As a number of topologically-inclined readers have already pointed out, the “moebius strip” in this week’s cartoon really isn’t.

And upon close examination, I have to admit that they are correct.

Dammit. I worked on this thing until my eyes bled — I was really sure I had it right. I guess it just proves that Tom Tomorrow is no M.C. Escher. On the other hand, have you seen M.C. Escher’s political cartoons? Really banal visual analogies, full of donkeys and elephants and crosshatching —

Okay, not really.

At any rate, I apologize. I have failed you. I hang my head in shame.