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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.

  • SUITCASE

    Marcia R. Martin | Longmont, CO | May 13, 2022

    In today's Classic strip, Mike and Kim are packing up to leave Vietnam. Mike's suitcase is leather with metal-clad corners and felt interior, like my grandparents had. Kim's, from the shape of the latch, is more modern. The symbolic association with the state of their two mindsets must have escaped me in 1997, but it doesn't now.

  • FIRST TIME

    Gene Keyes | Berwick, NOVA SCOTIA | May 02, 2022

    Seems like today's strip is the first time I've seen Mike with real glasses, not a pince-nez.

  • BABY-EATERS

    Angie B. | Toronto, CANADA | May 01, 2022

    Once again, Mr. Trudeau gets it exactly right. It's easy to understand how many millions of Russians got taken in by such clearly bizarre propaganda, as we have watched so many Americans do exactly the same thing. The belief that Hillary Clinton leads a worldwide satanic cabal of baby-eaters from a pizzeria basement is now mainstream. It is tempting for reality-based Americans to laugh off Q-Anon’s conspiracies, but beware. All aspiring dictators understand the power of the Big Lie. The Big Lie lets the dictator literally get away with murder, and election theft, human rights abuses, and all manner of crimes (including war crimes).

  • ANOTHER DIRECTION

    Ian Kikuchi | Hokkaido, JAPAN | May 01, 2022

    ...The punchline of Sunday's strip was not funny. Cheap MAGA caricatures are low-hanging fruit for someone with Trudeau's talent. Why not take it another far more thought-provoking direction and have the people watching the propaganda on TV be regular Americans watching the lies the media told 20 years ago that led to the illegal US invasion of Iraq, a crime with far, far less justification than the Russian invasion of Ukraine? 

  • TRIAL BY COMBAT

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | May 01, 2022

    Re today's strip: In 2013, Trump longed to be Putin's "best friend." In 2016, he called him "strong" and hence good. Now he admires his "peacekeeping.... genius." Were the media being "liberal" not a tall tale, most voters might know as much. They don't. In keeping with such ignorance, what Rudy Giuliani calls "trial by combat" may turn out not to have ended on 1/6/21; our worst case scenario looks a lot like Ukraine does now...

  • ANZAC DAY

    Terence McGee | Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES | April 24, 2022

    I don't begrudge the boys their little celebration - I thought I'd just mention that tomorrow, the 25th April, is Anzac Day down-under when we march and remember the Aussies and Kiwis [New Zealanders] who weren't the lucky ones or who came back pretty shattered. I know you've got your own day for that, I thought I'd just mention the coincidence of to-day's strip. We might have a few beers tomorrow, too. 

  • COW BELL

    Lisa | Evanston IL | April 11, 2022

    It is so hard to get the cowbell right. One of the top five SNL skits ever, right here: RIP Gene Frenkle.

  • HEY HEY, MY MY!

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | April 10, 2022

    Hey hey, my my! How can Alex be such a party pooper? Let's not forget Jeff Blackburn/ Neil Young: "There's more to the picture than meets the eye/Rock and roll will never die." So there. 

  • LALO ALCARAZ & MASYANYA

    Tom | Philadelphia, PA | April 09, 2022

    I gotta speak up for my favorite editorial cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz! And, of course, Masyanya. Nothing is complete without her. 

  • BAM

    ARTHUR REED JR. | Nashville, TN | April 08, 2022

    And BAM, just like that – not even a spoiler alert – and now I know Tom Tomorrow’s given name. So much reality, so little illusion left.

  • SYMPATHETIC TOWARD J.J.

    Karen | Layton, UT | April 06, 2022

    I remember today's strip when it first came out, and over the years I've become more sympathetic toward J.J. After all, Mike and Kim are still married, no matter what the reception was like. But J.J. has lost a $200,000 commission for a project that (whatever you may think of it) she clearly poured her heart, soul, and labor into. I think she's entitled to a little self-centeredness. 

  • JOHN DEERING

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | April 04, 2022

    In Arkansas, we are blessed to have a good daily newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. They print every day, but deliver actual paper only on Sundays, and we read on our devices each morning. It is basically Republican, but not crazy Republican, and presents a range of opinions as well as Doonesbury--they did hide the daily strip on the second page of the classifieds for a while. They have a first-rate political cartoonist, John Deering, who people should check out. He does first class work. 

    Editor's Note:

    Free registry seems to be offered/required, though it's not working for me so far. Here's alternate access to Deering's work. Click on "Read now."

  • MR. FISH

    Ian Kikuchi | Hokkaido, JAPAN | April 04, 2022

    You forgot the king of them all, Mr. Fish. His brilliant work can be found at clowncrack.com and scheerpost.com.

  • ONE OF THE BEST

    James Mitchell | Everett, WA | April 04, 2022

    And one of the best ever: David Horsey!

  • GETTING RARE

    Don | Spring Mills, PA | April 03, 2022

    Well-drawn political cartoons do seem to be getting rare. Fortunately we get this one every Sunday.

  • EDITORIAL CARTOONISTS

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 03, 2022

    Editorial cartoonists may be disappearing from the big daily newspapers, but they're still around, and you can find them on the Internet: Keith Knight, Dan Perkins (Tom Tomorrow), Ruben Bolling, Jen Sorensen, Matt Bors, and many more!

  • AND MANY MORE

    David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | April 02, 2022

    ...including two of my favorites: Ann Telnaes (on WaPo and on Twitter!), and Rob Rogers (read his "I Was Fired for Making Fun of Trump" here). Here's a link to the Association of American Society of Editorial Cartoonists, which offers a daily feed, and you can check out editorial cartoons from all over the globe at Cartoon Movement.

  • 22nd Amendment

    Sharon | New York, NY | March 27, 2022

    Thank you! I've been waiting for someone to make the 22nd Amendment argument to Trump. I'd say "you can't have it both ways" but I know that wouldn't get through to him. I still like those blood-stained hands...

  • B.D.

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | March 20, 2022

    In the beginning, B.D. was a total jerk. And then he came home from the war and quickly became a really decent person. It was great! But lately he seems to be turning back into a jerk. I vote no.

  • DEMOCRACY

    Martin Fass | Rochester, NY | March 06, 2022

    What a marvelous episode. I have to work hard every day to recognize that except for a tiny minority, people in this country will refuse to do anything to support Democracy in the elections this year -- and in our future. Cheers for Garry Trudeau!