Blowback

Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you'd like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

  • OOPS

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | January 22, 2019

    J.J.'s adventures as a cabbie are making me laugh. To friends and family I am notorious for getting lost. Some years back, my niece got married in Brooklyn. Thank goodness, the invitation included a map. So my husband told me to take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and all would be well.

    On the way home, I called and he said, "How lost did you get?"

    "Let's say I explored all four compass points pretty thoroughly."

    "Mel, cops get lost in Brooklyn."

    "At one-thirty in the morning, that is not comforting. No one told me to bear right on the BQE as I left the Battery Tunnel. I ended up on the TriBoro Bridge."

    It was almost worth getting lost to hear my born-and-raised-in-New-York husband say, "Oops."

     

  • KEEP IT UP

    Ann Green | Fort Collins, CO | January 21, 2019

    I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoy Doonesbury and have since the first. Keep it up!

  • OH HAPPY DAY

    Liza Webster | Denver, CO | January 17, 2019

    Oh happy day. All eight strips are on the Flashbacks page! Such a small thing, but it always makes for a good start to my day when they are all there! I wish it happened every day.

    Editor's Note:

    Glad you enjoy this time-travel feature. There have been a few additional glitches as a result of our site re-launch, but when one of the windows on the Flashbacks page ("Today's strip -- 5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45 years ago") does not display a comic it is usually due to one of the sabbaticals GBT has taken over the years. (The first was from January 1983 through September 1984.) Also, although the daily strip launched on October 26, 1970, Sundays did not begin until March 21, 1971.

  • THE DICKIE

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | January 13, 2019

    This is outrageous!! It's obvious that Berserkistan is a far more important and far more troublesome and hard-to-work-with country than Turkey or Ukraine. And we know Duke's work in lobbying for Berserkistan would have required far more underhanded business and double-crossing military deals, so the fact that Duke is the only one of the three nominees not currently caught up in serious charges is remarkable and clearly proves he deserves the highest honor, The Dickie.

  • A CANADIAN'S TAKE

    Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | January 12, 2019

    I've never heard the song by "the Travis boy," but I'm familiar with a Canadian's take on the subject. "We got a thousand points of light for the homeless man. We've got a kinder, gentler machine-gun hand." Neil Young's Keep on Rockin' in the Free World.

    Editor's Note:

    President Bush was referring to Randy Travis's "Point of Light." You can see a live performance, with a glimpse of 41 singing along, here.

     

  • TODAY'S VIDEO

    Bill Burton | Salem, VA | January 10, 2019

    My blowback is simply this: I think you should get rid of the Blowback section and bring back Today's Video (or This Week's Video, if time constraints won't allow a video every day). Our society is overrun with comment sections and social media posts. Why? All they do is provide more platforms for toxicity. In a more perfect society, perhaps comment sections would elevate to the level of discourse originally envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee. Unfortunately, we are not that society.

    The video section was awesome; it opened up the world! I would bet good money that folks frequently saw things in those videos that they had never seen or heard before. I know I did. I cannot say the same for Blowback.

  • RED LINES

    E.J. Owens | Calgary, CANADA | January 10, 2019

    Roland. Get real, man. You know red lines seldom work even if they are thin. Ya got to follow up on Nancy Pelosi's observation -- the beaded curtain idea. A beaded curtain can be very effective, especially if a huge Punjab-type character stands in front of it. A lot of people are saying.

  • RESPONSES

    Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | January 07, 2019

    Garry must've really hit a nerve with Sunday's strip, judging by the responses. Keep up the Good Work!

    p.s. I got a new iPad and can see the Mudline again. Whoo hoo!

  • CHARACTER

    Steven Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | January 06, 2019

    What the strip gets wrong is the assumption that Americans care about the character of their president. Not so. Americans care about low gas prices and low unemployment. It wouldn't surprise me if Trump gets a second term.

  • OTHER DISTURBING ASPECTS

    Julia Archer | Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA | January 06, 2019

    It is impossible to satirize Trump, and this is historically a satirical strip. To focus on his faults is like spearfishing in a barrel. My reaction is, "Yeah, so? I can read that in the news pages." There are other disturbing aspects of society which are less scrutinized, and deserve your attention.

