It was a good week to be a formerly-trapped Chilean miner; but the rest of us are having to muddle along as best we can.
Let's kick things off with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for the week.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, John Trever, John Darkow, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, Adam Zyglis, Steve Breen, Bill Day, Cal Grondahl, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Mike Lester.
p3 Medal of Honor: Daryl Cagle.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Ed Stein and Rob Rogers (and many others).
p3 World Toon Review: Cameron Cardow (Canada), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands).
Ann Telnaes wonders, how can it be "free speech" if you can't hear it above the sound of the cash register?
Mark Fiore outlines the Meg Whitman jobs plan for California. Don't miss the disclaimer at the end.
Comic Riffs sets some fair-minded boundaries on an otherwise-irredeemable idea: The (live-action) Family Circus movie. Where was Mr. Not Me when we needed him?
Don't want to spend the money on this myself, but if you buy one, bring it along to coffee so I can see it: The DC Superheroes Ultimate Pop-Up Book. And yes, the guy behind this calls himself an "engineer." I still love America.
Barry Deutsch lists the top 10 excuses for ignoring unemployment.
Here's Barry Blitt's illustration (the first to depart from black and white, I believe) accompanying this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column, on the future of right-wing anger in America.
Ruh-Roh! This week, Tom Tomorrow presents another edition of News from a Parallel Universe. You'll never think of the phrase "cold, dead fingers" the same way again!
The K Chronicles presents a special wedding-day edition of Life's Little Victories. Yes!
Red Meat features Bug-Eyed Earl in the child-hood BB-gun story you never wanted to hear. It'll make you want to shoot your own eyes out!
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman predicts the future of political advertising in America.
Huh -- sounds like "Inner Sanctum!" "Racketeer Rabbit," directed in 1946 by Fritz Freling, features Mel Blanc voicing both the Edward G. Robertson character and the Peter Lorre character (the latter simply disappears from the story about half-way through for no adequately explored reason.) The song launched by the "going for a ride" scene is the 1905 hit "(Come Away with Me, Lucille) In My Merry Oldsmobile."
Video extra: The NYTimes review of the DVD release "The Essential Bugs Bunny Collection" can be reduced to 8 words: the first disc is; the second disc isn't. Also, I note that, of the 4 BB images accompanying the article, one dates to 1950 ("The Rabbit of Seville," a Chuck Jones classic from the beginning of the Silver Age) and the rest, if they were ever part of actual animated releases, are from soulless post-Silver Age dreck you aren't apt to see featured on p3 Sunday Morning Toons any time soon.)
p3 Bonus Toon: With the election a little over two weeks away, Jesse Springer wonders if this is the time for Oregon to play "doctor."
Remember to bookmark the daily political toon features at Slate's Slate, Time, and About.com.
Test your toon-captioning skills at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)