Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Falling dominoes: Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain -- Wisconsin?

Today's selections were tweeted directly from the Middle East from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Clay Jones, Nick Anderson, Plante, Clay Bennett, Tom Toles, John Cole, Pat Bagley, David Fitzsimmons, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Lester Cagle.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Cameron Cardow (Canada), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria).

Ann Telnaes thinks that what's retrograde and humiliating about House Majority Leader Boehner's recent statement isn't the retrograde and humiliating thing you're probably thinking of.

Mark Fiore welcomes you to Military Math Boot Camp. (Bonus points for getting the Rudyard Kipling reference.)

Tom Tomorrow celebrates the action-packed adventures of MiddleMan! Why should Americans be the only ones to chill at the words "Time to look forward, not backwards?"

The K Chronicles celebrates life's little victories -- yes!

Tom the Dancing Bug brings us a special guns, gays, and pizza edition, courtesy of Antonin "The Originalist" Scalia.

Courtesy of Comic Riffs: The next Superman and the next Wonder Woman.

At Red Meat, Bug-eyed Earl looks on the bright side.

The Comic Curmudgeon shares his wisdom regarding the Goggle Eyes of Horror. (Read carefully; it's not about a search engine)

Barry Blitt illustrates this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on "the GOP's post-Tucson trauma."

Oh, the indignity! Fact-checking Doonesbury. (Uhm, they do know that, unlike Fox News, Doonesbury admits it's a cartoon? Right?)

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman has a message for the last one out of Madison. (BTW: After bitching for years about how hard made it to find JO's stuff, I happily concede: the current format is great.)

She'll awaken when she falls! Or so says libertarian watchman J. Wellington Wimpy in this Popeye classic. Like Warner Bros and Disney, Fleischer Studios built a lot of its early sound cartoons around the promotion music popularized by new-fangled audio recordings and radio. Case in point, "A Dream Walking" (1934), directed by Dave Fleischer and animated by Seymour Kneitel and Roland Crandall. I love watching Olive's nose slowly work out of the bottom of the frame in the early scene -- and listen to the plucked violin as she steps onto the telephone line! Leonard Maltin once praised the rich blues of this film as proof of what the studios were doing early-on with color, apparently not realizing that it was colorized years after its original release in luscious monochrome. Which demonstrates what a tool Maltin was and is.

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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer says, "I just wanted to draw him with goggles on!" Here's his take on Obama, Oregon, and Education:

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