Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday morning toons: You gotta be a football hero

Here's what you missed in all the election hubbub:

  • Keith Richards slid into his new public role as memoirist.
  • The only party Americans dislike more than Democrats just recaptured the US House of Representatives.
  • The 2012 election campaign officially began on Wednesday morning.
  • Chris Dudley, narrowly losing his chance to create greater wealth for the rich as Oregon's next governor, returned to his previous full-time occupation: creating greater wealth for the rich.
  • And there was something about college football too . . . let me double-check that one and get back to you.

Once again, today's selections have been lovingly hand-picked from the week's political cartoon pages including Slate, Time,, and -- as always -- Daryl Cagle's political cartoon index at

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jeff Parker, Nate Beeler, David Fitzsimmons, Jerry Holbert, John Cole, Tom Toles, Steve Breen, Michael Ramirez, Lisa Benson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.

p3 Special Prize for Literature: Mike Keefe.

p3 Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Special Tea Party Edition (tie): Clay Bennett and Adam Zyglis.

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

Ann Telnaes looks ahead to the unhealthy future of health care in the US. (Bonus microdocumentary shows AT creating and animating one of her pieces.)

Mark Fiore show how to survive the post-election blues, no matter which side you're on.

Double-secret second bonus microdocumentary: See Nate Beeler (above, remember?) drawing and talking about his political cartoons. (H/t to Comic Riffs.)

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on the chances for an Obama comeback (and you thought Obama was still president? Silly you.).

Tom Tomorrow watches as the banking industry unveils a series of innovative new financial products. More then just figures of speech; theyre the new way to leverage your future!

Here's a Keith Knight twofer: (1) How to give mom a heart attack, and (2) Bipartisanship in the new Congress.

And Red Meat, in which Ted Johnson and his wife share a moment. (Yeesh.)

The Comic Curmudgeon investigates resignation slowly sliding into soul-wearing sadness -- and it has nothing to do with American politics!

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman proposes a new flag for the new state of Oregon. The change is subtle, but it's there. (Hint: No matter how strong the breeze or from which direction, it doesn't move.)

You gotta be a football hero: This goes out to all my Duck (and Joe Paterno) fan friends. Here's a surprisingly sharp copy of "You Gotta Be a Football Hero" (directed by Dave Fleischer in 1935). The title tune, written a couple of years before this film came out, was one of the most popular football anthems of its time -- before "We Are the Champions," before "Who Let the Dogs Out," it was YGBAFH, and Fleischer Studios didn't hesitate to cash in. I love the little J. Wellington Wimpy cameos. According to Wikipedia, this is the last film in which Popeye is voiced by original voice artist William Costello; after this it was Jack Mercer, the voice most people remember. (And does Popeye say what I think he says when he's trying to get his head out of the stadium chair just after the 1-minute mark?)

p3 Bonus Toon: Let the Kitzhaber Restoration begin! But, as Jesse Springer points out (slickly finessing his early-in-the-week deadline problem), whoever won the Oregon gubernatorial race this week would be in a nasty place:

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