Monday, September 5, 2016

Monday afternoon toons: “The end of labor is to gain leisure.”

Aristotle. Can't go wrong with Aristotle. Know what I'm saying?

Just a reminder: Oregon was the first state in the union to make Labor Day a state holiday, in 1887. (Take that, former Oregonian publisher N. Christian Anderson III! I haven't looked at the print Oregonian in a long while, but I imagine the strongest sign in the Big O that it's Labor Day will be the matress and car ads rather than the reporting on unions and Oregon's workers.)

And "taco truck on every corner" is a threat? Pal, you lost that argument over twenty years ago.

Gene Wilder's gone. Not much to be done about it, apparently, but crank out some Wonka-at-the-Pearly-Gates panels, which didn't make the cut today – not even the ones where he was in the steampunk glass elevator car.

If Colin Kaepernick had asked me for advice beforehand, I'd probably have said, "Lose the pig socks; it distracts from the central issue." But otherwise, I frankly can't find much to fault about his use of his First Amendment freedom to call attention to the increasing militarization of the police. He's been far more patient and on-message than I'd be – and he's doing it in the most jingoistic of the major professional sports leagues. Good on him.

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,, The Nib, and other fine sources of cartoon goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Clay Jones.

p3 Legion of Merit: Gary Varvel.

Ann Telnaes worries that the only part we'll enjoy is whacking him with a big stick.

Mark Fiore wonders about a presidential campaign whose slogan amounts to saying, "How can things possibly get worse for you?"

Tom Tomorrow covers The Twilight Zone election.

Keith Knight Kaptures (see what I did there?) the reactions to the Great Sit-Down of the 2016 NFL season.

Reuben Bolling points you toward what you fear most: when instinct takes over a hominid from the Pliocene Eoch – in a Western-theme barbecue restaurant. Not pretty.

Carol Lay presents The Story Minute, in which Mr. Know-It-All finds Ms. Right. It's actually pretty charming.

You probably know where this week's Red Meat, featuring Bug-Eyed Earl, is headed, but I bet you won't be able to look away in time.

Comic Strip of the Day reviews the concept of "an old man's argument" and reminds us of the extraordinarily talented, but now silenced, singer – a favorite here at p3 - who liked smart guys who cared about things that matter. (Bonus challenge: In addition to name-checking Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt, CSotD also works in a nod to James Taylor, if you can find it.)

"The Champ's a bum!" "Rabbit Punch," directed by Chuck Jones in 1948 from a story co-written by heavyweights Tedd Pierce and Michael Maltese, pits Bugs in the boxing ring against Battling McGook, when the original challenger, Dyspeptic McBlaster, fails to go the distance. Uncredited: Billy Blechter (McGook). McGook would return as the The Crusher in a 1951 wrestling remake of "Rabbit Hugged," also directed by Jones. (We'll  probably feature that next week.) For those who need to know, the "1043" on the steam engine in Round 110 (you'll see) is the production number for that cartoon. The WB animators knew how to keep themselves amused. Watch "Rabbit Punch" at VideoMotion.

The Completely Dignified Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman wonders about takin' care of business all these years later..

Documented Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen mocks the U of Chicago president's eminently mock-worthy message to the incoming class of 2020.

Matt Bors discovers the mother lode of all further election coverage this cycle.

Jesse Springer still doesn't like any tax plans coming out of the legislature these days (this time it's a gross receipts tax, which obviously the Oregonian doesn't like either).

Test your toon-captioning powers 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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