Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday morning toons: What you missed while you were out in the sun this week

Paterno took his secrets to the grave; the House GOP continued try to making pigs fly (as long as no living-wage jobs are inadvertantly created in the process); and Romney attempted to divert attention from his iffy financial history by floating a new iffy name for his running mate.

Today's toons were selected using the same rigorous multivariate vetting process employed by the Romney Campaign for picking a running mate, from the week's pages at, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jim Morin, Joel Pett, Lee Judge, Chad Lowe, Dana Summers, Matt Davies, Clay Bennett, Steve Sack, Mike Keefe, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Legion of Merit: Pat Bagley.

p3 Best in Show: Chris Weyant.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Stuart Carlson.

p3 World Toon Review: Alexandr Zudin (Russia) and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

The whole p3 crew is delighted that Ann Telnaes has brought back one of our favorite images: We've actually kind of missed the evil old bastard. Or at least we've missed the way Telnaes draws him.

From the science front, Mark Fiore brings word of the next discovery: A particle so fundamental that our world might cease to exist without it!

In one of its most David Lynchian creations ever, Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings you the story of . . . well, let's just say it involves a best-selling novel and the initials “HP.”

Super Golden Friends: The title pretty much says it all.

Tom Tomorrow explores -- briefly -- the tension between capitalism and democracy. And remember: If you think you've got a six-foot tall rabbit drinking at the next bar stool, you can be institutionalized. But if you think an invisible hand manages the economy in the direction of optimal outcomes, you're a Chicago economist.

Keith Knight explores two words that always mean trouble, expecially together: "ironic” and “post-racial.” (BTW, in response to Keef's question, perhaps something like this will happen to the items in question.)

Tom the Dancing Bug explores the future of crime-stopping in America.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson learns a valuable lesson.

Happy 8th anniversary and congratulations to The Comics Curmudgeon, who hit his Kickstarter funding goal for his novel in a mere 24 hours.

Week 2 of the p3 Shorty-thon continues: Happy Birthdaze, directed by Dan Gordon in 1943, is actually the first of the three WWII era Popeye toons featuring sidekick Shorty. The story, by Dan Grace and Abner Kneitel, has a lot of interesting bits: The round-robin of letter reading in the first scene still cracks me up. Olive's excitement at getting enough sugar to bake a cake is one of the many references in the series to wartime rationing. The first conversation between Popeye and Shorty is about as sexually ambiguous as you can get, even for the stretch-the-limits spirit of many wartime toons. As far as I know, the strange Eustace Tilley-like character in the apartment below Olive's has no name and never appeared again. The shock ending was often removed for TV broadcast. And finally, what are we to make of the fact that Olive has a men's room -- you can see it, right there, on the door, in great big letters -- in her apartment? And again, no spinich, no Bluto, but lots of Olive.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Congratulations to Oregonian political cartoonist Jack Ohman for his leading role in pressuring Nike to rename (or unname) the Joe Paterno Child Development Center. Well done.

Matt Bors reminds us of the fundamentals of ruling the world: Location, location, location.

Jesse Springer is still on vacation. Archives here.

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

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