Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Pulitzers, Eisners, and bwastin' the Easter Rabbit!

First, congratulations to p3 regular Kevin Siers at the Charlotte Observer, who received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Second, congratulations and good luck to the 2014 nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award.

Today's toons were selected from cartoons hidden all over the White House lawn, out of a basketful of 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: Clay Bennett.

p3 Legion of Extreme Merit: Pat Bagley.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (tie): John Darow, David Fitzsimmons, and Mike Keefe.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Brian McFadden.

p3 World Toon Review: McDonald (Honduras), Martin Sutovec (Slovakia), Pedro X. Molina (Nicaragua), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

Ann Telnaes looks at some solid-gold Easter eggs.

Mark Fiore reviews the works of the former Thane of Crawford TX. Actually, I'm not a good enough judge to say much about Dubya's paintings other than he's probably a lot better at making them look like their subjects than I would be. But I confess I'm not very surprised that he has better luck with the right side of his brain than he's had with the left side.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation gives a tour of the next world with an atmosphere and liquid water – that we can trash beyond recognition if we can figure out how to get there. And remember to bring your SPF 45,000 sun-block.

If all computer-based animation looked like this, movie audiences might not be looking forward with such trepidation to "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

Tom Tomorrow looks with horror at the latest inexplicable disappearance without so much as a beep.

Keith Knight considers the freeness of a free ride.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents Chagrin Falls, which actually is a real place. And the attitudes of concern for our fellow creatures is real, too.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon calls it "jarring," "realistic and grim," and "completely bonkers" – so you know it's gotta be Funky Winkerbean.

Comic Strip of the Day is all about the juxtapositions. (Interestingly, I looked for a long time at the Schot cartoon at the end of the post, but decided at the last moment not to include it in the World Toon Review – so, problem solved!)

Here's the Easter Rabbit – hooray! Bugs Bunny fills in for the Easter Bunny in "Easter Yeggs," directed by Robert McKimson in 1947. Uncredited voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc (Bugs, and pretty much everyone else except Elmer) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Elmer Fudd). I have no idea what the "Dick Tracy" joke is doing there. "Easter Yeggs" is no longer available on YouTube and such, although you can buy it at Amazon if that's your thing. If you just want to watch it, you'll have to go to a Romanian site, so:

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman has the inside story.

Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen reveals the tyranny of the grey men.

Matt Bors makes you wish.

Jesse Springer sees lemonade, so to speak, where others see lemons. He's putting the "P" back in Portland, over one of the most embarassing stories to get tied to the Rose City's ass like a tin can in quite some time.

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

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