Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday afternoon toons: While you were out enjoying the weather

President Obama finally expressed his support for gay marriage, by handing it over to the states (like North Carolina and, alas, Oregon).

Mitt Romney didn't apologize to the victims of his adolescent bullying, but he did apologize to anyone who felt his adolescent bullying seemed like, you know, bullying. Tea Party members grudgingly began to concede that Mitt might be one of their own after all.

Chase Morgan lost another couple of billion dollars on the market. Expect a special one-time fee in your next bank statement.

Maurice Sendak joined the wild ones.

Congressional Republicans would like you to choose between paying off your student debt and your grandmother paying for her hip replacement. (Happy Mothers Day!)

And have you called your mother?

Today's toons were lovingly selected by that wonderful woman who made you a better person than you'd ever have pulled off being on your own -- that would be Mary Poppins -- from the week's pages at, Attytude, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Kevin Seirs, Jim Morin, Matt Wuerker, Bill Day, Adam Zyglis, Joe Heller, Bob Englehart, Dave Granlund, John Darkow, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Mike Luckovich.

p3 Legion of Extreme Merit: Tom Toles.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Kevin Siers and R. J. Matson.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Michael Kountouris (Greece), Pavel Constantine (Romania), and Marian Kamensky (Slovakia),

Ann Telnaes recommends the perfect Mothers Day gift.

Mark Fiore is waiting for anyone to have a suggestion that doesn't involve belts, lips, or boots.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation imagines Mitt Romney's adolescent gay-bashing bullying, which the former governor now says ”may have gone too far.” Weird ending.

Mike Cavna profiles how political cartoonists in Syria, Iran, and India stand up against political regimes that do not like them very much.

Sic transit Maurice Sendak: He was one of the most popular children's authors of the 20th century, and proved that you could give kids more than Disney-fied pudding in their literature and have them coming back for more. Generations of young readers loved him, parents delighted in him, and self-annointed protectors of our childrens' fragile young minds worked tirelessly to have him removed from the public libraries they otherwise ignored. (This isn't really Christopher Walken, but it's priceless:)

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This could be my favorite Sendak story.

Tom Tomorrow's Sparky the penguin and Chuckles the sensible woodchuck go a couple of rounds on the national security state.

Keith Knight pays tribute where it is due.

Tom the Dancing Bug advises the Avengers: Know your enemy! (Background here.)

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl cashes in.

Is the theme for today getting sent to bed with nothing to eat? The 1939 Popeye cartoon “Never Sock a Baby,” directed by Dave Fleischer and animated by William Henning and Abner Matthews, was meant to be a sentimental little morality play. Probably not their fault, then, that it scared the crap out of me as a little kid -- starting with the minor-key version of “There's No Place Like Home” as Swee'Pea strikes out into the no-man's land just outside his nursery window, and the dreary gray of the landscapes and sky. (Tender-hearted Popeye doesn't really sock Swee'Pea, of course, but if he did it would still be the least of the kid's problems in the next seven minutes.)

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman nicely captures the ”we can do anything we want -- we're Republicans!” ethos on Capitol Hill these days.

2012 Herblock Prize winner Matt Bors tracks the terrorist mastermind's correspondence. (Check out this Washington Post interview with Matt on the future of political cartooning.)

Jesse Springer found this news item:
News Item: Due to falling domestic demand for coal, and rising demand in Asia, the large coal companies are seeking to establish facilities in Oregon and Washington with which to export coal from the Powder River coal fields in Wyoming and Montana.

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