Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Suicide and death-by-cop. That's pretty much it.

(Couple of updates below. See: Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence, Part 1 and Part 2)

A lot of things happened this week other than the death of Robin Williams and the death-by-cop of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO and the subsequent police overreacton to community displeasure with same – including the Obama/Clinton hug and the ebola break-out – but there's not much trace of any of the latter in the tooniverse. So that's where most of today's review ends up.

Today's toons were selected 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: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Rick McKee, Bill Day, Dave Granlund, J. D. Crowe, Steve Kelley, Milt Priggee, Lalo Alcaraz, Jeff Koterba, Steve Nease, Joel Pett, and Nick Anderson – and probably others. (For his theory on why it was almost inevitable that there would so many certificate recipients this week, consult Comic Strip of the Day. And double props to CSotD for the deeply pitched allusion what I'm pretty certain, but upon reflection not 100% certain, is the deeply pitched allusion in his title. Hint: The alternate title might well be "Robin Catches a Cold.")

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium, plus Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): John Darkow, Dave Granlund, Taylor Jones, and Mike Luckovich. (Update #2: This meme is not just an instance of harmonic toon convergence; it's apparently a full-blown thing.)

p3 World Toon Review: Paul Zanetti (Australia), Ramses Morales Izquierdo (Cuba), Petar Pismestrovic, Part 1 (Austria), and Petar Pismestrovic, Part 2 (Austria).

Ann Telnaes feels the warmth.

Mark Fiore reminds us that, even if you find (like we at p3 do) that Obama has lived nowhere near up to his original hype, America still dodged a pretty big bullet in 2008. Had McCain been allowed to pick the awful-but-still-a-Village-favorite Joe Lieberman as his running mate instead of the ticket-killing Sarah Palin, much of the Middle East (except Israel) might today be a smooth sheet of radioactive glass.

Tom Tomorrow shares some "folk" wisdom.

Keith Knight previews the next Broadway hit you (and your kids!) will be humming the theme from.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents Pinocchio: The True Story!

Red Meat's Ted Johnson comforts his son.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon bids adieu (one hopes) to one of the least-valuable Shark Week tie-ins going out there.

Comic Strip of the Day talks some shit, and reminds me why I miss the days when good TV shows also had good theme songs – some, but not all, even with lyrics.

I've been double-crosked! Yeah, Popeye gets double-crossed by Bluto in "Shaving Muggs," directed in 1953 by Seymour Kneitel, but the story, credited to Larz Bourne, is pretty much a scene-by-scene recycling of "A Clean Shaven Man," directed in 1936 by Dave Fleischer (with an uncredited assist by – guess who? – Seymour Kneitel and no writer's credit), except that the earlier version had a great title song and gave the final gag to Thimble Theater regular George W. Geezil the cobbler/pawnbroker rather than to some unnamed admiral. (p3 featured "Clean Shaven Man" in 2009, if you're inclined to compare.) The uncredited voice work on "Shaving Muggs" was done by Frank Mercer (Popeye), Jackson Beck (Bluto), and Mae Questel (the Slender One).

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

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman imagines a historical mash-up. And he could have three or four more Amendments in there, too, but we're not going to fuss.

Theoretically Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen could have scored just with panel #2 today, but she's so generous she gave us three more!

Matt Bors left me relieved: I wasn't the only one put off by the word "folks."

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

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