Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday morning toons: The Gambling Bug'll getcha, if you don't watch out!

The highlight this week was, of course, a ridiculously lavish pseudo-event in which bought-and-paid-for press corps members dress in their finest and go to embarrassing lengths to rub elbows with a pointlessly over-hyped group of inbred celebrities.

The wedding of William and Kate?

Nope. The annual Washington Correspondence Association dinner. Here at p3 we've had our harmless moments of fun with the whole thing, the bottom line is that it's no longer just an anachronism. It's a disgrace.

Also: What famous American's status as American is up for grabs this week? Nope, not the Prez. Read below to find out.

Today's selections were certified by the Hawaii Board of Health, from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Oliphant, Walt Handlesman, Clay Bennett, John ColeNick Anderson, Mike Lester, Pat Bagley, David FitzsimmonsEric Allie, Steve Breen, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.

p3 Legion of Merit: Jimmy Marguilies.

p3 Croix de Merde: Adam Zyglis.

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

Birtherism without end, amen: This cartoon by Mike Keefe is probably onto something, sad to say. It reminded me of an incident quite a few years ago, on a coast-to-coast flight, when the attendants were keeping bored and restless passengers entertained by giving away bottles of wine to people who could answer trivia questions. (Did I say "quite a few years ago?" I meant to say "in another universe.") When they posed the question "What currency do they use in Hawaii?" the silence in coach class was, I'm sorry to say, protracted.

Ann Telnaes captures those four little words that sum up the royal family's dubious relationship with the media (upon which they depend).

Mark Fiore welcomes you to The United States of Reality TV.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings you Prince Harry's secret wedding video for William and Kate. That rascal.

Which voice actor has created most "Simpsons" characters? (P.S. Phil Hartman, we hardly knew ye.)

And guess who finally won the New Yorker's cartoon captioning contest? (To compete in this week's contest, scroll link at the bottom of today's p3 post.)

Interesting move at a moment when a third of all GOP don't think Obama's an American: Guess what strange visitor from another planet is renouncing his American citizenship? (Hint: Now it's back to just "truth" and "justice.") My guess is that the clock's ticking until the moment that this plot arc gets forgotten, ret-conned out of history, or is revealed to be an "imaginary story." And Lance Mannion brought up an interesting question on Facebook, though, to which I haven't seen a good answer yet: Clark Kent is an American citizen, and could therefore renounce his citizenship if he wanted to; but Superman doesn't have a birth certificate, passport, tax ID number, etc. What does he have to renounce? Anyone know?

Tom Tomorrow presents another in an occasional series of unsubtle visual metaphors.

The K Chronicles tells of his first experience with the gay gene.

Tom the Dancing Bug asks a perfectly reasonable question about people who carry a sliver of DNA from medieval sociopaths.

At Red Meat, Johnny Lemonhead has a close call.

You might think that the question "Has anyone ever wanted to see a real bedroom love scene in Momma?" is one nobody would ever have occasion to ask. But as The Comic Curmudgeon shows, it isn't. Sadly, it is not. And he doesn't even get into the fact that she's looking in the window.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman debunks the rumor that bankers don't have a sense of humor.

The Gambling Bug'll get you, if you don't watch out! As promised, here's the highly anticipated sequel to the charmingly cruel 1950 Michael McKimson toon "It's Hummer Time." The 1951 sequel, "Early to Bet," features the same unnamed dog and cat, and the same running gag about mayhem that's become so ritualized that each variation has its own name. (Penalty #14 is "Gesundheit!" You'll see.) But this time the MacGuffin isn't a humming bird, it's a little fellow making his only Warner Bros. appearance: The Gambling Bug.

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

p3 Bonus Toon: It may be a "responsible" state budget, says Jesse Springer, but it's not good enough.

Join Roger Ebert in the pantheon of cartoon-captioning gods (see above) at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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