I actually expected that to be the hook for a lot of cartoons this week, but only Jesse Springer (below) was out there on the cutting edge of politics and art. Maybe next week.
Meanwhile, today's toons weren't selected at all – they rose from the sea and stomped the daylights out of the corporate headquarters for McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, and other fine sources of toony goodness.
p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Clay Bennett, Signe Wilkinson, Tom Toles, Ben Sargent, Ted Rall, Steve Kelley, Adam Zyglis, Brian McFadden, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: R. J. Matson.
p3 Certificate for Excellence in Hydrodynamic Engineering: Dan Wasserman.
p3 Legion of Highest Merit: Steve Breen.
p3 World Toon Review: Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Halit Kurtulmus Aystoslu (Turkey), and Paresh Nath (India).
The VA debacle meets Memorial Day – and some cartoonists were able to resist the shot, but others weren't.
Ann Telnaes wonders if we can keep the democratic process afloat.
Mark Fiore explains Rule #1 of free market economics: Fewer choices mean better choices!
Taiwan's Next Media Animation provides the only guide to the proposed AT&T/Direct TV merger that you'll find amusing. That's no moon!
Tom Tomorrow sez: Better safe than sorry. (And that was before all the bloodletting this week.)
Keith Knight discovers that you can indeed go home after all (but perhaps it's for the best if you don't).
Tom the Dancing Bug presents a special edition of Super-Fun-Pak Comix – Meet the Artists!
Red Meat's Papa Moai brings Ted Johnson the ultimate in home security.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon traces Six Chicks' journey to Ixtlan.
Comic Strip of the Day has a word of the day: Rough housing. Yes, it's two words. Bite me. Come for the thoughts on fathering, stay for the non-X-Men Days.
He's as good as got! For Memorial Day, here's one of the rare wartime Popeye shorts that doesn't delve into racial stereotypes. "Fleets of Stren'th" was directed in 1942 by Dave Fleischer from a story by Dan Gordon and Jack Mercer (who also voiced Popeye), with animation by Al Eugster and Tom Golden, and musical direction by Sammy Timberg. A colorized version of this exists, but you know how we feel about that sort of thing around here.
The p3 Sunday Comics Read-Along: Pearls Before Swine, Doonesbury, Rhymes with Orange, Zits, Adam @ Home, Mutts, Over the Hedge, Get Fuzzy, Prince Valiant, Blondie, Bizarro, Mother Goose & Grimm, Rose is Rose, Luann, Hagar the Horrible, Pickles, Rubes, Grand Avenue, Freshly Squeezed, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee, and Jumble.
The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman does a nice job with the Heroic Soviet Worker poster.
Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen solves the riddle: Why is Photoshop like beer? Answer: Because you don't buy it, you just rent it. (By the way, this not only sucks if you're a working cartoonist like JS, it also sucks if you're an out of work web-content editor who wants to keep his skillz up to date.)
Jesse Springer pays tribute to the exciting story of overmatched humans whose ingenuity and courage nevertheless enabled them to triumph over a giant mutant threat. Congratulations to the voters of Jackson County, Oregon!