This was a week of embarrassing moments: The Rapture didn't come, but apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger . . . well, you know. And Newt Gingrich didn't know when to stop.
Today's selections, buried under an Aztec pyramid near Machu Picchu, were carefully hand-selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni, About.com, and Daryl Cagle:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Glenn McCoy, Tony Auth, Bruce Plante, Chuck Asay, Clay Jones, Chad Lowe, David Fitzsimmons, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Legion of Merit: Stuart Carlson.
p3 Best in Show: Pat Bagley.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Mike Luckovich and David Fitzsimmons.
p3 "So Good We Don't Have an Award Name" Award: R. J. Matson.
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Alex Falco (Cuba), Cam Cardow (Canada), and Bill Leak (Australia).
Ann Telnaes catches the latest chapter in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.
Mark Fiore has a new anthem for you un-American Americans (75% of you, in fact) who think the oil industry's profits should be taxed.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation imagines the fall-out for Der Ah-Nolt.
Tom Tomorrow presents a bedtime story for our age.
Keith Knight has figured out Newt's secret plan.
Tom the Dancing Bug brings you Super Fun-Pack Comix! (Don't miss "After the rapture!")
Via Comic Riffs: Is the Stan Lee animation project "The Governator" going to die a quiet but fitting death now that its star has 'fessed up to bopping the household help? Sadly, no.
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl is working on his base tan.
The Comic Curmudgeon presents: Dennis Mitchell, Food Rebel.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman looks at der Ah-Nolt's next sequel.
Guest animation If you don't like a particular sight-gag in "TV of Tomorrow," directed by Tex Avery at MGM in 1953, just wait about five seconds. Most of the references in this cartoon are unrecognizable today.
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p3 Bonus Toon: After last week's bond measure votes around the state, Jesse Springer wonders when the talked-about Oregon recovery will make it to the schools?
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