Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday morning toons: A somewhat short week this week

And here's a big part of the reason why:

If you tooned about Sanders' entry into the 2016 race, but didn't get farther than Hillary Big, Bernie Small, you probably didn't make the cut today.

If you tooned about the Baltimore mom who smacked her son for being at the riots, but thought the point was some Cosby-esque moral about young black men taking personal responsibility, rather than her understandable fear that the cops would shoot him dead, you probably didn't make the cut today.

And if you tooned about the supposed moral equivalence of murderous cops and fed-up rioters, you absolutely didn't make the cut today.

Two drone-themed toons made it in, and exactly one cartoonist got in on the fast track/TPP debate (Spoiler: Brian McFadden! Unsustainable fish sticks!).

Today's toons were selected by Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, The Nib, and other fine sources of cartoon goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Signe Wilkinson.

p3 Legion of Merit: Matt Wuerker.

p3 Small Consolation Award: Darrin Bell.

p3 Certificate of Recognition for Apparently Being the Only One to Get the Irony on This: Stuart Carlson.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: John Darkow.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Drew Sheneman and Mike Luckovich.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland),

Ann Telnaes witnesses the awkward coming-together of desperate-to-seal-the-deal-with-the-whackjob-base Mario Rubio and, you know, actual history.

Mark Fiore looks at how far away a "near certainty" is in practice.

Tom Tomorrow looks at what happens when "near certainty" gets rendered in the passive voice.

Keith Knight sees the solution to the problem of police violence.

I haven't written anything here yet about Garry Trudeau's tut-tutting about the Hebdo murders, which is a failing on my part both as a toonophile and a free speech near-absolutist. Fortunately, Tom the Dancing Bug is among the many who didn't wait for me. As we wait for the EMTs to arrive, I have work to do, don't I? (Scroll down to Comic Strip of the Day, too.)

Red Meat's priest has a chat with god about angels. Funny, I always heard they smelled like fresh-baked cookies.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon shares his doubts about high school reunions. Mine was last night, as it turns out, and from Facebook traffic I gather that some of my cohort attended. I didn't, because among several reasons it's over 2000 miles away. And it was a tiny school (extinct since 1975), so for better or worse it's like the dwindling attendance at the annual convention of the dodo birds. For several years my sister was president of the alumni association, so I created little keepsake booklets for the fifty-year class: Here's what happened in 1957, etc.

Comic Strip of the Day considers "punching up," "only joking," and other themes related to the Trudeau/Hebdo business.

You ain't never saw none better! As a tribute to the Mayweather/Pacquiao title fight last night – I'm not a bloodsport fan, really, but I just love the idea that the Philippines has a legislator who just made in the neighborhood of $100 million for losing (didn't eat his spinach?) a title fight; I'd like to see the members of the US Congress having to get their side-money by going 12 rounds in the ring with Mayweather instead of cashing in on sweetheart revolving-door deals with lobby shops – here's the seventh theatrical Popeye cartoon: "Let's You and Him Fight," directed in 1934 by Dave Fleischer with uncredited work by Billy Costello (Popeye), William Pennell (Bluto), Bonnie Poe (The Slender One), Lou Fleischer (J. Wellington Wimpy – probably – and music supervisor) and Sammy Timberg (musical director).

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

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman wonders where everyone went.

Very Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen considers what things look like when they aren't what they look like. And it doesn't create confidence. On the other hand, the officers in question could have been national heroes in 2002.

Matt Bors imagines heaven. Tricky business, satire.

Jesse Springer is less sympathetic to Oregon PERS retirees than I am. I was in the system for a while in the early 1990s and as I recall, the sweet PERS deal offered public employees (including UO faculty, I might point out) was pie in the sky by and by from the small-government tax-cutting enthusiasts in the legislature, offered in lieu of actually having real-time salaries keep up with the rest of the world. When I came from the midwest to interview for a faculty job at UO, I pointed out to the person across the table that taking the same job I was leaving would mean a 20% salary cut. He chuckled and called it the "Oregon Lifestyle Surcharge."

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