And the NRA continues to play hardball.
And Punxatawney Phil dominates the ground (-hog) game.
But enough lame sports jokes. Let's get to today's toons, which were lip-synched on the steps of the Capitol from the week's pages at GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Slate, Time, About.com, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Jim Morin, Joel Pett, Lee Judge, Tom Stiglich, Pat Bagley, Mike Keefe, Adam Zyglis, Mike Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best in Show: Kevin Siers.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: John Cole.
p3 Legion of Merit: David Fitzsimmons.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Paresh Nath (India), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Luojie (China),
Good news: In Ann Telnaes' animation this week, they're only getting buried metaphorically.
Mark Fiore says the battle's not only not over, you're all drafted!
Taiwan's Next Media Animation presents the titanic clash between the irrelevant and the pointless: Dr Phil interviews Ronaiah Tuiasosopo about the Manti Te’o hoax. (Reader warning: This video does technically refer to the thing we promised would be 100% absent from today's toon review, but only to explain that their Manti Te'o story is much cooler. We at p3 agree whole-heartedly.)
Tom Tomorrow lets the Glib Sociopath practice his “sad face.”
Keith Knight, over-achiever.
Tom the Dancing Bug says, if you're reading this right now, you're a computer criminal! (Yes, you!)
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl accepts that athletic achievement can only come through sacrifice.
The Comics Curmudgeon teaches an important lesson: I've been reading Shylock Fox all wrong for years!
Gotta go now, chum! The deeply, deeply troubled and confused relationship between Bluto and Popeye is explored (so to speak) in “Fightin' Pals,” a Stanley-meets-Livingston send-up directed by Dave Fleischer in 1940, with animation by Willard Bowsky and Robert Bentley, with (all uncredited) musical direction by Sammy Timberg, and voice work by Jack Mercer (I think, as Popeye) and Pinto Colvig (as Bluto -- his last performance in the role). There's an odd, historically dated throwaway gag at about the two-minute mark: Headed across the Atlantic, Popeye dodges Europe because of gunfire (the US didn't enter WWII until the following year). For some reason, I always thought the hatbox gag was really funny. And note who carries the spinach inside his shirt this time!
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors identifies the one thing that soldiers almost certainly aren't thinking of during battle.
Jesse Springer celebrates Oregon's contribution to that rarest of things: bipartisan agreement in the Senate.
Test your toon-captioning skills at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)