Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday morning toons: This week in health facts

Item: Michelle Bachmann provides stunning evidence linking HPV vaccine and mental retardation -- although not in the people given the vaccine.

Item: Pat Robertson announces that Alzheimer's is no longer a sickness -- at least as far as the phrase "in sickness and in health" is concerned.

Item: Congressional Republicans' gratitude to 9/11 first responders extends all the way up to -- but not including -- actually helping provide coverage for medical problems incurred that day.

All that and more on this week's toon roundup, scientifically selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, Rob Rogers, Steve Breen, David Horsey, Clay Bennett, Nick Anderson, Glenn McCoy, Pat Oliphant, Drew Sheneman, Chan Lowe, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Ben Sargent.

p3 Legion of Merit Award: Clay Bennett.

p3 Legion of Honor Award: Mike Thompson. .

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Cristo Komarnitski (Bulgaria), Petar Pismestrovic (), and Pavel Constantin (Romania).

Ann Telnaes presents an unforgettable look at GOP bathroom reading.

Mark Fiore turns his page over to guest artists this week (for those who were getting tired of the usual "freedom hatin' cartoonist" fare).

Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers the story of the "rogue" UBS trader who lost $2 billion (of someone else's money).

Tom Tomorrow presents an emissary from another planet -- and Sparky has to hand him the bad news.

Keith Knight examines what "post-racial" really means. I do not thin' it means what you thin' it means.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents one of his most high-concept pieces ever: a strange world that is not quite the opposite of our own, but somewhat dissimilar in certain ways.

Comic Riffs has a great review -- with art -- from the Library of Congress exhibition celebrating comic art.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson is back, with an opportunity for some old-style family bonding.

The Comic Curmudgeon answers the question: Which is the worst comic strip out there when it comes to depicting responsible pet ownership?

This toon by Portland homeboy Jack Ohman reminds me of the classic line by Anatole France: "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." (Would that make this an Ohman homage?)

Olive Oyl's role in the endless cycle of Popeye-on-Bluto violence: Victim or enabler? That's the subtext of "Pleased to Meet Cha!" the 1935 short directed by Dave Fleischer. The animation by Willard Bowsky and Harold Walker has some wonderful moments: Watch Bluto's close-ups, and the move to an overhead shot up to set up one bit at the 1:38 mark.

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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer writes:

I'd like to see our politicians sign a "No Child Goes Hungry" pledge.

News Item: According to a new report, Oregon's children experience the highest level of "food insecurity"-- hunger -- than any other state in the country.

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

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