But no dilly-dallying this morning; let's cut straight to Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for this week.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, R. J. Matson, Jimmy Margulies, Henry Payne, Adam Zyglis, Larry Wright, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: John Trevor.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Mike Lester, John Cole, and Nate Beeler.
p3 Legion of Painful Irony Award: John Darkow.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Jeff Stahler.
p3 "This Ain't the 'Funnies' Award: Bill Day.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).
Ann Telnaes urges everyone -- and she means everyone -- to exercise their right to free expression.
Mark Fiore traces the history of the snuggly White House.
Tom Tomorrow updates the age-old pick-up line: Is that a web-cam in your pants, or are you just happy to see a CNN reporter?
The Comics Curmudgeon reveals the chthulu-like nature of Marmaduke (although being an unstoppable force of pure energy didn't help him much at the box office last summer, did it?).
At The K Chronicles, it's all about livin' the dream. Sort of. Refill that coffee?
At Red Meat, Milkman Dan has his own special kind of don't ask, don't tell.
Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column about the intersection of politics and social media.
Comic Riffs muses on 6 things we know now that the director's been hired for the next movie in the Superman franchise. Some are awfully inside-baseball (e.g., 2. The box office for "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" just got more interesting. Is such a thing possible?) Some are a little depressing (e.g., 5. The pressure for Snyder to shoot in 3-D is ginormous.) But some are comforting (e.g., 6. Hollywood hype machines can now crank into full gear as Nolan/Snyder turn to casting their Man of Steel -- suggesting that the utterly-forgettable star of "Superman Returns" isn't in the running.) My advice: "Stylish" only gets you so far in this world if you don't have much of a story to tell.
Mario Piperni has released the latest in his series of fabulous political illustrations (and I use the world "fabulous" with some care).
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman bets his bottom dollar you'll lose the blues in Chicago.
In which the duck gets the boot: In case you're one of the seven people on the planet who hasn't already seen this since it went mega-viral last week, here's rebelliouspixels.com's killer Donald Duck/Glenn Beck mashup. Says creator Jonathan McIntosh:
I wanted to have Donald Duck act as a stand-in for the very real anger many people in the country are feeling about the economic crises, skyrocketing foreclosures, unemployment epidemic and the huge corporate bailouts under both Bush and Obama. Using Donald for this remix seemed like a perfect choice because originally he was created as a down-on-his-luck working-class ’everyman’ character for the classic Disney cartoons.
And who better than Donald to deliver the kind of sputtering anger that has made Beck's audience the force it is today?
p3 Bonus Toon: Current laws (federal and state) seem almost to beg candidates to buy elections. Here in Oregon, where it has its own special subtext, Jesse Springer cashes in on the joke by not making a joke about the joke. (Click to . . . uhm, enlarge.)
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