Today's selections have been frantically picked out at the last possible minute from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, About.com, Mario Piperni, and Daryl Cagle's cartoon page, then hastily wrapped in a late-night, egg nog-fuelled frenzy of paper-cuts and recriminations and shoved under the tree. Season greetings.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Tom Toles, Jim Moran, Glen McCoy, Jim Sherffius, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Steve Benson.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie); Pat Bagley and Bob Gorrell.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Converence: David Fitzsimmons and Mike Keefe.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada),Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).
Courtesy of Ann Telnaes: America's favorite former failed governor reminds us that nothing will blind you to irony like a studio spotlight.
Mark Fiore's Dogboy and Mr. Dan wonder if Christmas -- perhaps! -- doesn't come from a store.
A special p3 shout-out goes to Non Sequitur for perfectly capturing the wish I wish for Christmas every year.
Don't miss the winners of the 2010 Animate William Shatner contest (approved by Shatner himself, naturally)!
Yes, as a matter of fact, there was a "Hellboy" Christmas card from Dark Horse Comics, drawn by "Hellboy" artist Mike Mignola circa 1998-1999, and here it is.
Here's Part 1 of Tom Tomorrow's annual The Year in Crazy. Undermining America through graphic design!
Update: And here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on the death of those economic-equality dreams from the late 1950s.
Keith Knight discovers the crossover point between Holiday Cheer and Alternative Fuels!
Tom the Dancing Bug presents Children-Acting-Like-Adults Funnies, and other treats from Super-Fun-Pax Comix. (And it ain't pretty!)
Wallopin' Web-snappers! The new Spider-Man Broadway musical (music by Bono and the Edge -- why should Sir Elton be the only one to cash in?) is hanging by a thread, and Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings you the story. (Hard to believe -- after all, didn't this 1975 masterpiece pack in the audiences?) Here's more from Comic Riffs' Michael Cavna about the seemingly-doomed show.
Red Meat says, the best Christmas gifts are the ones you make yourself!
And as long as Spider-Man is taking his lumps this week, The Comic Curmudgeon has something to say about Aunt Mae's latest romance -- with the Mole Man! (This is an old, old Marvel wheeze; I remember once when Aunt Mae's wedding with Doctor Octopus [!] was interrupted by a nuclear detonation on the island where his secret laboratory was located -- but Peter still insisted that telling her he was Spidey would have been too much of a strain on her weak heart.)
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman muses on the awkwardness of hearing from relatives at the holidays.
It's "Boxing Day" -- get it? Ahem. Anyway, Olive Oyl gets her Adrian-like scene at the end of "Let's You and Him Fight," directed by Dave Fleischer in 1934. Uncredited voice work: William Costello as Popeye, William Pennell as Bluto, and Bonnie Poe as Olive. Ya ain't never seen none better!
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Bonus animation: Just because I think it's funny. (Hat-tip to James the Elder.)
p3 Bonus Toon: Even with the Ducks playing for the championship, a lot of Oregonians didn't get the one thing under their tree they were hoping for, and Jesse Springer shares their disappointment.
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