The Sunday Funnies 12/13/09

Our weekly survey of comic strips and editorial cartoons that reference animation characters.


Glen and Gary McCoy’s The Flying McCoys from Thursday December 10th.



Andy Marlette (12/4) in the Pensacola News-Journal.



Gary Varvel (12/10) in The Indianapolis Star.



Scott Hilburn’s The Argyle Sweater on Friday December 11th.

(Thanks Joe Apel, Kurtis Findlay, John Hall, Jim Lahue and Rachel Willis)


  • mrscriblam

    man argyle sweater has to be the worst and most obvious far side rippoff in the history of bad comics

  • Anna

    *facepalm* white only/princess thing is startin to get old! Jasmine, Mulan and Pocahontas weren’t total white girls

  • http://signorestudios.blogspot.com/ Christopher

    Pretty ironic to see Mickey in a McCoy’s comic considering, at one point, they actually did some Disney Comics for a short spell in my knowledge.

    Other than that….Marlette’s comic seems to be clearer than the rest shown, so far as I know.

  • Christopher Cook

    Didn’t know Mickey was a southpaw.

  • Magnusson

    That Varvel one doesn’t even make any sense. Other than saying “HEALTHCARE BILL” “DEMS”, I don’t quite see what insight it’s providing.

  • http://invaderpetblog.blogspot.com Brandon

    Nah “F-Minus” is the worse Far Side rip-off IMO.

  • http://platynews.deviantart.com Platy

    I love the style used in mickey in the first strip

  • Richard

    The Harry Human comic was used, by the same people no less, in a Disney Adventures.

  • pheslaki

    The health care bill one made no sense.

  • http://www.rauchbrothers.com Tim Rauch

    Just curious: with all this “No Longer Whites Only” stuff, does anyone remember Pocahontas (Native American), Mulan (Chinese), Jasmine (Arab), and Esmerelda (who knows?)???

    Glad they’ve added to the mix, but Disney hasn’t been quite as monolithic with the ethnicity of their “princesses” as is being said.

  • Fredo

    I have to take issue with Marlette’s cartoon featured here. IIRC, Jasmine (“Aladdin”), Pocahontas and Mulan have been in the Disney Princess franchise for some time, and they’re clearly not white.

  • http://animationinventory.blogspot.com/ Teodor

    any cartoons about avatar?

  • Ange

    Eh, I’m a bit offended with Marlette’s comic too, but, not surprised. Everyone likes to take a swing at Disney from time to time…

    The Harry Human one did make me smile though.

  • Isaac

    What ethnicity is Ariel from The Little Mermaid?

  • Scarabim

    The health care bill comic made PERFECT sense. The Dems are trying to turn an ugly and pandering bit of legislation (warts and all) into something that works and makes them look good. Instead, it’s backfired. Ribbit!

  • http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/mjf7583 Michael F.

    The Varvel cartoon reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon; it’s something you either don’t get or you will get it a few hours later. So far I’m not getting it.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    Re: Varvel. If anyone’s familiar with his cartoons you’d realize that he’s a pretty conservative cartoonist. All I can say is that it’s an anti-health care cartoon.

    I love the McCoy comic.

  • Mr. Knowitall

    @ Tim Rauch- Esmerelda was a Gypsy aka Rom. That ethnic group originated in Northern India and migrated west to the middle east and europe during the byzantine era. SO I guess technically she’s not white either or maybe half-white because there was some intermarriage with Europeans.

  • Magnusson

    I think the issue with the Varvel cartoon is that it’s not its conservatism but the fact that it’s not insightful beyond “pee pee doo doo I hate this [democratic thing] it is very bad awful” with no specific critique.

  • vzk

    Did the Political cartoon thread from Laissez’s Fair collide with CB?

  • vzk

    “Esmerelda (who knows?)???”

    Esmeralda= Romani (Gypsy, NTBCW Romanians)
    Kida= Atlantean
    Nala= Lion :P

    And although not really princesses:

    Lilo= Hawaiian
    Chicha= Native Andean

  • Zog

    “Isaac says:
    What ethnicity is Ariel from The Little Mermaid?”

    Scottish

  • james madison

    The “key” thing is Princess. There were different ethnicities, but Mulan, Esmeralda were not Princesses.

