If you did a drone cartoon this week but didn't look at the enormous disparity between the uncounted indigenous casualties (deliberate or accidental) and the two Americans who were regrettably killed this week, you probably didn't make the cut.
And if you did an Earth Day cartoon but never really made it farther than "yeah, we're screwed," you probably didn't make the cut either. (See Ann Telnaes and Jen Sorenson, below.)
Today's toons were selected by remote pilots at an Air Force Base somewhere in Nevada, 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 Stahler, Signe Wikinson, Darrin Bell, Jeff Danziger, Chan Lowe, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Nick Anderson.
p3 Legion of Merit: Ted Rall.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Mike Keefe.
p3 "Arrgh! My eyes! I Can't Un-See That!" Medal: Mike Lukovich.
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Tom Janssen (Netherlands), Riber Hanssen (Sweden) and Brandon Reynolds (South Africa).
Ann Telnaes says it's time.
Mark Fiore knows the key to a successful arms industry: Flexibility!
Tom Tomorrow warns of a creature driven by compulsions beyond human comprehension!
Keith Knight looks at added training for the cop on the beat.
Tom the Dancing Bug explains why you just never see that many free-market libertarians who aren't already set.
You knew that Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl was headed somewhere like this, but I bet you didn't guess exactly, did you?
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon celebrates a long-standing crime/adventure trope: Gold bullion's hard to steal because it weighs so much. Ask Auric Goldfinger. Or (non-canonical) Sherlock Holmes.
Comic Strip of the Day starts off with the observation that dog-owners never believe that their dogs could be a problem, and winds up at fair use.
Had the silly thing in reverse! It's one of my favorites – and it's Babylon 5's Security Chief Michael Garibaldi's absolute favorite – and it's back: "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century," directed in 1953 by Chuck Jones from a story by Michael Maltese. Portland's own Mel Blanc voiced . . . everybody. (Mr. Garibaldi also had a poster of Daffy in his quarters, which was later explained to a visitor as one of his household gods, specifically the god of frustration.) This is the only golden age cartoon that pitted Daffy Duck against Marvin the Martian; all of Marvin's other appearances from that era were against Bugs Bunny. Watch it here on Vimeo.
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 Started Cheating And Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman speaks the truth.
Entirely Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen hits near to my heart with a warning about excess. And I love the logic of her truck name!
Matt Bors reminds us that while nothing in America is ever about race (props to Charlie Pierce), nothing is ever about class, either.
Jesse Springer finds the common ground between gun true-believers and their sensible opponents. It is not encouraging. Background here.