Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Political cartooning -- it's not all Sharpies and black coffee

This week's Sunday morning tunes is dedicated to Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat.

Today's selections have been scientifically chosen from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, Nick Anderson, Chan Lowe, Gary Varvel, Steve Sack, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Descent of Species Medal: Rob Rogers.

p3 Croix de Guerre: John Sherffius.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium (tie): Jerry Holbert and Adam Zyglis.

p3 World Toon Review: Paresh (Dubai), Cam Cardow (Canada), Khalil Rahman (Bangladesh), and Matador (Colombia).

Ann Telnaes calls out the barbarity of Al Assad's beating of political cartoonist Ali Ferzat (see below).

Mark Fiore presents Little Suzie Newsykins, who explains what she learned this summer, including the formation of her Broccoli and Homework Super Committee.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers one of the creepiest sidebars to the Lybian unrest: evidence of Ghadaffi's schoolboy crush on . . . Condi Rice.

Political cartoonists around the world are rallying in support of Syrian political cartoonist and human-rights activist Ali Ferizat, who was beaten -- including having his hand smashed -- by the thugs in Syrian ruler Bashar Al-Assad's security apparatus. You can sample some of Ferizat's images here.

How hard is it to get a cartoon published in The New Yorker? Really hard. (But it's not hard to enter their cartoon captioning contest -- see below.)

The gift for the man who has everything: Marvel Comics writer Michael Bendis is penning the new alternate-universe Ultimate Spider-Man title, wherein the arachnoid powers are given to a half-black, half-Hispanic Miles Morales following the death of Peter Parker (Note: This is in a comic book situated in an alternate Marvel universe.) Glenn Beck, hearing the news, declared it a terrible state of affairs which he blamed on Michelle Obama and the forces trying to undermine tradition in America. (Note: This is in a comic book situated in an alternate Marvel universe.) When writer Bendis heard of Beck's outburst, he responded:

We pissed off Glenn Beck, and that was amazing. I don’t think Glenn Beck is an idiot because he’s a conservative. I literally think he’s just an idiot. Regardless of his belief system, he’s just a lunatic. So that was hilarious…I told my wife that she doesn’t have to get me anything for my birthday because nothing will make me happier than this made me.

Tom Tomorrow explains why American news viewers are the luckiest people on earth!

The K Chronicles shows the right wing going meta.

This week, Tom the Dancing Bug's Super-Fun-Pack Comix features Comics for the Elderly. Heh.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson enjoys the balmy weather with a fun family outing.

The Comic Curmudgeon examines class warfare in the daily comics.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman observes that every Arab Spring is followed by an Arab Fall.

I don't know how youse done it, but I know youse done it! Here's "Bugsy and Mugsy," directed by Fritz Freleng in 1957, voiced by Mel Blanc, with musical direction split by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn. "Toin-it on the radio."


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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer considers the best place for Oregonians to go on their vacation this year:

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

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