Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Looking forward, looking back, blah, blah, blah

Lots of retrospectives out there this week, and lots of prognostication.

Today's toon selection are the pick of the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and MSNBC:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Chan Lowe, Clay Bennett, Mike Keefe, David Horsey, Tony Auth, Ben Sergent, Steve Sack, Henry Payne, Signe Wilkinson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Pat Bagley.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Clay Bennett.

p3 Legion of Honor: Steven Artley.

p3 World Toon Review: KAL (England), Cam Cardow (Canada), Pierre Ballhouey (France), Michael Kountouris (Greece), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Here's Ann Telnaes' look at the year in review.

And here's Mark Fiore's look at the year in review. (As you'll see, the key word is "wasn't.")

Tom Tomorrow concludes his year-end review with 2010: The Year in Crazy, Part 2

The K Chronicles experiences a little glimmer of hope for the future.

Tom the Dancing Bug salutes an important scientific (re)discovery.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation documents the difficult transition from 2010 to 2011.

At Red Meat, Ted Johnson speaks up for the underrepresented.

From The Economist, KAL previews some international news you can expect to hear in 2011.

Did Usher rip off Homer Simpson? Do the side-by-side listening test and decide for yourself. If Usher gets busted for this, it'll be the biggest professional embarrassment since . . . this.

The latest thing to get the right's tights in a twist is a Muslim Batman from a short DC comic series. Does it make it better for them -- or worse? -- that he's in France?

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman gives the whole Obama/Vick/dog-fighting thing a second look. (Also, browse JO's Sunday Gallery series. The word "comic" doesn't apply.)

With spinach, no one ever has to be the wingman again! Kind of an odd but sweet little Popeye, in glorious monochrome 2-D, for the holidays: "Let's Celebrake!" was directed by Dave Fleischer and released in 1938. Voices by Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, and Gus Wickie. All of you J. Wellington Wimpy fans should watch for the Santa/MC cameo. (A not widely-known fact: Director John Badham created the iconic Travolta-clears-the-dance-floor sequence for Saturday Night Fever in 1977 as a tribute to the dance scene in "Let's Celebrake!")

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No p3 Bonus Toon this week; Jesse Springer's taking a holiday breather. (Expect something big from JS in time for the Ducks game, though.)

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

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