Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday morning toons: Faces

Just when I was ready to lose it from the seemingly endless presence in close-up of professional bigot Donald Trump's face on my Facebook feed, it's now filled with the seemingly endless presence of semi-pro bigot Kim Davis's face on my Facebook feed. Neither – trust me on this – is the sort of thing I want to face over my morning tea.

And meanwhile, we have a presidential candidate – who was still taken seriously as recently as eight weeks ago – arguing that we need a three thousand mile wall protecting us from the predatory ambitions of the nation to our north, who wants to steal our . . . I don't even know how to end that sentence. Ask Ann Telnaes or Stuart Carlson, below.

And don't show me the picture of that sheep with five years of unshorn wool again, either. Enough.

On a more important note, Comic Strip of the Day explains below why there are precious few infants-washed-up-on-the-shore cartoons in the p3 review today.

Today's toons were selected by a genuinely annoyed federal judge 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 cartoon goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Darrin Bell.

p3 Legion of Merit: Lalo Alcaraz.

Ann Telnaes reacquaints Scott Walker with the law of unintended consequences.

"All of the above" may rank next to "C" as the best when-in-doubt answer on a college multiple-choice quiz, but Mark Fiore has his doubts about it as an energy policy.

Keith Knight solves a mystery.

Reuben Bolling leaves us to wonder what the pigeons are thinking.

In honor of Labor Day, Red Meat's Ted Johnson takes exception to Carl's negativity.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon has a lot to unpack, and it involves Googling about giraffes' spots.

Comic Strip of the Day lays down the law: If you dare to touch this child with your pen, you may not, you must not, fuck it up.

"Mornin' Sam." "Mornin' Ralph." In honor of Labor Day, and as a follow-up to Tom Tomorrow's toon, above, and as a tribute to the sheep who went undiscovered by shearers for many years, we proudly present the third outing by Sam the Sheepdog and Ralph the Wolf: "Double or Mutton," directed in 1955 by Chuck Jones, from a story by Michael Maltese. And yes, Ralph looks like Wile E. Coyote but with a red nose, and he is fated to lose again and again, in one gag after another, to an implacable adversary, just like Wile E. Coyote does, but he's not a coyote. He's a wolf. (It's sort of like this.) In the first two Sam and Ralph toons, the collegial workaday adversarialism of the two hadn't been worked out yet. This is the first one where Sam and Ralph clock in together, get to their workstations, and take the whole sheep-rustling business as a job. Which is what makes it funny. Watch "Double or Mutton" at DailyMotion. And happy Labor Day.

The Not Very Big, But We Still Have A Dream, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman seems to have taken the long weekend off. So much for our dreams.

Entirely Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen solves a problem that only New York City could make a problem.

Matt Bors reassures us: This all makes sense. Really.

Jesse Springer answers the question: How is the next Oregon budget like a George Clooney/Mark Wahlberg film?

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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