Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday afternoon toons: Special "Themeless" edition

I had to tear myself off the bicycle and come indoors for this, so let's make it good--starting with Daryl Cagle's round-up of the week's political cartoons.

p3 Picks of the Week: Pat Bagley, R. J. Matson, John Darkow, Thomas Boldt, John Cole, J. D. Crowe, Mike Luckovich, and Matt Davies.

This just in: Jesse Helms (R - Dixie) is still dead.

Today marks 100 days since George Bush publicly admitted that he approved torture of GITMO prisoners as official US policy. Here's a cartoon, but don't look for a punch line.

Predictably, a lot of cartoons took a swipe at last week's infamous New Yorker cover, and average level of wit they show is probably higher--certainly no lower--than the controversial cover itself, but I don't think the whole thing deserves much more attention. You can look at some of them here if you want, but I'm not going to feature any.

Ann Telnaes reveals what it's all about. I won't miss Dick Cheney when he's finally gone, but I will miss her depictions of him. They make me laugh.

Can Opus handle the truth?

'Allo, my leetle muffin baskets of loave--eet is I! Pepe Le Pew is probably the most under-appreciated of the characters Chuck Jones created for Warner Bros. Think of it as, essentially, the "Road Runner" series slowed 'way, 'way down, with Maurice Chevalier as the coyote. Mel Blanc's gloriously fractured French alone is worth the price of admission. Zoot alors! Monumental! Une skunque de pew!

p3 Bonus Toon: Is a traditional family summer still possible with sky-high gas prices? Jesse Springer says yes! (Click to enlarge.)