  • TRUMP

    Michael McCroskey | Sugar Land, TX | January 06, 2019

    Sorry, but your strip today about not being Fake News was Fake News. By conveniently omitting that Trump only sleeps about four hours a day and does not consume alcohol or drugs, you obscure the fact that he has four to six more waking hours a day than the average person. He can tan or play golf and still work 12 to 15 hours a day. His many accomplishments in his first two years are a testament to this fact. We have lower unemployment, better trade deals, and a stronger world presence than during the eight years we endured under his predecessor, who did his best to destroy our company.

    If Donald Trump did not have to constantly fight a biased media, a Democrat-funded federal hypocritical conspiracy investigation, and senatorial opposition, just imagine what he might have accomplished. I do not understand why a man who supports the traditional American values and our federal Constitution is constantly vilified by people who think they know better. Socialism? Which has failed at every attempt. Fundamentally change a country from what has made it the greatest in the history of the world? What is the benefit to leftist and liberals in destroying the goose which laid the golden egg? I don’t think the enlightened, intellectual elite are all that smart. 

  • BIBLE

    Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OHIO | January 04, 2019

    Hey Roland: Many people swear by the very Bible which instructs us not to swear. "Swear not at all." (Matthew 5:34)

  • SUCH A JERK

    Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | December 30, 2018

    Re: Boopsie and B.D.  Huh. I've always thought B.D. is such a jerk. I could never understand why Boopsie stayed with him.

  • E. Spirit | Kahalu'u, HAWAI'I | December 29, 2018

    The December 28 and 29 cartoons show a rising moon. This suggests that Boopsie's waterfront residence is on the East Coast. The vegetation is subtropical, so I'd guess Carolina, Georgia, or Florida.* And B.D. is kinda acting like a 'Good Ol' Boy.'

     

    Editor's Note:

    Variant conditions and behaviors pertain in the vast and mysterious cartoon universe. Boopsie and B.D. live in Malibu.

  • BOOPSIE AND B.D.

    Jennifer R. | Pittsburgh, PA | December 24, 2018

    I came to Doonesbury about 15 years ago during the Iraq War. I always thought Boopsie was such a ditz, and I never understood why B.D. stayed with her. But going back to 1991 and seeing what an absolute jerk B.D. was to Boopsie really p****s me off! Gives me a much different perspective on both characters.

  • MY MUSLIM STUDENTS

    Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | December 23, 2018

    I taught at a branch campus of a Canadian university in Qatar for four years. An officially Wahabi Muslim country, with muezzins five times a day (women could and did drive since the country’s inception, BTW, and were expected to dress without showing shoulders or knees, BTW). My mostly Moslem students, Muslim colleagues, and Muslim people I met regularly wished Merry Christmas to us obvious expats of European ancestry. (And we wished them Eid Mubarak at appropriate times of the year). Our (mostly Muslim) students created a spooky Hallowe’en display. Christmas decorations and fake Christmas trees were widely available in major grocery stores and many stores had Christmas-themed window displays. None of this was a problem to any of us. No one resented or was offended by anyone else. My Muslim students, BTW, prayed five times a day.

  • MARK VERSUS HIS DAD

    John Muller | New York, NY | December 23, 2018

    "Ooh, SO close!" Fifty years ago, this was Megaphone Mark versus his dad. Glad to see that some things never change.

  • CONGRESSWOMAN WHEELER

    Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | December 18, 2018

    "Congresswoman Wheeler" -- how sweet it is!

  • FORMIDABLE DUO

    Alnoor Ladha | Richmond, CANADA | December 16, 2018

    "Congresswoman-elect Wheeler." I have been waiting to read these words since the day Mel announced she was running for Congress! Melissa Wheeler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will make a formidable duo come January 2019.

  • BLUE WAVE

    Matt Russell | New York, NY | December 16, 2018

    I have been waiting for a month to see if Melissa caught the Blue Wave. Outstanding, soldier!