Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "We're In To Win!" edition

Remember: Oregon was the first state--in 1877--to make Labor Day a state holiday. (You can look it up.) In honor of the day we celebrate the people who make what we drive, wear, eat, sit on, watch, listen to, and sleep on, p3 offers these tributes by Larry Wright, Jeff Parker, John Cole, and Jimmy Margulies.

In addition to Labor Day, the news this week was all about the release of the Flight 103 bomber, defining health care reform down, a jobless recovery, Bush Administration torture policies as a thing of the past, and . . . well, this week's Daryl Cagle toon round-up has it all.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, R. J. Matson, Mike Keefe, Bob Englehart, John Trevor, John Darkow, David Fitzsimmons, and Monte Wolverton. and R. J. Matson.

p3 World Toon Review: Can you say "cultural hegemony?" Tayo Fatunia (West Africa), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Cameron Cardow (Canada) thought you could.

Ann Telnaes loves the smell of pants on fire in the morning. It smells like . . . victory.

p3 Guest Toon: Those who do not remember the movie versions of the past are doomed to repeat it.

Protecting Our Endangered Toonists:

We actually have some good news! Tom Tomorrow writes:

I am extraordinarily pleased to announce that my cartoon returns to the Village Voice tomorrow after an extended absence. I really didn’t expect this, and I just have to say thank you to the people who went out of their way to make it happen. If you’re a Voice reader, or even just a fan of cartooning, please do me a favor and take a moment to express your appreciation for the decision. Altweekly cartooning overall has kind of been on the ropes for the past year or two, and any editor who takes a stand in support of the art form deserves profound thanks. This is a first step, but it’s a huge one in the right direction — for me personally, of course, but with any luck, for other cartoonists as well. Especially if the Voice gets enough positive feedback on this, so go — show them some love.

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

Wallopin' Web-snappers! Disney now owns Marvel Comics, and all that entails, including the X-Men, the Amazing Spider-Man, and the Incredible Hulk. I suppose it's a good way to keep Marvel on sound business footing, but whenever the conglomerate known to insiders as Mauschwitz gets its hands on something, it's somehow never quite the same again. The good news appears to be that all of those Marvel characters have been brought to the screen by different studios--all non-Disney--and Disney seems more interested in incorporating the Marvel universe into its theme parks than in bending the next Spider-Man or X-Men movie to its corporate taste. And Mary Jane Watson won't be played by an ex-Mousketeer. I hope.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman sees a bad omen.

Deestroy Dot Schrap-Pile! From another universe--actually, 1943--comes "Scrap Happy Daffy," a story based on the now-extinct premise that wars over there meant some organized sacrifice over here. (Note also that Hitler is portrayed as a genuine enemy of the free world, not just as someone that the Republican base doesn't like.) Directed by Frank Tashin, this short is rarely if ever shown--due in part, I suspect, to its partisan history. Daffy sings "We're In to Win," a song that appears frequently in WWII-era Warner Bros cartoons.

Perhaps in the spirit of war-era bipartisanship, this Warner Bros toon also works in two nods to Paramount characters: Popeye and Superman.

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer has his doubts about a fundamental Oregon value (click to enlarge):

And finally, check out Slate's political cartoon for today.

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