Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Here are some topics

Here are some topics that made American political discourse seem just a little bit dumber this week: Dogs (again). Working mothers. “Buffet” jokes. Hookers. The Nuge.

Today's toons have been grudgingly selected by the U.S. Council of Bishops, who would prefer you have no political cartoons at all, from the week's pages at Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Signe Wilkinson, Michael Ramirez, Walt Handlesman, Steve Sack, Clay Bennett, John Cole, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jim Morin.

p3 Legion of Honor: Steve Kelly.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Randy Bish and Stuart Carlson.

p3 Certificate for Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Steve Sack and Matt Wuerker.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): Michael Ramirez, Chris Weyant, and Joel Pett.

This joke was made so many times this week on so many different social media, I'm just saying to hell with it and giving credit to: Bob Englehart.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Pavel Constantin (Romania), Rachel Gold (Austria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes discovers a “moment” that's lasted a very long time.

Mark Fiore gives credit to the fellow who has it all: motivational speaker, messiah, carpenter, and now best-selling author. One of his better efforts.

Elderly entrepreneurs are building their business in Oklahoma with no help from the government, and Taiwan's Next Media Animation has the story.

It really does have a toon angle to it -- I swear! But the headline alone is irresistable: Jai Ali-Loving Hillbillies Were America's Future Weapon Against Hitler.

Karma: Ali Ferzat, the Syrian political cartoonist whose work -- and political oppression by the Assad regime -- we've recognized before here at p3 -- was named to Time's list of 100 most influential people.

BoingBoing interviews Al Jaffee, the Mad Magazine artist who creates the back-cover “Fold-Ins,” as well as the recurring feature “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” (We gave Al some p3 love four years ago.)

Congratulations to p3 regular Matt Wuerker, who received the 2012 Pulitzer for editorial cartooning. And congratulations to Portland's Matt Bors and Jack Ohman who were just a photo-finish (so to speak) behind him this year. You can see more of Wuerker's work here.

Comic Book Resources brings you 86 classic paintings re-imagined in comic-book style. (Personally, I think that “re-”magining a comic book character in the style of Roy Lichtenstein is kind of pointless, but perhaps that's just me. And in any case, the rest are very good.)

Tom Tomorrow imagines a justice that is both heavy-handed and ironic, and you know what? It's pretty cool.

Keith Knight presents the single most compelling argument for abolishing the death penalty in the US.

Tom the Dancing Bug examines the hidden struggles of Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children.

Red Meat presents the further adventures of Mr. Bix. He can read your mind. Not.

The Comic Curmudgeon guides us through the recursive levels of autistic disfunction within “The Family Circus.” It's not pretty, as you might guess when I tell you that a key phrase is “wire mommy,” and it doesn't have anything to do with fund transfers.

Occupation? Actor! A couple of weeks ago I briefly mentioned this Disney short, commissioned by the Treasury Department during WWII, but didn't give it much more than a link. Here's the whole enchilada:
Until World War II, the income tax was levied only on the rich. But wartime spending meant the government needed money, and ordinary folks are now asked to pay.

"There was a lot of concern that Americans just wouldn't do it," Thorndike says. "Or that they wouldn't understand that they were supposed to ... or even just how to do it."

The government needed to get the word out. It needed a spokesperson. Someone credible, and easy to understand.

The government needed Donald Duck.

“The New Spirit” was produced in 1942, directed by Wilfred Jackson and Ben Sharpsteen, with voice work by Fred Shields (narrator) and Clarence Nash (Donald Duck).

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman examines the limits of tree-hugging.

Matt Bors has some advice you wouldn't need in a better world than this one.

Jesse Springer examines the suspicious package (his joke) that turned up at PDX last week (with a little luck, only people who live around Portland will get it):

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

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