And by a remarkable coincidence, the NSA's domestic surveillance uncovered a herd of wild elephants about to trample through the cities of Oregon. Haven't seen any wild elephants lately? Thank your NSA.
And you could find out more about all this in your local daily newspaper, if there are any left by the time you see this.
This week's toons were hoovered by the NSA straight off the pads, notebooks, and graphic tablets of the nation's top political cartoonists – why waste time with publication and syndication? – even before they appeared on the pages at McClatchyDC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, Politico's Cartoon Carousel, Comic Strip of the Day, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week:
John Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett, Jim Morin, Pat Oliphant, Signe Wilkinson, Bill Day, Pat Bagley, , Adam Zyglis, Jen Sorenson, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: R. J. Matson.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Kevin Siers.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Bruce Plant and Kevin Siers.
p3 World Toon Review Vladimir Kazanevsky (Georgia), Bernard Bouton (France), Alex Falco (Cuba), and Shahrohk Heidari (Iran).
Ann Telnaes reminds us why we shouldn't get our “news” from Leno. Stewart and Colbert, okay – but not Leno.
Like many Americans, Mark Fiore finds the timing just a little too . . . too.
This story of a gun-waving idiot was making the rounds on social media earlier this week, but it's not the news until Taiwan's Next Media Animation says it is.
Mad Magazine's loveable Cold-War characters have a special new friend – and notice that there's not a red-haired, gap-toothed magazine mascot anywhere to be seen.
At Comic Riffs, his Washington Post blog, Michael Cavna tracks down cartoonists' takes from around the country on the Post's buy-out by Amazon.com gazillionaire Jeff Bezos. (Although he sounds understandably eager for the storm of media attention to blow over.)
Tom Tomorrow presents the happy side of NSA surveillance.
Keith Knight draws the line at letting them move into his neighborhood. Fig Newtons – heh.
Tom the Dancing Bug breaks the fourth wall, big time.
Red Meat's Ted Johnson and his wife make a difficult decision.
A reckless, amorous, swashbuckling trio, riding a magic carpet to romance and adventure! That's the unlikely description of today's animation subject. Last week we looked at one of the more obvious bits of cultural imperialism waged by the Disney studios toward our brown friends around the world. Here's another sample – or at least the trailer for it: The Three Caballeros premiered in Mexico City in 1944, starring Donald Duck (representing the benevolent US), Jose Carioca (representing Brazil, he first appeared in a similar Disney-ganda film with Donald in 1942 – we'll get to that next week), and new character Panchito Pistoles (representing Mexico with the level of gross cultural stereotyping that wouldn't be seen again until Frito-Lay introduced the Frito Bandito). Directed by Norman Ferguson, with uncredited voice work by Clarence Nash (Donald), José Oliveira (Joe), and Joaquin Garay (Panchito). It's perhaps telling that in the whole project there wasn't one person who could brief the announcer for the trailer on the fact that the double-L in Spanish are rolled. (The full 70-minute feature is available here.)
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(If you're interested in the really down-and-dirty truth about Disney empire and cultural imperialism, try your hand at How to Read Donald Duck, a 1972 book on the Disney's promotion – often with direct US government support – of industrial capitalism on the silver screen. The authors, Chilean activists Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, were quickly driven into political exile. And as for Chile, well, you may remember how that turned out.)
The Not Huge, But Certainly Bigger than Last Week's Big Oregon Toon Block: Matt Bors considers the tricky problems of marriage – at least some marriages.
Jesse Springer returns with the news: In Oregon did Kublai Kahn a stately pleasure dome decree.
Test your toon captioning mojoat The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here).