Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday afternoon toons: Special "Shamelessly Commercializing the Inauguration" edition

Bob Geiger's still taking time off until next month.

But Daryl Cagle's stompin' it with both feet--whatever that means. His weekly toon round-up asks the question: Where were you at 9am Pacific on Tuesday? And some trickle-down hope on things like the economy, GITMO, and the Middle East.

p3 Picks of the Week: Pat Bagley, Mike Keefe, John Trever, Steve Sack, Rob Rogers, and Etta Hulme.

The p3 Exclusive Obama Inauguration Keepsake Links--Three easy payments! Order in the next five minutes! This offer will not be repeated! Gary Brookins, Jeff Parker, Ken Catalino, John Deering, Vic Harville, Jeff Koterba, Drew Sheneman, and Kirk Walters.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), (Wallongong, Australia), Olle Johanssen (Sweden), and Martyn Turner.

The Oregonian presents "Great Expectations," their round of inauguration toons.

Ann Telnaes exposes the face under the mask.

Guest toon: Mike Luckovich discovers that even super-heroes get nervous at times like these.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman celebrates the release of GITMO'S original detainee.

Before the "Transformers," there were the lumbering "Mechanical Monsters" in this 1941 Superman, directed by Dave Fleischer. Later in the series of 17 films, the Fleischers lost some artistic control over the stories, and they became much more caught up in World War II stories--and in many cases, much more racist. Visually, they changed, too: The early Fleischer toons like this one were usually set at night, or under a mountain, or someplace dark, where their rich, deep palate of colors would show to greatest effect. My favorite moment from this story: Inside the evil-but-dapper inventor's lair (within a hollowed-out volcano, naturally), he suspends Lois Lane over a cauldron of molten metal in an attempt to find out what happened to his loot. She's gagged, so she can't speak, but the villain snarls, "So--you won't tell me!" They just don't make bad guys like that anymore.

p3 Bonus Toon: Ever the optimist, Jesse Springer discovers a way to combine Oregonians' traditional favorite pastime--enjoying the outdoors--with their newest pastime: looking for work.

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