Here are some ways you could have missed the cut this week: Doing another joke about Hillary (or any other political figure) with a Pinocchio-style nose. Or going for the obvious "float like a butterfly" approach to Ali's death on Friday. (Points to Darrin Bell.) Or doing another attack on Hillary's email servers and missing email without mentioning the Bush Administration's similar problems.
And isn't it about time somebody took on the subject of Trump's mob connections?
Today's toons were selected from by secret plans developed months in advance at Allied HQ in London, 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, Tom Toles, Signe Wilkinson, Joe Heller, Ted Rall, Chan Lowe, Clay Jones, Rick McKee, Ingrid Rice, Matt Weurker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Signe Wilkinson.
p3 Legion of Merit: Jeff Danziger.
P3 Award of Exceptional Wonderfulness: Nick Anderson.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: There were a lot of toons in the running for this – getting the jump on Ali's death and putting Trump in the Cincinnatti zoo being the major motivators – but these two, by Steve Sack and Rick McKee, took the cake. Special p3 commendation to Rick McKee, who commented on Facebook that he liked Sack's better.
Ann Telnaes saw Speaker Ryan's admission this week that he will vote for the slo-mo exploding overripe citrus as a good reason to resurrect this gem from last month. My only question – more urgent now than when it was originally published – is this: Shouldn't Ryan be in front of Trump, rather than behind?
Mark Fiore brings up the Riddle of the American Summer: How do you tell people to stop giving Donald Trump a free ride in the media without giving him a free ride in the media?
Tom Tomorrow presents Notes from the Road to Exhaustion.
Keith Knight does the math for his newly adopted home state. Not pretty.
Reuben Bolling brings another edition of Super-Fun-Pax Comix featuring not only Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveler from 1909, but also the ruination of childhood.
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl has a dream. Or had one.
Comic Strip of the Day has a fascinating post on what you would have seen on the comics page (and elsewhere) on D-Day.
And speaking of D-Day, Donald Duck had a connection to the Allied invasion of Normandy that I didn't know about. To celebrate that link, here's a classic: the 1943 Oscar-winning "Der Fuehrer's Face" starring the tempermental duck in a Nazi Germany nightmare. Uncredited: Director Jack Kinney, and voice actors Clarence Nash (Donald) and Billy Bletcher (Nazi). The short was originally titled "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land" until Spike Jones and His City Slickers took the song (written by Oliver Wallace) and made it a hit, at which point Disney, no fool he, retitled the cartoon to catch the wave. Watch "Der Fuehrer's Face" at Daily Motion.
The Right-Sized Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman returns us to the ABCs, or thereabouts
Documented Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen steers away from hard-core political cartoons this week to provide stronger evidence that the species is doomed.
Matt Bors explains the long slog that is Democratic primary politics.
Jesse Springer is off this week.
Test your toon-captioning skills 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.