Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday morning toons: Transitions

It is a time of change and evolution:

Obama: Out of the closet as a liberal?

Pentagon: Placing women in combat?

Hilary Clinton: Looking at 2016? (The p3 prediction is: Nope.)

Sarah Palin: Looking for life after Fox News?

Congressional Republicans: Well, no, they haven't really changed at all. Never mind.

Today's toons selected by the same experts who thought John McCain, Ron Johnson, and Rand Paul trying to get Hillary Clinton's goat was a smart idea, from the week's pages at GoComics,, Slate, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett, Jim Morin, Nick Anderson, Clay Bennett, David Fitzsimmons, Adam Zyglis, Jeff Danziger, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.

p3 Legion of Merit (With Good Intentions): Nate Beeler.

p3 Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): R. J. Matson and Randy Bish.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Chris Weyant and Jeff Parker.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): Adam Zyglis and Walt Handlesman.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Deng Coy Miel (Singapore), and Cam Cardow (Canada),

Ann Telnaes thinks Wayne LaPierre's numbers don't add up

Mark Fiore shares the NRA's exposé of Obama family hypocrisy. Your blood will boil!

Have all those Peter Jackson/J.R.R. Tolkein movies got you crushing on New Zealand? Taiwan's Next Media Animation has a disturbing cure for that. (Although the Mission: Impossible joke is pretty funny.)

This -- if true -- is just lame. TV has “very special episodes,” in which the cast goes to England or someone gets married or both. In comics, it's killing-off of main characters (for a while) or fiddling with identifying parts of a main character's story just to get some notice (last month, Clark Kent ). Early Friday afternoon, I thought that the Judge-Dredd-Might-Be-Gay story might have reached the limit for the moment.

But I was wrong.
Over the past several days, a rumor, based on both still photos and IMDb credits for Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, has spread throughout the nerdosphere: that Snyder's made an important change to the Superman canon, turning Superman's pal, cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, into a girl.

Jenny Olsen? Seriously? I accept the tendency -- even perhaps the necessity -- of writers and directors born in the mid-Sixties and raised on Super Friends to look for ways to put their mark (think of a dog and a fireplug) on the Superman traditions. But -- again, if it's true -- this is just pointless and silly, and will almost certainly be written right back out of the canon imediately, like the entirety of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Jenny Olsen could be the new Sybok.

Dick Tracy's Okay! Beginning two Sundays ago (Jan. 13), and continuing for about the next two months, the Dick Tracy comic strip on Sundays launched a storyline involving George Takei and his husband Brad. Takei appears under the name "George Tawara." The story has a WWII internment connection, a nod in the direction of Takei's recent headed-to-Broadway play “Allegiance.” (“Tawara” doesn't show up for about the first week of strips, so you can cut ahead to the 21st if you're impatient.)

Tom Tomorrow presents a six-point manual of NRA rhetoric.

Keith Knight has a dream.

Tom the Dancing Bug lets us watch as Louis learns an important lesson.

Red Meat's Milkman Dan faces the ultimate challenge: a hideous mythological beast!

The Comics Curmudgeon examines (if that's the word we want here) one of the most disturbing Shoe jokes I've seen in a while.

Popeye! Wake up! Bluto'll win the franchise and I'll have to kiss him! And that one line sums up the entire plot of “Onion Pacific” (1940) directed by Dave Fleischer, animated by Roland Crandall and Ben Solomon, with uncredited work by musical director Sammy Timberg and voice actors Jack Mercer (I think), Margie Hines, and Pinto Colvig.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors takes us to the pinnacle of firearm safety.

It's all so much clearer when Jesse Springer explains the fundamentals of Oregon Roulette:

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

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