Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday morning toons: Your p3 zen koans for the week

(Update: Missing "k" at the end of the post title has been restored, although it was interesting to wonder if I'd get more traffic by offering zen koans for small people. To continue:)

 If Edward Snowden didn't exist, would it be necessary for pundits actually have to focus on the NSA activities he exposed?

If Rolling Stone (circulation 110,000) puts the same photo of the Boston bomber on its cover in July that the NYTimes (circulation 1,865,318 daily, 2,322,429 Sunday) published on page 1 above the fold in May, is Rolling Stone ten times more evil and terrorist-loving, or a hundred times?

When black people notice that white people can suppress their vote and even kill them with relative impunity, does that make them the real racists?

Can Obama create a health care system so heavy that Congressional Republicans can't lift a rock to throw at it?

These and other baffling questions are explored on the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics,,, Daryl Cagle, Comic Strip of the Day, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Chris Weyant, Bill Day, John Cole, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Clay Bennett.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium: Mike Luckovich.

p3 Legion of Honor: Steve Sack.

p3 Distinguished Shouting-At-Clouds Cross: Ted Rall.

p3 World Toon Review: Marcin Bondarowicz (Poland), Jean Gouders (Netherlands), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes brings us the return of the Evil Bastard! And remember: You're not a Cheney until you've shot someone who trusted you.

Mark Fiore gives double meaning to ”off the hook.” Keep listening: The cartoon ain't over until it's over. Horrifying and disgusting.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation has a story that, whether true or not, would make a memorable episode of Law & Order: SVU.

Comic Strip of the Day pays tribute to the WWII enlisted-man humor of Yank the Army weekly. You'll see a couple of names you may recognize from their later careers. (And here's a little p3 tribute to the definitive WWII cartoonist, Bill Mauldin.)

Tom Tomorrow shares the secrets of the GOP PUA. OMG WTF?

Keith Knight shares the wisdom of George Zimmerman.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents the heart-rending An Immigrant's Story.

Red Meat's Karen is finally beginning to get Milkman Dan's number.

Armsies . . . elbowsies . . .  “Choose Your 'Weppins,'” a 1935 Popeye directed by Dave Fleischer and animated by Dave Tendlar and George Germanetti (Uncredited: William Costello as Popeye, Mae Questel as Olive, Gus Wickie as the villain, and musical direction by Sammy Timberg) is an early meditation on Stand Your Ground: A debonaire-looking criminal -- dressed too nicely for the neighborhood -- gives officer Wimpy the slip and seeks refuge, for reasons that are never adequately explored, in Popeye's Pawn Shoppe. Purchase price negotiations lead to fear, which leads to weapons being drawn, which leads to lunchtime, and finally hero and villain solve their disagreement the civilized, pre-ALEC way -- by attempting to poke each other in the eye with their fingers. If only.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors' title this week says it all: Zimmerman gets justice.

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

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