Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Buy the mattress, and p3 will throw in the box springs, free!

Some week: The world didn’t come to an end, but Oprah's show did. Newt jumped in while Joplin dug out. The former California governor got busted, but California convicts got sprung. Everyone hates the GOP budget plan (including the GOP), but . . . well, no, that's pretty much it: Everyone hates the GOP budget plan.

And as Joel ("The Soup" and "Community") McHale tweeted yesterday:

Yes, businesses of America, our brave men and women of the armed forces who have fallen in battle want to be remembered with a 3 Day Only Sale.
Honoring those Americans who died to make the world safe for good discounts on home appliances and furnishings, today's selections have been selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Bob Englehart, Dave Fitzsimmons, Jimmy Margulies, Jerry Holbert, Henry Payne, Rob Rogers, Mike Smith, Scott StantisPaul BergeJoel Pent, Tom Toles, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Pat Bagley.

p3 Legion of Honor, with clusters Mike Keefe.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Jeff Danziger.

Memorial Day: Commemorating the good and the bad of that most peculiarly American of holidays: Nate Beeler, John Cole, Dave Fitzsimmons, Joe Heller, John Deering, Bob Gorrell, Michael Ramirez, and Mark Streeter.

p3 World Toon Review: Ingrid Rice (Canada), Sergei Elkin (Russia), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Cam Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes presents unofficial photos from Obama's trip.

Mark Fiore says California's prison system just needs a little time.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation notes that Sarah Palin, queen of Twitter, has had some trouble with with unauthorized tweets.

Tom Tomorrow spoilsa perfectly good metaphor.

The K Chronicles reminds us of the biggest gift of all: perspective.

Tom the Dancing Bug has a challenge for you: What do Hercules, Pocahontas, Pinnochio, Snow White, and the Little Mermaid have in common? (If the significance eludes you, follow the link above the comic!)

At Comic Riffs, Michael Kavna interviews "Cul de Sac" cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Schol on the "unexpected impact" of being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Red Meat succumbs to the relentless pressure of the three-panel format.

The Comic Curmudgeon tallies up the most powerful entities in the universe. Humans come in fourth, at best.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman previews the latest entry in the "Left Behind" series.

"Oh, boy! A pie-ana!" Although director Frank Capra, who made training films for the War Department during WWII, actually created the character of the hapless Private Snafu, used in a number of animated military training films, it was Warner Bros. who took over the series. The Snafu toons were designed to provide an entertaining and usually-risqué treatment of such otherwise important-but-humdrum topics as malaria and camouflage. (p3 featured "Spies" last year.) "Booby Traps" (1944) was directed by Bob Clampett. Even if you're not a toonophile, you're sure to recognize Snafu's voice without any help from me. One other detail: this is, I think, the first appearance of the "Endearing Young Charms"/exploding piano gag.

(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 offers a pop-quiz about something the Oregon legislature is going to take its second crack at in two years. Cross your fingers.

Match toon-captioning wits with the pros, and the amateurs, at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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