Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday morning toons: The search for signs of intelligent life continues

The Mars explorer Curiosity landed safely this week. Of course, if all it wanted to find was a parched, dangerous landscape with no sign of intelligent life, we could have saved it the trip.

Unfortunately, the news about Mitt Romney's new running mate broke too late for this week's p3 toon review (except for deadline artist Daryl Cagle, below), but we should have fun with it next week.

Also, there's a secret theme in this week's p3 toon review: Aging rock stars. (Okay, so it's not so secret, maybe. But you still have to look for them.)

Today's toons were retrieved by a robotic arm and subjected to spectroscopic analysis, from the week's pages at, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jim Morin, Joel Pett, Adam Zyglis, Chad Lowe, John Darkow, John Cole, Daryl Cagle, Jeff Parker, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: John Darkow.

p3 Legion of Honor, with Husks: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Steve Benson.

p3 Legion of Merit, with Feathers: Nate Beeler.

p3 World Toon Review: Heng (Singapore), Cam Cardow (Canada), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes invites you to sample the specialty drink of the house.

Mark Fiore investigates the unseen force that surrounds us and penetrates us and binds the galaxy together: Dark matters.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation has one of those strange, fell-through-the-cracks stories that I love them for.

Feeling depressed? Apathetic? Well, Tom Tomorrow brings you good news: Nothing can be done about it. Feeling better? We thought so.

Keith Knight has the real Olympics story, to which we can only say: Que les jeux commencent!

Tom the Dancing Bug has the document that Mitt doesn't want you to see (and also claims doesn't exist)!

Red Meat's Ted Johnson gets only what he can handle.

At The Comics Curmudgeon, Sgt. Snorkel has an abrupt encounter with recursive meta-fiction. We just love those around here.

In the year 2000 . . . That's the far, far future where Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd find themselves in “The Old Grey Hare,” directed in 1944 by Bob Clampett, with musical direction by Carl Stalling and voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc (as the voice of Bugs, Elmer, and God. You'll see.) “Memories . . . memories . . . “ (Also note the couple of bars of “California, Here I Come” when Elmer gets buried alive. Carl Stalling had a very weird sense of humor.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman salutes another defining moment for a Republican presidential candidate.

Matt Bors reminds us: The tree of liberty must from time to time be watered with special sauce.

Jesse Springer ponders the puzzle that is Oregon:

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

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