Today's toons were dragged to shore with not a moment to lose, from the week's pages at McClatchyDC.com, Slate, Time, About.com, Daryl Cagle, and elsewhere:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Joel Pett, Lee Judge, Matt Wuerker, Gary Varvel, Nick Anderson, Clay Bennett, Tom Toles, Bill Day, Rob Tornoe, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Daryl Cagle.
p3 World Toon Review: Martyn Turner (Ireland) [Note: Anyone else find it interesting that Turner made Paul Ryan look like a youngish Morey Amsterdam?], Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Victor Ndula (Kenya), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),
Ann Telnaes introduces us to the new Cupid.
Mark Fiore discovers the Scarlet Pimpernel for our generation.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation looks into their crystal ball and creates a mashup trailer for season 5 of “Breaking Bad.” Having seen the first five episodes of season 5, I can tell you they may not be spot-on about the precise direction of the weirdness, but they've pretty much nailed it on the degree of weirdness.
Tom Tomorrow presents the adventures of a nameless political candidate in a parallel universe almost -- but not quite -- like our own.
Keith Knight shares a brief history of the gay gene.
Tom the Dancing Bug presents the adventures of Louis, a young boy in a parallel universe almost -- but not quite -- like our own. I remember very similar experiences from my youth. One of them centered around . . . mashed potatoes.
Red Meat's Ted Johnson is in wide-eyed awe of modern medical miracles.
The Comics Curmudgeon offers up one of the creepiest yet most logical meta-commentaries -- on ”Momma,” of all things -- that I've ever read. Seriously -- he's packed up and moved into Philip K. Dick territory here.
A tribute to the hint of a suggestion of the rumor of rain that we got this morning: Here's a Disney classic from 1935: “The Band Concert,” directed by Wilfred Jackson with voice work by Clarence Nash (Donald Duck). Five years later, Mickey would have his second brush with classical music in “Fantasia.” Meanwhile, how did that bit with Goofy on the clarinet and Clarabell on the flute get past the Hayes Code people?
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Jack Ohman give a sneak preview of the next horror show to be shot entirely in Portland.
Matt Bors reviews our unusual sense of national priorities.
Jesse Springer invites us to watch as Oregon's senior Senator walks it back from the dreamy-eyed angel of death:
Test your toon-captioning skills at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)