Blowback

Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • CONCERNED

    T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | October 04, 2015

    In light of Mr Trump's intentional, overblown, exaggerated, celebrity-fueled, cartoon character of late it'd be impossible to go "too far" with him. The fact is any cartoonist/comedian could make an entire career out of Mr Trump's ludicrous behavior/quotes/platforms for at least the next decade or so. Suffice it to say the man is a fool; a very wealthy fool, but a fool nevertheless. Every and any thinking, rational individual (worldwide) with a modicum of common sense, watching the US de-evolve from one of the most educated countries in the world into Entertainment Junkies unable and/or unwilling to separate fact from fiction, is concerned.

  • DESPERATE

    Ray Steinman | Kerrville, TX | October 04, 2015

    Usually your cartoons are kind of funny, but you stepped way over the line with today's strip about Trump. I don't really care for him, but your toon was really low class and filth, and shows how desperate the liberals are, knowing they are going to lose.

  • CUBISM

    D.H.S. | Millerton, NY | October 02, 2015

    Ah, today's Cubism strip is not only a Classic and a masterpiece, but a personal favorite -- and beautifully colored this time around. Kudos.

  • 30 YEARS AGO

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | October 01, 2015

    Yesterday's 30-years-ago Flashback strip starts one of the great moments in the history of Doonesbury. President Reagan is visited by his economic adviser Tinker Bell. What is remarkable is that the Republican Party is still using the same economic adviser after 30 years of objective failure. Later in the week, as I recall, truth will spoken by a schizophrenic street person.

  • THE MUNCHIES

    David Weis | St. Louis, MO | September 28, 2015

    Zonker and his bar mate must have had the munchies in today's Classic strip; the peanuts are spent by panel three.

  • TRUMP

    T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | September 28, 2015

    The genuinely frightening thing about Trump and his recent triumphs in the polls despite himself is that he exemplifies everything this country has become of late. Twitter-based, preferring celebrity over content, mass-media-addled entertainment junkies behaving more like immature lemmings than rational human beings. Proving once again that Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) and Neil Postman (Amusing Ourselves to Death) got it right .

  • HOPE

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | September 27, 2015

    As one who has checked out the other thirteen, I can assure you that it does hurt me to do so. A lot. My only hope is that it hurts the Republican Party much worse, and that they go the way of the Federalists in 1815 and the Whigs in 1856, two previous parties of Big Business divided over whom to hate most.

  • TO BE CONTINUED

    Mark Eightytwo | Las Vegas, NV | September 27, 2015

    "To be continued," indeed. President Trump, anyone?

  • ALSO

    Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | September 24, 2015

    Rev. Scot Sloan and Rick Redfern look like identical twins! Also, one cannot help but note, both are in love with Joanie.

  • THE STRIP

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | September 23, 2015

    What I've always loved about GBT and the strip: If you're acting/speaking like a damn fool, he's gonna getcha! No matter where you are in the political spectrum.

  • TV NEWS

    Mary Beth Frezon | Brainard, NY | September 22, 2015

    I gave you a standing ovation for the portrayal of network news on Sunday. When they started breathlessly showing us Facebook and Twitter stories that had been around for days and weeks I knew that TV news had died.

  • NEWSCAST GIMMICK

    Nermal | San Juan, PR, USA | September 21, 2015

    Despite his visceral mushbucket liberalism, GBT has "forever" been a national treasure for his seemingly inexhaustible capacity to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" with humane humor. Having long been driven batsh*t by the massively obnoxious mainstream-media newscast gimmick that GBT superbly shredded on Sunday, I was on my feet cheering and clapping when I encountered that strip. Yes, yes, YES ! ! !

  • EASIER

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 20, 2015

    It's easier to not commit yourself if you never complete a sentence. Modern "leaders" and newsreaders have a "wonderful" way of interrupting themself mid-sentence, making a self-mocking aside to a different idea that metaphorically explains their inner, deeper thoughts, before returning to the original answer to paraphrase John Lennon's words, "We'd all like to change the world" and/or "We're doing what we can." A completed sentence would get in the way of them letting the audience space out on their wit and think the politician, newsreader, sees the same solution as they do. "Hey, I know what he means but he's not allowed to say it ... As soon as I finish this wine (or joint) I'm going to write my big idea down. It's time has come."

  • BREATHLESS

    Andrea Mina | USA | September 20, 2015

    Today's strip really hit the mark. I can't watch World News Tonight any more because of the breathless, overly dramatized way they present the day's events. Well done.

  • EYE-OPENER

    Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 18, 2015

    The 35-years-ago-today Flashback was an eye-opener -- I had no idea that J.J. had been involved with Zeke before she met Mike. Maybe I should study up on the Timeline!

  • RICK

    O. | Bristol Township, PA | September 17, 2015

    It's interesting that the week of Rick cluelessly blogging about his failure as a husband and father is followed by the time Alice came to see him and he met Elmont. His humanity shines through whenever he's with Alice and her crowd. I guess it's easier with strangers.

  • VACUOUSNESS

    Lee Horwich | Okpo, SOUTH KOREA | September 15, 2015

    I just love the SayWhat? and Mudline reports from those deep thinkers such as Trump and Palin, increasing the depths of human knowledge and understanding, wondering when the carnival is going to end and hoping it does before too much damage is done. In the meantime the entertainment and the sheer vacuousness of their rhetoric (and amazement that the voting/general public has let it go on so long) continues to amaze.

  • B.D. AND TOGGLE

    Bren Finan | Dublin, IRELAND | September 10, 2015

    It's been really fascinating to read the parallel stories in the Flashbacks section from five and ten years ago, with B.D. struggling to cope with his PTSD in the latter, and helping Toggle cope with his own in the former. Doonesbury's always had incisive political commentary, but it's the growth of the characters over decades that really sets it apart.

  • TEACHING

    Deborah | Out West, USA | September 08, 2015

    Thank you for highlighting fact that teaching ability and qualifications mean nothing to school administrators. One comic strip won't change anything, but it certainly was nice to see the issue made front and center for a few moments.

  • THE NORM?

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | September 07, 2015

    It's been a while since I was in college, so I'm not up to date on all sorts of stuff. But is the practice depicted in the Sunday, September 6th strip the norm nowadays? My husband was an attorney, specializing in appellate and civil rights cases; he did pro bono work occasionally, but he certainly didn't expect people to work for him without pay, or at a reduced rate.