After some 500 entries and 4,000 first-round votes, The Washington Post today announces the winner of America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest.
Olivia Walch, 20, of Fairfax Station, Va. is the contest winner, impressing the judges with her "Imogen Quest" cartoon and winning over readers. She emerges as America's Next Great Cartoonist after our panelists picked 10 finalists, celebrity judges critiqued entries, then thousands of readers voted in two rounds of challenges to choose the winner. As winner, Walch receives $1,000 and a shot at syndication.
Of Walch's work, Judge Jerry Scott said, "Olivia's panel is really current and smart. Her ideas are fresh and funny, and the drawings are consistent and likable." Gene Weingarten was impressed with her jokes. Richard Thompson also reviewed her work and wrote, "This Sunday is ingenious and funny, and pushes metahumor about as far as it can go."
Walch is studying math and biophysics at The College of William and Mary and is a cartoonist for the student newspaper, 'The Flat Hat.' To read more about the winner, go here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/15/AR2010071502123.html
To check out her work for the contest: http://views.washingtonpost.com/cartoonist/contestants/OliviaW/2010/07/imogen_quest_winner.html
For more about The Washington Post's contest: http://views.washingtonpost.com/cartoonist/