Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday morning tunes: Fail!

[Update: Missing Springer toon and weekly animation are back!]

Arizona's attempt to reinstate Jim Crow: Fail (for now).

Neocons' efforts to get the US into a war with Russia over Georgia: Fail (although it means that a lot of people have had to Wiki "Crimean War" – some before they hit the social media, some after).

The latest conservative-manufactured ACA Fail stories: Fail (after a few minutes of online digging by bloggers and reporters; even ACA's ardent supporters concede that there is a small number of people who won't get a better deal under the new health care system; why can't opponents find those people instead of making up fake cases out of whole cloth?)

Today's toons were selected by members of the Academy from the week's offerings (some of which they've seen, most of which they haven't) 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: David Fitzsimmons.

p3 Legion of Merit: Clay Bennett.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Phil Hands and Jeff Darcy.

p3 Medal for Best Repurposing of a Classic Charles Addams Cartoon: R. J. Matson. (See here.)

p3 World Toon Review: Kevin Kallaugher (UK), Luojie (China), Raul Fernando Zuleta (Colombia), and Saad Murtadha (Iraq).

Mark Fiore discovers strong moral compasses aplenty in Arizona.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation reminds us that Google's once-legendary motto – don't be evil – is subject to what the market will bear.

Tom Tomorrow answers the question: How is a handgun like Richard Pryor's crack pipe?

Keith Knight (with an assist) notices that even Life's Little Victories are different for the 1 percent.

Tom the Dancing Bug salutes the American family farmer, backbone of our economy. (Is it me, or does the kid look a lot like a young Bill Gates, and if so is that supposed to be irony?)

Red Meat's Ted Johnson has a Close Encounter of the Stand-Your-Ground Kind.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon can only look on in horror as the gentle, low-stakes whimsey of Gasoline Alley is traded in for the chaos of complete societal breakdown.

Comic Strip of the Day continues to whet my curiosity about The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee.

Hm . . . starts throwing punches when he hears a bell . . . And there you have the entire premise of "Sock A Doodle Do," written by Tedd Pierce and directed in 1952 by Robert McKimson (the perfect director for Foghorn Leghorn's physical presence and scenery chewing), featuring voice work by Portland's own Mel Blank (Foghorn and Barnyard Dog) and an uncredited Sheldon Leonard as Kid Banty. (Leonard, whose New York accent could be sliced with a cheese knife, played hoods and heavies for most of his acting career, but he was also the producer of classic 1960s TV programming including Make Room for Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, and I Spy – in most of which, at one time or another, he worked in a cameo as one of his Damon Runyon-esque characters.) Hat-tip to Ryan.

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

Here's a Matt Bors twofer on policing the escalating gun-related violence in America. One, and two.

Jesse Springer presents the drug we probably do need a war on (although at least it means we don't have to do something completely immoral like, I don't know, raising taxes.)

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

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