Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday morning toons: Other than great deals on mattresses

What's new this week other than great deals on mattresses? Well, Oklahoma got trashed and its congressional reps can't decide if it should get no federal help or none at all.

And Apple, the ultra-cool corporation that has its iPads built in Chinese industrial hell-holes, also moves its profits offshore to make sure it pays the least US taxes conceivable.

And if you're a reporter covering national security issues, you don't have to keep track of your phone records; the Obama DOJ is doing that for you.

If you're a graduate, good luck.

And maybe GITMO will be closed after all these years, but probably not.

Today's toons were selected with 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, Joel Pett, Kevin Siers, Lee Judge, Jim Morin, Clay Bennett, Chad Lowe, Steve Breen, Adam Zyglis, Nate Beeler, Rick McKee, Pat Bagley, Dave Granlund, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 “Look At The Hands” Medal: Jeff Parker p3 Best in Show: Lee Judge.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Glenn McCoy.

p3 Legion of Extreme Merit: Nick Anderson .

p3 Certificate for Harmonic Toon Convergence: Nick Anderson and John Cole.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Oleg Dergachov (Canada), Padre X. Molina (Nicaragua), and Alfredo Sábat (Argentina),

Ann Telnaes takes out the trash.

Mark Fiore brings back Susie Newsikins, who has a new summer job.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation may have missed one pun somewhere about Andrew Weiner's NYC mayoral bid, but I can't name it.

We've talking about exiled artist p3 hero Ali Ferzat, who's now known as the man that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad hates and fears most. Judge a man by his enemies.

Tom Tomorrow discovers what was the point all along.

Keith Knight looks back, and looks forward. p3 wishes him all the best, but wants to know – what's the deal about the avocados?

Tom the Dancing Bug considers what would disgust Nixon.

Red Meat's Karen and Milkman Dan return to examine the nature of happiness.

Destruction Inc. When Fleisher Studeos sold out – it's a long story and not very pretty – in the early 1940s to Paramount (under the moniker of Famous Studios), many of the old guard followed along. There were union issues, benefit issues, other issues, and the result was that Popeye and Superman, their two most popular theatrical animation shorts, both went through changes. In Superman's case, it involved reconsidering what he was faster than, more powerful then, etc., but also ratcheting the storylines up to take into account the hot-buttons of World War II including domestic sabotage. Directed by Izzy Sparber, with musical direction by Sammy Timberg. Superman and Clark are voiced by Bud Collyer (who voiced the Man of Steel up through Superfriends, in animation and radio), Louis the messenger boy was voiced by Jack Mercer (who voiced Popeye for Fleisher/Famous for years), and Lois Lane was voiced by Joan Alexander (who voiced Lois on the radio series for several years).

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors examines the Tea Party's greatest horror.

Jesse Springer goes for the joke I've kept my distance from all week:

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

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