This week: Obama fires up his base and Wikileaks gets talked about a lot in the US (but Julian Assange gets talked about a lot more in other countries).
All this and more, scientifically selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, About.com, and MSNBC:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich,Nate Beeler, Tom Toles, Clay Bennett, Nick Anderson, Ben Sargent, Jim Morin, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: David Fitzsimmons.
p3 "2 plus 2" Certificate: Adam Zyglis.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Frederick Deligne (France), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).
Ann Telnaes reminds us: It's not safe to run (off at the mouth) with scissors. (Just because, through some accident or miracle, Joe's on the right side of DADT, don't kid yourself. He still is who he is.)
Mark Fiore brings us into the Dojo of Political Self-Defense. Tax-on! Tax-off!
Good news from Tom the Dancing Bug: our long national nightmare is almost over (h/t to Stephen P.)
Tom Tomorrow presents The Further Adventures of Middle-Man!
Uhm, sir -- there are demonstrators in front of the building. They say they're from The K Chronicles.
Four new graphic novels for your holiday shopping/reading list: Although the NYTimes Books section still calls 'em "Comics."
Well, it's a good question! What do they do when super-heroes need health care?
Alternate-Universe Archie: Slate.com calls it a truly bizarre artifact: a teen magazine with the soul of a Russian novel. How can you resist a peek?
Don't tell me you thought it was something you just picked up a pencil and did? Nope. New York Magazine teaches you how to doodle.
He created movie posters from "Casablanca" to "Alien:" And now there's a collection of the work of artist artist Bill Gold. The slide-show has some amazing images.
Via Comic Riffs After 70 years covering her beat, Brenda Starr, Reporter is accepting the newspaper buy-out.
At Red Meat, Bug-eyed Earl learns a valuable lesson.
Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on the lightning-fast cave-in by the Smithsonian -- the freaking Smithsonian! -- to the über-homophobes of the Catholic League.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman celebrates the report of the Deficit Commission (aka the Catfood Commission).
It's not "Sarah Palin's Alaska:" It's "Klondike Casanova," the 1946 Popeye short directed by Izzy Sparber. Olive Oyl's "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," isn't exactly Madelyn Kahn's "I'm Tired," but it's still pretty good. And am I the only one who thinks the maraschino cherry scene might have been about more than just maraschino cherries? (The bears' song is borrowed from a well-known Pepsi-Cola jingle of the the time.)
Reminder: You can see clips of most of this year's Oscar-nominated animations at Comic Riffs.
p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer promises: "I've held off the whole season-- here it is, my Ducks are great cartoon. Guarantee another one in January if they win."
Match toon-captioning wits with the pros at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)