Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Awkward conversations over meals

In what was no doubt the last time Mitt will see the inside of the Oval Office without paying for the tour, Obama and Romney had lunch at the White House this week.

Republicans are starting to have that “It's not you, it's me” talk with Grover Norquist. No point in taking him someplace nice for the break-up; he's guaranteed to make a scene regardless.

Junk food aficcionados contemplate a world without Hostess.

House Speaker Boehner has his initial lunch meeting with the GOP committee chairs. First words out of someone's mouth: “Women. Amiright? Huh? Amiright?”

Today's toons were selected with the utmost care by artisans trained from birth, from the week's pages at GoComics,, Slate, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Lee Judge, Steve Sack, Clay Bennett, Rick McKee, R. J. Matson, Matt Weuker Jen Sorensen, , and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Kevin Siers.

p3 What's On Your List? Award: Daryl Cagle.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Joe Heller, Rob Tornoe, and Nick Anderson.

p3 Legion of Merit: Chris Weyant.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Jeff Darcy and Walt Handlesman.

p3 World Toon Review: Paresh Nath (India), Terry Mosher (Canada), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Luojie (China), and Cam Cardow (Canada),

Ann Telnaes shares the first picture of the GOP House committee chairs.

Mark Fiore draws our attention to this important fact: we all use a little piece of Congo each day.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation pays tribute to probably the only man on earth who's nursing an active grudge against Barack Obama and Andres Serrano. And in answer to NMA's question, no, it wasn't a violation of Beck's right to free speech when eBay removed the item, because he was still free to express his idea, he just wasn't free to use eBay to do so. After all, speech is speech, and commerce is commerce. (Wait -- you say the Supreme Court has declared they're the same thing now? Oh dear. . . .)

And why did turkey have stuffing, but not chicken? What was stuffing, anyway?Larry David calls his reminiscence just another Broooklyn Thanksgiving.

Think Republicans haven't learned their lesson? Well, Tom Tomorrow begs to differ.

Keith Knight experiences trepidation -- a trepidation I share, and for the same reason, I might add.

Tom the Dancing Bug traces the evolutionary history of the dominant species on the internet.

Red Meat's Bug-eyed Earl can tell when it's going to be a good day.

The Comics Curmudgeon discusses varying levels of Walker-Browne horror. He's especially right about the Lynchean horror Beetle Bailey.

Heh, heh! What a dope! What a maroon! “Hare Conditioned” was directed in 1945 by Chuck Jones, with story by Tedd Pierce, voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc (with an uncredited Dick Nelson playing the store manager), and musical direction by Carl Stalling. Interested parties can find the explanation of the “Great Gildersneeze” joke is here.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman (still grandfathered in as an Oregonian although he took the buyout from the O and moved on the the Sacramento Bee) looks at some of the possibilities behind the “fiscal cliff” metaphor.

Matt Bors pays tribute to the powerful engine of transformation that is WalMart.

The next tragedy may be that of your daughter's . . . or your son's . . . or yours, or yours . . . or yours! Following the Oregon story of the biological father who complained to child welfare and police officials about his 7-year-old daughter receiving legally dispensed marijuana pills from mom to combat the side effects of chemotherapy for her leukemia (he claimed that "All she wanted to do was lay on the bed and play video games," thus proving he's never met a 7-year-old, healthy or sick, straight or stoned), Jesse Springer wonders what the real gateway drug for kids is, anyway:

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

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