Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Transitions

It is a time of transitions:

Gone but not forgotten: Portland's own Mel Blanc (via the Mel Blanc Project).

Closed for good: Borders bookstores.

Kissed goodbye: Middle-class jobs.

Sailed off into the sunset: NASA.

Splitsville: Clark and Lois.

Circling the drain: The Murdoch empire.

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

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Bob Englehart, Michael Ramirez, John Cole, Steve Sack, Walt Handlesman, Clay Bennett, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Larry Wright.

p3 Legion of Honor: Mike Keefe.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence to Nate Beeler, Gary Markstein, and R.J. Matson.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Manny Francisco (Phillipines), Pavel Constantin (Romania), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes pays tribute to the most powerful man in America (apparently).

Mark Fiore brings relief, 2011-style. It's one of his best!

Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers one of the newest entrants to the ranks of the American unemployed: Tiger Woods' caddy.

Tom Tomorrow brings us the return of Middle Man and his amazing Who-Could-Have-Foreseen-Vision.

Keith Knight notes an astonishing statistic.

It's so obvious when Tom the Dancing Bug explains it: White, suburban, and in a closet.

Comic Riffs Counts down the top Rupert Murdoch scandal toons.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson and Mrs. Johnson explore the mysteries of communication.

Tough summer for Superman: It's time for another reboot/retcon. First they start dinking around with the classic lines of his uniform, replacing it with "Kryptonian battle armor" (seriously), and now they're wiping out his marriage to Lois (she's dating around now) as well as his adoptive parents, the Kents.

The Comic Curmudgeon, who is incredibly sharp-eyed, makes a disturbing discovery about the secret life of Lois Flagson (of "Hi and Lois"). Who's going to tell Hi?

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman is keeping tabs on the Fall of the House of Murdoch.

The Phantom Tollbooth, in 1970, was the second time Chuck Jones animated the work of children's author Norton Juster. (The first, "A Dot and a Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics," was featured on p3 Sunday Morning Toons last week.) "Phantom Tollbooth" was, and perhaps with good reason, the last animated project to come out of MGM studios. It's filled with Juster's love of middle-brow puns and slapstick. In addition to Jones's now-recognizable character designs (the original book illustrations were by Jules Pfeiffer), it's filled with voices you'll recognize: Butch "Eddie Munster" Patrick, June Foray, Hans Conried, Thurl Ravenscroft, Daws Butler, Les Tremayne ("Star Trek" buffs will know him), and Mel Blanc. This is the trailer for the movie; the full feature is available here:

(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 this week; Jesse Springer's still on vacation. But you can browse his gallery.

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

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