Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Toons and death

Here's where we stand this week:

The US Constitution - Status: Not dead, but not promising: Two GOP House members unquestionably violated it even while it was being read on the floor of the House by their party colleagues. (Here's a hint, guys: Raising your right hand at a fund raiser while you watch other people take the oath of office at the Capitol on TV doesn't make you sworn in. If it worked that way, I would have been in the Green Lantern corps when I was 12.)

Birds - Status: Dropping out of the sky, no one quite knows why.

Huckleberry Finn - Status: On life-support indefinitely, with a literary colostomy bag attached.

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords - Status: Expected to recover from the attempt on her life at a public event yesterday. (Less fortunate: the six people killed by the shooter. And their families.)

The myth that push-the-envelope imagery of guns and violence employed by the American extreme-right over the last few years is morally innocent - Status: Dead as a freaking doornail.

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

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, Jim Moran, Walt Handlesman, Clay Bennett, Tom Toles, Chris Britt, Pat Bagley, Mike Peters, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: John Darkow and John Cagle.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Michael Kountouras (Greece),
Arcadia Esquivel (Costa Rica), LAL (England), and Sergei Elkin (Russia).

Ann Telnaes lowers the boom.

Via Mark Fiore, Suzie Newsikins introduces us to her cool new friends in Congress. And with friends like these. . . .

Here's Barry Blitt's vaguely disturbing illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column about "Obama's Reagan Revolution."

Tom Tomorrow presents an innocent fable, of no relevance to contemporary events.

For Oregonians, "rain" and "Christmas" go together like "banana" and "slug," but for Californians like Keith Knight it's something completely different.

Tom the Dancing Bug explores the outer limits of . . . irony. Good luck.

A star for Stan "The Man:" Stan Lee, the godfather of Marvel Comics, gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Excelsior!

Speaking of irony: This week at Red Meat, Bug-Eyed Earl learns to be careful what you wish for.

The Comic Curmudgeon meditates on the economic principles that keep Hootin' Holler (home of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith) going. Turns out it's a lot more complicated than you probably thought.

Toons and Death, Part 1: And you thought the only place you could go to see the death of Spider-Man was on Broadway? Time to get caught up.

Toons and Death, Part 2: Ever wonder how many comic book heroes have been killed off over the years? (h/t Lance Mannion)

Toons and Death, Part 3: The folks at Dark Horse Comics have a preview of the final issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8. (She saved the world, you know. A lot.)

Toons and Death, Part 4: Michael Cavna at Comic Riffs pays tribute to the artists we lost in 2010. (Some of them we noted at the time of their passing here at p3: here, here, and here -- plus this one not on Cavna's list.)

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman may have spotted an ominous sign for the future of the House.

If you should but harm a hair of her head, the fire mountain says, you will be dead! Or even woise! "Alona on the Sarong Seas," directed by Izzy Sparber in 1942, spoofs another Paramount two-men-a-woman-and-a-sarong ensemble from the year before, "Aloma of the South Seas," with Dorothy Lamour in the sarong that time. But even Dorothy never got screen time with a Yiddish lobster! (But then, she didn't have to do a banana scene, either.) Popeye voice actor Jack Mercer gets half the story credit on this one too, which is kind of unusual.

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p3 Bonus Toon: Oregon's governor-elect finally announced his key staff positions on Thursday, barely four days before he's sworn in tomorrow. Jesse Springer was getting impatient.

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

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