Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday morning toons: The smile versus the puppy-dog eyes

I still don't know why everyone's painting Biden with this “loose cannon”/”crazy uncle” paint, and still don't understand why Ryan is considered a “policy wonk”/”serious person.”

But I think all of America can agree that Jim Lehrer should have moderated his last debate.

In addition to the Veep debate, we've got Syria and lady parts -- all this, and rabbit stew! (You'll see.) So let's get cooking!

Today's toons were selected by an elaborate process involving blindfolds, darts, and root vegetables, from the week's pages at GoComics,, Slate, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Kevin Siers, Walt Handlesman, Clay Bennett, Nick Anderson, Adam Zyglis, Bob Englehart, Rob Tornoe, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jim Morin.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part I): Nick Anderson and Mike Luckovich.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part II): Pat Bagley and Glenn McCoy.

p3 Citation for Best Toon Obituary: Chip Bok.

p3 World Toon Review: Ingrid Rice (Canada), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Cam Cardow (Canada), and Osama Hajjaj (Jordan),

Ann Telnaes marks the arrival of International Girls' Day (Seriously? A day? Just one?) with an ugly truth.

Mark Fiore brings you “News In a Nutshell” -- revised.

Whether you watched the Veep debate or you didn't, Taiwan's Next Media Animation will make you feel like you didn't.

Tom Tomorrow presents the continuing adventures of Middleman, the superhero who fights for truth, justice, and Grand Bargains. This week's villain: The Plutocrat!

But on the up side, Keith Knight has a second li'l one on the way, so that's good news, right? Right?

Tom the Dancing Bug welcomes a new arrival to that place where the air is sweet.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson and Ted's wife explore the process of negotiation that keeps marriage afloat.

The Comics Curmudgeon notes that Judge Parker has taken a horrific turn. Also for some reason, devil dogs and the end of the universe seem to be recurring themes in other CC posts this week. Take whatever action seems appropriate.

The two greatest contributions of the 2012 election cycle to our national discourse: Newt Gingrich caused the resurrection of thrice, and Joe Biden reanimated malarkey. (For you youngsters, here's the story about the latter.)

”Live in a lamp, eh? Well, t'ings are tough all over, doc!” The Aladdin story gets the Bugs Bunny treatment in “A-Lad-In-His Lamp,” directed by Robert McKimson in 1948. You can always spot McKimson's Bugs Bunny: He's a little stouter of frame, you rarely see him in close-up, and he (and all the other characters) don't just move side-to-side in the frame, they make sweeping gestures that come straight toward the screen. The villain's name is Caliph Hassan Pheffer -- a play on hassenpfeffer, a German stew made with marinated rabbit (and which I can vouch for as delicious as long as you don't think too much about what's on the end of your fork). And while Portland's own Mel Blanc did the voices of Bugs and the Caliph, do you recognize the voice of the genie? It's a very funny early performance by Jim “Thurston Howell”/”Mister McGoo” Backus.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman listens in on a political tracking poll.

Matt Bors features the animated adventures of lady parts fighting for gender justice: The Avenging Uterus!

Jesse Springer bags his own p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium for his hilarious take on the unforced error committed by Oregon's senior senator last winter:

Test your toon-captioning powers at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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