Yes, there's Austerity Man, and Invisible-Hand-Of-The-Free-Market Man, and Aunt Man! Plus two cameo appearances by supers, and the return of an animated adventure I featured here a couple of years ago because I really like it and this is my blog so there.
And we've got coverage of most of the big stories from the week: Palin and Trump, Flint and lead, Bernie and Hillary, and stuff like that too, if you're into that sort of thing.
But mainly it seems to about the supers.
Today's toons were selected deep inside the p3 Fortress of Solitude 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 toony goodness.
p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Gary Varvel, Signe Wilkinson, Jeff Danziger, Matt Davies, Tim Eagan, Gary Clement, Pedro X. Molina, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Steve Benson.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Tom Toles.
Ann Telnaes gets to the heart of the Palin endorsement.
Mark Fiore brings us the further adventures of Austerity Man! His superpower? Getting the government to come through with $1.5 billion because he saw a chance to save $15 million on drinkable water for poor Michiganders. Golly, Austerity Man – are we ever glad to see you!
Tom Tomorrow brings us the latest adventures of Invisible-Hand-Of-The-Free-Market Man. And remember: If you believe there's a giant invisible rabbit on the barstool next to you drining a martini, your family will try and put you in a sanitorium, but if you believe there's an invisible hand that guides all economic transactions toward optimal outcomes, you're a Chicago school economist.
Keith Knight compares their bark with their bite.
Reuben Bolling brings another installment of Aunt Man, the hero with aunt-like powers, all a part of the latest Super-Fun-Pak Comix!
Red Meat's Ted Johnson and Wally discuss what's worth being thankful for.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon celebrates the Earth's most selfless, and hilarious, ruler. (With another guest appearance by a super!)
Comic Strip of the Day delves into the problems currently experienced by the third-largest international comics festival, based in France. (Hint: The Academy Awards is suffering the same embarrassment. CSotD also offers some nicely-pointed advice to the advocates of an Oscars boycott.) And there's a comic cover image that brings this post into today's theme, too.
No dialog to quote here; you'll see. And that CSotD cover is all the excuse I need to bring back "Chase Me," a bonus feature released as part of a 2003 DVD collection for The New Batman Adventures series. Directed by Curt Geda from a story by Paul Dini and Andrew Burnette, with a great jazz score by Lolita Ritmanis.
The Just Right for 2016 Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman with an image that could have earned him a p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence this week, except that he came down harder on the class analysis and lighter on the political history of plumbing.
You saw them perform – didn't you? then go here – now Allegedly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen tells the inspiring true story of how the USA Freedom Kids became . . . the USA Freedom Kids.
Matt Bors notes how effortlessly people can switch positions. And, I suppose, there's an unintended and unfortunate sexual pun in there somewhere.
Jesse Springer sums it up correctly, on so many levels. Somebody needs to sit in the timeout chair and think about what they've done.
Test your toon-captioning superpowers 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.