Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Is it racist if a racist calls you a racist?

There was probably some news about something other than the Sotomayor nomination hearings, but you'll have to look closely. Daryl Cagle's toon round-up this week covers what's out there.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, R. J. Matson, Mike Keefe, Bob Englehart, Jeff Parker, John Trever, John Darkow, David Fitzsimmons, and Mike Keefe.

p3 "Harsh-But-True" Medal: Daryl Cagle.

I'm not sure I entirely get this, but I'm giving the p3 Certificate for Striking Creepiness to Nate Beeler.

p3 World Toon Review: Dario Castillejos (Mexico), Pavel Constantin (Romania), Alex Falco, (Cuba) and Shekhar Gurera (India).

Ann Telnaes notices the elephant in the room--and ponders the value of self-reflection.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman reflects on Robert McNamara's ascent into heaven.

(Update: Sometime during the week, the Spanish-language dubbed version of "Showdown," below, was pulled over copyright issues. So I've replaced it with the original.)

Follow along in your phrase books, as we learn three new words: Falso . . . Super-Homen . . . Idiota. Here's a beautifully rotoscoped Superman cartoon from 1942, directed by Izzy Sparber. By the time of 1970s dreck like "Superfriends," animation had become cheap, cheesy, and inflexible, leaving dialogue to carry the whole weight--like listening to radio with a slide show. But in the golden age of animation, characters were so visually expressive that even knowing the language isn't crucial.

I don't know who did the Spanish language dubs, but the original voices included Bud Collyer, who voiced Superman/Clark Kent for three decades in radio and television animation (including "Superfriends," I'm sorry to say), plus Jack Mercer, who had a résumé of a length the rest of us can only dream about, as the copy boy and the fake Superman. You can hear them here.

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer worries about the virtues of camping out, Oregon-style. (Click to enlarge.)

And finally, check out Slate's political cartoon of the day.

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