In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.
Neo-confederates are campaigning on a reduction, if not an end, to federal power over the states, but let one ebola patient make his way into the former Republic of Texas, and suddenly everyone's sense of shared values be damned – it's time to freak out! Why hasn't Obama (that implacable gun-confiscating dictator who can't keep fence-jumpers out of the White House) stepped in with the full power of the CDC (whose budget has been under constant attack for years by congressional Republicans) to save their Lone Star State asses? Haven't you turned on the TV, people? Panic!
Today's toons were selected by a computer set and programmed to accept factors from youth, health, sexual fertility, intelligence, and a cross section of necessary skills from 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 cartoon goodness.
p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Jeff Danziger, Joel Pett, Ted Rall, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Gary Varvel, Lalo Alcaraz, Nick Anderson, Darrin Bell, Clay Bennett, Stuart Carlson, Milt Priggee, Matt Wuerker (see CSOTD, below), and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Pat Bagley.
p3 Legion of Merit: Dan Wasserman.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium: David Fitzsimmons.
p3 World Toon Review: Kevin Kallaugher (England), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands).
Ann Telnaes examines the nature of sacrifice.
Mark Fiore suspects that we're not focusing in on the right White House security issue.
Tom Tomorrow unveils his Grand Unified Theory of Panic.
Keith Knight throws a flag! Illegal deity!
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl is, perhaps, gearing up for next week's European Genocidal Wars of Territorial Conquest Against Indigenous Peoples Day.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon answers a question I've had for a long time, regarding clams.
Comic Strip of the Day discusses the importance of cultural literacy in cartooning, with reference to recent works by Matt Wuerker, Jim Morin, Darren Bell . . . and Jerry Holbert.
All you sinners drop everything! "Swing You Sinners," directed by Dave Fleischer in 1930, is built around the popular song "Sing You Sinners" (featured that year in a Lillian Roth film, and on Tony Bennett's 2006 "Duet" album). Billy Murray voiced Bimbo, the dog, whose girlfriend was Betty Boop (when she still had those bizarre dog ears), soon took over the series (sans ears) and later provided the launching pad for the even more successful Popeye cartoons. (Got that?)
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 Made Our Peace With Cheating And Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman goes for the easy lay-up.
Maybe Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen notes that hindsight isn't 20-20; it's more like about 2050.
Matt Bors presents: The Few, The Proud . . . The Few . . .
Jesse Springer doubts that local Oregon towns plan to tax marijuana will make much of a dent in the black market.