Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Let's get the Christie jokes over with

Yes, Chris Christie's inner jerk has been rediscovered by people who somehow missed it the first time around. So let's just get it out of our system. By the way: To all of those non-Republicans who imagine this will end Christie's presidential hopes – think again. The GOP base adores score-settlers, ratfuckers, and payback artists. See here.

And there was a huge cold front you may have heard about, and the NSA is still running amok. And congressional Republicans see no point to extending unemployment insurance, since it will only make people who can't get jobs . . . count on paying for food and housing with unemployment, and who wants to encourage that? And although we're still finding out about the NSA's utterly unconstitutional antics, Edward Snowden is still considered a traitor, not a whistleblower. Although a couple of newspapers – starting with the New York Times – are wising up that free journalism depends on people who will talk about what the government doesn't want talked about, so there's some hope.

Today's toons were diverted off the George Washington Bridge from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Chan Lowe.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Jim Morin and Jeff Danziger.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Ben Jennings (United Kingdom), Ares (Cuba), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Mark Fiore remembers Falluja. Think any Iraq-hawks do? There's a special circle in hell waiting for the PNAC bloodsuckers who thought invading Iraq an attack set up by another country was a good idea. Especially the guy who authorized the war because "Saddam tried to kill my daddy."

Taiwan's Next Media Animation has the title that says it all: Woman Munches on Fiat During Drunken Rage. In her defense, she was Welsh.

Engulf and Devour – the Portland Metro edition: The Star Wars comic franchise is moving from local treasure Dark Horse Comics to Marvel. Our sympathies to the production company across the river.

p3 restates its original position about the forthcoming Superman-Batman movie: Worry that the film will hurt Ben Affleck's reputation, not the other way around. Now the word on the street is that Wonder Woman will have an appearance, but her tribe of Amazons will turn out to be . . . oh, lord, just go read it yourself.

Happy 101st birthday to legendary New Yorker cartoonist. If you only know him from the Addams Family movies, it's time to get caught up. His work is both creepy and kookie.

Who gets to be a superhero? Well, it's funny you should ask.

Maybe if Disney had been less dismissive of female animators back in the day, you wouldn't have to worry today that your sister/daughter/niece might want to be a Disney Princess. This has also reaffirmed my belief that I don't want to see "Saving Mr. Banks."

Tom Tomorrow offers advice about what really matters.

Keith Knight experiences life in the rear-view mirror.

Tom the Dancing Bug explores pufferfish madness! (Based on a true story.)

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl has that exact same dream again.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon is relieved to see manic excitement replacing glum resignation, at least for a little while.

Comic Strip of the Day celebrates the underground comix!

Featured animation "How to Be a Detective," directed in 1952 by Jack Kenney with uncredited voice work by Billy Bletcher (Al Muldoon), Pinto Colvig (Goofy), and June Foray (the Dame), is no Big Sleep, but it begins with a scene right out of Nick Danger: Third Eye. Don't know who voiced the weasel, who appeared again in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" And, oddly, the "painting of the road going straight" didn't work the way it usually does. Go figure.

The Big, But Could Be Bigger, Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors explores the tricky middle line.

Jesse Springer looks back at the last attempt to make an Oregon-goes-it-alone Columbia crossing. Not encouraging.

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

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