Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday morning toons: Father's Day, NSA, Plan B, chest hair, and other worrisome things

Today's toons were selected by the same utterly arbitrary process that causes the sale of striped silk ties to hit its annual spike today, from the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics,, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Joel Pett, Pat Oliphant, Signe Wilkinson, Tony Auth, Matt Davies, David Fitzsimmons, Chad Lowe, Rick McKee, Jeff Parker, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Lee Judge.

p3 Legion of Merit, with Food Flakes: Clay Bennett.

p3 "Doomed to Repeat It" Award: Tom Stiglich.

p3 World Toon Review: Sergei Tunin (Russia), Oguz Gurel (Turkey), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Victor Ndula (Kenya),

Ann Telnaes knows what sucks.

Mark Fiore presents the return of Snuggly the Security Bear, who explains why it's just fine to datamine: It helps the government identify suspicious characters who merit further surveillance – characters like Mark Fiore, in fact.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation examines the next annoying app request I'm going to be blocking on Facebook.

It has the transgressiveness of “Disneyland After Dark” combined with the dramatic pacing of “Bambi Meets Godzilla.” It's Mickey Mouse in Vietnam, created by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser in 1968. Not surprisingly, Disney has tried to wipe it off the face of the earth for 45 years, but when it finally turned up on YouTube this year, there was no way that even the battalions of intellectual property lawyers at Mousechwitz could put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Tom Tomorrow follows the stages of realizing you have no privacy, no freedom of speech, and no innocence until proven guilty. (Hint: It's not so bad at first.)

Keith Knight presented his World Famous Slideshow.

Tom the Dancing Bug reminds us of every miner's worst nightmare.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson is banned from the kitchen – and possibly elsewhere.

The Comics Curmudgeon worries that Luanne's father doesn't recognize a teenage suicide pact when he sees one. But just this one time, I must disagree with TCC: It's actually a loving homage to Christopher Walken's hilarious film debut.

The fine folks at Comic Book Resources are devoting a week to “cool Superman comic book moments.” Here's one we like to call the love whose name Rick Santorum dare not speak

Continuing our brief p3 hat-tip to the release of “The Man of Steel:” If you thought that the The Great Underpants Debate was the limit, it turns out that Esquire, of all places, is meditating on the question of Superman's chest hair. Go figure.

And finally:

Superman Saves City From Total Destruction Then Vanishes Ah, they don't make headlines like that anymore, do they? “Bulleteers” (1942), the fifth Fleischer Studios Superman theatrical short, is eye candy. Lovingly rotoscoped, set at night so the artists can use their beautiful dark and shadowy color palette, this is a piece of animation that should make anyone raised on the cheaply produced dreck of “Super Friends” realize what thin gruel it was. (Its only redeeming value: Bud Collyer voiced Superman/Clark Kent in the original Fleischer and Famous Studios cartoons of the 1940s as well as “Super Friends” three decades later.) In “Bulleteers,” Collyer also voices the Bulleteer himself. Lois Lane is voiced by Joan Alexander, who performed the same duties, along with Collyer, on the original radio series, too. Directed by Dave Fleischer, animated by Graham Place and the magnificently-named Orestes Calipini, with musical direction by Sammy Timberg. In the 2007 direct-to-video “Superman Doomsday,” the Bullet Car briefly appears as a trophy in the Fortress of Solitude.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors shows us a perfectly legal day in the life of the Commander in Chief.

Jesse Springer gives a well-earned salute to Oregon's senior Senator:

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

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