Today's toons were selected by the gardeners and household staff at p3 corporate headquarters from the week's pages at Slate, Time, About.com, and Daryl Cagle:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Signe Wilkinson, Walt Handlesman, Nick Anderson, Clay Jones, Steve Benson, Tony Auth, Jim Morin, Bill Day, Rob Tornoe, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Legion of Honor (with dust-bunny clusters): Jeff Danziger.
p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Nate Beeler and Steve Sack.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): John Cole and Clay Bennett.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Clay Bennett.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), KAL (England), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).
Ann Telnaes salutes the miracle of duct tape.
Mark Fiore watches as the Supreme Court discovers that freedom's just another word for nothing left to do.
Will Mo-Cap for food! Rumors of Taiwan's Next Media Animation on the auction block have been greatly exaggerated.
Next, Sir Paul McCartney will be telling us that “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was actually about drugs: (He did already? Oh. Never mind.) This just in: Matt Groening recently announced that the Simpson's home town is located exactly where Oregonians have known it was all along.
Tom Tomorrow discovers the dark side of those “Highlights” characters you grew up reading in the doctor's waiting room. It'll make you feel funny inside.
Keith Knight discusses the evolution of an art form. (Also, check out the Comics Riff link, below!)
Tom the Dancing Bug's Hollingsworth Hound is outwitted by his nemesis again!
The Comic Curmudgeon presents his regular “mostly toilet jokes” edition. “Regular.” Heh.
Comic Riffs presents Keith Knight's 14 tips for more successful Kickstart funding campaign.
This is nice. What the hell is it? After featuring a streak of cartoons from the National Film Board of Canada on p3 Sunday morning toons, this seems like a good follow-up. The back story:
One day in early 1962, Mel Brooks was sitting in a New York City theater watching an avant-garde film by the Scottish-born Canadian animator Norman McLaren when he heard someone in the audience expressing bewilderment. “Three rows behind me,” Brooks told Kenneth Tynan for a 1979 New Yorker profile, “there was an old immigrant man mumbling to himself. He was very unhappy because he was waiting for a story line and he wasn’t getting one.” [...]The resulting collaboration won the 1963 Academy Award for best animated short film. The quality of this print isn't very good, but that's hardly the point, is it?
So when he overheard the old kvetch in the movie theater giving a running commentary on his own bewilderment, Brooks recognized the comedic possibilities. He approached director Ernest Pintoff, whose Oscar-nominated 1959 short The Violinist had been narrated by Reiner, about making a movie. Pintoff hired artist Bob Heath to create the animation, and chose Bach to set the highbrow tone. Brooks was 36 years old when he created the voice of the 71-year-old man.
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Jack Ohman discusses the art and science of selecting a running mate.
Matt Bors reveals the dark secret of right-wing jurisprudence. Ee-yew.
Jesse Springer has an Oregon trivia question: It happened in 1988 and 2008, but it's certainly not gonna happen in 2012. What is it? (Answer: Anyone paying the slightest attention to the Oregon presidential primary.)
Test your toon-captioning chops at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)