Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday morning toons: Mother's Day with a side of irony

It's a nice way to say “Happy Mother's Day:” skyrocketing rates of sexual harassment in the US military, and electing Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford to Congress.

Other items getting their moment in the toon sun this morning include Benghazi! (the exclamation point, apparently, is now trademarked, like the one in Jeopardy!), Limbaugh getting crossways with his radio syndicator, and the horror – the horror! – that is Plan B available over the counter.

Today's toons were chosen with a mother's loving care from the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics,, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Jim Morin, Clay Bennett, Nick Anderson, Mike Keefe, Rob Tornoe, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Legion of Extreme Merit: Bob Englehart. p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Mike Luckovich and Gary Varvel.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Daryl Cagle.

p3 World Toon Review: Sofia Mamalinga (Greece), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland).

One of the things that irritates me about's cartoon page is that they never give credit to the cartoonists. If I already know the cartoonist, that's less of a problem, although it still seems to border on using the artists' work without proper credit (even if they're paying the syndication fees).. But when it's an artist I'm not familiar with, and the signature isn't easily decipherable, that's a problem. Although apparently doesn't think it's their problem. So anyway, I really liked this toon – the originality, the draftsmanship, the whole package – and I hope someone can tell me who the artist is.

Ann Telnaes drops the baby bomb.

Mark Fiore unveils the killer app.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation tells the story of the former Constitutional Law Professor who's never really liked the Fourth Amendment very much.

Tom Tomorrow identifies one of the things that Americans are the absolute worst at.

Keith Knight reveals the hidden power of NPR.

Tom the Dancing Bug says, Don't call it a theological crisis; call it a reboot.

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl embraces the new economy.

The Comics Curmudgeon examines one – actually two – of the industries that the internet has changed beyond recognition.

All praise and honor to Nietzsche Family Circus, which strips the caption from randomly selected images from deathless one-panel toon and pairs them with randomly selected quotations from Friedrich Nietzsche. The effect is magnificent – if this was what the strip was really like, I'd vote for the Oregonian to keep it!

Anyone who doesn't like spinach is my emeny! “Ax Me Another” (1935) was directed by Dave Fleischer, animated by Seymour Kneitel and Roland Crandall. (Uncredited: Musical director Sammy Timberg; and Billy Costello, William Pennell, and Mae Questel as, respectively, Popeye, Pierre Bluto, and Olive. Timberg also composed “I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,” “Strike Up the Band for Popeye the Sailor" (Popeye's “other” theme, heard in instrumental version as Popeye rows out to rescue Olive, and “I'll Do Anything That You'll Do,” which is probably a one-off for this film. I'd love to know who did the vocalized sound effects for the glue brush, the hand saw, the water splashing, the timber saws, etc.) And the theme accompanying the log-rolling battle is “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor." No explanation is offered for why Bluto isn't able to beat the crap out of Popeye following the final scene.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors settles an age-old cosmological question. Turns out, it's multinational corporationss all the way down!

Jesse Springer detects the fundamental flaw in Oregon's gun control efforts:

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

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