Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Mad Tea Party" Edition

(Reminder: April is Portland Comics Month. Support the graphic arts.)

This week the right was in rare form: Mad as March Hares, or Mad as Hatters--take your pick.

"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.

"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, `so I can't take more.'

"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."

"Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.

"Who's making personal remarks now?" the Hatter asked triumphantly.

And there you have it: Lewis Carroll's prescient description of last week's pretzel-logic anti-tax (or at least anti-something) demonstrations scattered around the country, written 144 years before the fact. The events were instigated (and tragically misnamed) by subsidized right-wing bloggers, underwritten by Tom Delay's FreedomWorks, attended by right-wing members of Congress, promoted by FOX News as an authentic grass-roots expression, roundly and bawdily mocked by Olbermann, Maddow, and the left-wing bloggers, and largely ignored by taxpayers in general, who found the point of the exercise a tad on the fuzzy side.

And yes, personal remarks abounded.

Because their work is mostly intended for newspapers, America's political toonists didn't follow Olbermann and Maddow off the deep end of double entendre, but--as Daryl Cagle's round-up shows--they certainly had their fun with it.

p3 Picks of the Week: Nate Beeler, R. J. Matson, Pat Bagley, Jim Day, and Kevin Siers.

The p3 Best of Show Award (tie) goes to Jeff Parker and Jimmy Margulies.

The p3 "Sounded Better When Marlon Brando Said It" Award goes to John Darkow.

A heartfelt p3 thanks to Steve Sack, for this image we'll never get out of our heads now.

And a p3 salute to those determined (or oblivious) artists who noticed that there was plenty of non-teabag related news going on this week, having to do with such non-teabag oriented topics as Cuba, gun violence, a new dog at the White House, and--Arrr!--pirates: Mike Lane, Mike Keefe, David Fitzsimmons, Monte Wolverton, Steve Sack, and Adam Zyglis.

p3 World Toon Review: Cameron Cardow (Canada), Sergei Elkin (Russia), Victor Ndula (Kenya), and Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria).

Ann Telnaes notes Alberto's near miss,

Guest toon: The K Chronicles concludes that cars don't kill people.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman sees encouraging signs for the economy.

Why is a raven like a writing desk? Here's the Mad Tea Party sequence from Disney's 1951 "Alice in Wonderland." And not an anti-Obama sign in sight.

p3 Bonus Toon: While everyone squabbles about the fate of the "Made In Oregon" sign at the west end of the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Jesse Springer has a modest proposal:

And don't forget to browse Dan Froomkin's weekday political toon review.

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