And, for that matter, a Lewinsky-free zone. And it was almost a Bristol-free zone, until Mike Luckovich got his shot in.
Today's toons were selected after a 21-day quarantine from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, The Nib, and other fine sources of cartoon goodness.
p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Jim Morin, Nick Anderson, Signe Wilkinson, Tim Eagan, Drew Litton, Matt Wuerker, and Monty Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium: Mike Keefe.
p3 Dismal Failures Award (for taking the same pretty obvious idea and beating it like a rented mule): Robert Arial, Steve Benson, Bob Gorell, Michael Ramirez, and Bob Englehart.
Ann Telnaes sees a pretty broad target.
Mark Fiore introduces the newest political celebrity. Is this what it takes to edge out the Palin clan?
Tom Tomorrow proves that twenty-five years of The Simpsons has got nothing on American right-wingers.
Keith Knight celebrates a two-hit wonder. ("Hit." See what he did there? Heh.)
We're not sure why Tom the Dancing Bug has a bug up his butt about Boston this week, but he clearly does.
Red Meat's Karen inexplicably rebuffs the sympathetic overtures of Milkman Dan.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon imagines Dick Tracy as Cary Grant in a Frank Capra classic. And it could be the only known pairing of Tracy and Peter Lorre.
Comic Strip of the Day didn't find the Keene/Ferguson comparisons as amusing as I did.
The Haunted House: Here's a pre-Halloween treat: "The Haunted House" was directed in 1929 by Walt Disney (who also did the uncredited voice work), and features music by Carl W. Stalling, before he joined Warner Bros and took his rightful place among the p3 Pantheon of Gods. "Haunted House" came out about one year after the game-changer "Steamboat Willie;" about a dozen Mickey Mouse shorts with sound came in the interval.
The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Threw Out The Rulebook and Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman takes a shot at a big target.
Theoretically Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen has what we like to call an interesting hypothetical.
Matt Bors takes it to the next logical – yet vaguely creepy – level.
Jesse Springer repurposes the punchline of an old joke: There are just some things even a rat won't do.
Test your toon captioning skillz at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery 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.