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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/13/2010

CARTOON CONTEST: Today's the final day to vote for your pick

By Michael Cavna

The polling closes within hours and the outcome's still in doubt: Who will win the vote to be The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist"?


There have been two rounds of challenges and a dozen celebrity critiquers. There have been some 500 entries and 4,000 first-round votes. All for $1,000 and a shot at syndication. Now, as sports announcers love to intone, it all comes down to this.

You can go to The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest" page to view the work of the five finalists, as well as the judges' latest comments.

Stan Lee, Hilary Price and Richard Thompson have offered their final-round opinions -- and you can offer yours. The ballot box closes at 5 p.m. ET today. So if you haven't already, check out The Cartoonist Contest home page and vote for your favorite.

By Michael Cavna  | July 13, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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Wow, those are just God-awful.

Some are drawn very well, and I certainly respect the talent there, but whoo-boy! Not a remotely interesting entry from a content basis among the bunch.

Someone forgot the funny. Lots of someones, actually.

Posted by: etpietro | July 13, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm seeing the Next Great Cartoonist contest for the first time. Where was I, in Samoa or the Outback? Who knows, but i didn't notice until today. Well, the answer is probably a bit more prosaic. I live in Ohio. That says it all.
But how discouraging to see the finalists. None of the final five is a winner. It's a bit like a lukewarm American Idol season. The opportunity is there, talent abounds, but the Post didn't attract any cartoonist that can knock your eyes out, or even be memorable. I'm sorry if the truth hurts.
What cartoonists do you remember? Jules Feiffer, of course. And Charles Addams, Gehan Wilson, Herblock, Walt Kelly, and
so many others. They shared one quality, that of being unique. Totally unique, as well as being good draftsmen and clever
wordsmiths. Like the great graphic artist, Saul Steinberg, no one
could imitate them, no one could match them, they all created
a world of their own.
That doesn't happen with these five. Be nice, judges, and give them all a small prize and send them home. And start over

Posted by: miramar50 | July 13, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree, give them all a small prize and send them home. Start over, surely there's a cartoonist out there that's funny.

Posted by: oldgal49er | July 14, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I enjoyed several of these cartoons. I entered this contest and didn't make it to the public rounds. But I am happy for those that did! Great contest, fun to be a part of this.

Posted by: Marylander1 | July 14, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Rough crowd! I think you all did great. Congrats!!!

I hope for a second contest only because I want a second shot. You won't catch Fug Cheese knocking on the competition just to get ahead. May the BEST man win!!!

You all deserve to be in the finals. Good luck and God bless!!!!!

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