Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday morning toons: You have to look hard to find the good in this bad news week

Malaysian Air flight MH 17 was blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile over the eastern Ukraine and, as Josh Marshall at TPM points out, you can decide whether you find more comfort in the possibility that whoever did it knew what they were doing, or didn't know what they were doing.

Tens of thousands of children from three Central American countries where the US went to a lot of trouble in the Reagan era to destabilize governments we didn't like are now at our borders. They're fleeing violence at home. We can only hope they don't get shot by anti-immigration whackjobs now that they're here.

And Hamas, having very few options at its disposal, has succeeded in picking the worst: Starting another bloody fight with Israel in which Israel will cheerfully outgun them.

Today's toons were carefully selected 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: Darrin Bell.

p3 Legion of Merit: Martin Kolzowski.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Mike Luckovich and Steve Breen.

p3 Notice Served for the Most Despicable Cartoon of the Week: Glenn McCoy. Okay, we get it: You don't like Obama, and you don't like illegal immigrants – especially of the brown variety. But this is beyond the pale.

p3 World Toon Review: Kevin Kallaugher (England) and Paresh Nath (India).

Ann Telnaes reminds us, male legislators and jurists work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done.

Mark Fiore imagines what it would be like if Neanderthals could decide our response to global climate change. But we don't have to imagine, do we?

In an alternate-reality Riverdale, Archie took one for the team this week, and rightwing commentators haven't been this outraged since Peter Parker was killed off and replaced by a half-black, half-latino Spider-Man a couple of years ago.

Judge Lalo Alcaraz by the fee-discounted enemies he makes. File this one under It Would Be Funny If It Weren't So Sad.

Tom Tomorrow reads us a bedtime story. I particularly like the Jiminy Crickitization of Michael Kinsley. Very fitting.

Keith Knight says: Lie back and think of Germany.

Tom the Dancing Bug takes it to the logical next level.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson and his wife share some pillow talk.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon is following Dick Tracy through a time-travel crossover story arc. Weird.

Comic Strip of the Day looks at scams and delusions.

Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse (originally named Super Mouse) was created in 1942 by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox to cash in on the popularity of you-know-who. When his theatrical cartoons (eventually there were 80 of them) were collected for Saturday morning as the Might Mouse Playhouse in 1955, introducing a generation of kids to the idea of light opera in the process, the show had this intro (which more people today probably associate with Andy Kaufman than the flying rodent):

"Wolf! Wolf" was directed in 1944 by Mannie Davis from a story by John Foster, with Tom Morrison voicing Mighty Mouse, studio head Paul Terry as the narrator, and music by Philip A. Scheib (all uncredited).

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Bent the Rules Big-Time and Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman looks at the status of middle eastern peace talks.

Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen reveals the evil force standing between you and cheaper garden gnomes!

It's a Matt Bors twofer! Matt wonders what we'll watch now that the World Cup is over, and shares the joy when parents get the blessed news.

Jesse Springer notes the Violence Policy Center's recent report that Oregon was one of 14 states where gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 2011.

Test your toon captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.

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