Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday morning toons: The miracle of democracy

And, in the US, the miracle of democracy will be if there are any non-Republican voters left by November on the voter rolls in states with GOP governors and/or legislatures.

Of course, fair is fair: The fewer voters are left on the rolls, the less that will have to be spent to buy each vote in post-Citizens United America. Doesn't anyone think about the anonymous millionaires situation anymore?

Today's toons were all that were left after Republican operatives purged the rest from the week's pages at, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Lee Judge, Jim Morin, Kevin Siers, Joel Pett, Lisa Benson, Marshall Ramsey, Jeff Danziger, Chan Lowe, Signe Wilkinson, Stuart Carlson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Steve Kelly.

p3 Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Mike Fitzsimmons.

p3 Legion of Honor: Ben Sargent.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Rachel Gold (Austria), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes chronicles the descent of man -- one man, anyway. Kind of a bummer for the fish, though.

Mark Fiore waxes nostalgic for the good old days when America actually made things, and when people who bought elections had the common decency not to be so obvious about it.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation goes where even the movie's own studio hasn't been willing to go yet: They've created a trailer for the upcoming movie - - already hailed as a “trash masterpiece” -- staring Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, and in a scene that will likely haunt her for the rest of her career as her own personal “No more wire coat-hangers!” moment, Nicole Kidman. (Cusack? Cusack? I like Cusack. What's he doing in this pig's breakfast?)

Dr. Seuss goes political: We've looked at some of the WWII animated training films that Theodore Seuss Geisel collaborated on with legendary animator Chuck Jones. But we haven't yet looked at some of the very, very strange political cartoons that Seuss/Geisel created during the war -- until now.

Before there was The Far Side or the Neighborhood, there was Herman, whose creator, Jim Unger, died this week.

Tom Tomorrow offers a good reason to avoid wedding parties, and it's probably not the one you think.

Keith Knight's summer gets off to a rocky start.

Tom the Dancing Bug traces the history of evolution of “evolution,” or something like that.

Red Meat presents Mister Wally, working out the fundamentals of retirement.

The Comic Curmudgeon presents Beetle Bailey and the Theater of Erotic Bafflement. Admit it: You don't even read Beetle Baily anymore, but you're going to click that link anyway.

Sky and Water I: This fascinating 1993 treatment of M. C. Escher's famous woodcut is directed by Gayle Thomas and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman uncovers the lost transcripts.

It's the future of law enforcement, and Matt Bors says it has a name.

Jesse Springer is on break right now, but you can browse the archives while we wait for him to reappear.

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

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