It wasn't easy being a House Republican during the first week of 2013 -- which pleases me -- although when they get to hold the debt ceiling hostage again in a couple of months, they'll all feel better, I'm sure. (Hat-tip to Keven Siers, below, and several other artists.)
And meanwhile, it's not like the “'fiscal cliff' solution” solved much of anything anyway.
Fine. Whatever. Today's toons were selected simply to postpone the problem of making real selections until sometime in March, from 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, Jim Morin, Lee Judge, Jeff Parker, Adam Zyglis, Pat Bagley, Daryl Cagle, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Legion of Honor: Kevin Siers.
p3 Best of Show: Jim Morin.
p3 “What Happened While You Weren't Watching” Award: Joel Pett.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: John Cole, Clay Bennett, and Glen McCoy.
p3 “This Is My Rifle, This Is My Gun -- This Is For Fightin', This Is For Fun!” Medal: Pat Bagley.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Deng Coy Miel (Singapore), and Pavel Constantine (Greece),
Ann Telnaes looks at one of the last treats that the 112th Congress left on the carpet before they slipped out the door.
Mark Fiore counts down the top ten campaign moments of 2012.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation take a pretty cynical (they can afford to be, from that distance) view of the “fiscal cliff.”
Will cartoon for money: Bill Day is a p3 Sunday toons regular. Unfortunately, the hard times smacking a lot of the best cartoonists out there has caught him up-side the head, too. If you like his work -- and seriously, how can you not? -- consider helping helping him keep his head above water for a year at indiegogo.
And speaking of the economic straits of the workaday cartoonist, consider this examination of the fine print by Mike Lynch.
Tom Tomorrow examines how far we've come since 1993. And if you think that makes you proud, here's another road-marker from 1995. Oh yeah -- and 1998. And 1999. And 2099.
Keith Knight shares a weird overheard story.
Tom the Dancing Bug surveys a world very much like our own, but with small, almost-imperceptible differences. Warning: No one will be seated during the deeply-pitched “crowded theater” joke!
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl has to hold on a minute.
The Comics Curmudgeon has this last shred of dignity he plans to hold on to. For now. But, like all artists, he can't rise above his materials. So to speak.
Contrary to popular belief, golf is not a waste of time! “How to Play Golf,” directed for Disney by Jack Kinney in 1944, is one of a series of delightful “how-to” animated shorts from the era, starring Goofy as the hapless but eternally optimistic Everyman. Goofy doesn't have much dialogue in this one (Fred Shields narrates), but he's voiced by Pinto Colvig, who also voiced Popeye's rival Bluto for years. Colvig, by the way, graduated from Oregon State in 1911 at age 18. So you see, Beaver undergraduates, you have career hope! (And, as always, I quote Roger Rabbit: Goofy was a geee-nius!)
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Jack Ohman (who is hanging on by the skin of his teeth as an Oregonian since he's about to land at the Sacramento Bee at any moment) asks, Now that we've avoided the “fiscal cliff,” what's next?
Matt Bors looks ahead to the day when they pull our fingers from our cold, dead fingers.
Jesse Springer is off this week (I think), but you can browse his archives.
Test your toon-captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)