Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "What's Goodbye for GM" Edition

Good news and bad this week: Good: GM gets a long-overdue flushing out. Bad: Domestic terrorism in the heartland again; Good: Obama talks to the Middle East and only the American right-wing media responds hysterically. Bad: The craziest person in the world who doesn't have his own cable news program is testing nukes.

This week's Daryl Cagle toon round-up has it all: The good, the bad--and possibly even the ugly.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Pat Bagley, Mike Keefe, John Trever, John Darkow, Jimmy Margulies, Adam Zyglis, Milt Priggee, and Drew Litton.

David Fitzsimmons knows when the genie's been let out of the bottle.

The p3 Legion of Merit (with black crepe) goes to R. J. Matson,

The p3 No Pussy-Footing Around citation goes to John Sherffius.

p3 World Toon Review: Stephane Peray (Thailand), Michael Kountouris (Greece), Humberto Lázaro Miranda Ramírez (LAZ) (Cuba), and Peter Pismestrovic (Austria).

It's an unprecedented Ann Telnaes three-fer this week: The family business, Spring cleaning, and The Sixth-and-a-Halfth Commandment.

Miss it at your peril! Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation comes to Cinema 21 in Portland next weekend.

p3 Guest Toons: I saw my share of professional conventions back in the day but, save maybe the first one or two when I was still a virgin in Babylon, I never came away as jazzed up as The K Chronicles' Keith Knight did after crashing the National Cartoonists Society convention. He even came away with A Dream. (Dude--lobby for Portland!)

Carol Lay celebrates--if that's the word we're looking for here the emerging medium for public debate. (Oregon even gets a nod!)

Protecting Our Endangered Toonists: Red Meat reflects on the natural impulse to set things right.

(Thanks to John Sherffius for permission to use his "Signature Loss" image. Click to enlarge.)

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman offers a toast.

Genius! As loyal p3 toonophiles have probably figured out, I'm not the world's biggest Disney fan. But there's one exception: As Roger Rabbit marveled,

Nobody takes a wallop like Goofy. What timing! What finesse! What a genius!

Goofy's forte was the cheerfully accident-prone everyman--think of Fred MacMurray as the dad on "My Three Sons," but heavy on the wallop--in a series of "How to" films. From 1942, directed by Jack Kinney (who also directed (Der Fuehrer's Face), the national pastime gets the Goofy treatment in "How to Play Baseball:"

p3 Bonus Toon: When it comes to tax cuts, Jesse Springer wonders why it seems so easy to get voters to vote against their interests. Does it have anything to do with how refreshed they feel when they wake up?

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

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