Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday morning toons: A farewell to class warfare

No one in this world, as H. L. Mencken famously said, has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. And nowhere is that truth more evident today than in the existence, to say nothing of the persistence, of the "class warfare" meme. But if any single act ever stood a chance of killing that idiotic shorthand sophistry dead, this is it:

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That bit by Democratic Senate candidate for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren is so good I'm including it here even though it isn't animated. (It's good to be the King.)

Class warfare's also the theme of a lot of today's selections, every single one of which has been hand-picked from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Stuart Carlson, Matt Davies, Dan Wasserman, Ed Hall, Tony Auth, Chan Lowe, Clay Bennett, David Fitzsimmons, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Mike Thompson.

p3 Legion of Merit: Pat Oliphant

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Tayo Fatunia (West Africa), Jeremy Nell (South Africa), and Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria).

Ann Telnaes presents a quick demonstration of the concept of privatization.

Mark Fiore gets points for milking two of the most annoying and overused political suffixes into one bit of heavy sarcasm: SolyndraGatePocalypse!

Taiwan's Next Media Animation notes that the GOP presidential debates are teaching viewers as much about the GOP base as about the GOP candidates.

Now you'll know why you either hated or loved the old X-Men uniforms: Here's a great infographic about how the color palatte comic books use for their images affects your experience of the stories and characters.

Somewhere, in a file folder in a carton in a closet, I have an article from 1983 or 1984 tracking how the people at the top of the Forbes 500 for the previous year made their money. In those go-go Reaganomics days, 499 of the people on the list got their money either by inheritance (in the parlance of the Tea Party, then, by untaxed death), or by manipulating paper in some way. There was exactly one person on the list who actually made his fortune by creating a product and bringing it to market in the true Galtian fashion: He was the inventor of the Fox radar detector, a device specifically designed, sold, purchased, and used to circumvent federal law. Here's Jeff Stahler on the logic behind that.

Tom Tomorrow brings us another episode of Tea Party Nihilists, in which the cliffhanger isn't at the end -- it's the whole story!

Keith Knight has Georgia on his mind.

At Tom the Dancing Bug, Charley the Australopithicene learns to upgrade his skills for today's marketplace.

Comic Riffs marks the passing of Tom Wilson, Sr., creator of "Ziggy." There's undoubtedly a cruel joke there, waiting to be cashed in, but I'm not gonna.

At Red Meat, Bug-eyed Earl has a plan.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman looks at the Obama of the future. (It helps if you use a spooky voice and put a flashlight under your chin when you read that.)

He jumped around like a toad-y frog! “14 Carrot Rabbit,” written by Warren Foster and directed by Fritz Freleng in 1951, features Yosemite Sam during his brief Garth Brooksian phase as “Chillicoot Sam” (“the roughest, toughest, rootin'-est, tootin'-est claim-jumper that ever jumped a claim!”). According to Wikipedia, when ABC ran this toon, they cut out the part where Sam shoots Bugs but left in the part where Sam shoots at the prospector; when CBS ran it, they left in the part where he shoots Bugs but cut the part where he shoots at the prospector. Censorship is a tricky business. At p3 we give you the full, uncut work. (I couldn't find information about the song Bugs is singing when he meets Sam, and which turns up later as incidental music: “All I can see are rainbows in the sky.” Anyone?)  

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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer is still waiting for the trickle to trickle down, or the job creators to create jobs, or, you know, something.

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

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