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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/13/2010

'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': Behind the wall of today's 'IMOGEN QUEST'

By Michael Cavna


Here's today's "IMOGEN QUEST" comic [click link to see image] from Olivia Walch, the 21-year-old winner of The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest." So, what -- by the beard of Zeus -- is going on here?

"In my mind," Walch tells Comic Riffs, "the Trojans went to Marshalls and bought the Greeks some scented candles, only to return to the total destruction of their city. I believe this to be the untold story."

If you have feedback about "Imogen Quest's" monthlong run in Style and on Comic Riffs, feel free to share your impressions.

By Michael Cavna  | September 13, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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i have enjoyed reading about the new comic writer and her background thoughts when writing them. did she print one for saturday?

Posted by: lfooter | September 13, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

>> @lfooter:

Thanks for reading "Imogen Quest." We had production problems with Saturday's strip; we will republish it here as soon as the issue is fixed.


Posted by: Michael Cavna | September 13, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

What about the 'embiggen' feature - that hasn't worked for me for any entries.

Posted by: bupdaddy | September 13, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

These cartoons have been wonderful. But the mistake, IMHO, that younger cartoonists may sometimes make is to assume the reader knows what is in their minds. This Trojan Horse 'toon doesn't quite click, and when I read Olivia's comment, she says, "In my mind, the Trojans went to Marshalls..."
There is certainly much fun to be had in doodling what is in one's own mind, but unless others at least have a shot at trying to get it, it isn't a real cartoon. [Doesn't the visitor bring a hostess gift, [here presumably the horse itself] and not the other way round? Why do the Trojans need to go get a gift at Marshalls? Must ask Miss Manners.]

Posted by: Kas300 | September 14, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Kas300, I'm not young, and I have no trouble getting the jokes in these strips.

You are overthinking the joke. Maybe her sense of humor just isn't your cup of tea. I much prefer Olivia's style to the strips that seem to come with a nyuck-nyuck-nyuck soundtrack and the punchline in bold, like Barney and Clyde.

Posted by: thingsfallapart | September 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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