Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Togetherness

Sounds like togetherness to me: The congressional Dems and Repubs mingle seating, as if that will cause anything but quiet embarrassment (which is no bad thing); happy Oprah is alone no longer; Emanuel has a home; Comcast and U-NBC merge; and Egyptians gather on the streets of Cairo (although the revolution will not be Tweeted).

Today's selections have been carefully hand-selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, R. J. Matson, Tony Auth,
Jim Moran, Nate Beeler, Steve Sack, Adam Zyglis, Milt Priggee, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Pat Bagley.

p3 Legion of Honor: Stuart Carlson.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Mike Keefe.

p3 Best Obituary Toon: Gary McCoy.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland),Ingrid Rice (Canada), Michael Kountouris (Greece), and Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

It's an Ann Telnaes twofer: Scalia bares all, and, 20 years later, Republicans continue to struggle with the vision thing.

Mark Fiore notes that Pinocchio wasn't the only one to get his wish to become a real live boy.

Now here's togetherness: Portland-area readers will definitely want to check out independent film archivist Dennis Nyback's showcase of legendary toon voice actor Mel Blanc’s musicianship and technical prowess in a program of cartoons in which Mel Blanc sings in character. The program includes:
"Pickador Porky" (1937): Mel Blanc’s Warner Brothers’ debut, as a singing drunk
"Hamateur Night" (1939): Mel voices various performers in this Tex Avery look at vaudeville
"You Oughta Be In Pictures" (1940): Mel sings opera as Daffy Duck
"Porky’s Midnight Matinee" (1941): Mel sings as Porky
"Daffy Duckaroo" (1942): Mel sings cowboy songs as Daffy
"The Goldbrick" (1944): Mel sings straight, as well doing Pvt. Snafu’s voice in this WWII training film
"Russian Rhapsody" (1944): Mel sings the famous I’m A Gremlin From The Kremlin
The program "Mel Blanc Sings" is the first in a series of four Mel Blanc Project screenings, which will take place at The Waypost, Thursday February 1st, 7-10pm, 3120 N. Williams Ave, in Portland.

If superheroes were hipsters they might very well look something like this. (h/t to Wes)

Six two and even: When I was a kid,  the comic book ads for a genuine Dick Tracy wrist radio tantalized and tormented me beyond description. Now I look at them and wonder: What the hell?

The Oregon Trail goes digital: You may have played it for uncounted hours in the school library as a kid; then Nintendo released an upgraded version; and now Facebook has released an Oregon Trail (and Carmen Sandiego) app. (State pride doesn't matter, though: If you swamp me with Oregon Trail requests, I'll unfriend you just like I did all the Farmville and Mafia Wars junkies.)

Tom Tomorrow asks: Do you know what you don't want to know? (It's very Socratic! And the last panel is hysterically funny.)

The K Chronicles mourns the demise -- for, of all things, money! -- of Ur-college radio station KUSF. (More about KUSF here.)

Tom the Dancing Bug pays an overdue tribute to prepositional objects -- plus Darthfield -- in this week's Super-Fun-Pak Comix.

Red Meat reviews the winter-time survival guide. Can't be too careful when you're staring death in the eye!

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration from this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on the SOTU, the GOP SOTU response, and the other SOTU response.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman reviews the spate of Portland-themed television shows.

If you're ever down in Texas, look me up! Here's the cheerfully violent and sexually arrested "Texas Tom," directed by Joseph Hanna and William Barbera in 1950. Oddly, given all the other forms of mayhem in the 7-minute short, the cigarette scenes have been cut for both American and British television.

(Note to Facebook friends: If you're reading this in FB Notes, you'll need to click View Original Post, below, to see the video.)

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer reports: "Just trying to bring a little levity to what is a very tense situation in an area of the coast that is predominantly made up of vacation rentals."

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

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