Except for the whole pay and the job insecurity thing, it wasn't a bad week to be a political cartoonist. I mean, as far as I know none of them were hanged this week, so that's something right there. And you've got the whole Duck Dynasty fooforaw, the Do-Nothing Congress declaring itself to be on vacation (a subtle distinction these days), Fox News taking time out from waging the non-existent War on Christmas to assure America's children that Santa and Jesus were both white as the driven snow, and the steady drip-drip-drip of revelations about NSA's over-reach escalated to a trickle of unsympathetic court decisions – all juicy and newsworthy, and all suggesting great images.
Today's toons were lured out of seclusion in the Louisiana bayous with an $1,100 duck call, from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, J.D. Crowe, Signe Wilkinson, Michael Ramirez, Jeff Danziger, Clay Bennett, John Cole, Mario Piperni, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Lee Judge.
p3 Legion of Merit: Tom Toles.
p3 World Toon Review: Ingrid Rice (Canada), Patrick Chappatte (Swizerland), Marian Kamensky (Slovakia), Ramses Morales Izquierdo (Cuba), Sergei Tunin (Russia).
Ann Telnaes examines the old Biblical line about "reaping what you sow." (Also, thanks to Washingtonpost.com for continuing to explore new and exciting ways to make Ann's page clunky and unfriendly. Now with mandatory banking commercials? Well played, guys. Well played.)
Mark Fiore presents: How I stopped worrying and learned to love The Brand.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation gives the treatment to the Craigslist get-paid-to-go-to-Harvard story.
Tom Tomorrow presents those loveable buddies, Tea Party Tim and Plutocrat Pete.
Keith Knight examines the real threat to peace and order in America : crazy people shouting in malls.
Tom the Dancing Bug presents: Income inequality in six panels – featuring the return of Lucky Ducky, "the poor little duck who's rich in luck," in a non-speaking role.
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl suffers for his art.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon finds logic in a B.C. strip that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. It really is an awsome performance.
Raising the age-old question: If Pluto was a dog, what was Goofy? Eight years after Charles Boyer tried to convince Ingrid Bergman that she was losing her mind, animated chipmunks Chip and Dale give Pluto the "Gaslight" treatment in "Pluto's Christmas Tree" (1952). Directed by Jack Hannah, story by Bill Berg and Milt Schaffer, with uncredited voice work by Jimmy Macdonald (Mickey), Clarence Nash (Donald Duck), Pinto Colvig (Goofy), Dessie Miller (Dale), and Helen Silbert. (Chip)
The Big, but Could Be Bigger, And We're Not Giving Up Yet, Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors faces the full implications of The Question of the Hour.
Jesse Springer chronicles the continuing woes of Cover Oregon, Oregon's health care exchange.