May the First Amendment always win out over the Second.
Last week I passed along the news that over a third of the people in the Journalist category on the NRA's enemies list were political cartoonists. I didn't have the complete list then, but thanks to Josh Cavna at Comic Riffs I do now:
The NRA Fourteen:And as Association of American Editorial Cartoonists president Matt Wuerker points out:
Steve Benson, Tony Auth, Jim Borgman, Stuart Carlson, Mike Lane, Mike Luckovich, Jimmy Margulies, Jim Morin, Mike Peters, Kevin Siers, Ed Stein, Tom Toles, Garry Trudeau, and Don Wright.
When Nixon drew up his ‘enemies’ list,’ it included just one cartoonist: Paul Conrad from the Los Angeles Times. I was lucky enough to know Conrad and I remember that he was far prouder of making Nixon's list than his three Pulitzer Prizes.
From one to fourteen in a generation. You could see this as evidence that the whole thing's turning into a free-for-all, or as proof that political cartoonists are even more a force to be reckoned with than they were a generation ago. I go with the latter.
p3's tribute to Paul Conrad is here, by the way. Also, I'm proud to note that p3 has featured all of the artists on the NRA's enemies list in the Sunday toon review except Jim Borgman, who took an early-retirement buyout while the Sunday toon review feature was still in the larval stage.
Also, hey NRA -- no women on your oddly-dated list of enemy cartoonists? What's that about? Figure they all carry cute little pearl-handled revolvers in their purses and think the NRA is just dreamy? Think again, boys.
Oh yes, and the President gave his fifth State of the Union address, which it took about five Republicans to rebut; the Pope gave his two weeks' notice, which may give him time to get the hell out of the Vatican before the second Prada shoe drops; and the meteors and shooting stars around the globe in the last couple of days probably have nothing to do with 2012 DA14 asteroid passing near Earth; and one of the three or four craziest people on the planet who isn't currently representing an Old Confederacy state in the US Congress was testing nuclear weapons this week; and it's official -- without the Fourth and Fifth Amendments we're down to eight in the Bill of Rights.
And oh, how we love Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Today's toons were selected by the same humorless people who complied the NRA's enemies list -- except that we got ones they didn't like, or didn't get, or both -- from the week's pages at GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Slate, Time, About.com, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, JIm Morin, Nick Anderson, Adam Zyglis, Lisa Benson, Pat Bagley, R. J. Matson, Joe Heller, John Darkow, Mike Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: John Cole.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Joel Pett and Kevin Siers.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Adam Zyglis.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada).
Ann Telnaes scrapes off the scum.
Mark Fiore watches as Obama unleash his inner Richard Nixon.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings you the newest Burger King Challenge. Twenty-five years ago, it was “Where's the beef?” In 2012, it's What's the beef?
Tom Tomorrow celebrates the end of the Fifth Amendment, brought to you by the same man who finalized the end of the Fourth Amendment. Quite a resume-builder.
Keith Knight reflects on what's really worth beong afraid of.
Tom the Dancing Bug presents the (no-doubt relieving) News of the World.
Red Meat's Ted Johnson and Nick get nostalgic.
Who's the most remarkable extra-special kind of fellow? All of the Popeye theatrical cartoons from Fleischer Studios were called one-reelers (about 7 minutes long) except for three: Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves, Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp (both of which borrowed from 1001 Arabian Nights), and Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor. Two-reelers all, and in Technicolor. The latter was directed by Dave Fleisher in 1936, with voice work by Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, and Gus Wickie, and music and lyrics by Sammy Timberg, Sammy Lerner, and Bob Rothberg, plus animation by Willard Bowsky, George Germanetti, Edward Nolan, Lillian Friedman, and the magnificently-named Orestes Calpini. Many of the scenes used modeled sets to create 3-D effects. Popeye meets Sinbad was nominated for a short-subject Oscar, but lost to Disney's forgettable Silly Symphony: The Country Cousin. .
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors points out one way to reduce the size of government: Let the Exsecutive branch take over the juicier parts of the Judiciary and the Legislative. Seriously -- what could wrong?
Jesse Springer wishes happy skating to Governor Kitzhaber on the PERS reform he needs to make his budget plans work:
Test your toon-captioning skills at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)