Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday morning toons: March Madness -- it's not just for college basketball anymore

[Apologies: I finished this post on time, then accidentally left it in the draft bucket until the following Saturday. Seriously -- does nobody read this blog?  Also, the failed video embed has been replaced by a link, which even Blogger currently can't mess up.]

Sure, there's all that bracket stuff (I refuse to use "bracketology," and instead just hope it's a dumb term that will eventually run its course and die). But there's also staunch intelligence defender Diane Feinstein suddenly playing Spy vs. Spy with the CIA, there are remakes of "One of Our Aircraft is Missing" and "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming" headed to a military theater near you.

Today's toons were selected by examining the flight data recorders from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Lee Judge.

p3 Legion of Merit: Brian McFadden.

p3 Croix de Guerre (with rabbit ears): Steve Sack.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Marshall Ramsey and Chan Lowe.

 p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Jim Morin.

p3 World Toon Review: Rod Emmerson (New Zealand), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Happy 93rd birthday to Al Jaffee, who's been doing Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, and Fold-Ins, for Mad Magazine since sometime during the Polk Adminstration! Not too long ago, the NYTimes featured an interactive retrospective of his fold-ins, from the 1960s until 2008 or thereabouts.

Ann Telnaes imagines CIA Director John Brennan getting less than he really deserves.

Who knew? Mark Fiore points out that "Denial" really is a river in Africa! It's the homophobes' greatest gift!

Tom Tomorrow asks the question of the hour (the hour being sometime late Sunday morning): ¿Todos somos Ukranians ahora?

Keith Knight knows it's wrong, but he can't help wishing. . . . ("Woodstock" took a minute, but . . . ee-yeew!)

Tom the Dancing Bug brings us the return of Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveler from 1909. Today's episode: Rocket cats!

Red Meat's Ted Johnson does it for the kids.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon has identified commando pelicans. 'Nuff said.

Comic Strip of the Day opens with the concept of weaponized silliness. What's not to like?

#10 on the list of the 50 greatest cartoons as chosen by people working in the animation industry: "King-Size Canary," directed by Tex Avery in 1947, during his time at MGM, showcases Avery's love of extremes – sight gags taken to their logical extreme and then about a quarter mile farther, and animated movement featuring eyes popping, jaws dropping, tongues spinning like window blinds, and limbs flying hither and yon (and usually reassembling themselves again -- watch the cat's face get temporarily dismantled). Musical director Scott Bradley had no shame about stealing quotes: "Listen to the Mockingbird" in the opening credits and later, "The William Tell Overture," "Rock-a-Bye Baby," a tiny bit of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (?), and several more. Uncredited voice work by Frank Graham as the Mouse, and Oregon's own Pinto Colvig as the Canary. (Don't miss the brand name on the refrigerator.)

You can watch "King-Size Canary" here.

The p3 Sunday Comics Read-Along: Pearls Before Swine, Doonesbury, Rhymes with Orange, Zits, Adam @ Home, Mutts, Over the Hedge, Get Fuzzy, Prince Valiant, Blondie, Bizarro, Mother Goose & Grimm, Rose is Rose, Luann, Hagar the Horrible, Pickles, Rubes, Grand Avenue, Freshly Squeezed and The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee.

The Big, But Could Be Bigger, and Some Day Soon It Will Be, Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors brings us good news from the Founding Fathers: "You're on your own!"

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

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