Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "What will you do with your extra hour?" edition

Last night (or this morning, or perhaps after you read this and remember), most of us set our clocks back, giving us an extra hour. We asked several of the people in this week's toon news round-up how they'd use that extra hour:

  • Joe Lieberman will use it to be even less loyal to the Senate Democratic caucus.

  • American workers will use it to look for work.

  • American children will get in line an hour earlier for flu vaccine.

  • President Obama will use his to keep the U.S. stuck in Afghanistan a little longer.

  • Former VP Dick Cheney will use his to act like he had nothing to do with us being stuck in Afghanistan.

Yes, there are many ways you could spend those extra 60 minutes--and we appreciate that you've chosen to spend them here at the p3 Sunday Morning Toon review. So let's get started, beginning with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up of this week's news.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Bob Englehart, David Fitsimmons, Jerry Holbert, Steve Sack, Henry Payne, Adam Zyglis, Gary McCoy, Joe Heller, Bill Day, Ed Stein, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: John Darkow.

"Shouldn't we be landing?" Dave Fitzsimmons, Mike Keefe, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, and Dwayne Powell pay tribute to those Northwest Airline pilots who spent their extra hour explaining how they managed to overshoot the entire city of Minneapolis.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Michael Kountouris, (Greece), Laz (Cuba), Victor Ndula (Kenya), and Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria).

Ann Telnaes tells us how Republicans celebrate Halloween.

Not exactly a Rumsfeld metric: But it's how Doonesbury's Ray Hightower and company get 'r done in Afghanistan.

p3 Special Mention and congratulations to, where last month's site redesign has now made it easier to find Camille Paglia's monthly attempt to remain relevant than to find the regular toons by Tom Tomorrow, Reuben Bolling, and Keith Knight. Nicely done, Salon.

The Usual Gang of Idiots: We have a well-known soft spot around here for Mad Magazine although--as with Top 40 music--we sometimes grouse that its best days are behind it in some "golden age" (when in truth we probably are just complaining that we got older and it didn't). Still, we're happy to point out that two artists who regularly turn up in the p3 Sunday morning toon review also have Mad on their résumés: Monte Wolverton (who grew up in Portland and whose father Basil was also a Mad artist) and Keith Knight. Respect is due.

R. Crumb, 60's underground cartoonist and creator of Mr. Natural, Flaky Foont, Fritz the Cat, and this iconic album cover, among many other indelible images, has taken on the Book of Genesis. Not much needs to be added to that, really.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman is thankful--and with good reason--that the people working on health care reform today weren't present at the nation's founding,

And thus was Daylight Savings Time invented: Here's something to think about as you go around the house resetting your clocks this morning: "The Sunshine Makers" is a little 1935 oddity directed by Ted Eshbaugh, who created a handful other animated theatrical shorts in the early 1930s, including "The Wizard of Oz" in 1933. Although not everyone seems to get the point today, this story of little gnomes delivering sunshine to our doorsteps in milk bottles each morning was underwritten by Borden's, the dairy and chemical product company. This was before Elsie the Cow had become recognizable world-round as their advertising spokes-bovine. Elsie's husband Elmer the Bull continues to be associated with another of Borden's famous products: the eponymous Elmer's Glue. (Yes, Borden believed in using the whole cow.)

(Hat tip to James the Elder.)

p3 Bonus Toon: Remember when people just said, "gesundheit?" Wanna see something really scary? Jesse Springer has it:

Have you bookmarked Slate's political cartoon for the day yet?

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