Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday morning toons: In which the Kid confesses he can't swim

How do you solve a solve a problem like The Donald?

It's not the first time – not by a long shot – that GOP insiders have faced that problem in the last several months, but it was only a dark worry as recently as last month – meaning before the primaries and caucuses. Now it's a looming disaster. If it weren't a looming disaster for the rest of the country too, I'd just laugh. Don't get me wrong: I'm still laughing, as you'll see by the bulk of this week's selections, but I'm not just laughing. This election cycle has already done damage to the country, and it's likely to get worse before it gets better. And that's even if Trump doesn't become president. (I can't believe I just typed that last sentence.)

And meantime, supporters of the two Democratic candidates are swearing social media blood oaths against one another (reminscent of the good old PUMA days of 2008, although this time, you should excuse the expression, both sides do it) as if the only question that matters in this election was whether their favorite gets the nomination.

Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.

(And, for the record, I'm not glad Antonin Scalia is dead. I'm just glad he's no longer on the Supreme Court.)

Today's toons were selected by a legion of superdelegates 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 (although might have been a teeny bit funnier if #1 had been for English).

p3 Legion of Merit: Drew Sheneman.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Jeff Stahler and Adam Zyglis.

p3 Special Recognition for Illustrating My Theory About Why Trump's Doing So Well: Mike Lester. Seriously: The GOP base is used to getting short-changed. For years, the religious right has voted for candidates who promised one thing and gave them another. Same with the small-government-low-taxes folks. I think that this time around they're backing Trump not because they think for a minute he'll advance many of the policies they want. But at least it's obvious that he'll do the one other thing they dearly want – he'll drive the gun-grabbing, gay-loving, immigrant-coddling, politically-correct hippies crazy.

Ann Telnaes offers a Trump retrospective. It's yoooge!

Congratulations to Mark Fiore for winning the annual Herblock Prize! Here, he digs a little deeper on the San Bernardino Apple phone case. And a good thing, too.

Tom Tomorrow presents: Sparky the Penguin having his Billy Pilgrim moment.

Keith Knight brings up an oldie to mark the passing (get it?) of Antonin Scalia: Supreme Court Justice, Constitutional originalists, killer of small animals, and homophobe.

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl remembers advice from Mom.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon looks on as Dennis the Menace takes a turn I only describe as . . . menacing.

Comic Strip of the Day advocates the start-arc button, meditates on the loss of the corded phone as a plot device, and – O joy! O rapture! – shares the even-before-Action-#1 Superman art of Joe Siegel and Jerry Shuster created to sell their story as a syndicated daily strip. It's fascinating.

Listen to me, you meddling fools! And speaking of Siegel and Shuster's creation: his birthday is tomorrow. You can look it up. "The Magnetic Telescope," directed by Dave Fleischer in 1942, was the sixth of nine Superman theatrical shorts created by Fleischer Studios (eight more were made by Famous Studios when they took over both Superman and Popeye). I love the image of a police officer shouting, "Your tampering with nature endangers thousands of lives!" Those were the good old days, eh? Uncredited voice work by Bud Collyer (Clark/Superman and the Mad Scientist), Joan Alexander (Lois), Jackson Beck (narrator) and Julian Noa (Perry White and the police officer). Ignore the silly plot, the George Lucas-level dialogue, and settle in to enjoy the lush dark palette and the rotoscoped character movements. And note that, at this point – as CSoTD points out, above – Big Blue is still shown leaping over tall buildings rather than flying over them.

The Appropriately Sized Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman manages a pretty impressive GOP/Trump/FBI/Apple crossover.

Most Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen offers some handy tips on how not to be a sexist jerk this election season.

Matt Bors has one of the most deliciously cynical toons I've seen in ages. He'll get mail.

Jesse Springer asks a reasonable question: Whydo we treat maximization of profits like the law of gravity?

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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