Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Place on ground, light fuse, run away!

p3 celebrates Independence Day and all its uniquely-American customs, beginning with toons by Mike Keefe, David Fitzsimmons, and Larry Wright.

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, Jimmy Margulies, Jerry HolbertSteve Sack, Adam Zyglis, Jim Morin, Drew Sheneman, John Deering, RJ Matson, Clay Bennett, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Parker.

p3 Legion of Merit, with tea leaf clusters: Henry Payne.

p3 World Toon Review: Luojie (China), Cam Cardow (Canada), Pavel Constantin (Romania), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes watches the GOP taking its medicine. Or not.

Mark Fiore celebrates America's most basic value.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation gives this one a headline that says it all: Pregnant terrapins cause delays at JFK Airport.

Tom Tomorrow presents Libya made sensible (featuring Chuckles the Sensible Woodchuck!).

The K Chronicles reflects on a missed opportunity to cash in.

Tom the Dancing Bug unveils a new caped (or at least robed) super-hero, avenging the unoppressed.

Comic Riffs' Michael Cavna marks the passing of United Media, the syndication outfit that once was the home of classic* strips like Peanuts and Dilbert.

*Possibly a euphemism for over-the-hill.

At Red Meat, Ted Johnson recognizes the pull of gravity.

The Comic Curmudgeon bravely faces the Freudian hellscape of Camp Swampy.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman notes the latest regeme-stablizing troop deployment.

Sighted cat, sank same! Sunday Morning Toons featured "The Yankee Doodle Mouse" (1943) a couple of years ago, but the image of a cellar full of open crates of fireworks is so right for Independence Day weekend that I had to bring it back. "Yankee Doodle Mouse" was the first of seven MGM Tom and Jerry cartoons to receive an Oscar for best animated short.

(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 has this to say about the problem of low participation in women's high school sports in Oregon:

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

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