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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 06/24/2010

POST CONTEST: The 'Next Great Cartoonist' finalists now face a second challenge [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna

UPDATE: As the finalists in "America's Next Great Cartoonist" Contest are culled to five, the remaining cartoonists now have their second challenge in hand.

The five finalists must now create a color Sunday cartoon (as well as a "character sheet" or similar material that's a standard component in any syndication press kit). For full details on the second challenge, readers can check out this page.

The readers have spoken.

Thousands of votes were tallied for The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" contest, and by direct ballot, the field has been narrowed to five.


The five finalists as the contest goes forward are:

"Hoxwinder Hall" by Daniel Boris.

"Real Time" by Bob Erskine

"Forever Endeavor" by Thomas Mullany

"Stupid Inventor" by Zachary Snyder

"Imogen Quest" by Olivia Walch

Congratulations to all the finalists. Those five will next submit Sunday cartoons for the second round of reader voting, which will be in July. Stay tuned for more details.

Meantime, to see more, you can go to the Cartoon Contest page.

By Michael Cavna  | June 24, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
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Alright! Good luck to these five finalists!
Vote for "Imogen Quest"
It's smart and it's funny.
Even the name is intelligent-as in "Maiden Journey."
Or if you prefer-"Seeking Cymbaline."

That's a great name for a first professional comic strip.
I'm looking forward to (hopefully) seeing more of Ms. Walch's work.

I like the other cartoonists work, but I'm REALLY impressed with Imogen Quest.

Posted by: InkSlingerz | June 23, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I am SO jealous!!! Good luck top five. I cannot wait to see your Sunday Strips!!!

Posted by: FugCheese | June 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm voting for Stupid Inventor just to prove that you don't need to know how to draw or be funny to be in the comics section.

Posted by: cowboymctrashface | June 23, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

As a cartoonist who has been working very hard for years to break into the industry, I find myself totally disagreeing with the last post. The lucky few who have their strips in the newspapers are all VERY talented. You do have to know how to draw and be funny to be in the funny pages. As for Stupid Inventor, it is awesome and deserves this gracious opportunity. I wish all five the best of luck!!!

Posted by: FugCheese | June 24, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit that, although I found aspects of the three rocker comics appealing, they also felt 'old'.

I'm hoping the five remaining contestants pull out all the stops for this second challenge.
1) For goodness sake, do a web-search to see if your idea is already out there.
2) Many of you could make your artwork cleaner and less heavy.
3) Crisp, multi-gag humor. You've got more space to work with, so more space for making us laugh.
4) Mr. Boris and Mr. Snyder, I need to know how your characters differ from their prototypes and why I should like them. The rest of you, I'd like to hear how you would intend to keep the strips going without resorting to the puns we've all heard before.
5) Have FUN with this challenge! The more fun you have, the more likely we'll laugh.

Good luck!

Posted by: MsJS | June 24, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Consider the source: Anyone who uses a name like cowboymctrashface is probably one of those losers who spend all of their time hanging out at Starbucks trying to get his friends who work there to give him free drinks. In other words, a jealous loser.

I wish the Final Five the best of luck! Who knows, maybe Stan Lee will make a "Who wants to be a Superhero?" series featuring the Final Five.

Olivia, Olivia, Olivia....

Posted by: InkSlingerz | June 24, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse


I gotta admit something... I am a jealous loser too!

That said though, I am VERY happy for the top ten and top 5. Hey, I was #99 in the gallery so, I AM HAPPY! My strip will either get syndicated one day or it will simply continue thrilling the dozens... or five or six... people who read my blog.

I so agree with you... some people take things TOO seriously!!!

Good luck all!!! I wish you fame, fortune, and all the happiness your lives deserve!!! See, that's not so hard!!!! You just have to grit your teeth a bit as you type!!!!!! - Kidding of course, GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Posted by: FugCheese | June 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I think I may have cracked a tooth-

Posted by: InkSlingerz | June 25, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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