Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Civil War bragging rights" edition

This week we'll interrupt the newest "good war" to observe the anniversary of our entry into the last "good war."

In other news, golf is now a contact sport, and 30,000 new jobs were created Tuesday night,

Let's kick things off with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Jeff Parker, Larry Wright, Bob Englehart, John Trever, John Darkow, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, Adam Zyglis, Scott Stantis, Jeff Stahler, Jim Day, and Monte Wolverton,

p3 Best of Show: Scott Stantis.

p3 "Lena Hyena Badge of Excellence:" Jerry Holbert.

p3 World Toon Review: Stephane Peray (Thailand), Pavel Constantin (Romania), Oguz Gurel, (Turkey) and Jianping Fan (China).

In all the hurly-burly of this week's news, there was one dark moment you may have missed, but Ann Telnaes didn't,

Huzzah! Bipartisanship on health care reform at last! here's the good news, courtesy of Tom Tomorrow.

As is occasionally the case,
I like today's Barry Bliss drawing more than the Frank Rich column it accompanies.

Raised on comic books but wondering if there's anything out there today you'd want your own kids reading? First, relax--parents have worried about this since comic books were invented, and you turned out all right, didn't you? Second, Johanna at Comics Worth Reading says things are better than you may have heard.

Presented without comment via Editor & Publisher:

A cartoon in last Friday's Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle has caused a controversy for depicting a police shooting, the same week that two Rochester police officers and four Washington state officers were shot.

The paper issued an apology for the "Jump Start" comic on Friday, which was part of a series of cartoons advocating the importance of bullet-proof vests. Despite the controversy, the D&C's editors will run the next comic in the series “because editors feel it is important for readers to have access to the conclusion of the story,” according to a letter posted on the paper’s Web site.

(The "Jump Start" strips in question can be seen in pdf format here. )

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman contemplates how we honor those who serve,

Why, you must be frozen almost to death! To mark the return of cold weather to these parts, here's "Hare Force," a 1944 Merrie Melodies directed by I. "Fritz" Freleng. The uncredited voice artists include Mel Blanc as Bugs and Bea Benaderet as the old lady. ("The Flintstones," 16 years later, must have seemed like old home week for Blanc and Benaderet, who were the voices of Barney and Betty Rubble.) According to Wikipedia, TBS showed an edited version of this toon, removing the line about "the hot seat," presumably on the theory that, unlike all the other violent ways to die contemplated in this 7-minute film, reference to death by electric chair was somehow over the line. Go figure.

p3 Bonus Toon: Whether you're an Oregon or Oregon State fan, Jesse Springer shows his appreciation for a great game.

Don't forget to bookmark Slate's political cartoon for the day.

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