Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Special "Sudden Turns of Events" edition

It has indeed been a week of sudden turns of events:

Now that Obama's health care package is law, Democrats get to take a breather . . . by focusing on immigration reform, banking reform, or jobs--take your pick.

Perhaps there's some hope for bipartisanship after all: Watching the GOP go through a post-health care reform passage auto da fe of mutual recrimination, banishment of the insufficiently devout, circular firing squads, fear and loathing of their own base, and desperate groping for a new plan (any plan!) . . . . it feels almost like watching the Democrats of years gone by.

Watching Google finally step back from the China market, it looks like someone there finally unearthed one of their old corporate t-shirts . . . one of the ones with "Don't be evil." on the front.

Joe Biden kinda sorta shot his mouth off again . . . and this time it was welcome.

And the less reprehensible thing about Pope Benedict XVI turns out to be . . . his time as a member of the Hitler Youth. Who'da thunk?

Let's kick things off, as usual, with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for the week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Mike Lester, Nate Beeler, John Trever, John Darkow, David Fitzsimmons, Jimmy Margulies, Adam Zyglis, John Cole, Ed Stein, Jeff Darcy, Bill Schorr, Steve Benson, and Monte Wolverton,

p3 Best in Show: R. J. Matson.

p3 Appreciation for Stirring Up the Biggest Hornets Nest on My Facebook News Feed This Week: Mitt Priggee.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Steve Sack and Rob Rogers.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Jeremy Nell (South Africa), and Olle Johannson (Sweden).

It's an Ann Telnaes triple-play this week: Who cast the first stone? Is sunshine over-rated? and What's that up ahead?

Mark Fiore investigates where those socialist organ-harvesters must have hidden all the tricky parts.

Pratfalling through life: The NYTimes reviews the memoir ofJules Feiffer, long-time cartoonist at The Village Voice.

Brewing up trouble: The illustration by Barry Blitt accompanying today's NYTimes op-ed by Frank Rich offers you a wide selection for your theastic pleasure.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman tours the great wall.

Guest animation Here's a little oddity from the 1950 sci-fi movie "Destination: Moon," based in part on Robert Heinlein's first piece of juvenile fiction, Rocket Ship Galileo. Heinlein, as readers know, went to some pains to get the science basically right in his novels, often getting a tad on the pedantic side in the process. In this film--which assumes that space travel will be a private enterprise, not a government program--the basic physics of a rocket trip to the moon is explained to a room full of potential investors using, of all things, a Woody Woodpecker film, directed by Walter Lantz, made for the occasion. (I can't track it down for certain, but I don't think that Lantz's wife Grace is voicing Woody this time, although she usually did.)

No p3 Bonus Toon this week: Jesse Springer is on hiatus, a Greek word meaning "didn't send me anything."

Remember to bookmark:

Slate's political cartoon for the day.

And Time's cartoons of the week.

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