On the east coast, the snow's falling on them. In Vancouver, they're falling on it. And a ball made out of the stuff never had a chance in this week's "bipartisan" summit on health care reform.
Let's start, as always, with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up this week.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jeff Parker, John Darkow, Eric Allie, Michael Ramirez, Steve Sack, Adam Zyglis, John Cole, Ed Stein, Rob Rogers, Jeff Darcy, Cal Grondahl, and Monte Wolverton,
p3 Best of Show: Dave Fitzsimmons.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): R. J. Matson and Joe Heller.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Stephane Peray (Thailand), LAZ, (Cuba), Victor Ndula (Kenya), Paresh Nath (India), and Pavel Constantin (Romania).
Ann Telnaes says it's time to party like it's 1478!
At this rate, it's probably cheaper to buy Blue Cross insurance: As p3's small cadre of ultraloyal fans--call them the "p3-baggers," if you like--may recall, it was almost a year ago that a copy of the first Superman comic (Action #1, August 1938) changed hands for a little over $300,000. I've always been a Superman fan, but what happened recently strikes me as further proof, if any were needed, that more money doesn't make you more smart: A different copy of the same Action #1 sold for a cool $1 million-- a record that lasted a whole three days, until someone paid $1,000,075 for a copy of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939), the first Batman comic. Buyers and sellers in both cases were anonymous, but it's hard not to conclude that the buyer of Detective Comics #27 saw a chance to gain immortality among the ranks of elite collectors by spending an extra $75 bucks.
Yeah, but did Batman ever sell out this big? I actually remember seeing this item: The frankly-named Studies in Crap blog reminds us of the time when Krypton's Last Son actually shilled for the Radio Shack TRS-80 desktop computer in 1980. It's as bad as you're probably already imagining.
Stop your gayness! That's the theme of the third issue of False Witness: The Michelle Bachman Story comic book, which is now on sale. TPM reviews it here.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman looks at a surgical procedure that health care reform may not cover.
People are no darned good! Friday was the 102nd anniversary of the birth of legendary animator Tex Avery. To celebrate the event, students at his high school alma mater, North Dallas High, are competing to paint the best mural paying tribute to Avery's best-known characters (including Bugs Bunny). Here at p3 we'll pay tribute by presenting "The Cat Who Hated People," a 1948 short directed by Avery during his MGM days. It's all there: The narrator. The episodic structure driven by increasingly surreal sight-gags. Flying body parts. Gratuitous violence.
p3 Bonus Toon: From red-shirts to orange jumpsuits? Jesse Springer looks at the new talent for Oregon's defense.
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Slate's political cartoon for the day.
And Time's cartoons of the week.