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Why a Pulitzer-winning cartoonist has decided to go ‘Trump-free’

DONALD TRUMP and Opus the Penguin.

Last year was a double siren song that lured two ’80s-born species back into the national conversation. The builder and the marine bird.

Earlier, in a simpler, less-wired era, Berkeley Breathed, creator of “Bloom County,” had skewered Trump dozens of times in his Pulitzer-winning strip that featured sweet Opus, whacked-out Bill the Cat and an entire meadow of interacting human and animal denizens of the title lands. The Donald was painted as cartoon buffoon. Then last year, Breathed reawakened “Bloom County” after a quarter-century slumber, calling its return — in the immediate wake of Trump’s escalator entry into the presidential campaign — a “sparkling symptom of a renewed national ridiculousness.” And for much of the past year, the strip poked fun at the Republican candidate.

Now, Breathed isn’t laughing so heartily at Trump.

Editorial artists and journalists alike “look like kickboxers swinging underwater,” Breathed tells The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs of media attempts to land a critical harpoon into Candidate Trump’s hide. Which is why Breathed himself has decided to stand down.

“I have declared my strip Trump-free at this point,” Breathed tells Comic Riffs. “He may get only a glancing mention as subtext … even if he and his family get control of the free world.”


Sunday's Non Sequitur

Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

Accordionist, bandleader and New Orleans music icon Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco has died. He was 68.

His death was confirmed by the band’s manager and frequent collaborator, Ted Fox, who wrote on the Buckwheat Zydeco’s Facebook page that Dural had died early Saturday morning. In August, Fox also announced via the band’s website that Dural had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and daughter Tomorrow Dural had launched a campaign on the fundraising site GoFundMe in an attempt to cover medical expenses.

“Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier,” Fox wrote. “RIP my dear friend, my brother.”



Weekend Toon Roundup






'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's interview goes horribly wrong (for him)

Just why, exactly, "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli agreed to be interviewed for a satirical news site is a mystery.

But let's not focus on the "why" of how this interview came to be. Instead, consider this an enjoyable treat for anyone who is a fan of schadenfreude.

Shkreli, as most people know him, is the pharmaceutical company CEO who famously upped the price of the HIV treatment drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent, raising it from $13.50 a pill to $750 in 2015.

In other words, he's not liked by many.

more with video


Friday TOON Roundup 3 - The Rest








Friday TOON Roundup 2 - Trump Soup

Friday TOON Roundup 1 - Police and Protest

Recalculating the Climate Math


The future of humanity depends on math. And the numbers in a new study released Thursday are the most ominous yet.

Those numbers spell out, in simple arithmetic, how much of the fossil fuel in the world’s existing coal mines and oil wells we can burn if we want to prevent global warming from cooking the planet. In other words, if our goal is to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising more than two degrees Celsius—the upper limit identified by the nations of the world—how much more new digging and drilling can we do?

Here’s the answer: zero.

That’s right: If we’re serious about preventing catastrophic warming, the new study shows, we can’t dig any new coal mines, drill any new fields, build any more pipelines. Not a single one. We’re done expanding the fossil fuel frontier. Our only hope is a swift, managed decline in the production of all carbon-based energy from the fields we’ve already put in production.


A Trump campaign chair in Ohio says there was 'no racism' before Obama

Donald Trump’s campaign chair in a prominent Ohio county has claimed there was “no racism” during the 1960s and said black people who have not succeeded over the past half-century only have themselves to blame.

Kathy Miller, chair of the Republican nominee’s campaign in Mahoning County, who is white, made the remarks during a taped interview with the Guardian’s Anywhere but Washington series of election videos.

“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” she said.

“You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly.”


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