Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Why did the chicken go half-way across the 20th century?

This week, human gaffe machine Mitt Romney nearly undid almost two centuries of Anglo-American good will, but the amazing news is that Chik-Fil-A managed to make KFC's post-Reconstruction icon Col. Sanders the symbol of understanding and tolerance. Well played, Chik-Fil-A. Well played.

Today's toons were batter-dipped, deep-fried, and sold only to the right people, from the week's pages at, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Kevin Siers, Joel Pett, Lee Judge, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Steve Sack, John Cole, Jeff Parker, Nate Beeler, Clay Bennett, Jeff Danziger, Adam Zyglis, Jimmy Margulies, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Jim Morin.

p3 Inevitable Toon Image of the Week: David Fitzpatrick.

p3 Medal of Extreme Sleaze, with garters: Pat Bagley.

p3 “Wait -- Ultra-Lefties?” Award: Chad Lowe.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cameron (Canada), Rachel Gold (Austria), Riber Hansson (Sweden), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes looks at Mitt Romney's possible contribution to the 2012 Olympics.

Mark Fiore celebrates the safety afforded to the Second Amendment.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation tells the story, as only they can, of the war between frogs and cows.

Tom Tomorrow pities poor Mitt Romney: running on his record, but can't talk about Massachusettes, can't talk about the Olympics, and can't talk about Bain Capital.

Keith Knight goes Back to the Future Past!

Tom the Dancing Bug brings us the news updates from 2032 -- except for the silly parts.

Red Meat's Bug Eyed Earl learns a handy lesson.

Play along with The Comics Curmudgeon and learn a new word: Mockbuster.

Corny Ending, Isn't it? The title of this 1943 MGM one-off by Tex Avery, “One Ham's Family,” is a play on the title of the the longest-running radio drama on record, “One Man's Family.” Otherwise the two have no connection. The scroll-titled opening, the abrupt signs commenting on the action, the breaking of the fourth wall, and the shameless sight gags are all trademarks of the inimitable Avery.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman has a great nightmare . . . for someone! (The appearance of the word “hermeneutics” cracked me up! The rest of you can just cope.)

Matt Bors looks at the problem of god and belief.

Jesse Springer notes the comparatively (next to summer of 2008) visit of Obama to Portland this week. It's almost as if he doesn't need us regular folks anymore:

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

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