  • zibbit

    Varvel is obvious.
    In an attempt to make the ugly warty health care bill turn into the handsome prince they want it to be, they themselves have turned ugly and warty.
    Not that hard to get.

  • Dock Miles

    “Isaac says:
    What ethnicity is Ariel from The Little Mermaid?”

    I thought she was Finnish, myself.

  • Mitch Kennedy

    “No longer whites only”

    *ahem* Aladdin, Mulan…..

  • Obo

    Even if Mulan and Esmeralda are not princesses, Jasmine clearly is and she isn’t white.

  • james madison

    The thing is, is that the ethnicity that Jasmine represents, has been seen in movies before, as princesses. There has not been a representation of that for people of African descent.

    In many cartoons, characters of African descent were seen as the butt of the joke. Whether blatant or symbolized. Need a joke insert/use a “black” character. If it is easy to do this then it should have been just as easy to represent a character from a “distinguished” background.

    It’s a simple cartoon, you can argue, but those images go a long way. No one wants to be associated with the butt of the joke. No kid, nor an adult.

    I’m sure African Americans are pleased with The Princess and The Frog being made, as are many other ethnicities.

    Is it the fault of the current group at Disney for the past? No, but it is good to see that they are being pro-active in their efforts.

  • Feh.

    I like how the comic that satirizes racism immediately gets followed by a completely different yet, truly inherently racist comic in itself, directly afterward.

    Very ironic.

  • Jon

    Why all the fuss about a black princess? It was just a matter of time, and it’s not like we haven’t seen other races of princess/female leads before.

    Sure there’s the few white chicks, but what about Jasmine, Mulan, Lilo, Kida, Pocahontas, Esmeralda …

  • TheGunheart

    Loot at me! I’m drawing political cartoons! I label cartoon images with the names of political buzzwords to support my poorly thought out viewpoint!

  • Tim Drage

    As someone who knows American newspaper cartoons pretty much only via occasional lurking on Somethingawful.com’s LF subforum it’s pretty jarring to see this kind of lighthearted gag stuff from McCoy, creator of some of the vilest political cartoons around.

  • http://Mrfunsblog Floyd Norman

    Black Princess? (yawn)

    I’ll be impressed when I see a Black Producer at Disney.

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    I like the art in these cartoons a lot better than the last “Sunday Funnies” update. The first one — so true! The second — even if it isn’t true (Mulan, Pocahontas, and Jasmine, people!), I really like it. The third is hilarious. The fourth is pretty funny too. Great stuff all around.

  • David Breneman

    Magnusson says: “That Varvel one doesn’t even make any sense. Other than saying “HEALTHCARE BILL” “DEMS”, I don’t quite see what insight it’s providing.”

    It says that the Obama-Care, Pelosi-Care, Ried-Care bill will be the undoing of the Democrats’ majority in 2010. Sometimes doing nothing is better than Doing ANYTHING.

  • Rio

    Funny how Disney gets bashed for this, but because of the Princess line of films, women are prominent lead characters in a hollywood world dominated by male leads.

    This isn’t a soap box issue for me at all, cause I could care less. I just think the truth behind it is that people love to beat up on Disney.

    And for the record, I’d love to see the first Mickey in the first comic above animated.

  • Chuck R.

    This is the best batch yet. The Varvel is great. The comments about Ariel being Scottish and Finnish are even better. hee hee.

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    I agree with Rio, that Mickey looks really stylish.

  • cb

    I was pleased for months that there’s a black Disney Princess. It only now dawned on me after seeing this ridiculous editorial cartoon that they haven’t all been white. How can you draw an entire cartoon like this without realizing that fact?

    I thought it was a huge deal that there was a black Disney princess months ago. Now I wonder.. why is it a big deal? Was it a big deal when the first non-white Disney Princess showed up? We’ve had native american, indian, asian, etc. I remember asians being somewhat excited about Mulan 10 years ago. Just because she’s the first black one is nice, and definitely nice for that community to celebrate, but it’s not an amazing breakthough in the world of racial politics. Disney has already covered the minority angle on princesses at a somewhat respectable rate.

  • http://www.facebook.com Pixar Fan 2010

    No longer whites only. I guess that’s why Disney got the idea of having their first black princess for The Princess and the Frog.