Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Nuclear war couldn't destroy the Twinkie, but vulture capitalism might

Oddly, if there was a political cartoon marking the 49th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I didn't see it. On to other matters.

Six CEO's -- some place-holders, some with no baking/food industry experience, some flat-out vulture capitalists brought in to strip and flip -- ran Hostess into the ground and took their bonuses, but they blamed it on the Bakers union. Wussies.

Also up this week: WalMart gets the frowny-face; Black Friday brings out our best; Israel and Palestine show that war is the ultimate extension of peace; Romney declines to dedicate the rest of his life to serving the country he so desperately wanted to lead; and right-wingers try desperately to prove that the Petraeus scandal leads to the Benghazi attack which must therefore lead to impeachment proceedings against Obama. You heard it here approximately first.

Also, you-know-Who celebrated his 49th broadcast anniversary.

Today's toons were selected, using Time Lord technology, from the week's pages at GoComics,, Slate, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Joel Pett, Chad Lowe, Jeff Stahler, Tom Toles, Bill Day, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorensen, and Monte Wolverton. (Why is Monte Wolverton a regular, you ask? Apart from his wild-ass drafting, there's the former-Portland connection, the Mad Magazine connection, and the fact that every bad idea in California, which is his local beat now, ends up on the ballot in Oregon about five or ten years later.)

p3 Best of Show: Adam Zyglis.

p3 Going Galt (On Someone Else) Award: Joel Pett.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (best when viewed in order presented): Jack Ohman, Joe Heller and Rob Tornoe.

p3 Legion of Merit (with Notches): John Cole.

p3 World Toon Review: Martyn Turner (Ireland), Kevin Kallaugher (England), Cameron Cardow (Canada), Rachel Gold (Austria) and Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

Ann Telnaes has put together a tribute to political sex scandals beginning in the late 1990s -- who could that have been?

Mark Fiore presents Little Suzie Newsykins expressing thanks for the news that keeps our minds off the news. You'll never feel the same way about tracing around your hand again!

Taiwan's Next Media Animation presents Black Friday in the WalMart of Good and Evil.

Tom Tomorrow reflects on why some phallic objects and other phallic objects will never understand each other.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents one of my favorites from a long time: Ward, I'm not worried about the Beaver. And then Bill O'Reilly woke up and half of his pillow was missing!

Red Meat's Ted Johnson presents the deal in a nutshell. Honestly, didn't you figure where this was going anyway?

The Comics Curmudgeon tells you what no one else has the stones to tell you: Are you ready to kill? Kill in a way that leaves no trail back to you? Because that’s what it takes. That’s what it takes..

Celebrating the start of his 50th year on TV: Martha Jones and The Doctor (voiced by Freema Agyeman and  David Tennant)  have an animated adventure, “The Infinite Quest,” serialized by the BBC during the third season (2007) of the re-booted Doctor. It has the usual suspects as executive producers, including Russell T. Davies, but a different writing/production crew from the live-action series. Still, pretty fun. Here's Part 1 (YouTube will connect you to the remaining episodes):

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman (no longer an Oregonian, strictly speaking, but grandfathered in here at p3) pays tribute to the American tradition that cannot die.

Matt Bors investigates the pain -- the very specific and localized pain -- of being a CEO in a world that has insufficiently rejected Obama.

Jesse Springer looks at the good news and the bad news -- or at least the good news -- from Oregon's budget picture:

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

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