Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Elections are good business - invest in one!

In addition to the overwhelmingly corrupting influence of money in American politics, today's menu of toony goodness includes: Dubious insights into geopolitics, the utter absence of any acknowledged connection between global climate change and the “Frankenstorm,” courting the undecideds, the increasing puzzle of Donald Trump's media relevance, the consequences of the failing dead-tree media for truth, justice, and the American way, and the never-ending search for more ways that the GOP can offend women.

Don't thank us; it's what we do.

Also, we usually change the p3 header on Sundays, but in honor of some Superman-related items below, this one's staying up for a while.

Today's toons were chosen by a flurry of last-minute ballot box stuffing in six key states, from the week's pages at GoComics,, Slate, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Lee Judge, Joel Pett, Mike Peters, Daryl Cagle, Pat Bagley, R. J. Matson, Bob Englehart, Jen Sorenson, John Darkow, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Mike Keefe.

p3 “And Hanging on the Passenger Door Handle Was a Stainless Steel Hook!” Award: John Cole.

p3 “Still I Look to Find a Reason to Be Outraged” Award: Brian McFadden.

p3 World Toon Review: Kevin Kallaugher (England), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes has one word for John “Sweetface” McCain: Legacy.

Mark Fiore's Suzie Newsykins shares what she's learned about how grownups run for president.

Look! Up in the sky! Taiwan's Next Media Animation's wonderfully irreverent update on the latest story of the decline of dead-paper news media.

Seriously? DC comics has given their flagship title over -- again -- to people who flatter themselves that moving Clark Kent away from the Daily Planet is “edgy”? This is what you get when you hand the car keys over to kids who think the franchise started with that movie in 1978. (Superman Returns, I'm looking at you.) DC needs to hire Oliver Willis as continuity editor, and arm him heavily. Meanwhile, I suppose, we can look forward to Clark accidentally ramming his half-on boot through the toilet stall door while he's changing costumes in a Starbucks men's room.

Just a reminder: I still love this freaking commercial.

Tom Tomorrow has good news and bad news: The end is near!

Keith Knight brings up an interesting point: Why is it we treat the prez/veep debates like some kind of professional gladiatorial combat -- until it would be helpful and then we don't?

Tom the Dancing Bug is hawking a new political-comedy DVD. (Read all the way through the blurbs at the bottom!)

Red Meat's Ted Johnson and Ted's son learn the importance of reading carefully.

The Comics Curmudgeon finds the dreaded Marmaduke/Godwin's Law nexus. Be afraid.

Cat? You know where is-it a cat? With a hat-tip to Wes, who reminded me that this neglected gem is out there. “Tree for Two,” directed in 1952 by Fritz Freleng, features Spike, Chester, and a dialogue-free Sylvester the Cat. The fundamental gimmick that drives the story was frequently turned around for a series of cartoons featuring Sylvester, his son Sylvester Jr., and a kangaroo named Hippety. “Spoik's me 'ero, 'coz 'e's so brave and strong!”

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman examines the escalating battle for the 3% of “undecided” voters.

Matt Bors celebrates the utter uselessness of syndicated “fact-checkers.”

Oregon's already experimenting in five counties with using iPads to increase voter access to the franchise; Jesse Springer sees it going to the next level:

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

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