Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday morning toons: What you don't see

Toons you're probably not going to see this morning (if it makes its way in, it means the artist had a striking and unexpected take, or amazing art): Anything comparing Black Friday mobs to Ferguson mobs. Anything contrasting the Native American's treatment of the Pilgrims with the Tea Party nativists' reaction to immigrants. Executive orders and turkey pardoning. Talking to your Fox News-addled relative at the holiday table (although see Jen Sorensen, below).

Also, for reasons that aren't clear, the entries seem to take an obituary, or at least funereal turn as we get farther down the page.

Today's toons were selected by dumping every single cartoon for the last four weeks on the table in front of a grand jury, then telling them to get back to us when they've sorted it out for themselves, including our regular sources at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, The Nib, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.

p3 Award for Shedding New Light on "The Old Ball and Chain:" John Darkow.

p3 World Toon Review: Ingrid Rice (Canada) and Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

Harmonic Toon Convergence: The Next Level. R. J. Matlin, reflecting on how his syndicated visual take on the Ferguson unrest could, in good faith, wind up in a more-or-less identical form on the cover of The New Yorker, shares a bit of insider lore: Yahtzee!

Ann Telnaes found Turkish president Edrogan's views on women to be evolved – up to a point. (Story here.)

Mark Fiore awards himself a Thanksgiving breather.

Tom Tomorrow presents the awesome world of the future (although you could be forgiven for thinking the only cool thing is the flying cars that look like '57 Chevies).

Keith Knight brings back an evergreen – alas – from 2000. (Optional musical accompaniment.)

Tom the Dancing Bug welcomes you to that moment when you find yourself wondering what the hell happened to your favorite childhood experiences?

Red Meat's Ted Johnson is pleased to learn his son has a friend who knows a guy.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon brings you the two traditional Thanksgiving leftovers: Death and sandwiches.

And speaking of death, Comic Strip of the Day looks at another topic with an obituary feel to it.

Okay, chum – now you try it! We've often said that Olive wouldn't start so many troubles between Popeye and Bluto if she didn't leave the window open so Bluto could eavesdrop. "Quick on the Vigor," directed by Izzy Sparber in 1950 from a story by Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer, shows the corollary: Popeye could wrap up his feuds with Bluto a lot more quickly if he ignored those rigged "now you try it" challenges. Uncredited work: Mercer (Popeye), Jason Beck (Bluto), and Mae Questel (the Slender One). Note that "Vigor," fourteen years after "Bridge Ahoy!", features Olive still giving Bluto her signature line: "You keep your hands to yourself – that's what you are!" As long as the paychecks kept clearing. . . .

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Threw Out The Rulebook and Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman sees common ground.

Quite Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen presents a Thanksgiving tradition two-fer. (Wisely, she doesn't waste her time or yours giving you advice on how to talk to him.)

Matt Bors demonstrates how simple the solution to the whole blacks-police-guns thing is. Although panel #4 does remind me a little bit of this.

Jesse Springer looks at a plant specimen that may have cheated death (for now):

Test your toon captioning mojo 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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