Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday morning toons: How can there be popular uprisings? We haven't bombed them yet!

The titular punchline was shamelessly stolen from this week's p3 Legion of Merit (with clusters) recipient, below.

And here's our p3 Current Events pop quiz:

What government leader is currently contending with popular demonstrations in the capitol plus police who are evidently sympathizing with the demonstrators, topped off by a completely embarrassing media appearance?

(If you didn't know that's a trick question, you got here just in time, Dear Reader! See below.)

Today's selections were carefully hand-prepared by Egyptian pizza makers from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle, and then shipped to us inside the cartons for 6 large pizzas (three vegetarian; two pepperoni/sausage/mushroom; and one jalapeƱo and sardine).

p3 Picks of the Week:

Mike Luckovich, Clay Bennett, Randall Enos, Steve Sack, David Fitzsimmons, Henry Payne, Jerry Holbert, Ben Sargent, Signe Wilkinson, Tony Auth, Tom Toles, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Legion of Merit (with clusters): Mike Keefe.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Ingrid Rice and Gary Varvel.

p3 "Lest We Forget" Award: Bob Englehart.

p3 I. P. Freeley Certificate: Steve Sack.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), KAL (England), Sergei Elkin (Russia), Michael Kountouris (Greece), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland).

Ann Telnaes is off this week.

Mark Fiore presents the latest program for Middle East autocrats!

Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings you the next whack-job being chased out of power.

From the Comcs Should Be Good archives, here's 60's icon Bob, freewheelin' as you've never seen him before!

And Point Blank Creative brings you Riverdale as you could only have imagined it. You know the faces. You know the names. Now experience the passion. (h/t Alicublog)

Tom Tomorrow tours the latest front in the Republican war on . . . pretty much everything.

The K Chronicles looks at a very special case of elder abuse.

Tom the Dancing Bug imagines life after the revolution.

Do badgers eat pancakes? and other pressing questions raised by the three finalists for the 2011 Cartoonist of the Year Reuben award from the National Cartoonist Society, via Comic Riffs. Fans of "Pearls Before Swine," "Cul de Sac," and Disney's "Aladdin" and "Tangled" should take note!

At Red Meat, Bug-Eyed Earl may have made one tiny mistake.

I don't know which daily strips you follow, but this week the Comic Curmudgeon is looking at handcuffs, elevator sex, and man-boobs. Just something to consider.

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration to accompany Frank Rich's NYTimes column about the coming showdown in Wisconsin.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman offers a quick tutorial on the intersection of the federal government and job openings.

Follow along in your phrasebooks: "Bon jour, Monsieur Pussy-Cat!" . . . "Pauvre, pauvre, pussy-cat!" "The Two Mouseketeers" is the Academy Award-winning 1952 Tom and Jerry short directed by Hanna and Barbera. You either like the little Nibbles character (voiced here by six-year-old Francoise Brun-Cottan) or you find him incredibly annoying. But enough T&J fans liked him that he stayed around for three more adventures in the "Mouseketeers" series. Musical director Scott Bradley's adaptation of the traditional "Alouette" into the theme for the sword-fight scene is great. (Note the tasteful handling of Tom's violent death in the final moments.)

(Note to Facebook friends: If you're reading this in FB Notes, you'll need to click View Original Post, below, to see the video.)

p3 Bonus Toon: At this point, it's simply too much for David Wu's supporters to hope people won't pile on; the only question is which direction(s) they'll come from. Jesse Springer opts for the children's character who makes you afraid.

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

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