Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Those violet eyes

(Updated below, with link repair and political clarification.)

Today's toon selections feature real kinetic cartooning action!TM They've been rigorously identified and picked out of the rubble from this week's political cartoon no-fly zone at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Pat Bagley, Mike Keefe, Adam Zyglis, Tom Toles, John Darkow, Jeff Danziger, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best in Show: Steve Sack.

p3 Legion of Merit: Milt Priggee.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): R. J. Matson and Michael Ramirez.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Tom Toles and Clay Jones.

And the eyes have it: p3 Certificate of Completely Understandable Harmonic Toon Convergence: John Sherffius, Steve Breen, John Deering, and Bob Englehart.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Jeremy Nell (South Africa), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Michael Kountouris (Greece).

The Ann Telnaes site at the Washington Post wasn't working last week. Now it's back with a new format . . . and no permalink to this week's animation about South Dakota's 72-hour waiting period for abortions. (Slightly farther down the page, they've also misspelled Mike Luckovich's name on the link to his syndicated cartoons. Come on, WaPo -- shape up!)

But Mark Fiore's latest animation, Even Smarter Bombs, is working just fine!

This week's eerie and hypnotic video from Taiwan's Next Media Animation notes the end of a Hollywood era.

Pearls Before Swine has a little fun with a character whose transition into the cell phone age might be more difficult than you would think.

"Vi -- Vi -- Vibrations"? Really? Here's Comics Should Be Good's choice for unintentionally dirty panel of the day. It almost puts the "X" in "X-Men!"

Tom Tomorrow reminds us once again: If you believe that the voices inside your head control the world, you belong in a mental institution, but if you believe that an "invisible hand" controls the world economy for the better, you belong in a conservative think-tank.

You can't really blame him, but Keith Knight's just a tad bit nervous.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents the exciting adventures of Recap Man . . . almost.

Red Meat tells you something you'll wish you'd known in Sunday school.

The Comic Curmudgeon, like many of us, sometimes finds himself disappointed by the false promise of insane violence.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman reviews the 2012 GOP primary race so far.

"They were supposed to come to life, but the experiment failed, somehow." Wait . . . "Somehow??" You mean, otherwise it shoulda worked? "The Mummy Strikes" (1943), the 14th of 17 beautifully rotoscoped Superman cartoons by Famous Studios (and prior to that, by Fleischer Studios) has the whole package: A suspicious murder, the tomb of an ancient Egyptian boy-king, scientists meddling in things scientists were never meant to meddle in, nosy reporters, and . . . say it with me . . . a dreadful curse. Directed by Dan Gordon, animated by H. C. Ellison and the magnificently-named Orestes Calpini. Musical credit shared by Fleischer/Famous stalwart Sammy Timberg with Winston Sharples (who went on to compose for the inferior King Features Popeye cartoons of the 1960s, plus such minor classics as "Milton the Monster" and "Tennesee Tuxedo"). Clark/Superman is voiced by Bud Collier, who kept that gig from the original radio serial all the way through (I hate to even utter the name) "Superfriends." (Update: Embed link fixed. Also, there's no truth to the story that, when the governors of Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin heard "The Mummy Strikes," they said "Then we'll cut off his food stamps!" That's just an malicious rumor.)

(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.)

No p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer's on vacation. Here -- browse his site. Just don't touch anything until he gets back.

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

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