Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Fish and Chips" edition

[Updated below.]

It's been quite a week: Despite, or maybe because of, the back-stage politics, the possibility of genuine health care reform continued to inch forward. The industrial powers met at the G8 summit to figure out what they're going to do about climate change. The legacy of Robert McNamara got a re-examination. The Senate Democrats now number sixty--sort of. Another Republican sex-scandal jumped to the next level. And Honduras continued to put the pieces together after a military coup--or it wasn't a coup, depending on who you ask.

Alas, those stories were like stars in the daytime: They're still there, but you can't see them for the twin suns of the Jackson memorial and Palin resignation spectacles. Still, Daryl Cagle's toon round-up covers it all this week. Put on your Ray-Bans and let's get started.

p3 Picks of the Week:

Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, R. J. Matson, John Trever, Matt Davies, and Jeff Koterba.

p3 "Aaaugh! My Eyes! My Eyes! I'm Blind!" Award: Scott Statis.

p3 Gold Medal (with black armband): David Fitzsimmons.

How can we miss you when you won't go away? That's the question asked by Larry Wright, Monte Wolverton, Jimmy Margulies, Adam Zyglis, Nate Beeler, Vic Harville, and Taylor Jones.

p3 Best of Show: J. D. Crowe.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: J. D. Crowe (award shared with Jesse Springer, below).

[Update: In a fabulous last-minute entry, Barry Blitt splits the "Best Adaptation" award with Crowe and Springer.]

What with all the celebrity memorials, celebrity resignations, and celebrity sex scandals, American political toonists weren't exactly zeroed in on the G8 Summit this week, but it got noticed in the p3 World Toon Review: Vince O'Farrell (Australia), Paresh Nath (India), LAZ, (Cuba) and Cameron Cardow (Canada).

Has TV news coverage been good this week? Ann Telnaes thinks it's been . . . well, see for yourself.

What the heck--it's time for a Telnaes Two-fer

Walt Handlesman considers the plight of the Woodstock Generation.

p3 Guest Toon: Newt Gingrich has long believed in the political power of language; now Mark Slackmeyer and Rick Redfern get to the bottom of his latest ploy.

We have a wide and varied circle of correspondents here at p3, but even we don't often get emails that begin, "Wonder Woman needs your help . . . and so do I." But when it happens, we're ready to answer the call. A friend participating in the New Organizing Institute's Bootcamp training program in Washington, D.C. filled me in: A centerpiece of the program pitted the participants against each other in teams, in a simulated campaign for the Mayor of DC that will be won by getting the most online votes from real people for their fantasy candidate--in my friend's case, the "fantasy candidate" (his words, not mine) is in fact Wonder Woman. In the interest of the Fairness Doctrine (which doesn't exist, but neither, technically does Wonder Woman), I should mention that the entire slate of "candidates," all DC comic characters (get it?), is available here. The results: Wonder Woman by a nose, with Atom a close second and Green Lantern third. Congratulations, Josh!

Feline Inherits Fortune! Cat In Fish And Chips! Pointless tormenting and class consciousness come together in the 1944 Tom & Jerry short "Million Dollar Cat," directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (a generation before they first gave the world the phrase "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!").

The Stuff You Gotta Watch gives a nice accounting (scroll down; it's there) of "Million Dollar Cat" as an example of how ideas were borrowed back and forth and refined by the different studios, including Hanna-Barbera (MGM), Fritz Freling (Warner Bros.) and Tex Avery (both studios at one time or another).

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer shares the p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium this week. The good news: Recent studies show that Northwest forests have the potential to sequester vast amounts of carbon absorbed from the atmosphere. The bad news: Only if they aren't cut down . (Click to enlarge.)

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