Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Items from the week's news that you may have missed

Item: The GOP has a new savior for 2012. (Offer expires 10/31/11.)

Item: Pundits and pols who figure the kids in “Scooby-Doo” were hippies are now convinced that #OccupyWallStreet must be overrun with them.

Item: Political assassinations can be attempted all kinds of different ways. Some of them we like; some of them we don't.

Item: The GOP position on “pro-life” is perfectly clear. Except for the part about “life.” And the part about “pro.”

Today's selections have been lovingly hand-selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week:   Mike Luckovich, John Darkow, Jim Morin, Tom Toles, Dan Wasserman, , R. J. Matson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: David Fitzsimmons.

p3 Legion of Extreme Merit: Jeff Danziger

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from the *Same* Medium: Joe Heller

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada),

Alex Falco (Cuba), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes gives a nod of appreciation to the sanctity of life, Congressional GOP-style.

Mark Fiore discovers the greatest hippie of them all.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation picks up the story of the cheap, rude restaurant customer who couldn't spell.

Occupy Gotham! The newest #occupy talking point: Alfred Pennyworth pays more in income taxes than Bruce Wayne!

The greatest achievement of 1992: Not the announcement by Boris Yeltson that the Russia would no longer target US cities with their nukes. Not the end of apartheid in South Africa. Not even the 1 billion people watching the Freddie Mercury tribute live from Wembley Stadium, raising millions for AIDS research. (Although those were all pretty good. I mean, come on.) No, the high-water mark of 1992 was the launch of the MTV for the celluloid crowd, the Cartoon Network.

Tom Tomorrow salutes the couragous and intrepid journalists trying to make sense out of #OccupyWallStreet. “His lips are moving, Wanda -- but I can't understand a thing he's saying!”

The K Chronicles recounts a truly unpleasant-sounding experience: and it's not the part about his thumb.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents the continuing adventures of Definitely-Not-Gay Man. Heh.

Comic Riffs salutes the Pearls Before Swine/Cul De Sac/Family Circus mash-up you've been waiting on.

Red Meat's Mister Wally considers the special disappointments of summer's end.

The Comic Curmudgeon and Dick Tracy team up on a For Better or For Worse throwdown that FBOFW totally had coming.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman gives us those two words that should make every American (not to mention every Republican) cringe: Refried Newt.

Carl Stalling scary music, take two: Last week we saw “The Hair-Brained Hypnotist,” a Bugs-and-Elmer outing with great scary opening theme music, by Carl Stalling. As we move closer to Halloween, why not milk it? Here's “Hair-Raising Hare” from 1946, directed by Chuck Jones, written by Tedd Pierce, voiced by Mel Blanc (even the Peter Lorre character), featuring more creepy Stalling music, plus such musical puns as “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” as the theme for the mechanical rabbit fem-bot, “California, Here I Come” for the suitcase-packing scene, and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo for the lampshade exit bit.

 (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: Jesse Springer welcomes the Occupy movement to Oregon.

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