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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/22/2010

CARTOON CONTEST: 'Next Great Cartoonist' voting ends in hours

By Michael Cavna

As thousands of votes are tallied for The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" contest, the window to pick your favorite of the 10 finalists closes in five hours (5 p.m. ET).


By your direct vote, the field will be narrowed to five finalists, who will be announced Wednesday morning in Comic Riffs and on the Cartoon Contest page.

Will readers agree with celebrity critiquer Hilary Price (whose strip "Rhymes With Orange" just celebrated its 15th anniversary)? Will their preferences mirror those of judge Garry Trudeau (who is preparing his 40th-anniversary "Doonesbury" retrospective book)? Or will the majority find themselves in league with The Post's Gene Weingarten (who launched his own strip this month)?

If you haven't already voted, now's the time. And watch this space tomorrow morning for the names of the five finalists.

By Michael Cavna  | June 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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This is going to sound very curmudgeonly, but I wasn't impressed with many of the comics. I found it hard to find one worth my vote. Were the judges consciously selecting for "newspaper-worthy" strips or were they choosing solely based on the humor and art? I assume it must have been the former, because I know there are more talented people out there.

Still, I'm certainly going to be following this contest to see what happens.

Posted by: RKaufman13 | June 22, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree somewhat with RKaufman13 to some extent. There were a lot of better cartoons in the top 100. However, I think many of us will vote for the same person we voted for in the first round. I have a feeling you could have saved yourself a few weeks by just picking the one with the most votes...IMO it will probably be Olivia.
I thought her strip was the funniest one submitted.

Posted by: InkSlingerz | June 22, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree. So many comic artists complain about the shrinking newspaper page and how the medium isn't taken seriously, but what do you expect when editors only pick the blandest, broadest comics for publication? These aren't even well drawn.

Posted by: shameonallofyou | June 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I thought this was going to be narrowed down to the top two...

Good luck finalists. Hopefully there will be a second competition and I will try again! You can never have enough servings of Cheese!!!

Seriously though, GOOD LUCK FINALISTS!!!!

Posted by: FugCheese | June 22, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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