Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Poor, poor Mitt*

Sure, Mitt's rich, he knows how to fight dirty (or at least he has advisers who certainly do), he's got a SuperPAC to disguise his allies and misdirect critics, and he bused in Mormon cheerleaders to pad out the crowd at his final South Carolina rallies. But to connect with the voters in the state that has a has played Mordred to America's King Arthur every day since 1776, you have to be prepared to attack a black debate moderator for asking a fair question on Martin Luthor Luther** King Day.

You have to be Newt. The man was born to connect with the GOP lizard-brain; he's named after a garden reptile.

A lot of the toons about the SC primary are behind the curve, still expecting a Romney Victory of Inevitability in the Palmetto State, so the pickings may be a teeny bit slim today. Also, I'm not sure what to make of the fact that the picking seem pretty slim regarding the defeat of SOPA/PIPA; political toonists are another group worried about losing control of their intellectual property rights, but I expected more coverage. And the absence of any reference to Stephen Colbert's South Carolina work makes me wonder just how much anyone gets his spot-on attack on Citizens United and SuperPACS.

Well, we'll see where these topics are on the great radar screen of toony goodness next week.

*Having lost South Carolina to Newt is the only sense in which Romney can plausibly be called “poor,” of course.

**Sorry about confusing the slain civil-rights leader with Clark Kent's boyhood friend (and Superman's nemesis). Thanks, Ryan.

Today's selections were chosen in a flurry of last-minute ballot box-stuffing from among the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, R. J. Matson, Jeff Parker, Clay Bennett, Nate Beeler, Bob Englehart, Walt Handlesman, Matt Wuerker, Ted Rall, Matt Davies, Chris Britt, J. D. Crowe, David Fitzsimmons, Steve Sack, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show (With Hood): Jeff Danziger.

p3 Legion of Merit (With Supplemental Schedules): Tom Toles.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Mike McKeefe.

p3 World Toon Review: KAL (England), Michel Kitchka (Israel), Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria), and Cam Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes absolutely nails the GOP's desire to have it both ways. (Notice to viewers: No one will be seated after the horrifying bed lamp scene!)

Mark Fiore extends his appreciation to the concern for our security on the part of the people still fighting the war against the audiocassette tape and BetaMax video..

The Joy of Mashups, Part 1: In a seldom-seen collaboration between “Peanuts” creator Charles Shultz and Marvel Comics artist John Romita -- no, seriously -- Charlie Brown finally achieves his dream, with a little help.

The Joy of Mashups, Part 2: This gem, from Atomic Laundromat, goes out to p3's snow-encumbered readers who are fans of The Avengers and Calvin & Hobbes

And speaking of Calvin and Hobbes snowmen, here's a little treat for you:

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Tom Tomorrow's take on the Romdroid One may have uncovered the deadly secret of the South Carolina primary results.

Keith Knight looks behind the scenes at the South Carolina primary run-up.

Tom the Dancing Bug provides a handy guide: How to determine if any sexual act you are considering, consensual and harming no one, is moral.

Comic Riffs tells the back-story of ”Haiti's Scapegoats,” a short video by Cartoon Movement on the treatment of Haiti's LGBT community following the devastating earthquake two years ago. (Click the CC button on the YouTube viewer for English subtitles.) The video is co-produced by Portland-based political cartoonist Matt Bors, who's also co-founder of Cartoon Movement, about which you'll be reading more in the p3 toon reviews to come.

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl shares an insight about travel safety.

The Comic Curmudgeon notes that when death finally, inevitably comes to Marmaduke's owner Phil, it seems to have a gentle, almost Emily-Dickinson quality of relief to it.

Ah just cain't abide that word! Commemorating Newt Gingrich's win in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary, here's a quick historical tutorial, featuring Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, Natasha -- and Colonel Beauregard of the League of Confederate Correctors. The 12-episode “Wossamata U” story was broadcast during R&B's fifth season (1963-64). Voice work by Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees, and Daws Butler. (If you need the back-story for this clip it may not help, but here it is: Bullwinkle, by dint of his mighty hurling ability, becomes the passer for Wossamatta U's football team, bringing them an undefeated season -- and the nefarious notice of Boris and Natasha, who bet heavily against WU in the game against the school's traditional rivals, Tick Tock Tech. B&N then attempt to rig the game by stealing WU's playbook and substituting battle plans from . . . well, you'll see.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman puts yesterday's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina into its proper historical perspective.

Matt Bors is suitably unimpressed by a silly-sounding soft drink rebranding itself as for men only, no matter how tongue-in-cheek its creators might think it is. (and see the item above, about Bors' production “Haiti's Scapegoats.”)

Jesse Springer notes that something's falling like snow from the skies over Oregon's First Congressional District, but it's not snow:

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

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