Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday morning toons: Saying buh-bye

From a global, geopolitical perspective, there are certainly more important topics this week than the news that Michele Bachmann (R - naturally MN - incomprehensibly) won't be running for re-election to the House. But from the perspective of working cartoonists who appreciate a short work-day every now and then as much as the rest of us, it was a sad piece of news.

On the other hand, p3 is proud this week to inaugurate a new award in political cartooning: the p3 Distinguished Shouting-At-Clouds Cross. Details below.

Today's toons were selected by the same humorless people who complied the NRA's enemies list -- except that we got ones they didn't like, or didn't get, or both -- from the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics,, Time,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, J. D. Crowe, , Dave Granlund, Pat Bagley, Walt Handlesman, Rob Rogers, Adam Zyglis, Kevin Siers, Joel Pett, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Lee Judge.

p3 Legion of Honor: Jim Morin.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence, Part 1: Bruce Plante, and Steve Sack.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence, Part 2: Joe Heller and R. J. Matson.

p3 Porcelain Cross: Rick McGee.

Memorial Day mythos being what it is, there was no real point in awarding a p3 Certificate for Harmonic Toon Convergence for cartoons commemorating it this week; we'd have had to award them to about half the practicing cartoonists in the country. Instead, we are proud to introduce a newly-commissioned honor: the p3 Distinguished Shouting-At-Clouds Cross, awarded to Ted Rall for not only noticing that there are only a few visual tropes that get worked, over and over, in Memorial Day editorial cartoons, and pointing out that Memorial Day cartooning can be an opportunity to indulge in easy nationalism, but also demonstrating that there's almost no cartoon out there that can't be nitpicked out of context or willfully misread by a sufficiently determined reader.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Giacomo Cardelli (Italy), Luke Watson (Australia), and Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands),

Ann Telnaes looks ahead to Nino's busy summer.

Mark Fiore presents the next step in Obama's war on constitutionally authorized war.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation looks at the shame brought upon the Hamburgler, Mayor McCheese, and, of course, the Red-Wigged One.

Tom Tomorrow celebrates the career of a man who became famous by hiding under a table in a hotel room in Baghdad.

Keith Knight has his Indiana Jones moment.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents the the latest adventure of Lucky Duck. (As always, p3 readers who aren't familiar with the underlying joke are encouraged to go here.)

Red Meat's Milkman Dan contemplates the message he's sending.

Destination Earth:  Producer John Sutherland had a modest career in the 1950s cranking animated parables about conservative principles (of the comparatively modest 1950s variety) for theatrical and corporate release. This one, “Destination Earth” (1956), directed by Carl Urbano, was bankrolled by the American Petroleum Institute, with predictable results. The mustachioed ruler is said by some to be a stand-in for Josef Stalin. Maybe. Fans of Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right (for whom he would serve as writer and voice talent a few years later) may be interested to see Bill Scott's name among the credited writers for “Destination Earth.” (The p3 Sunday toon review has given the treatment to two other animated shorts by Sutherland preaching conservative principles,  sponsored by right-wing redoubt Harding University, here and here.)

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors urges us: Don't let the thing you're worrying about now compromise your ability to worry about the next thing.

Jesse Springer celebrates the Oregon student who spoke up when he heard his classmate was planning to bring bombs and guns to school:

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

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