Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Why get your news from Twitter when you can get it from haiku?

So Dubya now paints.
Iraq, Afghanistan – gone.
Master of tromp l'oeil.

Pay them less? No good.
Control their bodies? Uh-uh.
What do women want?

Sigh. Year after year
It's the same right-wing death list.
The Ryan budget.

His Letterman gig –
After a ten-year Report,
How will he shift gears?

Today's toons were chosen by a process too difficult and painstaking to describe here, 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: Tony Auth.

p3 Legion of Merit: Stuart Carlson.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Randy Jones.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Halit Kurtulmus Aytoslu (Turkey).

Ann Telnaes brings us the Utah Surprise.

Mark Fiore presents a true-life nature documentary, and it's rutting season. Ee-yew.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation lets their imagination soar on the news that Colbert will be replacing Letterman in 2015.

Interesting, if morbid, tidbit: The Archie comic characters were created in 1941 in part to cash in on the popularity of the Andy Hardy movies staring Mickey Rooney. So it's somewhat ironic that last week, which saw the death of Rooney at 93, also brought the announcement that young Master Andrews himself will also shortly run down the curtain and join the bleedin' choir invisible. Like the death of any long-running comic book star, of course, it's not likely to be a permanent thing. The specifics of the story line are being kept under wraps, but I like to imagine the cover will show the tattered remains of his Riverdale High School letter-sweater on a makeshift flag pole amid the rubble. (Too obscure?)

Keith Knight thinks Google's missing a bet.

Tom the Dancing Bug imagines a world where everything you know is filtered through sources whose attention span is shorter, and sardonic wit is lamer, than they can possibly imagine.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson's son considers the future. Or not.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon finds consolation where he can: The gloom may be unrelenting, but is not without texture.

Comic Strip of the Day is all about the transitions today: Sebelius is out, Colbert is in.

Pimento U., Oh sweet P.U. – Thy fragrant odor scents the air: "The Dover Boys" is a gem – nipped in at #49 of the 50 greatest cartoons of all time – directed by Chuck Jones in 1942. Uncredited: Portland's own Mel Blanc and Bea Benederet (who would later voice Barney and Betty Rubble), Tedd Pierce (voice work and story), and John McLeish (narrator). The toon is a parody of the then-still-popular "Rover Boys" adventure stories for boys – Hardy Boys without the mysteries, if you will. Also uncredited: Musical director Carl Stalling, a personal god around here at p3. Main titles theme is the Cornell University alma mater, "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" accompanies the free-ranging hide 'n' seek game, the runabout theme is "Come Away with Me Lucille (In My Merry Oldsmobile)," the Boy Scout and subsequent rescue theme is, of course, "The William Tell Overture," and the whiskered beach bather's theme is "While Strolling Through the Park One Day." "The Dover Boys" was a very early use by Jones of the limited animation techniques that would become an inevitable, if not always pleasing, part of the industry beginning about a decade later. I love the Dover Boys' commitment to the Delsarte school of acting, but I also wonder who first came up with the innumerate idea that counting to 1500 by fives would make hide 'n' seek more interesting than counting to 300 by ones. My friends and I did it as kids, too. No one knew why, and objections appealing to the distributive property of multiplication over addition went nowhere. (If your OS won't show the embedded video below, watch it on YouTube.)

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

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman presents Still Life With Fruitcake.

Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen explores the limits of satire.

Matt Bors explores presidential primary reform.

Jesse Springer: Still not loving the whole Cover Oregon thing.

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

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