Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday morning toons: We hold these truths to be self-evident:

That leakers of sensitive security information must must be hunted down like the traitors they are, or are said to be, while ignoring the importance of what they revealed (unless it's the government doing the leaking itself in order to manipulate public opinion, in which case Bob's your uncle);

That latecomers to the demise of Jim Crow are entitled to use racist epithets and fantasize about slave plantation-themed catered affairs, while still keeping their media and product empire intact and maintaining their innocence even if they were already 20 years old when Martin Luther King was assassinated;

That they can indeed be aided and abetted in such save-our-confederate-heritage claptrap by a Supreme Court who has put us on the fast track to Jim Crow II;

And that same-sex married couples now enjoy the same federal rights and benefits that straight married couples enjoy – unless they live in, for instance, Oregon, in which case no, they can't.

Today's toons were selected after a marathon philological donnybrook as to whether it really is “inalienable” or “unalienable,” from the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics,,, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Lee Judge, Nate Beeler, Nick Anderson, John Cole, Ron Tornoe, John Darkow, Clay Bennett, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Clay Bennett.

p3 Legion of Merit (Three-year Delay): Jen Sorensen.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Adam Zyglis and Jack Ohman.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence, Part 2: Nick Anderson and R. J. Matson.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Jack Hunter. The story of how he landed his work on the cover is interesting, too. The real scandal, though? $6.99 cover price for The New Yorker.

p3 World Toon Review: Miguel Villalba Sanchez (Spain), and Rachel Gold (Austria).

Ann Telnaes sees a problem.

Mark Fiore draws an unexpected parallel.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation gives their own special kind of love to last week's filibuster in the Texas lege by Wendy Davis.

A few weeks ago, got the p3 Wag of the Finger for not mentioning the names of the artists who produce the political cartoons they put on their Cartoons of the Week page. Problem solved: They've discontinued the Cartoon of the Week feature. In doing so, they join, who jettisoned their political cartoon feature (called "Cartoonbox"), except Doonesbury, a few months ago.

Tom Tomorrow reminds us once again: If you believe in Bigfoot, you're a crank, but if you believe that an invisible hand guides our economy toward optimal outcomes, you're a Chicago School economist.

Keith Knight has a project looking for a green light.

Tom the Dancing Bug sings, everybody's got something to hide, 'cept for Gavin Smith.

Wherever you might think Red Meat's encounter between Mr. Bix and Ted Johnson's son is going after panel #1, trust me: It ain't.

Think you know what a car hitting a deer sounds like? How about the sound of an angry geezer elbowing a young punk? Well, thanks to The Comics Curmudgeon, you do now.

Ahhh, who wants to be safe? Yeah, and who wants to be sane? Popeye's nephews (there are two of them this time, although the number can vary up to four for no adequately explored reason) get their Fourth of July harshed by Uncle Buzzkill Popeye in “Patriotic Popeye” (directed in 1957 by Izzy Sparber, story by Carl Myer, animation by Tom Johnson and Frank Endres, and musical direction by Winston Sharples – plus uncredited voice work by Jack Mercer for Popeye, plus whichever two of his nephews are featured this time – Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, or Poopeye.) By 1957 the quality of animation and music at Paramount was showing the same drop-off as at MGM (Tom and Jerry), Universal (Woody Woodpecker), Warner Bros (everyone else), which actually probably goes a long way to explaining why two of the four nephews got laid off (and why all of the music was either songs that Paramount owned, like the Popeye theme, or songs in the public domain, like “Columbia, Gem of the Ocean.”) Still, remember: Place on ground, light fuse, run away!

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors presents a brief history of constitutional cluelessness.

Jesse Springer is temporarily away from his desk, but your call is very important to him.

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

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