Today's toons were hand-delivered -- on a Saturday -- by an organization designed by Benjamin Franklin, a man ten times smarter than the Congressional Republicans who've done their level best to destroy said organization (and might well succeed in a few more years) simply to prove the the government can't do anything as well as the private sector, from among 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, Jack Ohman, Lee Judge, Clay Bennett, Steve Kelley, Paul Szep, David Fitzsimmons, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show (with Jockeys) Joel Pett.
p3 “It Took Ben Franklin to Create It, But It Only Took a Republican Congress to Ruin It” Award: Jim Morin.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Joe Heller and Joel Pett (two of seemingly thousands of variations on the theme this week).
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Jimmy Margulies and John Cole.
p3 World Toon Review: Medi Belortaja (Albania), and Martin Sutovec (Slovakia).
An Ann Telnaes tribute: Footprints in American government.
Mark Fiore's Shoot 'Em Up Charlie walks us though photos of Obama skeet-shooting: Can you tell the fakes from the frauds? (Am I the only one in America who thinks the whole skeet-shooting thing is a complete nothingburger?)
Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings you the latest first-person-shooter game: Fourth Amendment! Stop it before it stops you!
Badge of honor: Hat-tip to Matt Wuerker, who pointed out on Facebook that 13 of the 37 listed as “journalists” on the NRA's enemies list are in fact political cartoonists.
Tom Tomorrow offers six ways to save the G.O.P.
Keith Knight presents a guide to toothless, drooling, urine-smelling individuals.
Tom the Dancing Bug brings us one of the all-too-rare occurences of 80s rock star Phil Collins here at p3 . . . or does he?
Red Meat's Papa Moai leads us on a tour of the unimaginable and inexplicable. Better pack a snack.
The Comics Curmudgeon explores the opposite of “love” in a marriage.
Ya can steal me looks, but not me goil! J. Wellington Wimpy goes straight to the source for his hamburgers -- no “gladly paying for it Tuesday” this time! -- in “Hello, How Am I?” a Hitchcockian exploration of sanity and multiple identities, directed by Dave Fleisher in 1939, with uncredited work by Jack Mercer (voicing Popeye and Wimpy), Margie Hines (voicing Olive), Abner Kneitel (as Abner Matthews) and William Hernning (animation), and Sammy Timberg (musical direction). The music as the two Popeyes walk to Olive's gate is a Fleischer standard: “Brotherly Love,” from the 1936 Popeye toon of the same name. The tune played when Olive opens the door to the two Popeyes is “Love in Bloom” (which has a peculiar history of use within the series). And I have a feeling this was originally released in black and white and later colorized, but I can't track the info down.
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors invites you to picture a doofus in his basement who imagines he's king of all media.
Jesse Springer retells the story of the parable of the cakes:
Test your toon-captioning mojo at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)