If nothing else, Sen. Ted Cruz came out of the last month with a donor mailing list that (for someone who's uninsured) is to die for.
There are one or two things coming off the cartoonists' pad this week that don't have to do with the end of the shutdown/debt ceiling fight, but you'll have to look close. So let's get cookin'.
Today's toons were inexplicably accepted at the last possible minute after being stalled repeatedly since April, from the pages of at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, Politico's Cartoon Carousel, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Signe Wilkinson, Clay Bennett, Bill Day, Pat Bagley, Gary McCoy, Mario Piperni, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best in Show: Rick McKee.
p3 Legion of Merit, With Comfortable Shoes: Joe Heller.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Kevin Siers, Clay Bennett, and Adam Zyglis.
p3 Recycling Award: Steve Sack, who brought back an evergreen this week. If you hover over the link with his name, you'll see a (broken) link to its first appearance at Daryl Cagle's cartoon site on November 18, 2008 – shortly after the Obama victory. (Tineye, the reverse image search, found several occurrences of it from around the same time.)
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Frederico Ricciardi (Italy), Leo Rios (Chile), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).
Ann Telnaes isn't convinced.
Wondering what you missed during the shutdown and near-default? Mark Fiore has the news.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation raises an interesting question: Does this actually qualify you for membership in the Mile-High Club, or does it just qualify you for an Associate membership? I liked the bit about not seeing a slot machine or an all-you-can-eat buffet yet. Also, there's an Oregon angle – couldn't be prouder.
Tom Tomorrow explains what the hell all that was about, anyway.
Keith Knight has a message for Ben Carson.
Tom the Dancing Bug, probably, charts the continuation of war by other means.
But what is Papa Maori doing in Red Meat's Ted Johnson's garden in the first place?
The Cartoon Curmudgeon exposes the selling out of Dagwood Bumstead.
Comic Strip of the Day points out something I was going to mention myself but got swamped by it over a month ago, so thanks.
The Big Blue Boy Scout is turning 75, and this tribute animation was made in his honor. Some great moments, but then it gets sketchy: Why include George Reeves and Christopher Reeve but leave out Dean Cain? (I understand why they might want to leave out the other two film Supermen.*)
*I stand corrected: That's the Superman from this year's Man of Steel movie at the end. Know how you can tell? No underpants.
Hey, Boss – dat's Mister Superman! “Showdown,” directed in 1942 by Izzy Sparber, from a story by Jay Morton, may be the first recorded instance of the crook throwing the empty gun at the Man of Steel after all the bullets bounced off him. In any case, it's one of the few shorts from after Famous Studios took over the 17-episode series from Fleischer that the plot wasn't about Nazis, Axis powers, spies, sabotage, and whatnot. (Uncredited: Musical director Sammy Timberg, and voice work by Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander, plus Jack “Popeye” Mercer as the office boy and the fake Superman.) The same general story was lifted for The Face and the Voice, a 1953 episode of The Adventures of Superman, which gave George Reeves a chance to chew a little scenery.
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The Big, Or At Least It Will Be Eventually, Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors may have pinpointed Scalia's original problem.
Jesse Springer looks at what's next for Oregon unions, now that the PERS battle is over:
Test your toon captioning superpowers at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here).