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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/30/2008

The Reader Cartoon Contest: Time to Vote for Obama or McCain

By Michael Cavna

To the notion of election commentary by civilians, some highfalutin pundits would tell you: "Don't try this at home. Leave it to the professionals, thankyouverymuch." To which we would politely reply: Pshaw. Poppycock. And cork your piehole.

Comic Riffs takes a more egalitarian -- dare we say, "democratic"? -- approach to voicing your campaign critiques. So much so that 'Riffs recently invited folks to create their own electoral editorial artworks and enter them in our Reader Cartoon Contest. Deliver the cartoons -- and edgy opinions -- you did. (And the vast majority of the cartoons chose McCain and/or Palin as their satirical targets.)

'Riffs has culled the field to seven finalists, which are pictured here (at right and below). Between now and Election Day, you can vote for your favorite cartoon.

Your picks will account for half the voting. Also weighing in will be a ragtag team of political humorists. The winning cartoon will be published here next week.



So let the balloting begin. And already, we can declare one winner: The majority of the entries were created via the site BITSTRIPS.COM, which -- by providing certain images -- bills itself as the YouTube of post-it-yourself cartooning. It doesn't replace the true artist -- but it is a means to a satirical end.

By Michael Cavna  | October 30, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Posted by: cavnam | October 30, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Why did you select all Republican bashing strips? Makes it look like your selection process is rigged - how about a more balanced approach?

Posted by: Stranger13 | October 31, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Note: We would have welcomed quality entries that criticized the Democratic ticket, too. We cannot account for the political biases of the entry pool.

Posted by: cavnam | October 31, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I would have believed that if it weren't for the fact I know someone that submitted high quality strips that were critical of Obama's economic proposal. (much better and funnier than these) Look slanted to me considering there is NO REPRESENTATION of anything critical of the Democratic ticket.

Posted by: Stranger13 | October 31, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

NOTE: The bipartisan Post jury gave serious consideration to ALL entries that were submitted in the correct format, per contest guidelines. (We should note: Some entries were submitted in unviewable formats that did not meet contest guidelines.)

Given the healthy number of submissions, we will hold another Reader Cartoon Contest sometime after the election. All viewpoints will be encouraged.

Posted by: cavnam | October 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

love them all! go bitstrips.com! -pauly hart

Posted by: paulyhart | November 4, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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