Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Return of the short-fingered vulgarian

Hardly seems fair that Donald Trump is still around but Spy Magazine isn't. Still, the magazine will live on in loyal readers' hearts as long as Spy's favorite epithet for The Donald survives.

Today's selections have been hard-boiled and hand-colored, and placed in a basket with the best of this week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, R. J. Matson, Steve Sack, Henry Payne, Adam Zyglis, Gary Varvel, Rob RogersMike Keefe, Randy Bish, Signe WilkinsonJohn Cole, and Monte Wolverton.

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

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), KAL (England), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Yaakov Kirschen (Israel), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes looks at Wall Street's plan for your (nest) egg. (Dear Ann: Still don't like the new site: Can't link to individual animations. Pfah. xoxo bn)

Just in time or Earth Day, Mark Fiore asks: What happened to the mountain?

Taiwan's Next Media Animation reviews the history of slacking air traffic controllers.

You ain't never gonna amount to nothin', Elizabeth Boop! Never been a big Funny or Die fan (here's my estimate), but this video telling the origins of Betty Boop is weirdly hypnotic. It's like one of those Lifetime she-overcame-adversity-and-went-on-to-triumph movies you can get stuck with on the weekends. Only better.

Think of it like the implosion of Charlie Sheen, but much, much nerdier: Scott Adams, the creator of the great-20-years-ago-but-now-feels-like-watching-Leno daily strip Dilbert recently got some unwanted publicity for sharing his thoughts about women; now he's back in the news with a story that's just kind of pathetic.

Think of it as a Turing Test: The Conservabot 9000 us back, and Tom Tomorrow says he passes with flying colors. (And for the non-nerds among you, here's what the Turing Test is about.)

The K Chronicles shows that sometimes fiction really is stranger than truth. (At least we hope so.)

Tom the Dancing Bug looks at the next big thing (which looks suspiciously like the last couple of big things).

Congrats to p3 Sunday Toons regular Mike Keefe, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer for Editorial Cartoons. Comic Riffs has the story, plus his prize-winning portfolio.

At Red Meat, the old cowboy says, "There's only one thing certain in this here life."

Mother Goose & Grimm goes there, and The Comic Curmudgeon is right behind them. Kinda amazes me that this MG&G strip made it into the dailies, really, but the CC has a theory about that, too.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman settles Trump's paperwork problems -- and portrays his fingers as appropriately short, too.

No! Not . . . Happy Birthday! Thanks to Ryan for reminding me of this classic. It's funny as hell, but it gets overlooked because it doesn't feature any regular characters from the Warner Bros stable. Despite the title, "It's Hummer Time," directed in 1950 by Robert McKimson, doesn't (for better or worse) have much to do with hummers; a hummingbird is simply the MacGuffin that leads to the (unnamed) bulldog making the (unnamed) cat pay elaborately ritualized penalties for bothering him. "Hummer Time" has a sequel, titled "Early to Bet;" we'll get to that one next week.

(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: Wait -- is it 1992 again? Could be. Jesse Springer definitely hears a giant sucking sound.

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

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