This is becoming unacceptable: Last week I noted that Time.com had joined Slate.com in discontinuing its political cartoon feature. This week, I notice that About.com doesn't seem to have added any new political cartoons in over a week. Perhaps the site's curator is simply taking the holiday week off (as no doubt are many of the artists themselves), although one would think the curating job could be tasked out to a couple of unpaid interns. How difficult and expensive can it really be, people? I do it every week for free. (On a related note, The Oregonian has threatened to drop either “Ziggy” or “The Family Circus,” depending on readers' votes, but that's hardly “Sophie's Choice.” Both hoary one-panel-ers were still in place as of yesterday.)
If political cartoons are no longer being carried at high-profile sites like these, how will people know that the middle class is out there protesting its endangered status in countries all over the world – except the US?
Or that Egypt, after coming that close to imploding, seems to be taking a some kind of breather?
Or that “Dwarf Planet”[sic] Pluto has been disrespected yet again?
(Fetching Good Out of Evil Department: We've added Comic Strip of the Day to our list of fine sources.)
Today's toons were selected using a process only slightly more successful than the US governments attempts to locate Edward Snowden, from the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Daryl Cagle, Comic Strip of the Day, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Jim Morin, Jeffrey Koterba, Daryl Cagle, Pat Bagley, Adam Zyglis, Joe Heller, Gary McCoy, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 “Late to the Party” Hall Pass: Lee Judge.
p3 World Toon Review: Pedro X. Molina (Nicaragua), and SvitalskyBros (Czech Republic).
Ann Telnaes reminds us of the old adage: Every barbecue has its winners and losers.
Mark Fiore presents the cartoon he looks forward to not doing anymore.
How did you spend your Fourth? Taiwan's Next Media Animation tells us how some people did. (Bonus points if you get the Free Candy joke.)
Tom Tomorrow hears the approaching sound of dominoes tumbling.
Keith Knight examines the dangers of skimming. (How sadly clueless am I? I figured that the cartoonist with the new-born would be showing his multitasking mojo, signing autographs and changing diapers at the same time.)
Tom the Dancing Bug presents the latest adventures of the masked man who brings justice and order to the West. Wait until Johnny Depp gets his hands on this property!
Red Meat presents Ted Johnson: savvy consumer.
The Comics Curmudgeon considers paths not taken.
Ooooh! I'm dyin' again! The inexplicably-titled “8 Ball Bunny” (it has nothing discernible to do with an 8-ball, except that 8-balls and pen-goo-ins have the same color scheme) was directed in 1949 by Chuck Jones, and released in 1950. Story by Michael Maltese, animation by Phil Monroe, Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris, and Emery Hawkins, musical direction by Carl Stalling, and voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc (with Dave Barry voicing Fred C. Dobbs). With a mish-mash of bad New World geography and references to the previous year's Warner Bros classic “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” it isn't among the most memorable of Bugs Bunny's films, even though the team behind it produced some of the Oscar-winning rabbit's best work. “8 Ball Bunny” represents the second appearance of Playboy Penguin. According to Wikipedia, ABC cut the “bwana” gag for Saturday morning syndication.
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors shows that the Taliban know how to play dirty.
Jesse Springer notes that, unfortunately, summer isn't the only season that's arrived in Oregon:
Test your toon-captioning skills at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)