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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • ASIMOV

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 05, 2018

    The recent Classics series about Andy reminds me of my friend and nextdoor neighbor Stu, who died of AIDS in 1993. When Isaac Asimov died in 1992, Stu made note of the fact that he had outlived that famous scientist/writer. It wasn't until Janet Asimov edited and re-published his memoirs in 2002 that we knew that Asimov was also an AIDS sufferer.

  • THE BEST

    Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 05, 2018

    I think the panel where Andy dies is the best in all of the many years I've enjoyed the strip. Andy's thinned-out hair, and his frail-looking shoulders in his pyjamas is a devastatingly sad image. The view out over the Bay, and the feeling of the fresh air coming into his room (and Joanie's visiting him) at least makes the viewer think he was as comfortable as he could be. The panel hits me as hard now as it did when I saw it when it was first published.

  • DESTROYED ME

    Patrick Michael | Chicago, IL | April 05, 2018

    I remember the original posting of today’s strip like yesterday. It destroyed me then and again this morning. Simply stellar.

  • JOANIE AND ANDY

    David Lutes | Norfolk, MA | April 05, 2018

    Thank you for running today’s strip. When it originally ran, I remember it being the first time I ever teared up at a comic strip. Joanie and Andy’s relationship was so well developed over the years that I was emotionally invested in both characters.

  • MARK

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | April 02, 2018

    Poor Mark. Another existential crisis, as he had many years ago at the end of the first Sixties Revival Party. (Also known as Reverend Sloan's publication party.)

  • GENERATION ALPHA

    Suzy | Henderson, NV | April 01, 2018

    Don't overthink it, Mark. Just be happy there is finally a generation willing to speak up and show up and think about something beyond self-gratification. Go Generation Alpha, and all the best to you!

  • POIGNANT

    BigGuy | Forest Hills, NY | April 01, 2018

    Today's strip, with Mark imagining himself 40 years ago as he interviews Ben on the radio, is poignant. Thank you.

  • HOPES AND DREAMS

    Rich Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | April 01, 2018

    Looks like Mark may have developed PTSD. As someone with significant levels of post combat stress I know that anyone who has been through any form of emotional trauma can be so affected. As far as the human brain is concerned, seeing your hopes and dreams for a better world crushed is the same as losing a friend in a firefight. The experiences are different but the mechanism is the same. People respond to PTSD in different ways. Some withdraw from society, and others, like Mark, withdraw in other ways. Once a decision is made people like to feel vindicated, so look for "proof" that they did the right thing; hence Mark's smugness that he has "learned" and "grown," when he has done the very opposite. So where did Mark go? Like almost everyone, he went through the demolition derby of life, picked up some knocks, and was forced to quit for the sake of his sanity.

  • MELISSA

    shellEy | Billerica, MA | March 29, 2018

    For those who want to vote for Melissa, there are lots of women veterans running for Congress -- MJ Hegar in Texas, for one!

  • MELISSA

    Julia Byrne | Silver Spring, MD | March 26, 2018

    I'm so excited to see Melissa running for office! She's long been one of my favorite characters. Her storyline about command rape was one of the first I saw really address the problem head-on. She will be an amazing representative. I wish I could vote for her.

  • THE RIDE

    Mike | Bayonne, NJ | March 21, 2018

    Doonesbury came a long way over the years and brought us along for the ride. I remember when Andy informed a disappointed Joanie that he was gay and she asked, "Are they sure?"

  • ROLAND'S TWEETS

    Linda Weinberg | Anmore, CANADA | March 19, 2018

    "And yet, there's no collusion." Roland's tweets are almost as good as having the daily strip back. Thank you, GBT, for staying the course and keeping us alive to the humour in the insanity always around us.

  • GREAT TRIP

    Jo-Ann Neuhaus | Washington, D.C. | March 18, 2018

    I just want to thank you for the Timeline ("An Illustrated Chronology of Impact"). I am recuperating from foot surgery, which gave me a bit of time to relax and read. What a great trip down memory lane. Let's hope we can keep democracy alive.

  • POOR PANAMANIANS

    Steve Travers | Moorhead, MN | March 17, 2018

    Poor Panamanians suffered the most from the invasion. I'm glad to see their perspective was covered.

  • UNCLE DUKE

    Gaylon Kent | Hayden, CO | March 14, 2018

    Uncle Duke's "Yeah, but I don't" line still makes me laugh.

  • NINA

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | March 12, 2018

    I love the shoutout to Al Hirschfeld in Sunday's strip! In panel three, on the left side, there's a partial view of a podium with a seal with writing around its outside, and if you zoom in you can see that it says "NINA."

  • BUSBOY

    Rick Vogel | Port Charlotte, FL | March 11, 2018

    "Train a good busboy..." Ouch! Best Sunday Doonesbury yet.

  • TROLLING

    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | March 11, 2018

    "He's 40 years old and he spends his entire day trolling." Nice work if you can get it.

  • IRAQ

    Joshua Rey | London, UK | March 10, 2018

    I can't help thinking that yesterday's fifteen-years-ago Flashback strip was just slightly irresponsible. The ground invasion of Iraq started 11 days later, if memory serves, and I've always wondered whether GWB wasn't shamed into it by GBT.

  • MEL

    Jack | Perth, AUSTRALIA | March 08, 2018

    How perfect were the details in Sunday's strip. Mel, after all she has been through with the military, still wears ARMY on her sweater. Harassed, hurt and damaged -- but unable to let go...