Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Say you want a resolution? Well, you know . . .

I imagine that many of my friends in the Northeast and Midwest are formulating a resolution for 2014: Spending next winter in the Southwest. Stay warm, and . . . well, just stay warm.

Today's toons were found buried under seven feet of snow on an even-day street somewhere in the east, as assembled 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.

p3 Best of Show: Clay Bennett.

p3 Award for Best Current Events-Related Anagram: Jimmy Margulies.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Bill Day.

p3 Notice of Demerit for Failure to Distinguish Weather from Climate (tie): Chip Bok and Rick McKee.

p3 World Toon Review: Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Heng (Singapore), Lalo Alcaraz (Cuba), Pedro X. Molina (Nicaraugua).

Ann Telnaes presents the conservative craft project for 2014.

Mark Fiore's Suzy Newsykins advises us what to forget about 2013.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers the definitive New-Year's-Eve-Party-Gone-Awry story for 2013.

Tom Tomorrow looks back at 2013: The Year in Crazy (Part 2).

Keith Knight finishes up the year with what Samuel Johnson called the lowest form of humor, but Aristotle classified as a valid rhetorical topos. Besides, I just think the image is funny. Pop!

Red Meat's Ted Johnson and his son capture the true spirit of Christmas. And kill it.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon discovers the true menace in Dennis the Menace.

Comic Strip of the Day ponders what it is with the button-down, polite-sounding Rand Paul crowd. And it goes in interesting directions from there.

Our tribute to Colorado: "Rodeo Romeo," directed in 1946 by Izzy Sparber, with uncredited work by Harry Welch (Popeye), Jackson Beck (Bluto), and Mae Questel (The Slender One), starts out as just another Popeye-and-Bluto-competing-over-Olive story, until a certain controlled substance now legally for sale in The Mountain State enters the picture. Wacky complications ensue, including fantasies of nontraditional sex. Musical direction by Winston Sharples includes bits from the Gene Autry standard "I Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle," plus "Blow the Man Down" (the cigarette-lighting gag) , "Streets of Cairo" (the dancing lariat gag), and Yankee Doodle.

The Big, but Could Be Bigger, Oregon Toon Block

Matt Bors presents the grim, stark, ugly reality of unemployment – in some other dimension.

Jesse Springer notes that, for much of Oregon, 2013 was the driest year on record.

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

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