Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Politeness, and Profits from Honor

(Updated below.)

I'm not even going to mention what went on at the National Mall yesterday.

Let's just go straight to Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for the week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Mike Lester, Nate Beeler, Mike Keefe, Steve Sack, Adam Zyglis, Larry Wright, Joe Heller, Bill Day, Cal Grondahl, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 "House United" Medal: John Cole.

p3 "Dream" Award: Pat Bagley.

p3 Knight of the "Graveyard of Empire:" Jimmy Margulies.

p3 World Toon Review: Stephane Peray (Thailand), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Alexander Zudin (Russia), and Cam Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes considers profits with Restoring Honor.

It starts with "Once upon a time:" and it goes on to talk about fairies and little children, it's got somebody in a castle high on a mountain, and it ends up with "Happily ever after." But Mark Fiore's fairy tale might not be what you were hoping for, unless you live up on that mountain. You'll see.

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl does something completely unexpected in panel #3: He smiles. It's there if you look closely.

This Modern World takes us to an alternate universe run by people with poor grasp of both history and language. (Oh, wait . . . . )

The K Chronicles recounts Uncle Owen's Last Adventure.

Tom the Dancing Bug asks: Will America be defeated by its own lofty principles?

Comic Riffs has a reminder: If you like a cartoon feature, speak up!

Update: Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column, on the agendas of the wealthy conservatives who fund much of the Tea Party initiatives, is priceless.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman has a philosophical question.

As with most villains in the classic Fleischer 1940s "Superman" series, we never learn the name of the criminal who menaces the city in "Electric Earthquake," directed in 1942 with a palette of deep rich shadows by Dave Fleischer, written by Seymour Kneitel and Izzy Sparber, and with musical direction by Sammy Timberg. But he is certainly one of the oddest -- and definitely the most polite -- villains Superman ever faced. And yet, even overlooking the somewhat iffy physics of his infernal invention, there are two unanswered questions: First, why does his secret scientific lair look like a coffee urn? And second, what's the Daily Planet building doing in Manhattan?

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer sees a murky future for a state whose budget deficit may wind up being half a billion dollars more than the $577 billion already predicted. Will there be a morning after?

Remember to bookmark the daily political toon features at Slate's Slate, Time, and

Test your toon-captioning talents at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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