Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday morning toons: What year is it again?

The US is having about the same success in Afghanistan that Alexander the Great had two thousand years ago; the Department of Justice wants to get medieval on Wikileaks' ass; the GOP's House Speaker-elect has taken to weeping like a 19th century romance heroine; Time Magazine celebrates the arrival of 2007 with its choice for Person of the Year 2010; and Congress stuns America by entering the 21st century with the DADT repeal.

It's all so confusing.

But today we're going to sort it all out, beginning with a tasty selection from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time,, and MSNBC:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, Tom Toles, Jeff Parker, John Cole, Mike Keefe, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Walt Handlesman.

p3 Legion of Merit (with clusters): Jeff Danziger.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (shared): Cam Cardow, John Darkow, Stuart Carlson, Dan Wasserman (a two-fer!).

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands), Michael Kountouris (Greece), and Cam Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes reminds us that, when it comes to Afghanistan, everything old is new again.

David Allen Coe famously claimed that the perfect country and western song had to mention Momma, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk -- but Mark Fiore reminds us there one other thing you have to have: A grown man crying.

Last week Dilbert taught an ugly truth.

Tom Tomorrow says that sometimes words mean pretty much what they seem to mean -- unless of course it's a George Soros plot!

The K Chronicles exposes the shocking secret of LA playgrounds!

Tom the Dancing Bug watches them welcome the new fish to Cell Block D (in another universe!)..

More boring than the average bear: Here's an ugly statistic via Comic Riffs, albeit a statistic that nevertheless gives me a certain tingle of smug satisfaction:

More people have viewed a darkly parodic online video of Yogi Bear this week than have seen the new feature film, based on Friday's box office.
Warner Bros.'s CGI/live-action hybrid "Yogi Bear" grossed $4.6-million domestically Friday, according to estimates from

"Boo Boo Kills Yogi" -- the violent two-minute-plus spoof of a scene from "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" -- had amassed more than 2.6-million views as of Saturday. Maryland native Edmund Earle, a New York-based animator, posted on the video on YouTube midday Monday.

You can see "Boo Boo Kills Yogi" here -- if you think you're tough enough.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation takes on the retirement of Larry King.

It's a Cartoon-Riffs twofer! Michael Cavna reviews the definitive stocking-stuffer for that toonophile on your list: The New Yorker: Cartoons of the Year.

When Bill O'Reilly complains about the "war on Christmas," this is exactly what he's worrying about! -- via Red Meat.

Talk about devotion to duty: Friday, the Comic Curmudgeon spends more energy psyching out a baffling "Hägar the Horrible" punchline than the strip's writers probably spent writing it. I feel his pain; I could have simply typed "Hagar" in the previous sentence, but I went the extra mile to find the special "ä" character. When it comes to our readers, no effort is too great.

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration to accompany this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column: "The Bipartisanship Racket."

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman asks, Who's crying the blues?

What year is it again? In "Wacky Wabbit," directed by Robert Clampett in 1942, Elmer Fudd makes his entrance singing the Gold Rush-era song "Oh Susanna," but the song's chorus ends, "V for Victory!" -- a nod to the cartoon's release during WWII. Go figure.

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p3 Bonus Toon: Is it an omen? This week Jesse Springer identifies the only phenomenon as rare in Oregon as a shot at the national championship.

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

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