Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Fitzgerald was right

"Let me tell you about the very rich" he wrote. "They are different from you and me." (The shorter version that everyone remembers is what Hemingway said Fitzgerald said.)

How different are they, you ask? They're Tom Perkins-different. They imagine that their current unpopularity among the rabble is the moral and political equivalent of . . . well, if you don't already know, you'll see it featured several times below.

Other people feeling that life is treating them harshly include Congressional Republicans, who – after proudly making sure the legislative branch of our federal government will block every single thing that the White House wants until a Republican is back in the Oval Office – complain that Obama issuing fewer executive orders than pretty much any president since WWII is (also) the moral and political equivalent of Nazism. And there's that, uhm, made Congressman from New York who felt that being asked about his finances by a reporter was a valid Stand Your Ground case – no duty to retreat there. The reporter is lucky he wasn't wearing a hoodie.

But at least today's not the worst day to be a groundhog. Although I wouldn't want to be in the amateur weather prediction business this winter.

And while I really don't have a dog in this afternoon's fight, most of my local friends want Seattle, and I have to live with them. No hard feelings to the Bronco fans out there.

Today's toons were selected by seeing which of our favorite artists saw their shadow this morning, 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: Pat Oliphant.

p3 Legion of Merit: Steve Breen.

p3 Certificate of Humanitarian Achievement: Joe Heller.

p3 World Toon Review: Tom Scott (New Zealand), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

Ann Telnaes witnesses the long – and pointless – march.

Mark Fiore welcomes the Gilded Age Internet.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation pays indirect tribute to Firesign Theatre: There's barbecue all over the road in southern California

Tom Tomorrow sez: Lucky it wasn't terrorists!

Keith Knight pays tribute to Wee Pals creator Morrie Turner.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents Lucky Ducky and Hollingsworth Hound in a not-terrifying and un-ghastly story of complete absence of danger to the 1% of the 1%. Brace yourselves for nothing really bad happening! (Readers who may have lost track of the secret origins of Lucky Ducky are invited here.)

Red Meat's Mister Wally has . . . afterthoughts.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon asks: Just how much a part of your family is your cat?

Comic Strip of the Day explores "shades of difference."

I've been looking for "Lights Fantastic," directed in 1942 by Fritz Freleng, online for ages, and I finally found it on a Romanian site. (Unfortunately, the YouTube/Google/TimeWarner combine has made it pretty much impossible to embed it here, so you're going to have to follow a link this morning. Sorry.) It's a delightful piece of fluff containing so many pop culture and advertising references of the moment that it may be nearly untranslatable today (imagine Planter's Peanuts commanding the key spot at Times Square!). Uncredited voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc, and musical direction by Carl Stalling, who lifts from "Lullabye of Broadway," "My Wild Irish Rose," and "Laugh, Clown, Laugh," among others. Sight gags and puns include references to the Cotton Club, Four Roses bourbon, the American Tobacco Company, Chase and Sanborn Coffee, Carnation Condensed Milk, and Dutch Maid Cleaner. Casual use of racial and ethnic stereotypes; consider yourself warned. Click here to watch (be ready -- it autoplays).

The p3 Sunday Comics Read-Along: A Sunday-morning ritual here at p3 international headquarters has long been reading the Sunday Oregonian's comic section over breakfast in our lavish corporate dining hall. Alas, the ever-diminishing four-issues-delivered-each-week newspaper is set to go full-Monte tabloid by spring. Since the strategy involves routing former hard-copy readers to their iffy website (or, in those cases when Doonesbury gets too true for comfort, to the original online source of the "content provider"), we thought it might be helpful to get ahead of the curve by sharing the links to our favorite Sunday comics – and here's the important part: they're listed here in the exact order we always, always follow in reading them. So fix yourself the breakfast or brunch of your choice and join in: Pearls Before Swine, Doonesbury, Rhymes with Orange, Zits, Adam @ Home, Mutts, Over the Hedge, Get Fuzzy, Prince Valiant, Blondie, Bizarro, Mother Goose & Grimm, Rose is Rose, Luann, Hagar the Horrible, Pickles, Rubes, Grand Avenue, and Freshly Squeezed.

Yes, Prince Valiant. Bite me.

The Big, But Could Be Bigger, And We're Still Working On It, Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors is too polite to come right out and say that Tom Perkins is an unbelievably foolish person.

Jesse Springer wonders: Can the Oregon Legislature hit the broad side of a barn?

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

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