Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday morning toons: The Grand Unified Theory of ISIS-Ebola-Benghazi-Immigrants

At least that's where things seem to be headed.

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: Clay Jones.

p3 Legion of Merit: Ben Sargent.

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

p3 "Ripped from the Headlines" Award: Darrin Bell. (And here's the headline.)

p3 World Toon Review: Keven Kallaugher (England), Paresh Nath (India), Martyn Turner (Ireland), and Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

Ann Telnaes looks at the whole concept of taking one for the team.

Mark Fiore is feeling understandably Shell-shocked.

Tom Tomorrow presents one of the most depressing cartoons I've read in quite a long while.

Keith Knight looks at the upside of the loss of half the earth's wildlife in less than 50 years.

Tom the Dancing Bug looks at the odds.

Red Meat finds something disturbing going on at the Johnson house, and for once it isn't Ted or his son. I've always wondered about the never-seen Mrs. Johnson.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon sometimes makes you wonder what comics you've been reading: His takeaway from "The Better Half" is "Suicide is a revolutionary act!"

Comic Strip of the Day reflects on the value of suspicious minds, and features a couple of images by artists I grew up on, although you might not immediately associate with political cartooning today.

Arf, arf! There ain't no ghosks! Let's investitate! "Shiver Me Timbers!" was the 12th Popeye theatrical short. Directed by Dave Fleischer and released in 1934, with animation by Willard Bowsky and Willard Sturm, it also features uncredited work by animator David Tendlar, music director Sammy Timberg, plus William Costello (Popeye) and Mae Questel (The Slender One). I was a little surprised to see Questel's credit, since Olive sounds very un-Olivey in this one. Same with J. Wellington Wimpy, who has the timing but not the strange, vaguely mid-Atlantic accent he's usually given. During the 1930s, Wimpy was usually voiced by music director Lou Fleischer. A colorized version of "Shiver Me Timbers" was created a few years later, but we're bringing you the original, in glorious monochrome. Notice to patrons: No one will be seated during the bizarre three-way torture scene.

The Big, and Getting Bigger Since We Rewrote the Rules and Welcomed Back yhe Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman warns us of a menace taking to the air.

Allegedly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen looks at the future of early voting.

Matt Bors has good news: Here comes the media.

Jesse Springer looks at a neglected side of the GMO debate. (Here at p3, by the way, we're much more concerned about the immediate implications of genetic information as intellectual property for organic farmers and subsistence farmers, compared to long-term health hazards of eating the stuff, but that's just how we roll.)

Test your toon captioning Force 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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