Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Spring forward, fall back

Spring forward: The GOP finally wants to get along with the president.
Fall back:  It's the President of Russia they've got a mancrush on.

Spring forward: The conservative trade-show CPAC is working to overcome dissention within the party.
Fall back: Their presidential straw poll this week had 26 entrants.

Spring forward: There's greater participation than ever in the American political process.
Fall back: It's mainly from unaccountable dark money sites or the Koch brothers.

Today's toons were selected by a flurry of last-minute ballot-box stuffing 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: Bill Day.

p3 Legion of Merit: David Fitzsimmons.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Adam Zyglis and Arend van Dam.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Scott Stantis.

p3 World Toon Review: Bas van der Schot (Netherlands), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Sunnerberg Constantin (Belgium).

Ann Telnaes returns us to the foreign policy insights of Sarah Palin.

Mark Fiore has good news and bad news: Suddenly there's more coverage about a part of the world most Americans are clueless about, but the coverage is only slightly less clueless. (Funny, but a lot of the "bites" he identified turned up in this week's toons. Hm.)

Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers China's new plan to handle the heavy smog in is most populous areas: chemical-spraying drones. Hard to see how that could go wrong.

Tom Tomorrow reminds us of the importance of being an adult and a patriot. And remember: If you think you saw a unicorn in the garden, you're a booby and they'll put you in the booby hatch, but if you believe an invisible hand guides all economic transactions toward optimal outcomes, you're a Chicago School economist.

Keith Knight identifies the source of illegal prescription drugs that's even bigger than friends 'n' family or theft! (This is probably a good time to send him get-well wishes.)

Tom the Dancing Bug makes me think that we might actually be lucky that more war-mongering NYTimes columnists don't have skin in the game.

Red Meat's Bug-eyed Earl seizes his dream.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon explores marital disfunction.

Comic Strip of the Day celebrates what musical satirist Tom Lehrer once called "freedom of pleasure – a right that is not, alas, guaranteed to us by the Constitution."

Oh, I don't mind an honest day's woik! Last week we explored a little gem with uncredited voice work by actor/producer Sheldon Leonard. Here's another one from the same year: Directed in 1952 by Robert McKimson and story by Tedd Pierce, "Kiddin' the Kitten," stars Leonard as the voice of Dodsworth the cat, plus voice work by Bea Benaderet and Portland's own Mel Blanc, all three once again uncredited. (Did I mention that Leonard also executive produced one of p3's favorite TV shows?)

The Big, But Could Be Bigger, And We're Not Giving Up Yet, Oregon Toon Block:

Jesse Springer: Still not happy about Cover Oregon; taking it to the next level.

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

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