Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Geek power!

Sometime this yesterday afternoon my Twitter feed hit a tipping point, as Comic Con tweets began to overtake Netroots Nation tweets. That's got to mean something.

While we're mulling that one over, let's get this week's review started with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for the week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Daryl Cagle, R. J. Matson, Nate Beeler, David Fitzsimmons, Jerry Holbert, Steve Sack, Joe Heller, Bill Day, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jimmy Margulies.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: John Darkow, Mark Lester, and Pat Bagley.

p3 World Toon Review: Stephane Peray (Thailand),Ingrid Rice (Canada), Pavel Constantin (Romania), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Manny Francisco (Philippines).

I'm on record as loving Ann Telnaes' visual take on Cheney, but do I miss it enough to want this? Nah. (And what the hell -- let's have a Sherrod Pile-on Two-fer!)

Mark Fiore may have finally gotten iTunes to distribute the app for his animations, but he's clearly not yet ready to make nice with Steve Jobs.

RIP John Callahan.

This Modern World says: Old is the new Young!

The K Chronicles pays tribute to a lost Cleveland icon. (No, not that one; this one.)

Doonesbury's professional nanny puts his thing down. (This is twice in one week I've been reminded of the same classic Soupy Sales story.)

The Comics Curmudgeon laments the failed search for a plutocrat's love. There -- that should get some out-links.

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on . . . well, you can guess.

Geek Power, Part 1: Marvel Comics' Stan "The Man" Lee sits down for an interview with Comic Riffs at the Comic Con in San Diego.

Geek Power, Part 2: Via Batocchio comes this report on Fred Phelps and the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church unwisely deciding to demonstrate at Comic-Con. Quote of the day:
The Phelps crowd might think they have God on their side, but do they really want to get into a stamina war with folks who can wait hours in line for a sneak peek at The Green Hornet or an autograph from Stan Lee or Ray Bradbury?

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman looks at the local unemployment line.

The first collaboration of Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss wasn't "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." It was two decades earlier, in several films from the series of WWII army training/indoctrination films starring the hapless Private Snafu. Topics ranged from malaria to accidentally leaking classified information (the subject of "Spies"). In addition to Jones' animation and the rhymes by Seuss (Theodor Geisel), regular readers may also recognize Mel Blanc's voice, and Carl Stalling's music (including the "Anxiety Montage" and the five-note "whah, whah-whah wah wah" trumpet line that always crops up in Warner Bros. cartoons when someone makes a horse's ass out of himself).

No p3 Bonus Toon this week, but you can always browse Jesse Springer's archives.

Remember to bookmark the daily political toon features at Slate's Slate, Time, and

Test your toon-captioning chops at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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