(Oh, okay, fine. Get it out of your systems.)
Ahem. Where were we? Oh yes:
Topics this week include the non-avian-centric portions of the first presidential debate, the poor misunderstood people who only want the chance to suppress your vote, and the current leader in the race to be the crappiest airline in America.
Suggestions for today's toons were sent by email and social media to Jim Lehrer, who picked the ones he liked, then promptly fell asleep, at which point I chose whatever I wanted from the week's pages at GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Slate, Time, About.com, DailyKos.com, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Kevin Siers, Jim Morin, R. J. Matson, Walt Handlesman, Adam Zyblis, Rob Tornoe, Dave Granlund, Steve Sack, Milt Priggee, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best in Show Award: Joel Pett.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Glenn McCoy and . . . Glenn McCoy.
p3 Legion of Merit: Nate Beeler.
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Paul Zanetti (Australia), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Rachel Gold (Austria),
Ann Telnaes notes someone who's conspicuous by their absence in the first presidential debate.
Mark Fiore lets Right-Wing Ralphie explain why we need stringent voter ID laws -- just in time for the 2012 election.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings you Justin Beiber as you've never seen him before we hope.
Tom Tomorrow proudly (maybe) presents the return of Droney. And you thought he never went away?
Also, Mr. Tomorrow did not have a good week. Willamette Week dropped TMW a couple of years ago; it'd be nice if the Merc could find the money to pick it up. (Tom Tomorrow suggests his rates are reasonable.)
Keith Knight nominates a new California state holiday.
Tom the Dancing Bug brings another Super-Fun-Pax-Comix in which we learn the importance of not meddling with time.
Red Meat's Ted Johnson does not much care for Carl's negativity.
The Comics Curmudgeon shares ”probably the saddest thing I’ve seen in the comics in months, and I read Funky Winkerbean daily.”
Eighty years old, but the issues haven't changed much: “Betty Boop for President,” directed by Dave Fleischer, animation by Seymour Kneitel, Roland Crandall, and Bernard Wolf (uncredited), voiced by Mae Questal, and musical direction by Sammy Timberg, hit theater screens on November 4th, 1932 (four days before the election). They were talking (and singing) about the economy, rich versus poor, health care, taxes, and voters' rights -- this is progress? Perhaps the 2012 debates would be improved with more singing. Sight-gags refer to Herbert Hoover and Al Smith (who was still the likely Democratic nominee when the film was in production, though it was FDR by the time it was released). A politically tamer version, featuring Olive Oyl, was released in 1948. Bonus points for guessing the point of the fade-out image at the end (hint: remember it's 1932).
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Jack Ohman gives us a look at the infinitely recursive debate.
Matt Bors presents: Mitt Romney, Downer.
Jesse Springer reminds us of the bad feeling continuing to back up behind the PERS status quo:
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