Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Hip-Pocket Monet" Edition

Let's start this week's toon review off with a quiz.

True or False:

1. It's a pure coincidence that most of those Chrysler dealers who are losing their dealerships as the company goes through Chapter 11 reorganization are Republicans.

2. Sonia Sotomayor is an "identity politics" nominee to the Supreme Court, but Clarence Thomas (nominated to "replace" Thurgood Marshall, in much the same way that SNL brought in Eddie Murphy to "replace" Garrett Morris--get it?) was not.

3. Eight years of the Bush administration refusing to talk with North Korea, which they called one-third of the "Axis of Evil," has made us safer.

4. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 put an end to the discredited doctrine of "separate but equal."

5. It's safe to put white American terrorists in maximum-security prisons on American soil, but not the current residents of Gitmo.

The answers--and more!--are in this week's edition of Daryl Cagle's round-up.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Daryl Cagle, Pat Bagley, , Mike Lane, Larry Wright, Bob Englehart, Jeff Parker, John Darkow, David Fitzsimmons, and John Trever.

p3 Legion of Honors (with clusters): Mike Luckovich.

p3 Best of Show: Monte Wolverton.

p3 World Toon Review: Derkaoui Abdellah (Morocco), Michael Kountouris (Greece), Stephane Peray (Thailand), and p3 Special Mention to Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland).

Warning! Do not attempt to view either of this week's Ann "I'm On a Roll" Telnaes Sonia Sotomayor twofer while drinking milk. You'll see. (And be sure to watch "Two Down, Three to Go" all the way to the end!)

Walt Handlesman brings to life that immortal musical moment when the flim-flam artists finally get their foot caught in the door. (Hat-tip to James the Elder.)

With great audiences comes great responsibility.Stephen Colbert had his chance to rub elbows with Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe last year. Now Seth Meyers and Bill Hader of SNL have gotten their turn.

Hip-pocket Monet. (Or is it Manet?) One of the two things I share with Danny Ocean is that I never could keep those two straight. (The other is that I look fabulous in a tux.) Anyway, that's my title for this tidbit:

It appears that The New Yorker is continuing its search for relevance to the under-40 crowd. Its last attempt generated a lot off traffic on those blog things, which we've all heard about, but may have been a net loss. Its latest attempt is a lot more interesting: the cover of the June 1st issue was created from scratch using an iPhone and a $5 app called Brushes. Here's the process:

It's fascinating to watch, although I sort of sympathize with the Gizmodo blogger, who uses the word "stunt" in a way I find hard to argue with.

At this rate, it's just a matter of time until Eustace Tilley gets the iPhone treatment.

Billionaires watching millionaires--what baseball's all about. The people pulling the strings for major-league sports in Portland--and the people who trust them--might learn a thing or two from Reuben Bolling's ongoing tribute to the Lucky Ducky.

Update: The 60-year wait is over: It's Veronica. Some fans will be disappointed, but in these dodgy economic times, who can blame Archie for going after the trust fund? (Hat-tip to Doctor Beyond.)

It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And Portland homeboy Jack Ohman warns the Governator that it absolutely will not stop, ever..

He doesn't have to be too sharp to be my razor man! Friday afternoon, standing in line behind me at the bank, a five-year-old-ish boy asked loudly, "Why do you have a beard?" His mother cringed, but I smiled enigmatically. "Because, after all these years, I'm the only one left who knows what I look like without it." He blinked at me like I was a gumball machine he'd just lost a nickel in. I dedicate this week's animation to that precocious lad: From 1936, in glorious black and white, Popeye, Bluto, and Olive star in "A Clean Shaven Man," directed by Dave Fleischer.

p3 Bonus Toon: The Oregon Legislature has had a busy spring, but Jesse Springer worries about the big beast still to be dealt with. (Click to enlarge.)

And don't forget to browse Dan Froomkin's weekday political toon review.

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