Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday morning toons: No sense of decency?

[Updated below.]

This week's post title comes from John Sherffius' best-in-show toon, below.

Today's selections have been carefully culled, by the same law firm that handles Newt Gingrich's prenuptial agreements, from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Drew Sheneman, Mike Thompson, Stewart Carlson, Pat Bagley, R. J. Matson, Steve Sack, Bill Day, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best in Show: John Sherffius.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Mike Luckovich and David Fitzsimmons..

A Very Special p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Steve Breen and . . . Steve Breen!

p3 World Toon Review: Hajo (Netherlands), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Aislin (Canada), and Cam Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes watches Obama take a dive (without a net).

Mark Fiore shows you how to be a political pundit. It's easy 'n' fun! (Best part: Never admit a mistake.)

Taiwan's Next Media Animation are at their most ineffable in this report on American teens delaying sex.

Alternate Realities, Part 1: Tom Tomorrow brings this important intergalactic update: the non-acquiescers of the northernmost plains are at it again!

The K Chronicles notes that some stories just transcend language barriers. (Cool!)

Alternate Realities, Part 2: Tom the Dancing Bug Nobody screws with our national security!

Opus creator, artist Berke Breathed, hasn't been seen much here at the p3 Sunday toons since he ended the story of our favorite flightless waterfowl a few years ago. Comic Riffs catches up with him, and explains the significance of the crucial "broccoli scene" in the upcoming Disney 3-D treatment of "Mars Needs Moms." (Anyone else think it's no coincidence that the scene includes a cat yakking up on the floor? Didn't think so. Oop! Ack!)

At Red Meat, the exchange between Mister Wally and Papa Maoi takes an unexpected turn.

The Comic Curmudgeon asks, with some alarm, "'Trading wood' isn't a thing now, is it?"

Here's Barry Blitt's illustration to accompany Frank Rich's valedictory NYTimes column. Rich, as you may know, is leaving the Times to write in some capacity for The New Yorker [see below] (where Blitt's work is also a regular treat); p3 fans of Blitt will still find him here on Sundays.

[Sheepish update, via tactful email:

Your readers probably know this, but don't look for Frank at The New Yorker. Frank has always had more Norman Mailer in him than Dorothy Parker.

Yup. FR is going to New York Magazine.]

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman presents Thirty Seconds over Madison.

Graceful, isn't it? That's a take-off on a standard gag line by 1930s-40s radio comedian Jerry Colonna -- making his second appearance here at the Sunday morning toons. (There's another, similar line, later in the story.) "The Wacky Worm" was directed in 1941 by Fritz Freleng, voiced by Mel Blanc (Blanc probably did Colonna's voice, too; it would be cheaper that way), with musical direction by Carl Stalling (all uncredited). Oddly, I can't track down any information about the song ("All night long, I'm day dreaming . . . ") the worm sings when he first appears. Musical director Stalling mostly ransacked freely from the Warner Bros. own music catalog for the Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies, so it should be easily found, but . . . ?

(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 sees an ominous sign for Oregon's barely-detectable economic recovery (click to enlarge).

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

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