Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!

(Update: Almost forgot Barry Blitt.  He's down there now.)

Mike Doonesbury, B.D., Boopsie, Zonker, Joanie, Mark, and the rest turn a respectable 40 this month. More below, plus scary Halloween costume suggestions.

Today's selections have been lovingly hand-selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time,, and -- as always -- Daryl Cagle's political cartoon index at

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, David Fitzsimmons, Signe Wilkinson, Marshall Ramsey, John Sherffius, Tom Toles,Nick Anderson, and Monte Wolverton.

(Combined) p3 Best of Show and Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Pat Bagley.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes asks a pretty fair question.

Scary Halloween costume ideas, part 1: This week, Mark Fiore brings us the ultimate trick and/or treat: Little Suzie Newsykins, the Candidate of Rage.

Was this the first graphic novel? Slate's review of God's Man, a 1929 story cycle told entirely in 139 beautiful wordless woodcuts, tells you way more about the reviewer than you'll want to know, but the images are simply amazing.

By the company he keeps: I have never been a Juan Williams fan. I think he's coasted way, way too long off of "Eyes on the Prize," I think he almost ran "Talk of the Nation" into the ground after Ray Suarez left. I think his long-standing Fox gig has been the worst kind of cynical tokenism on Fox's part, with his willing acquiescence. And I think that him losing his NPR job over his comment on Bill O'Reilly's show a couple of weeks ago is like Al Capone going up the river for tax evasion. Still, if this Mike Thompson cartoon makes O'Reilly angry, then there may yet be some good to come out of all this.

"I yam what I yam" meets "Trust me:" Well, what would it be like if
Raiders of the Lost Ark had been a Popeye cartoon?

Proving that there can be too much of a good thing: IDW Publishing unleashes a crossover story involving four of its big titles: Ghostbusters, Transformers, Star Trek, and G.I. Joe.  Oh yeah, and zombies -- because, you know, what's a Spock-Cobra-Venkman-Optimus Prime story without zombies?

Almost forgot: Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column, on the likelihood that the GOP establishment will pull the rug out from under any Tea Party candidates who manage to get elected.

My favorite was, is, and always will be "Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Celebrating Doonesbury's 40th anniversary, Slate lists the top 200 Doonesbury panels in the history of the strip.

Tom Tomorrow two-fer: (1) Scary Halloween costume ideas, part 2, and (2) a festschrift (look it up!) for fellow Eli Garry Trudeau on the 40th birthday of Doonesbury.

The K Chronicles wonders if it's time to change banks.

At Red Meat, Bug-Eyed Earl muses over the fine print.

The Comic Curmudgeon invites you to play a new game: Who's the sociopath?

And speaking of Doonesbury, which we were, Zonker is reclaiming and redeeming his past and future. Heh.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman notes that with friends like these, the Constitution doesn't need enemies.

Nobody'll vote for a flattened-out rabbit skin, I always say! [I have no idea why insists on throwing in that junk html code below, even after I've edited it out and republished the page, but at least now the video appears to be working again. If the embedded video still won't show in your browser, the link below should take you to the page.] Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam run against each other for mayor in "Ballot Box Bunny," directed by Friz Freleng in 1951. As copyright enforcers make online toons from the golden age harder to find online (this one's hosted, I believe, in Romania), it's also harder to be certain which version of some toons you're getting. In the case of "Ballot Box Bunny," some of Sam's gunplay has always been edited out on television, and I'm not entirely sure if the final "Russian Roulette" bit shown here is original or softened by the addition of those irises. Musical cues: The tune behind the opening credits is called "What's Up, Doc?," has a full set of lyrics, and is the subject of a whole 'nother post some Sunday. There's a non-musical reference to "Annie Get Your Guns," if you know what to listen for. And the tune Bugs plays on the exploding-piano gag is "Those Endearing Young Charms."

p3 Bonus Toon: One more reason to vote for Kitzhaber: the alternative is four years of "tall" jokes. Jesse Springer has a fair question: When record-breaking amounts are spent on a gubernatorial race, who owns the candidates when its over?

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

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