Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Special "One-two-three-kick!" edition

Pick your preferred way to get slimed this week: The BP oil catastrophe, or the Goldman Sachs testimony.

Daryl Cagle's got 'em both, and more, in this week's toon round-up, so that's as good a place to start as any.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Mike Lester, Nate Beeler, R. J. Matson, Mike Keefe, Steve Sack, Larry Wright, Steve Breen, and Monte Wolverton.

Having just finished reading Michael Lewis' The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, I am pleased to give the p3 Best of Show award to Bob Englehart, Jimmy Margulies, Jeff Stein, and John Darkow .

So . . . it may not be mean enough to Hitler? This is an odd story: New Jersey cartoonist (and frequent p3 notable) Jimmy Margulies has the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on his case for this cartoon, showing Arizona as the toothbrush mustache on Adolph Hitler's face. Me, I think it's a slightly odd way to make the race-laws-and-identification-papers laws connection between Nazi Germany and the Grand Canyon State, but it's his cartoon and anyway I do like the overall design of it. The ADL's objection, however, is a little more obtuse: They're not complaining because it's unfair to Arizona; they're concerned because they think Arizona's new anti-immigration law is insufficiently evil to merit Hitler symbolism. Here's ADL's national director Abraham Foxman:
No matter how odious, bigoted, biased and unconstitutional Arizona's new law may be, let's be clear that there is no comparison between the situation facing immigrants, legal or illegal, in Arizona and what happened in the Holocaust.
Of course, the point of exaggerations like Margulies' is often to help prevent things from getting that far in the first place, but this point seems to have escaped Foxman, who seems -- ironically -- to be policing the use of Hitler imagery with a zeal normally only seen from Disney intellectual property attorneys going after unauthorized copies of "The Little Mermaid."

Margulies himself writes:
As a Jew of Eastern European descent, I am well aware of the unique horror of the Nazi era. It is all the more important that I, and others of good conscience who are able to reach an audience, do so in the face of abhorrent laws such as Arizona's,[…]

I do not think it diminishes the memory of the Holocaust to point out that the law in Arizona is uncomfortably reminiscent of Germany's in targeting one or more minorities. Before the concentration camps, there were smaller measures enacted which set the stage for greater acts.

And several helpful suggestions are offered in the comments section here.

And while we're on the subject of censorship by the high-minded, let's send out the p3 Legion of Honor and the p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Adam Zyglis.

p3 World Toon Review: Stephane Peray (Thailand), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherland), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria), and Cam Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes raises an awkward question. "Plink-plink!"

Mark Fiore salutes an American hero keeping us safe from people who look . . . Canadian.

Taking back America: Here's Barry Blitt's illustration from today's NYTimes column by Frank Rich, on Arizona's anti-immigration law.

A global corporate conspiracy and the two words they don't want you to know about: It's everything you feared, but The K Chronicles is on it.

She's French, you know: Portland homeboy Jack Ohman goes there.

It's three shuffle-steps on the beat, then a kick slightly before the fourth beat: Last week I promised a Disney animated short filled with cameos/caricatures of Hollywood stars similar to Warner's "Hollywood Steps Out." But I changed my mind. Instead, we're once again going to feature the conga (the style of Cuban dance music which became deservedly popular in America in the late 1930s, and which drove the soundtrack for "Hollywood Steps Out.") Here, from 1942, directed by Dave Fleisher, is "Kickin' the Conga Around." If you thought Dorothy Lamour was shaking her money-maker last week, wait until you see Popeye on the dance floor:

p3 Bonus Toon: When it comes to campaign cash, Jesse Springer says one candidate is head and shoulders above the rest:

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

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