Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Health care reform end-game" edition

(Updated below.)

Afghanistan? Copenhagen? Stockholm? So last week, dahlinks! This week, the health care reform end-game is the new black. Let's start with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, R. J. Matson, Larry Wright, Bob Englehart, John Trever, Jimmy Margulies, Michael Ramirez, Jerry Holbert, Henry Payne, Bill Day, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: John Darkow.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Pat Bagley and Eric Allie.

p3 "You Can't Beat Home Sweet Home" Award: Steve Breen.

p3 Croix de Guerre/Croix de la Paix Medal: Ed Stein.

p3 World Toon Review: Stephane Peray (Thailand), Martyn Turner (Ireland), Werner Wejp-Olsen (Denmark), Jiho (France). and Jainping Fan (China).

Ann Telnaes brings a carol for the holidays (be sure to stick around for the ending).

Science stupid! Science lies! Back after an extended absence from the p3 Sunday Morning Toons, Mark Fiore exposes the shocking 400-year history of fake science.

And it only took 22 years: In 1987, televangelist Oral Roberts sealed himself in the prayer tower at Oral Roberts University, claiming that God would "call him home" unless supporters contributed $8 million to support one of his debt-ridden projects. After some finagling, involving a divine deadline extension and $1.3 million from a dog track owner, he hit his fundraising mark and left the tower. This week, Steve Benson captured the moment when the Almighty figured He called in his marker.

Oh, the futility! Ever consider the down-side of all this "green" nonsense? Joel Pett sure has. (H/t Carla)

Update: Once again, Barry Blitt quietly upstages Frank Rich's Sunday essay on defining greatness downward. (If I would simply read the Sunday NYTimes on Saturday when it comes out online, I suppose I wouldn't have to keep including Blitt as an update.)

RIP Roy E. Disney: Nephew of Walt Disney, Roy rescued Disney's animation division from the abyss of "The Aristocats" and "Robin Hood" by championing such blockbusters as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.”

Mr. Disney was a big fan of referring to the past to define the future. He told a biographer: “The goal is to look over our shoulder and see Snow White and Pinocchio and Dumbo standing there saying, ‘Be this good.’ We shouldn’t be intimidated by them; they’re an arrow pointing someplace.”

He died this week at 87. Roy, this one's for you.

No p3 Bonus Toon this week: It's Jesse Springer's December hiatus.

But meanwhile, that leaves extra time to bookmark Slate's political cartoon for the day.

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