Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday morning toons: The Scroll of Marduk, and other rarities

Unionizing college athletes. Governor Christie's innocence. The religious rights of corporations. And wasn't there a plane that was abducted by aliens a couple of weeks ago? Or is that yesterday's news?

Today's toons were selected from a special panel of attorneys, who work for us, and consequently would never ever pin the blame on us, 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: Jim Morin.

p3 Legion of Merit: John Cole.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Graff,

p3 World Toon Review: Heng (Singapore), Scott (New Zealand), Tjeerd Royards (Netherlands), and Jehad Awrtani (Jordan).

Ann Telnaes muses on the question: Why is it that presidents' hair turns white so soon, no matter how old they are?

Mark Fiore brings the good news: It's not about the Affordable Care Act and whether or not you think your employees should have access to contraceptives!

Taiwan's Next Media Animation blah

Keith Knight presents the first rule of pubic commentary: No poetry!

Tom the Dancing Bug presents the continuing – or recontinuing? – adventures of Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveler from 1909.

Red Meat's Bug Eyed Earl is getting along better with his mom.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon imagines what must be going on in Hagar's mind: "Don’t say anything, don’t say anything, don’t say anything, let them ask, let them ask, let them ask…"

Comic Strip of the Day looks at the NCAA's worst nightmare.

Well blow me down – a ghost ship! I'd planned on bringing you Number 8 of the top 50 cartoons of all time – the wonderfully surreal "Porky in Wackyland," directed in 1938 by Robert Clampett, but the only online copy available is on a Romanian site that defeated all my browser's plugins, so I didn't even try to make a link for it here. (It was still available back in 2010, for those who followed the block back then.) If I get the problem solved we'll continue the feature at some point in the (with a little luck) future. Meanwhile, here's "Shiver Me Timbers!" a 1934 Popeye treat directed by Dave Fleischer, with uncredited work by Willard Browsky (the actual director), Billy Costello (Popeye), Mae Questel (The Slender One), and Sammy Timberg (musical direction). I'd love to tell you who voiced Wimpy, but I can find no trace. Enjoy.

Click here to watch Shiver Me Timbers!

The Big Oregon Amnesty Toon Block:

In the interest of humanitarianism, and of celebrating cartoonists we like here at p3 who were in Oregon but for a variety of reasons aren't now, we're expaning the p3 Oregon Toon Block to Former Oregonians as well as Current Oregonians. We live on hopes here at p3.

Ex-pat Jack Ohman has the Surgeon General's Warning.

Ex-pat Jen Sorenson recounts her experience with Obamacare.

Matt Bors gives us a peek – but only for a moment! – inside the Journalism Simulator.

Jesse Springer is on a break this week. Visit his archives here.

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

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