Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Junior, we hardly remember ye

Jimmy Carter, apparently undisturbed by Mitt Romney's recent attempts to make the 2012 election a referendum on him, put in a video appearance at last week's Democratic national convention.

Bill Clinton, of course, damn near stole the show.

And as to former Republican presidents putting in an appearance at the GOP convention the previous week . . . anyone? Anyone?

Today's toons were selected by a secret process conducted behind closed doors, from the week's pages at GoComics,, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Joel Pett, Kevin Siers, Jim Morin, David Fitzsimmons, Walt Handlesman, Tom Toles, Matt Wuerker, Marshall Ramsey, Tom Toles, Mike Keefe, Steve Sack, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Lee Judge.

p3 Painful Irony Award: Bob Rogers.

p3 “Dubya, We Hardly Remember Ye” Award: Clay Bennett.

p3 John Milton Memorial Prize: Rick McKee.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Paresh Nath (India), Luojie (China), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes exposes the scandal at last week's Democratic National Convention, and it has to do with a zipper.

Mark Fiore says, If it was good enough for us then, it's better for us now.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation charts a disturbing trendoid: an anime/live model mashup is taking Japan by storm. (Note NMA's apt use of soundtrack music from David Lynch's “Mulholland Drive.”)

Problem solved: In the 4th edition (1936) of his The American Language, H. L. Mencken shared this thought about words that were entering everyday American by way of politics:
Fat-cat, signifying a rich man willing to make a heavy contriution to a party campaign fund, appeared in 1920 or thereabout, and is still struggling for recognition.
Mr. Mencken, Stuart Carlson has good news for you.

Tom Tomorrow provides the definitive wrap-up of the 2012 GOP convention.

Keith Knight visited Portland and all we got was this disturbingly funny toon.

Tom the Dancing Bug discovers the brilliant strategy behind the 2012 GOP National Convention -- playing to Romney's strength!

Like many of you, no doubt, Red Meat's Bug-eyed Earl spent some time recovering from the three-day holiday weekend.

The Comics Curmudgeon notices the return of an all-too-familiar theme from the daily comic strips: Violent expropriation of the rich’s wealth is the only path to successful class war.

Everybody likes the Michigan Rag! Steven Speilberg called it “the 'Citizen Kane' of animated film;” the Top 50 Cartoons ranked it at #5; and the Library of Congress has preserved it as a “culturally significant” work. And it's in Technicolor! The utterly magnificent “One Froggy Evening” (1957, directed by Chuck Jones, musical direction by Milt Franklyn) made an appearance on p3 Sunday morning toons a few years ago, but the embedded copy wasn't very good* (and the host site is almost certainly gone by now), so it's worthy of a reprise. The genius of the film is that, in an age when animation was becoming of poorer and poorer quality, relying much more on dialogue to carry the story, “Froggy Evening” is a brilliant bit of story-telling without a single word of dialogue. Here's a list of musical works lifted by Franklyn for the film (including an original co-written by Jones and Franklyn, “The Michigan Rag,” from which the frog eventually got his name: Michigan J. Frog.) The “Free Beer!” gag was often removed for TV syndication.

*Although I just realized that there's a two- or three-second glitch in this copy, too, at about the 3:00 mark. Sometimes you just can't win.

If your browser won't display the embedded version, click here.

The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

As Jack Ohman shows, the great ones always make it look easy.

Matt Bors notes that ”build” can be a complex verb.

Jesse Springer looks at the chances of UO making it from #4 to #1 this season:

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

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