Blowback

Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • RESPONSIBLE COMIC STRIPS

    Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | May 24, 2020

    In today´s Sunday strip, thank you for being real: Roland´s long nose does need such a protruding face mask. Responsible comic strips represent our new reality. 

  • CHESTERFIELD

    Karen | Layton, UT | May 21, 2020

    In today's Classic strip I see that Mr. Butts is 101 millimeters tall. It reminded me of an ancient TV ad for a cigarette that was one mm longer than the others. (Jingle: "A silly millimeter longer, one-oh-one.") 

  • BACK-UP

    Terence McGee | Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES | May 17, 2020

    I see that our friendly dictator from Central Asia -- the one that Ambassador Duke was managing -- is in the White House today. Lucky he was there to give some back-up. 

  • TRFF

    Angie B. | Toronto, CANADA | May 17, 2020

    It's the return of Trff Bmzklfrpz, onetime President-for-Life of Berzerkistan! I wondered what he'd gotten up to after Duke presumably turfed him. Of course he's a natural fit for the current (wannabe) President-for-Life of the USA. If Duke himself didn't arrange the intro, it seems quite likely that Stone and Manafort could have, given the client list of their former lobbying firm.

  • DAY AFTER DAY

    Martin Fass | Rochester, NY | May 17, 2020

    What a completely marvelous comic strip this morning! Loads of thanks, appreciation and best thoughts and wishes to you! You help us to survive...day after day.

  • AHEAD OF THE CURVE

    Geoff | Edmonton, CANADA | May 08, 2020

    Wow! Roland Hedley, 10 years ago today, birthed the first use of "alternative reality" which naturally progressed to "alternative facts." Was Fox News way ahead of the curve on this? If so, then Roland is a visionary. 

  • KIM

    Frank Light | Cincinnati, OH | May 06, 2020

    It's great to see Kim as a baby in the 45-years-ago-today strip. That would make her about 46. I remember when those strips first ran in the Cincinnati Post (R.I.P.).

  • KNOWING EYES

    Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | May 06, 2020

    Re the May 5, 1980 strip: When Ambassador Bush visits his old prep school, all the students have the most heavy-lidded, cynical, knowing eyes I've ever seen. In their late teens! I guess they're so privileged, intelligent and knowing, they don't need innocent guileless belief in illusions. Mike had to mortgage his soul for an advertising job before his lids came down.  

  • STAY SAFE, EVERYBODY!

    Patti H. | Rome, NH | April 26, 2020

    And here we are. I don't know if I feel better or worse that the strip is now caught up with what's passing for reality. Stay safe, everybody!

  • DIFFERENT TAKE

    K.L. | Alberta, CANADA | April 19, 2020

    A different take on Sunday's strip: ageism and sexism are political topics.

  • EITHER / OR

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 19, 2020

    I was going to complain about wasting a Sunday cartoon on an apolitical topic, until I realized that B.D. and Boopsie sitting outdoors is either aspirational or meant to depress us.

    Editor's Note:

    Or may have to do with the fact that Sunday strips must be turned in six weeks before they appear!

  • CLASSIC

    Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | April 12, 2020

    The face stuffed with a cheeseburger is a classic.

  • DOONESBURY'S 50TH

    Alix | Providence, RI | April 12, 2020

    I hope that, for Doonesbury's 50th, we can at least buy some awesome Z+Z Bud tees or something -- haven't had any merch since I bought Mr. Butts swizzle sticks so many years ago. In the meantime, GBT continues to do the Lord's work with every last Trump strip. Carry on, good sir!

  • MARK

    Mark DAlfonso | Meadville, PA | April 05, 2020

    If only the rest of the media had handled Trump as Mark did in today's five-years-ago FLashback.

  • FLASHBACK STRIP

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | April 05, 2020

    Regarding today's five-years-ago Flashback strip, can I be the first to say: If only it was that easy to shut up he-that-shall-not-be-named right now!

  • QUOTE

    Don | Spring Mills, PA | April 03, 2020

    The line in today's Classic strip -- "I'd settle for a Porsche" -- fits in very well with the Say What? quote from Jared.

  • WHEW!

    Pat Grauer | Dewitt, MI | March 26, 2020

    Whew! I've been a fan since the earliest days (nearly a half-century), and Roland's "Source: As POTUS plans to reopen America for business" tweet was the first time I've had to say "ouch."

  • GREAT JOB

    Jerry | Calgary, CANADA | March 22, 2020

    Great job this morning, Leo. When did you get so fast on your feet? But what are you going to do with that Peleton you bought Alex for Mother's Day?

  • OTHER DECADES

    Shan | Durango, CO | March 16, 2020

    Why do you guys keep publishing only strips from the 1990s? You literally have three other decades to choose from. Enough with that era, please.

     

    Editor's Note:


    Four other decades, actually! Here's the backstory on why you are seeing what you are seeing...

    The fact that GBT put the daily strip on hiatus in order to write several years of Alpha House led to the decision to begin running the Classic Doonesbury series. It began on March 3, 2014 with re-publication of Doonesbury's first strip (which had originally appeared on October 26, 1970*). The plan was to select a few months of strips from each year and move chronologically through the strip's entire history, but at certain points the material was so rich that more than two months per year were used. Which is why, as the journey continues, we are only up to 1994.

    Meanwhile, new strips continue to appear every Sunday.

    * Heads-up -- the strip's fiftieth anniversary is nigh, and will be celebrated with a unique book. On Doonesbury's launch day in 1970, it had only 29 client newspapers. It now has around 1,400. What a long, strange, well-read strip it's been...

  • SUBTLE

    Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | March 05, 2020

    Nice subtle joke-within-joke on Mike and Zonk's bar chart today -- the less-than-full-scale Y-axis (7.0-9.8) makes "Sex and Violence duds" seem tiny compared to the "Academic Reform smash."