Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday morning toons: The return of "that woman"

Once the world's most famous former intern, she's back with a pre-emptive strike in Vanity Fair. No one knows what it means, not even all the win-the-morning pundit mills like Politico, except that it must somehow be good for Republicans. Or for Hillary. Or something.

But it does have a nice Mother's Day tie-in: Who but a loving, loyal, selfless mother would have kept that blue dress in the freezer – without asking questions?

Today's toons were selected with loving care 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: Tim Eagan.

p3 Legion of Merit: Steve Benson.

p3 Abbot and Costello Award: Joe Heller.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland) and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes brings us The Return of the Evil Old Bastard (this time in drag).

Mark Fiore meditates on the Word of the Week: Botched.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation reports that Danish scientists may have finally reproduced Stimpy's greatest invention: The Happy Helmet! And only twenty-five years later!

Tom Tomorrow presents: The return of McGruff, the crime-fighting dog!

Keith Knight has a win-win-win plan for the homeless! (Me, I'm still wrapping my head around Elijah Wood in Muncie IN.)

Tom the Dancing Bug shares an olde, olde story. See if you can guess what happens in Part 2! Go on! Guess!

Red Meat's Ted Johnson handles compounding complexity in his own special way

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon reminds us: The Funkyverse really is the most depressing place in all of creation.

Comic Strip of the Day returns to one of its founding principles: a good strip, even a silly one, is thought-provoking.

Oh, baby! What a pip! "I Wanna Be a Life Guard," directed in 1936 by Dave Fleischer, is pretty much the standard Popeye story: Boy meets girl, other boy meets girl, both boys beat the crap out of each other while girl waits to see who wins. But that title song is just a classic! Uncredited talent: Joe Stultz, Jack Ward, and Edward Watkins (writers), and Jack Mercer (Popeye), Mae Questel (The Slender One), Gus Wickie (Bluto) and Lou Fleischer (Wimpy and music supervisor). (Lou was also the third of the three brothers who founded Fleischer Studios: producer Max, director Dave, and music supervisor Lou.)

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman looks at the conservative version of hope.

Possibly Ex-Oregonian (but we're claiming her as one anyway) Jen Sorensen has thought through this whole internet security thing.

Matt Bors finds a shocker.

Jesse Springer looks at the importance of mental multitasking.

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

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