WaPo's 'Next Great Cartoonist' Contest Draws Stan Lee, Other Greats as Judges
By: E&P Staff
Published: May 28, 2010
Holy Hannah! When The Washington Postâ€™s â€œComic Riffsâ€ blog by Michael Cavna set out to discover Americaâ€™s â€œNext Great Cartoonistâ€ in a national contest, who would have thought it would draw some of the top talent in comics as judges?
The 12 cartoonists who will review the finalistsâ€™ entries include four Pulitzer winners; multiple winners and nominees for the Reuben Award; the artist for one of the most popular Web comics; and the legend who created some of Marvel Comicsâ€™ most beloved superheroes.
The judges are (in alphabetical order): Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the Latino-themed syndicated daily comic â€œLa Cucarachaâ€; Darrin Bell, creator of â€œCandorville,â€ syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group; Mike Krahulik, cartoonist for the gaming-themed Web comic â€œPenny Arcadeâ€; comics legend Stan Lee, the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, and who helped create Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, X-Men, the Hulk and many other famed costumed characters; "Pearls Before Swineâ€ creator Stephan Pastis; Hilary Price, creator of "Rhymes With Orangeâ€; Jerry Scott, co-creator of "Zits" and "Baby Bluesâ€; "Cul de Sac" creator Richard Thompson; Washington Post Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles; â€œDoonesburyâ€ creator/cartoonist Garry Trudeau; two-time Pulitzer-winning Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten, whose comic strip "Barney & Clydeâ€ launches June 7; and Pulitzer winner Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Daily News political cartoonist and creator of the comic strip "Family Tree."
Those looking to enter can submit their comic strips to the contest page by 5 p.m. on June 4. The contest is not for editorial cartoonists, but rather for strips.
Entrants are asked to upload six black-and-white cartoon examples that best represent their comic strip. They can follow one or more story lines or be completely independent of each other, and can be multi- or single-paneled â€” as long as they fit one of the Washington Postâ€™s two standard comic measurements.
Include the name of your cartoon and the other information requested on the entry form here and make sure that your entry is below the file-size limit.
The winner, whom be announced on or around July 15, will receive $1,000 and have the chance to have his or her comic strip published daily for one month in the Washington Postâ€™s Style section and on the Comic Riffs blog.
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Comic Artist Contest from Washington Post
dragonrider at 3:34AM, May 30, 2010
Do NOT meddle in the affairs of Dragons. Because, YOU are crunchy and taste good with ketchup!
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elektro at 11:52PM, June 6, 2010
I've heard about this through the Daily Cartoonist blog for the past month. Have they worked out the creator's rights issue yet? I haven't checked in a while.
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