Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday morning toons: June 29th is Mel Blanc Day in Portland!

Congratulations to The Mel Blanc Project:

[…] Whereas on June 29, in Lincoln Hall, where Mel Blanc himself sat as a high school student, Craig Adams, early Portland radio historian, and Robyn Tenenbaum, current Live Wire radio producer, will induct Mel Blanc into Oregon Cartoon Institute’s Hall Of Fame; and

Whereas the City of Portland recognizes the significance and importance of Blanc’s creative genius, which he cultivated and expanded here,

Now, therefore, I, Sam Adams, the Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses,” do hereby proclaim June 29, 2011 to be Mel Blanc Day in Portland, and encourage all residents to celebrate this day.

And in other news: Obama, Lybia, debt ceiling, Weiner, debates, jobs, recovery, yada, yada, yada. And my favorite: Did you know that what, last year, was called the Republican Southern Leadership Conference is now called simply the Republican Leadership Conference? They no longer even pretend they're anything much more than a noun, a verb, and tax cuts plus the Southern Strategy.

Today's selections have been lovingly hand-selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Bob Englehart, John Darkow, Jimmy Margulies, Gary Varvel, Nate Beeler, Matt Davies, Gambel, Chan Lowe, Signe Wilkinson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Pat Bagley.

p3 Legion of Honor: David Fitzsimmons.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Jerry Holbert.

p3 Best of the Wurst: Steve Sack.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Pedro Molina (Nicaragua), Victor Ndula (Kenya), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes gives us Obama and the War Powers Act (although I'm not sure "bypass" is the word we're looking for here).

Mark Fiore how lucky we are that we didn't have to hear about sad things for a couple of weeks.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers the Vancouver hockey riots. (It sounds weird even saying "Vancouver hockey riots," doesn't it?)

Tom Tomorrow is all about bottom-feeders and taking ownership this week.

The K Chronicles identifies a disturbing historical parallel at the local Y.

Just in time for Fathers Day, Tom the Dancing Bug presents Hollingsworth Hound's dream.

Comic Riffs has the latest fake-out movie trailer for the upcoming Muppet movie. I think this marketing campaign is inspired.

At Red Meat, Ted Johnson explores the importance of theory.

The Comic Curmudgeon asks: Are the Spider-Man newspaper comic strip people even vaguely aware of the conventions of their own genre? (And one might also ask: Is that limo in the third panel tipped on its side?)

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman looks at one of the least attractive jobs that America's opened up lately.

Fifty percent Pointer! Dere it is! Dere it is! Celebrating the arrival of Mel Blanc Day in Portland, here's nother great B-list character from the Warner Bros stable: Charlie Dog, the mutt who only wants a master. (No idea if there's supposed to be any Nietzschean overtones to that.) Bob Clampett created the character, but (like several of Clampett's creations) it was Chuck Jones who ran with the idea. This is the first Charlie/Jones team-up, "Little Orphan Airedale," from 1947. Blanc uses his all-purpose Brooklyn/Bronx Wise Guy voice for Charlie.

(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: Okay, so it works like this: Wind power gets federal incentives. Wind is good. The snow pack is big enough that there's surplus hydroelectric power from the spring snow melt. With me so far? So now wind generators want to keep their federal subsidies even though . . . Sigh. Here, let Jesse Springer explain it.

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

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