In the week's news: The states that keep their heads above water only with federal money want to secede; Papa John and other food purveyors resent spending 14¢ on health care for their loser employees; Mitt Romney worries that his investors will strip him and sell off the parts now that he didn't perform well in the 2012 race; rather than admit it couldn't take on the powerful sugar lobby, Hostess decides to blame its planned bankruptcy on one of its employee unions; gays in the military are desperately trying to conceal smug grins; and Oregon may be in danger of losing its Most Cool State status.
All this and more in this week's toons, which were selected by means of a warrentless FBI search through the email files at the week's pages at GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Slate, Time, About.com, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, John Cole, Jim Morin, Lee Judge, Steve Sack, Pat Bagley, Marshall Ramsey, Dana Summers, R. J. Matson, Rob Tornoe, Randy Bish, Ben Sargent, J. D. Crowe, Jen Sorensen, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Legion of Extreme Merit (With Garter): Chris Weyant.
p3 Best of Show: Kevin Seirs.
p3 “Those Who Do Not Remember History Are Doomed to Watch Spielberg Movies About It” Award: Joel Heller.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Michael Ramirez, Adam Zyglis and Matt Wuerker.
p3 “America Is Like a Family Around the Dinner Table” Award: Rob Rogers.
p3 “Fine -- Make Me Feel Bad About Hating Airline Travel” Award: Dave Granlund.
p3 World Toon Review: Frederick Deligne (France), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Pavel Constantin (Romania), and Cam Cardow (Canada),
Ann Telnaes gets one last chance to draw someone she figured she'd never draw again, and all because he doesn't really get the spirit of the season.
Mark Fiore warns against the return to the Dark Days of Clinton. (By the way: Newly Frugal Guy is angry, bloated, and smokes big cigars. Is he supposed to remind us of a drug-addicted, Viagra-using sex-tourist radio talker? Or maybe that's just a coincidence.)
Taiwan's Next Media Animation has the scoop on the latest sex and blackmail scandal. The CIA? Nope. Waffle House. You'll think twice before ordering the Sunrise Special next time.
Tom Tomorrow shares a quantum-reality fairy tale. (Heh. “You are not of the body.” Clap if you get that reference.)
He's not exactly proud of it, but Keith Knight is gonna have to face it: he's addicted to (liberal) porn.
Tom the Dancing Bug's Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Science Facts for the Internet Addled!
Red Meat's Milkman Dan has a present for Karen.
Because no one else would sweat the details like this, The Comics Curmudgeon notes that this Archie strip is the second time in a month that strip characters have referred to themselves in a certain way. Is it The Rise of the Two-Dees?
And for the record, today's Doonesbury isn't even remotely funny. Not even slightly.
Oh, boy! I'm wich! I'm wich! Yeah, but as Mitt Romney could tell Elmer, being wich can be a burden. “The Wabbit Who Came to Supper” (directed in in 1942 by Fritz Freleng, with voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc and an uncredited Arthur Q. Bryan as the messenger, with musical direction by Carl Stalling), features an early Bugs Bunny tormenting an early (and suddenly rich) Elmer Fudd. The idea was borrowed without any apparent shame a couple of years later by Hanna and Barbera for a Tom and Jerry story (The Stuff You Gotta Watch has the story, if you scroll down far enough.)
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
From the files: Last summer, Oregon artists Matt Bors and Jack Ohman (when he still was an Oregon cartoonist) talk about the dismal future of political cartooning. And do you know who Homer Davenport was/is? I think p3 will have to give him some Big Oregon Toon Block time in the future.
Matt Bors turns his attention to GOP soul-searching, which is a little like shark antler-searching.
Jesse Springer asks the dreadful question: Is Oregon in danger of being out-hipped by our neighbors to the north? (“But hey,” he adds, “we did pass a pre-emptive ban on real estate transfer taxes. That's gotta count for something, right?”)
Test your toon-captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)