Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday morning toons: The times they aren't a-changin'

(Welcome, C&L friends, and thanks to Batocchio for the shout-out!)

Here are some things that just aren't going to cut it today:

Claiming your candidate "won" a televised debate – 13 seconds after social media lit up and 13 months before the election.

Mourning the passing of Playboy magazine's nude photos – in the age of omnipresent internet porn. (No credit today if you only had a "now they have to read the articles" joke, unless you're Jerry Holbert.)

Celebrating America's moral superiority in the era of targeted-drone assassinations.

Disliking Hillary so much – or needing a horserace so much – that you're willing to make up a Joe Biden candidacy.

Thinking the US will have better luck in Afghanistan than Alexander the Great did.

Today's toons were selected by a cage match between Beltway pundits and social media users, 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 Bennett. (Wasn't there a "Twin Peaks" bit about this?)

p3 Obligatory St. Peter Medal: Walt Handlesman.

p3 Legion of Merit: Bill Day.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Pat Bagley.

p3 World Toon Review: Sergei Tunin (Russia), Wolfgang Ammer (Austria), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Eray Ozbek (Turkey).

It's an Ann Telnaes twofer: Our continuing presence in Afghanistan, and state-sanctioned sexual abuse of political cartoonists in Iran.

Tom Tomorrow takes us to the classroom of tomorrow.

Keith Knight serves up an unexpected twist.

Reuben Bolling recalls a long-gone fraud. Fraudeamus Igitur, as they probably sing at the alumni banquet.

Red Meat's Johnny Lemonhead encounters a lucky bastard.

Comic Strip of the Day brings you images you won't be able to shake, including Moon Maid hurling on a bar table, and Sherman on acid.

The Comics Curmudgeon notices the Dick Tracy weirdness too, and he also catches the color change in Sam Catchem's suit. And he works in a deeply-pitched Star Trek reference, too.

Beware this Halloween eve, when the earth shall be haunted by spooks, ghosts, and hobgoblins! "Fright to the Finish," directed in 1954 by Seymour Kneitel, is one of the better early-1950s Popeye shorts. I remember being spooked by this one as a kid – the first time I saw it, not the zillionth – especially, for some reason, the skeleton marionette. To this day, I still get goose bumps when somebody says, "Here's your glask of water, Olive!" Uncredited voice work by Jack Mercer (Popeye), Jackson Beck (Bluto), and Mae Questel (The Slender One).

The Right-Sized Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman looks at her emails.

Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen looks at the value of an apology.

Go to the Matt Bors toon for the killer final panel, which no one seems to get; stay for the comments.

Jesse Springer considers why we never have the conversation.

Test your toon-captioning midichlorians 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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