Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Q: Why is Earth Day like Secretary's Day?

A: It's one day out of the year when we give lip-service to resources we utterly depend on, and largely ignore, every day of the year.

Q: What's the difference between Father's Day and Graduation Day?

A: Fathers have usually accumulated far less debt than students.

Thanks everyone! I'll be here all week! Tip your server, and try the veal!

And don't forget: Free Comic Book Day 2012 is next Saturday, May 5th. (See below.)

These and other topics are covered in this week's toons, which you can view after paying back $80 thousand dollars in principle and interest (because Pell Grants are unpopular with Republicans, who believe they promote laziness) from the week's pages at Attytude, Slate, Time,,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Signe Wilkinson, Jeff Parker, Lee Judge, Jim Morin, Joel Pett, Clay Bennett, Matt Wuerker, Adam Zyglis, Steve Sack, Lisa Benson, Nate Beeler, David Fitzsimmons, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Mike Luckovich.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Jimmy Margulies, John Cole, and Pat Bagley.

p3 Croix de Guerre, with Tongue Ring: Steve Sack.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Pavel Constantine (Romania), Cristo Komarnitski (Bulgaria), and Rachel Gold (Austria),

Ann Telnaes celebrates the GOP's (almost) all-encompassing concern for women.

Mark Fiore brings back Snuggly, the Security Bear, with this important message: Stop worrying, and learn to love CISPA! (And meanwhile, there's SNOOPA, PEEKA, AND ARREST-YA.)

Taiwan's Next Media Animation has the word on the greatest bounty hunt you've seen in a long, long time.

Not a regular comic book reader? Then Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 5th) is for you! (Plug in your ZIP code here to locate participating comic book stores near you.)

Tom Tomorrow celebrates the common touch of a man worth half a billion smackers.

Keith Knight points to the moment where it all began to go wrong. Our species' mistake? Perhaps it was inventing the lectern before “The Colbert Report.” You decide.

Tom the Dancing Bug brings you a little taste of WalMart Noir.

Red Meat presents Bug-Eyed Earl's concept of snuff porn. Not for the faint-hearted.

Eureka! I did it! I did it! I always thought this would be the coolest invention. The 1955 Warner Bros toon “The Hole Idea,” directed by Robert McKimson from a story by Sid Marcus, has been hard to find online for years, in part because stars Professor Calvin Q. Calculus, who never starred in another cartoon for the studio. It has asterisk status, according to Wikipedia, because McKimson (best known for his Foghorn Leghorn and Porky/Sylvester stories) not only directed the cartoon but animated it as well, coming as it did immediately on the heels of a brief shutdown of Warner Bros' animation unit. Mel Blanc is the voice of Prof. Calculus; I'm not sure who voiced his wife (pretty sure it's not 50's animation stalwart June Foray, though). ABC once edited out the scene when the invention is used to rescue a baby locked inside a safe. I'd be more sympathetic if they left that in, and got rid of the pointless caveman joke, et al.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman live toon-blogs the Portland City Club's mayoral debate last week.

Matt Bors examines what happens when your outreach exceeds your grasp.

Jesse Springer points out the bomber in the room in the Oregon Attorney General race (click to enlarge):

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

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