But Iceland's geothermal acting-out isn't the only thing that captured the imagination of political toonists around the world this week (although it did inspire this week's Best in Show). There was also Earth Day, the seemingly-endless corruption of Goldman Sachs--and did I mention that Arizona became Casablanca while you weren't looking? Let's go to Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for this week to get things started.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, R. J. Matson (explanation of deep-sea cephalopod reference here), Bob Englehart, Jeff Parker, Jimmy Margulies, Henry Payne, Steve Breen , Brian Fairrington, Bill Schorr, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best in Show Award: John Trever.
p3 "Sometimes a Wand is Just a Wand" Award: Mike Lester.
p3 World Toon Review: Stephane Peray (Thailand), Teejerd Royaards (Netherlands), Patrick Chappatte, (Switzerland) and Pavel Constantin (Romania).
Ann Telnaes notes that northern Europeans aren't the only ones with an ash problem.
Mark Fiore presents an inspirational American story of winning and . . . well, you'll see.
(Update: Apple caved; Fiore won.)
Oh, Uncle Pennybags--say it isn't so! Frank Rich's Sunday NYTimes column on Goldman Sachs skulduggery today is accompanied by a wonderfully dark illustration from Barry Blitt.
This is exactly what they were warning you about! The truth must be told: Comic Book Resources reports that the most deep-seated fears of the anti-gay caucus in the GOP have come to pass.
DC's graphic novel brand, Vertigo is moving into crime fiction.
Don't forget: Stumptown Comic Fest is this weekend.
The Comics Curmudgeon spots a connection between Beetle Bailey and "Angels in America," and identifies a scene you're probably not likely to see in the upcoming live action/CGI "Marmaduke" movie--probably.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman explores the concept of TMI.
It's me again! You can decide whether this hits your funny bone--but the more steeped you are in classic movies, the better. If you only knew Cesar Romero as the Joker on the TV "Batman," for example, he may slip right by you here from the days when he played a heartthrob on the big screen. (For those of you with no interest in playing spot-the-stars, there's still the great conga music.) For some reason, the animated review featuring cameos by Hollywood stars was a popular gimmick in its day; I'll have another one next week from Disney. This week, it's "Hollywood Steps Out," directed by Tex Avery in 1941:
The cameo stars are identified here, although you're on your own with inside jokes like the joke about Bing Crosby's stable of neverwozzer race horses, or Greta Garbo's big feet.
Secret second animation: Suzanne at FireDogLake salutes a 1943 Woody Woodpecker classic.
p3 Bonus Toon: This week, Jesse Springer is all about side effects.
Remember to bookmark: Slate's political cartoon for the day and Time's cartoons of the week.