Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Special "Biting Wit and Extensive Research" edition

Big week: Tax day, Tea Party Day, America returns to the stars (sort of), a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and a nukes summit--and more. As always, let's kick things off with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for the week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Mike Keefe, Bob Englehart, John Darkow, David Fitzsimmons, Eric Allie, Jimmy Margulies, Henry Payne, Joe Heller, Jeff Stahler, Steve Breen, Bill Day, Ed Stein, Jeff Darcy, and Monte Wolverton,

p3 Legion of Merit: Larry Wright.

p3 Best of Show: Steve Sack.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Pat Bagley and Jeff Parker.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Tjeerd Royaard (Netherlands), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland).

Ann Telnaes demonstrates the age-old principle: what goes up must come down,

Mark Fiore brings some pretty cool News in a Nutshell: The self-syndicated political cartoonist won a Pulitzer Prize. The award specifically cited "his biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary."

On the other hand, if you're thinking of getting Fiore's toons on your iPhone, think again: Apple has determined that his work is "objectionable," and so you won't find NewsToons, his syndication app, at the App Store. (Be sure and get to the part about "bikini-level sexual content.")

Then again, maybe Apple is reconsidering.

Here's the Barry Blitt illustration for today's Frank Rich column in the NYTimes. Nice.

The K Chronicles is all over the "grassroots" conspiracy theory.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman looks at how far the US space program has come.

Rooty toot toot--right in the snoot! Last week we looked at UPA's classic version of "The Tell-Tale Heart." Here's another one of their best, the 1952 Academy Award-nominated "Rooty Toot Toot," directed by John Hubley. The toe-dancing lawyer cracks me up--and he has a single-shooter theory that would make even the Warren Commission blush:

(Recognize the lawyer's voice, by the way? Sounds to me like an uncredited Thurl Ravenscroft, though I can't find any record of it.)

Secret second animation: Suzanne at FireDogLake has one of the rare appearances of Wile E. Coyote without the Roadrunner. [Update: Except that it's not Wile E., it's Frank Wolf. My bad. See comments.]

p3 Bonus Toon: Oh, yes--Jesse Springer totally went there.

Remember to bookmark: Slate's political cartoon for the day and Time's cartoons of the week.


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Ten Bears said...

I seem to recall at least two, meaning three, with Bugs Bunny, one with a bit of a Get Smart stain.

Nothstine said...

Hey, Ten Bears--

According to Wikipedia, there were 5 Bugs/Wile E. cartoons in all.

My mistake about "Double or Mutton" [the toon I linked to above], though: Strictly speaking that's not Wile E. Coyote, it's Ralph Wolf. Ralph and Wile E. were built off the same character design--much the way Camaros and Firebirds were basically the same body and chassis.