Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "No Theme" edition

Daryl Cagle's toon round-up this week has it all: Clinton in North Korea, Democrats exploring ways to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory on health care, the recession "bottoming out," cash for clunkers (but never the clunkers you'd like)--and the Bronx Bomber.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Daryl Cagle, R. J. Matson, Mike Keefe, Jimmy Margulies, Milt Priggee, Jeff Stahler, Ed Stein, Steve Benson, John Darkow, and Bill Day.

p3 Best of Show: Adam Zyglis.

p3 Legion of Merit (With Lunch Money): David Fitzsimmons.

p3 World Toon Review: Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria), Frederick Deligne (France), Stephane Peray, (Thailand) and Cam Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes notes the Chefs' Surprise is back on the menu in the Senate dining room.

p3 Guest Toons: At Women in Media and News, Mikhaela Reid shares her feelings about "embrace your shape" marketing.

Doonesbury sneaks us inside a C Street prayer meeting.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium goes to Driftglass, for a new take on an old conversation.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman reminds us: It's all in the paperwork,

I dood it! "Who Killed Who?", a 1943 MGM animated short directed by Tex Avery (with all music performed on a pipe organ to create the proper air of mystery), has all of Avery's favorite indulgences: One visual pun and sight gag after another (continuity be damned); live actors inter-cut with animation, the characters interacting with a theater patron who attempts to leave his seat, and lots of topical (and hence, often unrecognizable today) pop culture references. Film and radio (and later TV) star Red Skelton gets two nods: The first is too obvious to mention, but the second is the punch line at the end of the film--'I dood it!" was the signature line of one of Skelton's characters, the Mean Widdle Kid.

p3 Bonus Toon: Now that an Oregon man, Joshua Fattal, has been detained by Iranian authorities after inadvertently crossing into Iran while hiking with two companions in Iraq, Jesse Springer thinks it's time to update his travel guide (click to enlarge):

You can vote for Springer's work in the Union of Concerned Scientists' "Science Idol: Celebrity Edition: competition. The theme: Integrity In Science. (He adds: "Please note that there is no prize this year-- just fame and prestige.")

And finally, remember to check out Slate's political cartoon of the day for today.

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