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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/ 7/2010

POST HUNT: When a comic strip stands between you and $2K

By Michael Cavna


Gene Weingarten fairly warned us that his new strip, "Barney & Clyde," would make a conspicuous appearance at yesterday's 2010 Post Hunt in D.C. Hoo-boy, did it ever -- in large, glorious color.

A prominently displayed "Barney & Clyde" was one of the "five complex puzzles" during Sunday's Hunt. Participants were required to rearrange the panels of the not-so-sequential art to put them in narrative order -- and ultimately had to "do the math" and count a clowder of cartoon cats. To view how this clue played out, you can check out THIS VIDEO.

So with some 10,000-or-so Hunters getting an advance look at the comic, did they offer much feedback on the strip itself? Not so much, Weingarten tells Comic Riffs. Seems Hunters were too focused on solving the puzzle to offer either positive or negative commentary on the comic proper. "They Are On A Mission," Weingarten explains.

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With $3,000 in total prize money at stake, as well as the pride of winning the Hunt, we can comprehend. But that doesn't mean we understand. I mean, would one be in too much a rush to appreciate other street-perched art -- say, a world-class violinist bowing rhapsodic at a DC Metro station? Wait, don't answer that. ...

The Washington Post Writers Group comic -- co-created by Weingarten's son, Dan, and artist David Clark -- launches today; its clients include The Post.

Weingarten, Tom Shroder and Dave Barry created the Hunt, which this year was won by a team of seven 20-something Washingtonians. Shroder and Weingarten will answer online questions about the Hunt today at noon.

By Michael Cavna  | June 7, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  General, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Barney & Clyde, Dan Weingarten, David Clark, Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post Writers Group  
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Comments

Actually, I did pause to appreciate the artwork and clever word play. Which is the only reason my team didn't win.

I'm pleased with B&C so far. The artwork is pleasantly sparse, and the writing has been clever *and* funny. I'm looking forward to more.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 8, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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