Today's toons have been selected by an all-male panel of self-proclaimed experts who have never seen a political cartoon even once in their lives, but firmly believe they know why it's God's will that you should never ever see one yourself, from the week's pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni, About.com, and Daryl Cagle:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, M. Wuerker, Clay Bennett, Joel Pett, Bill Day, Steve Sack, Bruce Plante, Randy Bish, Gary Varvel, David Fitzsimmons, Tom Toles, Mike Keefe, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Jim Morin.
p3 Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Mike Luckovich.
p3 World Toon Review: KAL (England), Cam Cardow (Canada), Martin Sutovec (Slovakia), and Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland).
Bastards. Last August I shared the story of Syrian political cartoonist and caricaturist Ali Ferzat, who was beaten -- specifically including his hands -- for daring to raise pointed questions about the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Ferzat is an active force on the internet, including Facebook. I recommend that you follow him. And meanwhile, here's a translated statement made during his recovery from the state-sponsored beating. It's not pretty, so use your judgment.
Ann Telnaes asks: Should Lincoln have given his Anti-Contraception Proclamation in 1863? There are those who say that would *really* have freed the slaves . . . ?
From a parallel universe, light-years away, Mark Fiore brings us news: that's a pretty messed-up theology.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation tells the story of Rick Santorum's battle to save America, as only NMA can.
Tom Tomorrow brings you Sex Talk with Rick Santorum. You may now go take a shower and burn your clothes.
The K Chronicles looks at influences, and breathes a sigh of relief.
Tom the Dancing Bug gets me where I fricking live: Super Hero Fantasies for the Middle-Aged.
Red Meat's Ted Johnson faces the difficult question: Can't you just wear a utility belt or some such thing like all the others?
The Comic Curmudgeon shares one of his darkest fears. Oh, and: ALE ST SW HO.
You can work it out from there: Lefty Cartoons brings you the story of a stalwart Tea Partier who takes nothing from the government.
Comic Riffs asks the question: Hey, buddy, can you spare $107K for some original Bill Watterson water colors?
The White Seal is the third Rudyard Kipling story that Warner Brothers golden animator Chuck Jones produced in the 1970's. (The others are Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Mowgli's Brothers.) Their very un-Disneyness is enough to recommend them, apart from Jones's legendary talent at visualizing and story-telling.
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Jack Ohman is glad the state GOP legislators only come in to clean up a couple times a week. (Bonus: JO gets mail. NSFW. JO's guess is that this is the toon that probably moved his correspondent to write.)
Matt Bors presents Rick Santorum: The Good News and the Bad News.
Jesse Springer asks: Where will the timber-dependent counties turn for support when timber harvests and federal timber money begin to fade out?
Test your toon-captioning chops at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)