Teachers and students are going back to school, or what's left of that quaint, nineteenth-century, progressive, and once-distinctly-American, institution.
The presidential debates are coming soon, if Team Romney can decide whether it's better to hang the whole campaign on redefining their candidate (again) or to follow Sarah Palin's advice and refuse to show up.
NFL fans can see a flag get thrown without worrying that it means the runner is safe at third.
And GOP vote suppression activities are preparing to kick it up to the next level.
Although today's toons will not be shown to you unless you can provide proper state-issued ID, but they were nevertheless selected from the week's pages at GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Slate, Time, About.com, and Daryl Cagle:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Lee Judge, Joel Pett, Glenn McCoy, Tom Toles, Daryl Cagle, Steve Sack, Clay Bennett, John Cole, Gary Varvel, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Jimmy Margulies.
p3 Perspective Medal: Lee Judge.
p3 Acknowledgement of Free Speech Pain to Joel Pett: If defending free speech doesn't hurt, at least a little, you're probably not doing it right.
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Cam Cardow (Canada), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),
Of all the idiotic things to come out of Mitt Romney's mouth since he began running for president in 2007, Ann Telnaes identifies the one that's most disgraceful, coming as it does from the man who brought health care reform to Massachusetts (although today he'll deny that with his dying breath).
I think the “airplane window” joke is probably unfair (I think the video made it clear that Mitt Romney was trying to make a joke, but he's so humor-challenged it left him exposed), but otherwise, Mark Fiore presents a pretty convincting picture of the Doctor-Doolittle-by-way-of-Jules-Verne-with-a-dash-of-Roald-Dahl world Romney does seem to inhabit.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation asks the question: What is “white culture?” (Really, Towson State: This is all so 1990! I mean, yes, technically you are still below the Mason-Dixon Line, but -- seriously. Even Dinesh D'Sousa has moved ahead a little from this.)
Tom Tomorrow wonders if there are enough clever one-liners in the world to bail Romney out of what's waiting for him in the presidential debates.
Keith Knight faces the problem that people with inner peace create for those of us without it.
Tom the Dancing Bug faces a problem that's gotten worse over the last decade: Reality beggars satire. (p3 readers who may not remember the source of the “Lucky Duck” meme should go here.)
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl: What was he thinking?
The Comics Curmudgeon exposes the objectifying male gaze at work -- in “Luann.” Excellent point.
Arise, Sir Loin of Beef! [whack!] Guess who's poaching from the King's royal carrot patch? The Robin Hood legend gets the treatment in “Rabbit Hood,” directed by Chuck Jones in 1949, with musical direction by Carl Stalling. Little John is so near Lennie in “Of Mice and Men” I keep waiting for a “pet the rabbit” joke that never appears. Errol Flynn gets an uncredited cameo near the end. According to a methodologically dubious Wikipedia article, the “I do! I do! I do!” scene and the “dubbing” scene both got trimmed or cut for violence in TV syndication. Odds fish! The very air abounds with kings!
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Jack Ohman be totally missing the point of Measure 80 (irony is a tricky thing), but in a pretty funny way.
There's the 1%, the 99%, and the 47%, but Matt Bors brings our attention to a ratio that has conservatives really upset: The 10%.
Remember 2008, when Oregon actually mattered in electoral politics? Jesse Springer notes the upside-downside of the Citizens United money, combined with the return of the Obama campaign to the traditional swing-state strategy:
Test your toon-captioning Jedi mind tricks at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)