Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Give Peace (Prize) a Chance" edition

This week, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and conservative concern-trolls say the right thing for him to do is give it back. Does that mean that, if the IOC had awarded the 2016 Olympics to Chicago, conservatives would have wanted Obama to give that back too?

Confusing, isn't it?

No matter. Clear your heads--it's an especially good week for toons, beginning with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jimmy Margulies, Michael Ramirez, Steve Sack, Joe Heller, Steve Breen, Rob Rogers, J. D. Crowe, Nate Beeler, abd Robert Ariail.

p3 Best in Show: R. J. Matson.

p3 "Afghanistan's Got Talent" Award: Jerry Holbert.

p3Nobel Prize for "Nobel Prize Toons:" Pat Bagley.

p3 World Toon Review: Pavel Constantin (Romania), Frederick Deligne (France), Cameron Cardow, (Canada). Damien Glez (Burkina Faso), Oguz Gurel (Turkey), Rainer Hachfeld (Germany), and Manny Aenll Francisco (Philippines).

Ann Telnaes detects a pattern,

Bonus Telnaes: Waist-deep in the Big Muddy,

It's a strange time: Once the heart of a multimedia empire, Playboy is trying to dig itself out of the hole the magazine industry finds itself in; and meanwhile, European fashion magazines are moving away from the phylogenetically impossible "Size 0" Photoshopped models that traditionally grace their covers. The result of these converging trends is here. Am I wrong, or does her skin look sort of . . . fleshy, rather than a bright, cheerful yellow?

Update: Last winter, p3 Sunday toons noted the controversy surrounding a New York Post editorial cartoon that combined a reference to Obama's beleaguered stimulus package with a NYC-area story about cops shooting an escaped zoo chimpanzee--with unfortunate but predictable results. Now, the story has taken the next, also unfortunately predictable turn:

A New York Post editor who spoke out against a controversial cartoon the paper ran comparing the author of the president's stimulus package to a dead chimpanzee has been fired from her job, the paper confirmed.

Sandra Guzman was quietly dismissed from her position as associate editor last week for reasons that are being hotly debated by personnel inside the company. An official statement from the New York Post, provided to the Huffington Post, said that her job was terminated once the paper ended the section she was editing.

"Sandra is no longer with The Post because the monthly in-paper insert, Tempo, of which she was the editor, has been discontinued."

Employees at the paper -- which is one of media mogul's Rupert Murdoch's crown jewels -- said the firing, which took place last Tuesday, seemed retributive.

Guzman was the most high-profile Post employee to publicly speak out against a cartoon that likened the author of the stimulus bill (whom nearly everyone associated with President Barack Obama) with a rabid primate. Drawn by famed cartoonist Sean Delonas, the illustration pictured two befuddled policeman -- having just shot the chimp twice in the chest -- saying: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

"I neither commissioned or approved it," Guzman wrote to a list of journalist colleagues shortly thereafter. "I saw it in the paper yesterday with the rest of the world. And, I have raised my objections to management."

The remark from Guzman was a rare instance of dissension within the halls of the paper making its way into the public domain. And sources at the Post now say it cost her a job.

And the firing of Guzman, the only woman of color on the Post's editorial staff and the editor of the discontinued Hispanic-interest insert Tempo, occurred during Hispanic Heritage Month. Nice touch, Rupert.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman has good news and bad news: Obama might be getting the message, but the message might be: "Reply Hazy--Ask Again in 2012,

October is Halloween month: Starting off the p3 run-up to Halloween, we proudly bring you "Scaredy Cat," the 1948 Chuck Jones toon from Warner Bros. in which the previously unnamed Sylvester the cat gets his name. Jones worked the same gimmick--a terrified (and dialogue-free) Sylvester freaks out over a spooky menace while an oblivious Porky goes blithely ahead--in two more shorts over the next several years. (The bit where Sylvester is lowered through the kitchen floor only to return hours later, white-furred and bug-eyed, from an off-screen experience we can only imagine, is almost David Lynchian.) Some of the mayhem--most notably the pistol sequences--was edited out of TV versions for years.

(The back-story to the final line of the film is here.)

p3 Bonus Toon: As Jesse Springer notes, timing is everything:

Have you bookmarked Slate's political cartoon for today? Why not?

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