Millions of Americans Lose Interest in World Cup Because USA Lost to Germany
Immigrant Children Wait While Republicans and Democrats Decide Whose Fault It Is
Mandatory World Cup Blood Tests Now to Include Rabies
NeoCons Pick Up Exactly Where They Left Off 11 Years Ago: Meanwhile Pundits Expect Hillary to Get Free Ride from Media in 2016
Today's toons were found underneath a yellowed pile of Chicago Tribune back issues with the 72-point headline TRUMAN DEFEATS ROOSEVELT, buried in a trunk along with the week's offerings at 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, Kevin Kallaugher, Ted Rall, Rob Rogers, Ben Sargent, Paul Szep, Signe Wilkinson, Darrin Bell, Pat Bagley, Dave Granlund, John Darkow, David Fitzsimmons, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Utterly, Absolutely Best of Show: Jim Morin.
p3 Legion of Merit: Tony Auth.
p3 Medal of Constancy (with Prunes) for Refusing to Give Up on Something Even Congressional Republicans Have Quietly Moved On From: Glenn McCoy.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: I don't think there's much there there on this scandal wannabe. Perhaps the tie among Henry Payne, Robert Arial, and Steve Kelley proves there is, or perhaps the reverse. (Also note that Comic Strip of the Day beat me to another, better instance of HTC, below.)
p3 World Toon Review: Seah Leahy (Australia), Alan Moore (Australia), Tom Scott (New Zealand), Gado (Kenya), Tom Janssen (Netherlands), and Payam Boromand (Iran).
Ann Telnaes notes that Candidate Apparent Clinton will need to clean up her act.
Mark Fiore brings the good news: The band's back together! Can a concert film for PBS pledge week be far behind?
Good news for the Sage of Baltimore: H. L. Mencken wondered aloud, in 1936, if the political term "fat-cat" had what it took to go the distance in the American language. Thanks to Matt Wuerker, Mencken need worry no more.
Tom Tomorrow imagines a butterfly beating its wings in central Asia, and in a TV studio 13,000 miles away comes a faint "Bzapp!" followed by "Pop!"
Keith Knight presents what is either a cautionary tale for children or a metaphor for the bitter geopolitical realities of our time. One or the other.
Tom the Dancing Bug takes us two miles beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean – and what's waiting there is every bit as horrible as you expected!
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl faces what you might call a problem of religious liberty.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon discovers the Worst. Sexual euphemism. Ever.
Comic Strip of the Day pays tribute to political cartoonist Etta Hulme, who died this week at age 90. I only linked to Hulme twice at this blog; once in 2007 and once in 2009. Both links are now broken. The dearth of appearances here has much more to do with my methodology than my tastes, but in the end the result was the same. Shame on me. I will work harder.
It's our pleasure to be at your service! "We Aim to Please" was directed in 1934 by Dave Fleischer, with uncredited work by Billy Costello (Popeye and probably J. Wellington Wimpy), Mae Questel (The Slender One), and Sammy Timberg (musical direction and, most likely, composition of the title song). In glorious 2D monochrome.
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 Bent the Rules and Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman has some helpful suggestion for the NFL's current awkward problem. I'm torn between #3 and #5.
Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen hears the new conservative mantra. Really – if Chuck Colson could (profitably) get religion in prison, can this move be far behind?
Matt Bors chronicles the terrors of the Children's Crusade.
Jesse Springer notes the dangerous irony of bee colony die-offs – in Oregon, of all places, where flying with your own wings is celebrated – due to pesticide use.