Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Celebrating Independence Day and Valentine's Day in the same week

A big p3 Valentine goes out to all of the Egyptian demonstrators who drove Mubarak out of power this week -- and did it without shooting anybody, without burning any buildings, and (as far as I'm aware) without misspelling anything on their protest signs.

And the word of the day is "aggregate" (check out Mark Fiore and This Modern World.)

Oh yeah -- and everything bad that happened in the last forty years? Turns out none of it was Donald Rumsfeld's fault. Who knew?

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

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Daryl Cagle, Nate Beeler, Bob Englehart, Dave Fitzsimmons, John Cole, , Ted Rall, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best in Show: R. J. Matson, for his nice mashup of the Egyptian uprising and Valentine's Day.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Frederick Deligne (France), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes shows how to celebrate Valentine's Day -- Republican style.

Mark Fiore explains the newest trend in online journalism in a nutshell.

I finally finished season 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender last week (hat tip to Wes), and it was pretty damned impressive. If Nickelodeon can produce something like that for kids (the detailed homages to "Apocalypse Now," "Shane," and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" are must-see), it makes you wonder what they could do if they set themselves to producing adult programming. So it's especially good news that Dark Horse Comics will release the "Lost Adventures" comic during Free Comic Book Day in May.

I'm with Oliver Willis on this one: Let's have more of this re-imagining of the classic Superman.

This Modern World unveils the Conservabot 9000. You might want to step back a little.

The K Chronicles recounts the story of the purple wheelchair and, after some awkward silence, sparks a pretty interesting comment threat.

Tom the Dancing Bug explores the lessons of life for a young person.

Comic Riffs pays tribute to legendary Disney animator Bill Justice, who created images burned into the brains of generations: From Bambi and Thumper to the animation in "Mary Poppins" to programming design for the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.

Red Meat's Bug-eyed Earl gets back to nature.

The Comic Curmudgeon pays tribute to the strip that helps you navigate your inevitable and painful voyage towards death.

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on the corrupt culture of Wall Street.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman peruses the DC classifieds.

Featuring the animation of Bill Justice: The animated chipmunks Chip an' Dale were in a couple of Disney cartoons in the early 1940s, bedeviling Pluto, before this appearance in the 1947 Donald Duck film "Chip an' Dale" (when the duo were named for the first time).

(Note to Facebook friends: You'll need to click View Original Post to see the video.)

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer takes on the story that took several Oregon news cycles by storm this week.

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

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