Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Does the NRA know this is going on?

Here are five Zen riddles for your morning meditation:
What is the sound of three fingers pointing?

If three men run for prime minister and none of them wins, what happens next?

If we don't know what a Supreme Court nominee stands for, does it matter if we know who she sleeps with?

Which do Facebook users dislike more: Their rapidly deteriorating privacy protections, or Facebook's arrogant CEO?

Should friends let friends pack heat drunk?
Let's begin our quest for enlightment with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for this week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Daryl Cagle, R. J. Matson, John Darkow, Jimmy Margulies, Adam Zyglis, Joe Heller, Brian Fairrington, Jeff Darcy, Bill Schorr, Steve Benson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Steve Sack.

p3 "Tomb of the Unknown Wamoolian" Citation: Milt Priggee.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Bill Day, John Cole, Jack Ohman, and Larry Wright.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Ed Stein.

p3 "Those Who Forget History" Medallion: Rob Rogers.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands).

The irony is, of course, that someone who believes freedom of expression is sacred would probably never physically attack someone who desecrated free speech. Here's the Ann Telnaes take. (Story here).

If you believed in, let's say, an invisible nose, they'd lock you up. And yet, as Mark Fiore explains, if you believe in an invisible hand, you're a free-market economist!

Frank Frazetta art on sci-fi and fantasy book covers were as obligatory as Fabio pics on romance novels. Rest in peace.

No "Tomorrow" this time: Adieu to Little Orphan Annie And, courtesy of Roger Ebert, here's the Annotated Annie.

Toxic spills and Canadians: As Tom Tomorrow shows, it's a dangerous combination.

Remember when imagination was part of the point? The K Chronicles remembers.

What goes around: Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on the Rent-Boy Affair.

Deciding what's most objectionable: I can't blame the Comics Curmudgeon when he confesses that he scarcely knows where to start with this one. Note that the joke is anticipated, if not stolen from, here. (Not safe for barnyard.)

Climate change? Portland homeboy Jack Ohman's got yer climate change right here.

Does the NRA know this is going on? "Bugs Bunny Rides Again" (1947), directed by Fritz Freleng, is the second Bugs/Yosemite Sam match-ups and probably my favorite -- in part because most of the physical gags and musical puns found in their later shorts are previewed here. The gun jokes often didn't make it onto television uncut. (Censoring gunfight scenes in a bar? Does NRA know about this??) And the short was finished in 1947 but not released until summer of 1948 -- after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in January -- so in all later versions the otherwise-innocuous "Mahatma Gandhi" line early in the story was redubbed to "namby-pamby" (sounds odd, but you'll see).

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer makes the following pledge:

I will now make a solemn pledge that if 6'11" Chris Dudley-- former NBA player-- is chosen to be the Republican candidate, I will never draw his face. He will always appear in basketball gear, and always too tall to completely fit in the frame.

Here's a taste of what we can look forward to:

And remember to bookmark Slate's political cartoon for the day, and Time's cartoons of the week.

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