Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday morning toons: I just wanted you to know, we're all counting on you.

Here's what we've got this week:

  • The return of War Against the Made-up War on Christmas
  • Fifty-seven variations on the same basic Wikileaks joke
  • John McCain holding DADT hostage
  • The Catfood Commission holding the future of Social Security hostage to the deficit, toward which Social Security does not contribute as a matter of law.
  • Congressional Republicans holding the President hostage
  • North Korea holding world peace (such as it is) hostage

All this, plus the return of Wile E. Coyote.

Using the same system that determines college football rankings, today's selections have been scientifically selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time,, and

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, John Trevor, John Cole, Randy Bish,
Tom Toles, Joel Pett, Steve Sack, Greg Varvel, Chuck Asay, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Pat Bagley.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Joe Heller.

And a special p3 Certificate for Harmonic Toon Convergence is surely due to these artists.

p3 World Toon Review: Petar Pismestrovic (Austria),Cam Cardow (Canada), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands), and Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland).

Ann Telnaes examines The Incredible Shrinking John McCain.

Mark Fiore is on a roll this week. Follow the bouncing ball!

Taiwan's Next Media Animation is back, and this time it's war -- with Conan O'Brian!

Fringe, the FOX TV scifi series that features war between multiple Earths and a cow named Gene, has launched a graphic novel series. Meanwhile, any show that has two Olivia Dunhams, one of whom is evil and has red hair, has got to get my vote. Just sayin'.

Artist James McMullan discusses (with images) the process of conceiving and creating the theatre poster for "Ten Unknowns," the 2001 play starring Donald Southerland. It's fascinating.

Bipartisanship: it's all so simple when Tom Tomorrow explains it.

Keith Knight has this season's hot holiday item.

At Red Meat, Ted Johnson has the holiday season figured out. Tell me the same idea hasn't occurred to you.

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on the president taken hostage by the GOP. (And I keep forgetting to mention BB's web site.)

The Comic Curmudgeon finds calf-massage fetishism making not one but two appearances in the comics page this week. (Seriously -- any place else on your Sunday morning reading have link text like that?)

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman notes the presence of flying elbows.

Coyote Falls, the newly released 3-D Wile E. Coyote short directed by Matthew O'Callaghan, is heavy on the 3-D lunges toward the viewer, but short on the characterization that made some of the carefully-paced (2-D) originals so much fun. This one trades in the meticulous Jack-Benny-ish sense of timing of Chuck Jones's stories for the duck-and-dive freneticism of a chase scene "The Bourne Identity." I'm on record as having my doubts about the wisdom of this from the beginning, but it's good to have Wile E. back, and some of the gags are funny.  I dunno, maybe this is more of "everything in pop culture that happened after I was about 16 was crap," which everyone experiences if they live long enough. See what you think.

"Coyote Falls" is one of 10 animation shorts nominated for an Academy Award: you can see 9 of them at Comic Riffs.

p3 Bonus Toon: As Jesse Springer notes, there are "higher powers," and then there are higher powers.

(And refresh my memory: Was there much talk about Portland reversing policy and joining the Joint Terrorism Task Force when this local terrorist attack -- a successful attack, mind you -- occurred?)

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

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