Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday evening toons: Marriage! Health care! Heritage! And Angry Antonin too!

When big and complex news stories break mid-week, expect us to be handing out p3 Certificates of Harmonic Toon Convergence like candy.

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 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Clay Jones, Michael Ramirez, Pat Bagley, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Walt Handlesman and Mike Luckovich.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Matt Davies and Nick Anderson.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): Mike Luckovich and Matt Davies (h/t to Comic Strip of the Day, below).

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 3): Darrin Bell, Mike Keefe, Alex Falco, and Jim Morin.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 4): Clay Bennett and Jimmy Margulies.

p3 World Toon Review: Michael Kountouris (Greece) and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes observes something new in the way of wedding traditions. Guess that leaves "something old, something borrowed, and something blue" for the GOP.

Mark Fiore has a musical take on America's apparent inability to keep its eye on the ball.

Keith Knight isn't impressed by the young would-be hero of the Rebellion.

Reuben Bolling proudly presents the return of Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveller from 1909.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson had exactly the same high school experience – exactly! – that I had.

Comic Strip of the Day reflects on the difference in difficulty between getting angry voters to the polls and happy ones.

The Yankees are in Chatanooga! The roughly thirty seconds of slouching-banjo-playing-cringing-"darkey" imagery at about the 2:40 mark (consider yourself warned) in "Southern Fried Rabbit" is generally considered what got the uncut version pulled from television distribution years ago. But the short is shot through with other bits and pieces of the old Confederacy's "special heritage" that didn't seem to bother anyone, for example: Bugs sings "Old Black Joe" as he happily attempts to cross the Mason-Dixon line, the unpleasantness of less than a century earlier is referred to by its "Lost Cause" euphemism "The War Between the States," Yosemite Sam chivalrously protects Bugs (who is not only the fair-haired woman named Scarlett! but also a stand-in for the Yankees, carpet baggers, and slaves Sam's defending her against) – and of course the central premise of the story is that, ninety years later, the side that lost the Civil War was still fighting, it against all logic. (Yosemite Sam's request for a song from the minstrel Bugs very nearly steps on this classic Mel Brooks moment from some twenty years in the future.) Directed in 1953 by Friz Freleng from a story by Warren Foster, with voice work by Portland's Own Mel Blanc and musical director Carl Stalling of the p3 pantheon of gods. Watch "Southern Fried Rabbit" on DailyMotion.

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

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman spies something hanging from the front of the building at 1 First Street NE.

Quite Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen reminds us to consider their point of view.

Jesse Springer imagines a post-legalization Oregon (tomorrow) in which tweeners would rather play checkers than smoke pot. We'll have what he's having.

Test your toon captioning prowess 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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