[Update, Monday morning: Broken links fixed.]
First, although it hasn't been pretty, the web editing process here at p3 galactic headquarters seems to be back more or less on track in far less time than seemed likely earlier this afternoon. Yes!
Also, just in time for the holidays, two more airlines are merging, giving the grateful American traveling public one-stop access to piratical pricing, hidden fees, indifferent service, lost luggage, and cramped seating.
The go-to theme of the week, of course, was the (by one blogger's count) eight instance of “Obama's Katrina,” including one attribution that was made in the summer before Obama was first elected. I picked a couple of the only a few of the many toons that went there. The meme is way, way, overdone, and frankly, most of the toons that relied on it were pretty ho-hum.
Today's toons were mixed with bread crumbs, oysters, celery, turkey livers, broth, and spices, shoved inside a 14-lb turkey carcass and cooked for 6 hours in a pre-heated oven at 325 degrees, using ingredients hand-selected from the week's offerings 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, Clay Bennett, Jim Morin, Chris Weyant, Jeff Danziger, Joel Pett, Signe Wilkinson, Pat Bagley, Mario Piperni, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Chris Weyant.
p3 World Toon Review: Kevin Kellauger (England), Oliver (Austria), Mohammad Saba'aneh (Palestinian Territories), and Luke Watson (Australia).
Ann Telnaes brings a treat that everyone here at p3 has been waiting for: The Return of the Evil Old Bastard. (Fun fact: You know how you know when the EOB is lying? His lips are animated.)
Sing along with Mark Fiore: Who lives like a Randian under the sea?
Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers the funniest and most deserved disaster of the week.
Tom Tomorrow explores the political importance of the passive voice.
Keith Knight has a simple proposal.
Tom the Dancing Bug unveils a new line of trading collectibles for America's favorite sport.
Red Meat's Milkman Dan does little Karen a solid.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon goes to Dick Tracy for the oddly-dated pop culture references, but stays for the unexpected Harrison Ford cameo.
Comic Strip of the Day tours some of the exhibits, including founding documents, at the newly-opened Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library at Ohio State University. (Day two is here.)
The yams did it! The yams did it! Daffy Duck wrestles with his conscience, as well as Tom the Turkey, in “Tom Turk and Daffy,” directed in 1944 by Chuck Jones, story by Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce, plus voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc and (uncredited) Billy Bletcher as Tom. Bletcher was a face and voice you might not recognize now, but you'd have known him back in the day.
The Big, but Could Be Bigger, Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors examines ways to achieve greater government synergy and efficiency.
Test your toon captioning mojo at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)