Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday morning toons: A (mostly) Trump-free post

China sending the global stock market into a tizzy? Yeah, we got that.

Ten years after Katrina and the state of New Orleans? Yup, got that, too.

The totally over-hyped product of the arbiters of conventional centrist wisdom that is the theoretical Biden presidential campaign? Yeah, that too.

The made-for-YouTube shooting of the Virginia local morning news team? Not so much. Condolences to their families, their co-workers, and their community, but the coverage seems a little tinged and this is part of the reason why.

Today's toons were 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 of toony goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.

p3 Legion of Merit: Rob Rogers.

p3 Croix de Guerre: Clay Bennett.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: RJ Matson and Bob Gorrell.

Ann Telnaes recaps the events in New Orleans ten years ago this week. Good to be reminded what a dreadful piece of work the Bush matriarch is, by the way.

Mark Fiore worries that Smokey's job has gotten more complicated. And more important.

Tom Tomorrow documents the stages of The Proven Thing.

Keith Knight runs with it.

Reuben Bolling explores the concept of sort-of-omnipotence. (One more reason to respect the legacy of Jimmy Carter.)

Red Meat's Ted Johnson gives us the deal in a nutshell.

Comic Strip of the Day zeros in, with a short opening paragraph, on the reason there's no reason to include Trump toons this week. Then he goes on to more evolved things.

Sorry I had to pwug you, Mr. Duck, but I'm a sportsman. A gweat, gweat sportsman! "To Duck or Not to Duck" (1943) is one of the early instances when director Chuck Jones got his hands on Daffy Duck. Ten years later, Jones (with writer Michael Maltese) had transformed Daffy from the zany who always got the best of hunters (usually Elmer Fudd) to the hilarious but hapless second-banana who never managed to get the best of Bugs Bunny, most memorably in the Hunting Trilogy. and Duck Amuck. Portland's own Mel Blanc voiced Daffy, the referee, and Larrimore; Arthur Q. Bryan did his uncredited bit as Elmer.

The Modest, Yet Not Without Ambitions, Even At This Late Date, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman is never to high to dive for a pun.

Extremely Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen gives us Smokey's second appearance this week.

Matt Bors celebrates the joys of summer. Void where prohibited.

Test your toon captioning superpowers 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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