Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Things I'm thankful for

I am thankful that pepper spray and pizza are apparently both vegetables now (although I may have ordered my last veggie pizza until the current unpleasantness ceases).

I am thankful that the Congressional SuperCommittee died without making things noticeably worse.

I am thankful that, although there are twenty-seven GOP presidential debates on the calendar so far, fourteen of them are already over. (GOP voters: Are you with me on this one? Huh? Are you with me? Anybody?)

I'm thankful that, after all these years, Newt is finally getting his fifteen minutes.

I'm thankful that his fifteen minutes are likely to be over by Cyber Monday.

I'm thankful that all those cops haven't gotten too much Occupy hippie blood on their nice, new riot gear.

I'm thankful for those people who stood in line all night at Best Buy for one of the two 40” HDTV flatscreens for $200 in stock on Black Friday.

I'm thankful I have sense enough not to have been one of them.

I'm thankful that Oregon is at least temporarily out of the state-sponsored execution business.

Today's toons have been carefully chosen from the finest of this week's free-range, cruelty-free political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle, stuffed with rice, onion, sliced almonds, water chestnuts, and fried turkey liver; then roasted for 17 minutes per pound of humor, basting about once per hour:

p3 Picks of the Week:   Mike Luckovich, Dave Granlund, Charlie Daniel, John Darkow, Nick Anderson, Daryl Cagle, Adam Zyglis, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Legion of Honor (with Drumsticks): David Fitzsimmons.

p3 Best of Show (class Amphibia): Tom Toles.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Chad Lowe and Clay Bennett

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Steve Breen and Jimmy Margulies

Special Massive Multiplayer Toon Convergence Event: (Kryptonian edition).

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Cam Cardow (Canada), Ollie Johansson (Sweden), and Michael Kountouris (Greece).

Ann Telnaes
celebrates the most wonderful time of the year (if you're in the right place).

Mark Fiore tells us what he's thankful for -- and can you blame him?

Via Matt Bors: Local police brainstorm for ways to win the social media PR war against Occupy.

Tom Tomorrow honors the real victims in the war against sexual harassment. Oh, the humanity!

The K Chronicles has one of the oddest heart-warming stories I've read in a while.

Tom the Dancing Bug reminds us of the main problem with being a super-hero with god-like powers: No one's ever satisfied.

From Comic Riffs comes the news that frequent p3 Sunday morining toons notable and Pulitzer winner Mike Keefe is semi-retiring after taking a buy-out from the Denver Post.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson is back again this week, with a valuable lesson.

You must remember this: Portland homeboy Jack Ohman is thankful (maybe) for the fundamental things that apply as time goes by.

I'm a pointer! Dere it is! Dere it is! Dere it is! Time for another Charlie the Dog story with Porky Pig. Charlie is one of those characters that just never seemed to catch on, even though he's one of my favorites (go figure, huh?). Written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones in 1949. Musical director Carl Stalling has great fun with the flip-chart gag at the beginning. According to Wikipedia, several scenes of cartoonish violence -- mainly characters kicking each other, it appears, which seems pretty much of a misdemeanor in the realm of cartoon violence -- got cut out for TV syndication. Charlie's “Russian cossack” voice is a Mel Blanc version of one of the famous tag-lines of popular radio and TV comic Bert “The Mad Russian” Gordon.

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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer knows something that Oregonians can be thankful for.

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

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