I'm cutting SMT a little short this week. In a nutshell: Debt ceiling, joblessness, famine. Now let's cut to the chase.
Today's selections have been lovingly 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,Nate Beeler, R.J. Matson, Jeff parker, David Fitzsimmons, Steve Breen, Jimmy Margulies, Jeff Danziger, Ben Sergent, Adam Zyglis, Clay Bennett, Joel Pett, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Legion of Extreme Honor: Mike Keefe.
p3 Croix de Guerre, with sippy mug: Clay Bennett.
p3 World Toon Review: Dale Cummings (Canada), and Cam Cardow (Canada).
Ann Telnaes notices a funny thing about the debt ceiling countdown clock.
Mark Fiore's Dogboy and Mr. Dan discuss whose fault it is (and you know what “it” means!).
Taiwan's Next Media Animation presents an almost David Lynchian take on Boehner, Obama, the Tea Party, and the debt ceiling. It's incredible.
Tom Tomorrow notices the one thing that might immunize the FOX News operation from the Murdoch scandal in the UK.
The K Chronicles pays tribute to The 27 Club: even if you could get in, you don't wanna.
Red Meat's Bug-eyed Earl knows the sting of that one uncovered detail.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman wins the p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium.
Guest animation A few weeks ago, we featured “Two's A Crowd,” the first Warner Bros cartoon featuring Claude the cat. This toon, “Terrier Stricken” was released nine years later, in 1952. You can see the evolution: Claude no longer simply wants to be left alone by the puppy; he wants to stir up trouble. And the structure of the storyline is like the Road Runner cartoons, also directed by Chuck Jones: It's one joke, repeated with unlimited variations, but always with the same outcome. In “Two's A Crowd,” I noted all the songs from the Warner Bros musical catalog that musical director Carl Stalling borrowed from for punning effect; this time notice how he can score original music to perfectly match the action on screen.
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No p3 Bonus Toon this week: Jesse Springer remains on vacation. Meanwhile, you can browse his archives.
Test your toon-captioning chops at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)