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THE CLASH
Susan Adams | Portsmouth, NH | November 19, 2011

I love the clash of generations between Joanie and Alex, and I love that they each enjoy the other's company.

OH, ALEX!
Kathleen | Brooklyn, NY | November 19, 2011

Oh, Alex! Would that I were so young and stupid again...

ALEX
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | November 18, 2011

I adore Alex. I find her a breath of fresh air.

YES!
Maerzie | Florence, WI | November 18, 2011

Yes! Keep up the good work. I love the Elizabeth Warren sign in the background of today's strip and the hint of Rick Perry's memory lapse. Somehow, you manage to fit in all the goodies.

UH-OH
John Burscough | Brigg, UK | November 18, 2011

A doctor's view: Uh-oh. This isn't looking good for Joanie. Alzheimer's?

ALEX
K.P. | Chicago, IL | November 18, 2011

Alex is the most annoying character I've ever encountered in any fictional publication. Don't get me wrong GBT, I feel like she absolutely needs to be in Doonesbury. But every day I want to throw my cup of coffee at her. Clueless, smart people like with this, who are too idealistic to recognize the context of a situation, drive me absolutely bonkers.

WORMTOWN
Kevin McGee | Worcester, MA | November 18, 2011

Thanks for the shout-out to Woostah (known affectionately around here as "Wormtown") in today's strip. You've captured the attitudes perfectly -- we're both welcoming and challenging in these parts.

OBNOXIOUS PRAT
Adam | Tsukuba, JAPAN | November 17, 2011

Hey! Isn't the obnoxious prat in the glasses giving Joanie a hard time Howie, the little snot-nosed sexist brat from her day-care class?

HOWARD DEAN'S LEGACY
Thomas Williams | Annapolis, MD | November 16, 2011

Today's strip made me compare Howard Dean's crucifixion for a mere war whoop to the accusations of sexual harassment and racism made against today's GOP contenders. Howard Dean's legacy must include the fact that he showed all future candidates how to use the Internet during a campaign.

20-SOMETHINGS
Nigel | Leed, ENGLAND | November 16, 2011

Today's strip really reflects well the 20-somethings of today. Well meaning, but sometimes insensitive in the way they express their concerns.

LAUGHED OUT LOUD
Doug Bowker | Salem, MA | November 15, 2011

I have been reading Doonesbury for forever, it seems, and more often than not it brings a smile to my morning. Today, I actually laughed out loud with the droll conversation between Alex and Joannie, and the offer to cover for any "senior stuff." Love it! And it must be a situation many aging boomers confront, part multi-generation gap, part truth. I recall Joannie hopping into the chopper sidecar with Mark back in the day (with Mike getting left behind of course) and now her granddaughter is concerned she'll break a hip at a meeting. As usual, good writing on so many levels.

B.D.
Laurie E. | Bloomington, IN | November 14, 2011

I agree with NOT CARING. Not only has B.D.'s emotional growth made him very appealing, but finally women have our equivalent to Jessica Rabbit.

GOOD TO SEE
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | November 13, 2011

It's good to see a little honesty on Sunday. God bless those honest republicans as they seek to impose real democracy on our ballot boxes.

THE HONEST MAN
Michael Messina-Yauchzy | Syracuse, NY | November 13, 2011

Jim Andrews, "The Honest Man," for President! We'd love to campaign against him. He'd do half the work for us!

HIT THE NAIL
Freeda St. John | Cane Ridge, TN | November 13, 2011

You hit the nail right on the head! Today's strip is one to definitely hang on to. I've cut it out of the paper and am filing it, along with others, in my political truth file. I don't suppose there is any way for you to get out the complete truth,  about Grover Norquist and the spineless GOP elected officials who are scared s---less about his power to kick them out of office. I say they have all sold their souls to the devil for money and power. And they don't care how many thousands will be homeless, hungry, and dying as the result of all the cuts they say they'll make to services for those they promise to represent but won't. Excuse the implied bad language of a sick old lady, about to turn seventy, who long ago earned the right to speak her mind. Keep up the good work. I love you for what you do.

LARGE NUMBERS
Don Higgins | Essex, CT | November 13, 2011

In spite of the fact that here in CT we have voter ID, large numbers of Democrats are elected year after year.

NO EVIDENCE
Bruce Small | Tucson, AZ | November 13, 2011

The trouble is, our voter registrar insists she has seen no evidence of voter fraud, therefore there is no reason to look for possible voter fraud. I kid you not. That is what our local officials say.

NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH
Robert D. Tullis | Salem, OH | November 13, 2011

If one is not intelligent enough to get a valid ID, they're not intelligent enough to vote. Stealing elections happens with both parties, but the Democrats have the drill down better. Have you ever heard of ACORN?

SNAKE
Jane | Louisville, KY | November 12, 2011

Like Alex, my daughter went to MIT. While there, a friend asked her to sit an albino corn snake. She graduated, got married, and three years later -- she still has the corn snake!

MY GRANDDAUGHTER
Linda Gilcreast | Greenfield, MA | November 12, 2011

Are you watching me?! My 22-year-old granddaughter recently moved in with me, and yesterday she arrived home with a python.