Portland has deep roots in the comic-book publishing world, as it is home to scores of industry professionals and several of the nation's most prominent comics publishers (Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, Top Shelf Productions, and Image--Shadowline). Moreover, the local comics community continues to see significant growth, which further bolsters the Rose City's defining ties to the creative arts and industries.
The month-long schedule of activities celebrating our comic book heritage culminates on May 2nd with Free Comic Book Day. Yes!
Now, down to business:
It's been a toonilicious week at Daryl Cagle's round-up: whackjobs with nukes, financial skullduggery, well-armed paranoics . . . and pirates!
p3 Picks of the Week: Nate Beeler, Mike Lane, David Fitzsimmons, Jimmy Margulies, John Trever, John Cole, David Horsey, Sandy Huffaker, and Cal Grondahl.
The p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium goes to Pat Bagley, Steve Sack, and John Darkow.
Filed your taxes yet? (Reminder: the Form 4868 gives you an extension on filing, but not on paying, which you still have to do by the 15th. Go figure.) While you're going through that shoebox of receipts one last time, here are toons to mark the occasion from Steve Breen, Dave Granlund, Bruce Beattie, and Randy Bish.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Patrick Chapatte (Switzerland), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Riber Hanssen (Sweden), and Jianping Fan (China).
Wait, doesn't 2012 GOP presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich have "history professor" somewhere on his résumé--I think it was a study-by-audio-tape program? Anyway, Ann Telnaes gives him a brisk refresher course. [Link fixed 9/16/09](And here's a handy p3 hint for those who missed the reference.).
p3 Guest toon: This is odd: Last week's Frank Rich column from the NYTimes online op-ed page has vanished, and with it, a great Barry Blitt illustration. Fortunately for p3 toonophiles, I bagged the link. Even without the Rich column, it has a certain pizzazz.
On May 9th, the USPS will release a set of 5 stamps honoring each member of the Simpsons family--Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Fans are invited to vote for their favorite character stamp although, somewhat reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election, your vote won't actually decide which stamp gets issued--they all will. p3 salutes the Simpsons' creator, Portland's own Matt Groening.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman documents the search for missing components in our military hardware budget.
Taxes to keep them flying! Taxes to keep them rolling! The last time Disney's Donald Duck made a p3 appearance, he was learning the democratic virtues of hard work (with a Dixieland soundtrack) in the 1943 "Der Fuehrer's Face." From the same year comes "Spirit of '43," and this time Donald learns the lesson (suspended during the reign of George Bush, the other "43") that major wars actually have to be paid for somehow.
p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer wonders if it's possible for an "honest pint" to be just a little bit too honest. (Click to enlarge.)
And don't forget to browse Dan Froomkin's weekday political toon review.