Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Talk to the chair (and other RNC euphemisms)

[Update/correction below.]

The GOP has given the American language a number of useful terms in recent years -- remember such gems as “taking the Appalachian Trail” and “wide stance?” The 2012 Republican National Convention has blessed the language with such new entries as:

Talk to the chair. (Translation: Bark at the moon.)

We built that. (Translation: We got government-secured loans, government-created tax-incentives, social security survivor benefits, GI Bill benefits, and government contracts -- then we built it.)

Legitimate rape. (Translation: Not <airquotes>really</airquotes> rape at all. The only form of <airquotes>rape</airquotes>  considered remotely actionable by the GOP.* )

*(Update/correction: My bad. In my defense I can only point out that irony and the Republican 2012 platform are a tricky combination. Let's press ahead.)

I ran an under-three hour marathon. (Translation: I did not run an under-three hour marathon. Ever.)

Today's toons were inexplicably given ten minutes of live prime-time convention podium time, with no rehearsal or script approval, during which they went barking mad, from the week's pages at, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jim Morin, Lee Judge, Steve Sack, Jeff Stahler, Jeff Danziger, Dan Wasserman, Steve Benson, Mike Keefe, Joe Heller, John Cole, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Bill Day.

p3 Legion of Merit: Chris Weyant.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): John Darkow and Adam Zyglis.

p3 “Doomed to Repeat It” Award: Joe Tornoe.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Paresh Nath (India), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes captures the furniture-centric moment at the RNC that America will remember the longest.

Mark Fiore trumpets the new line of Romney collectables -- at least the ones that haven't been discontinued or recalled.

Okay, you've undoubtedly seen the video on creationism featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy that went viral last week. But you haven't really got the full picture until you've seen Taiwan's Next Media Animation version of the story.

Tom Tomorrow warns us of strange visitors from a distant, barren planet. What could they possibly want?

They're gonna make a big star out of Keith Knight -- and all he's gotta do is act naturally.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents Great Moments in Lady-Parts Science. Eureka! (It's Greek for “I have no idea what I'm talking about!”)

Red Meat's Ted Johnson teaches his son that it's a more dangerous world out there than you might think.

Regardless of what the headline says, the real scoop at The Comics Curmudgeon is the return of gall bladder poaching! Don't even imagine that euphemisms will protect you this time!

”The International!” Fans of Christopher Walken's characteristically bizarre turn as “The Continental” on several SNL episodes may not be aware that there really was such an experimenetal, ultra-escapist TV series in the early 1950s. How popular was it? Popular enough that by 1956 it had been parodied several times, including this send-up of it by the Paramount Popeye series called “Parlez Vous Woo,” directed by Izzy Sparber, animated by Al Eugster and William B. Pattengill, with musical direction by Winston Sharples (listen the repeated appearance of “Cocktails for Two” in the musical track, beginning with the end of “The International's” show.)

Has Olive ever considered how much simpler her life would be if she just kept her windows shut so Bluto couldn't overhear things as he walks by?

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman examines the GOP's rather counterintuitive gender-gap strategy.

Matt Bors presents Man Talking Time.

Jesse Springer smells a problem in Salem:

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

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