Football season has started, and stores are promoting back-to-school sales! Sounds to me like the first day of August! The World Series, Tax Day, and the 2020 census must be just around the corner.
In addition, we've got WikiLeaks and a small glitch in the Arizona anti-immigrant law. And in case you didn't notice, we're still in Afghanistan. All this and more, beginning with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for the week.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, John Trevor, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, Milt Priggee, Ed Stein, Rob Rogers, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Mike Keefe.
p3 Legion of Honor: John Darkow.
p3 Historical Perspective Certificate: David Fitzsimmons.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Frederick Deligne (France), and Herbjørn Skogstad (Norway).
More pencils, more books, more teachers' dirty looks: Is it just me, or does the return of the school year seem to be less about learning and more about, you know, money? Here's Joe Heller, Thomas Boldt, Gary Varvel, John Deering, Steve Kelley, and Jeff Koterba.
Ann Telnaes reminds us of the old adage: When you get to the end of your rope . . .
Mark Fiore brings us this patriotic message: Loose Lips Sink Slips!.
He was "sick" before "sick" was cool: Last week was the funeral of Portland cartoonist John Callahan.
Garfield and Pearls Before Swine have their "Johnny Cash moment: The legendary singer once joked that it was a mixed blessing to have your albums selling like hotcakes . . . in Federal prisons. The two daily comic strips now can have a little taste of that. Takeaway quote:
"While I have you here, my friends and I would like to request that you bring back the comics, Pearls Before Swines and Garfield. Thank you."
Update: Almost forgot your weekly bit of Barry Blitt from the NYTimes. Here it is.
"Comic Book Confidential" comes to the NW Film Center today at 4pm: The classic 1988 documentary features interviews with some of the gods of the history of comic books.
Okay, okay, we get the picture! Have to say, Doonesbury has been in a weird place for the last week or so, but the wrap-up of the Sarah Palin fantasy is pretty funny.
This Modern World explores a strange, alternate universe, where a whipped administration falls for faked hot-button stories as fast as the right can cook them up. (Hey. Wait a minute . . . !) Yargle, bargle!
Less Stuckeys, more Crackerbarrels: That's only one of the insights when the K Chronicles takes a cross-country tour.
The Comics Curmudgeon uncovers one of the most creepy, throw-the-concept-out-the-window "Marmaduke" cartoons ever. Will the Great Dane's next film be a "Twilight" crossover?
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman says, climate change is only a problem depending on where you sit.
Cats and mice are pals: Tom and Jerry (and Topsy) go back to school in the 1948 MGM short "Professor Tom," directed by Joseph Hanna and William Barbera:
p3 Bonus Toon: Hm. Not sure what Jesse Springer wants to see the state money spent on, if not jobs and infrastructure (tax cuts for the top 5%?), but he doesn't seem pleased this week:
Remember to bookmark the daily political toon features at Slate's Slate, Time, and About.com.
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