This week's toons are brought to you by a freakish interplay of humor, graphic design, and editorial taste from the pages at McClatchy DC, 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, Glenn McCoy, Kevin Siers, Joel Pett, Jeff Danziger, Pat Oliphant, Clay Bennett, Adam Zyglis, R. J. Matson, Jeff Parker, Randy Bish, Jen Sorenson, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best in Show: Lee Judge.
p3 Legion of Merit: Nick Anderson.
p3 “Joke's On Us” Citation: Kevin Siers.
p3 World Toon Review Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Rachel Gold (Austria).
Ann Telnaes watches Obama not quite nail the dismount.
Mark Fiore says don't worry: Even if the Keystone XL Pipeline of Poison and Environmental Ruin doesn't get through, there are more in the works just as bad.
Run for your lives! Part I: Taiwan's Next Media Animation asks: Do you feel like someone's watching you?.
Run for your lives! Part II: Tom Tomorrow reveals the swirling mass, brimming with inchoate power that's coming to a legislative body near you!
Run for your lives! Part III: Keith Knight shakes his head in dismay at the perfect storm.
Tom the Dancing Bug's Super-Fun-Pak Comix returns, including Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveler from 1909.
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl deals with the burden of new year's resolutions. Gag!
I've got my butter and bread, and a roof over my head! To commemorate the 16th anniversary of Pardoe the parrot's unexplained appearance in my garden, here's “Leave Well Enough Alone,” a spinach-free story in which Popeye shows why he has no future in PETA. It's directed by Dave Fleischer in 1939, with animation by Abner Matthews (aka Abner Kneitel) and Seymour Kneitel. (Uncredited: Musical direction by Sammy Timberg, and voice work by Jack Mercer as Popeye and Polly the Parrot, Margie Hines as Olive – and I can't prove it, but the third dog to get scooped up sounds an awful lot like Gus Wickie, who voiced both Bluto and Goofy.)
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The Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors muses: Why doesn't Michelle trust Barry anymore?
Jesse Springer pays tribute to the Oregon legislature's plan to build a bridge with an on-ramp but no off-ramp, because otherwise it'd be a waste of money. (I like to think the legislature is trying to do an homage to “Back to the Future III.” Or, you know, maybe not.)
Test your toon captioning skills at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here).