Note: We're keeping the Trump references short this morning. (All honors to Eric Allie, below.)
Last summer, I documented a case I'd tracked down in which a group called Young Americans for Liberty posted on their Facebook page a cartoon by Dutch political cartoonist Arend van Dam with the artist's name removed and the content of the cartoon severely edited (by whom was unclear) to make a wholly unrelated point. I found it ironic that a libertarian group would cast doubts on their commitment to property rights by playing so fast and loose with copyright.
But that was as nothing to the big brass ones (a metaphor I choose with some care) displayed in a case of plagiarism first uncovered this week by Mike Lynch and then followed up at Comic Strip of the Day (including the link to Lynch's original post). If you're a Facebook user, you probably saw it.
It's a little like watching Republican presidential candidates deny things they said on YouTube or Twitter: don't they understand that the Internet is forever?
(And in celebration of the demise of Marco Rubio's 2016 candidacy last week, as well as Hubert Humphrey's similar fate in 1960 – or, arguably, a worse fate in 1964 – we offer this musical interlude. Both Rubio and Humphrey turn up again below.)
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, About.com, and other fine sources of toony goodness.
p3 Best of Show: Clay Jones.
They're not really close enough for a p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence, and they're not an ideal fit for a joint p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium, but Tom Toles and Rob Rogers have a similar point to make.
And none of Gary Varvel's commenters seem to be aware that he's tipping his hat to a classic image – created on deadline, if I recall the story correctly – by Bill Mauldin, about whom more below.
Ann Telnaes watches Sen. Huckleberry J. Butchmeup take one for the team.
Mark Fiore reviews the Short-Fingered Vulgarian's track record.
Tom Tomorrow seems to be losing his sense of innocent enjoyment regarding Campaign 2016.
Keith Knight illustrates an actual letter received by an actual cartoonist.
Reuben Bolling imagines the 2016 campaign as covered by Universal Pictures.
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl is leveraging the media to manage the jobless recovery.
Comic Strip of the Day shows how political cartooning legends Bill Mauldin and Herblock covered previous election campaigns in which an iinsurgent faced off against the candidate the establishment wanted – and was prepared to do what it took to elect.
He goes birling down a-down the white water! It's been nice outdoorsy weather around here this weekend, so it seems fitting to bring back National Film Board of Canada's outdoorsy "Log Driver's Waltz," directed and animated in 1979 by John Weldon, featuring the voices of Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Click through for the HD version! (And how often do we say that at p3?) According to Wikipedia: "'Birl' is an old Scots verb meaning 'to revolve or cause to revolve', and in modern English means 'to cause a floating log to rotate by treading'. Today, birling survives as a competitive sport."
The Value-Sized Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman points out one of the most surprising events of the week.
Documented Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen puts some of the presidential candidates to the Ivins Test. (Curious readers will find the full Molly Metric spelled out here.)
Jesse Springer has mixed feelings about the process by which Oregon's handling of the delisting of our grey wolves as endangered.
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.
The p3 Sunday Comics Read-Along: Pearls Before Swine, Doonesbury, Rhymes with Orange, Zits, Adam @ Home, Mutts, Over the Hedge, Get Fuzzy, Prince Valiant, Blondie, Bizarro, Mother Goose & Grimm, Rose is Rose, Luann, Hagar the Horrible, Pickles, Rubes, Grand Avenue, Freshly Squeezed, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee, and Jumble.