Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday afternoon toons

Lots of toony goodness this week, and just to give us the extra support we'll need in the next two months until the elections, Bob Geiger, long a staple of the Sunday Morning Toons here at p3, has returned from an undisclosed location with his weekly toon review. Best of Show: Walt Handlesman. It made me laugh.

And Daryl Cagle's still ready with his round-up, in a world where there might be news other than Sarah Palin, but you'd never know it.

The p3 Picks of the Week are especially ripe and juicy this week: Nate Beeler, R. J. Matson, Bob Englehart, David Fitzsimmons, Eric Allie, Adam Zyglis, and Matt Davies.

The p3 Yellow Flag for Necessary Roughness goes to Larry Wright.

p3 World Toon Review: Shocking as this may seem to us, toon artists in the rest of the world aren't necessarily interested in Sarah Palin. Yet, bravely, they soldier on, with only material about the Olympics, international tourism, and Russia (and not its relation to Alaska). The international brigade is led this week by Ollie Johansson, Sergio Langer, and Alen Lauzan Falcon.

Ann Telnaes notices someone's "delicate condition" at the Republican convention.

It's no longer just about a dark suspicion. I don't think there's much doubt that Berke Breathed is preparing us for the Long Goodbye. Today, Opus ponders one of the more awkward questions about the afterlife. Meanwhile, will I have to start figuring out who gets the slot right after Telnaes on Sunday Morning Toons?

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman has a great editorial toon in today's Oregonian, but since most of his stuff never seems to take forever to become available online, you'll have to buy a paper today or wait a couple of months for it to finally turn up on the web. Too bad, too, because it really was among his best.

p3 Special Guest Edition of "Separated at Birth:" I'm not sure why, but the "Daily Show" coverage of the Republican convention seemed much better than the Democratic coverage the week before. Perhaps, in their second week on the road they finally found their groove. Or perhaps, as satirists, they simply had more to sink their teeth into at the GOP love-fest. Whichever, Stewart has inspired fun with the Wednesday night Geezerthon (skip to the three-minute mark):

Yes, through the miracle of precision cross-editing, it can now be revealed: Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman--and Foghorn Leghorn and Droopy Dog--are Separated at Birth!

We've come a long way from "School House Rock." (And an even longer way from the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Deliquency.) Milwaukie's Dark Horse Comics got a shout-out this week for its part in The Comic Book Project, a collaboration with Columbia University's to create comic-book based learning on topics from grammar, vocabulary-building, and environmentalism to preventing child abuse and understanding epilepsy.

"Wham! A homer! Wham! Anudder homer!" Here's the 1946 standard "Baseball Bugs," directed by Fritz Freleng and voiced by Mel Blanc (with an uncredited cameo by Bea "Wilma Flintstone" Benaderet at the end).

p3 Bonus Toon: If the Oregon Senate contest is a horserace, Jesse Springer notices one rider is working with a handicap. (Click to enlarge.)

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