, you elected this guy. He's a reflection of your own current zeitgeist (strange I should be using another German word after what those Nazi flamers did last week...). What's wrong with you?!?

LANGUAGE
Susan Dawkins LCSW | Castro Valley, CA | August 28, 2017

Mental Health Professionals use different language to define the same condition. It just depends on their training, whether they have a pscyhodynamic or behavioral orientation, etc. But we all know what an elephant is when we see it.

UNDERLYING PATHOLOGY
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | August 27, 2017

Note the similarities between the behavior of recently convicted pharmaceutical executive, Martin Shkreli, and that of our president. Most of the suggestions in today's strip work at a descriptive level, but I suspect a more fundamental underlying pathology. My suggestion is the autism spectrum. Shkreli's lawyer pointed to his client’s incompetent social behavior, possibly in an effort to secure a lighter sentence. So far, none of Trump’s defenders have arrived at that point, but Trump has not been convicted yet. I live in hope.

HEY, SHRINKS
Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | August 27, 2017

Hey, shrinks, there's no need to disagree: Just check "All of the Above." But you left out Borderline Personality Disorder and the desperate need for approval.

WHAT?
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | August 27, 2017

What? No "All of the Above" regarding the Trump diagnosis?

PRICELESS
Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | August 24, 2017

"Renegotiate." Priceless. Today's Classic strip could have been written yesterday.

MOMENT OF MERLE
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | August 24, 2017

Thanks for the moment of Merle -- it made a great start to the day.

DUKE
Yeti | Hermatite Basin, CO | August 24, 2017

Uncle Duke is the first psychopath who ever made me laugh.

AUSTIN AT TRUMPFACTS®
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | August 22, 2017

I see I'm not the only one noticing that even the indomitable Austin at TRUMPFacts® is starting to get fed up. GBT did a great job at conveying that, in order to protect Austin, the conversations should be recorded "for quality assurance purposes."

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Peter | Hollison, MA | August 21, 2017

Re Sunday's strip. Either GBT is clairvoyant, or he's waiting until the very last minute to turn in his homework. I prefer to believe the latter. The hated Yankees did beat the Sox on Saturday night ...and there was some sort of protest on the Common.

TODAY'S STRIP
Victor Field | London, UK | August 20, 2017

Austin over at TrumpFacts is looking a lot less cheerful than usual in today's strip.

HOW?
Harm Prins | Huizen, NETHERLANDS | August 20, 2017

Again, great timing. How do you do it?

HOOLIGAN
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | August 16, 2017

So now, in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Honey is a "hooligan." I'd say this is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black" (as if Honey ordered the tanks and the shootings).

CHECKING IN
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 14, 2017

Re: "Checking in?" Yes, sir, and don't you want to schedule a conference room for your people's meeting to collude with the President's family and staff?

REFERENCE
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | August 10, 2017

I confess, the Exxon Valdez reference went over my head too. But Exxon Valdez, Torrey Canyon, and Amoco Cadiz are my go-to pub quiz answers.

OVER MY HEAD
Mike | NEW JERSEY | August 08, 2017

Monday's strip went over my head. Today I recognized the reference to the Exxon Valdez and Captain Hazelwood. You have to be a certain age to remember that.

SAD
Tuatha | Donegal, IRELAND | August 07, 2017

The scariest aspect of the Retro Rerun daily cartoons that have been running the last few years is how relevant they are to yesterday, today and tomorrow. Apart from the occasional name, the SNAFUs and quotidian idiocies are the same. SAD...for the the future, if any.

PREDICTED
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 06, 2017

Nailed it! Bill Kristol predicted Elmo and Alice's "pre-existing addiction" (and that of the rest of the 22 million people Mark refers to) way back in 1993 when it was about Hillarycare. That makes two things that I know of where Kristol has been right, even if for the wrong reasons. The other is Never-Trumpism.

BLOOD PRESSURE
Bruce | Saginaw, MI | August 05, 2017

After Election Night and the Inauguration, I told myself I would sit back and be entertained by the Trump presidency, without raising my blood pressure since he was duly elected. The perspective of GBT's Sunday strips, well-timed Classics, "Say What?" quotes, and Roland's tweets have helped. However, after only six months -- I'm not sure the country or I can survive four years of it.