‘Speed Bump’ Wins Award, Announces Contest Winner

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By: E&P Staff

“Speed Bump: Cartoons for Idea People” has been named humor book of the year by ForeWord Magazine, which was honoring the best in independent publishing.

“I’m pretty psyched about it because the award doesn’t just reflect the cartoons in the book, but the design, layout, text, etc. — all of which I also did. It was a helluva lot of work,” said “Speed Bump” cartoonist Dave Coverly, whose comic panel is distributed by Creators Syndicate.

The book, published by ECW Press, includes 32 comics watercolored by Coverly and printed on perforated pages that can be pulled out for hanging on walls or refrigerators. Among the other features in the collection are introductions to each themed chapter by Coverly and an essay leading off the animal chapter by Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). There’s also a foreword by Jim Borgman, who co-creates the “Zits” comic with Jerry Scott for King Features Syndicate and does editorial cartoons for The Cincinnati Enquirer and King.

In other news, the winning caption in a “Speed Bump” contest will appear in this Monday’s comic. Coverly announced the contest in a comic earlier this year (E&P Online, March 24) and in the “Cartoons for Idea People” book.

Coverly showed readers a comic picturing a gorilla seemingly declining a coffee refill. The word balloon over the animal’s head was left blank for readers to fill in.

More than 3,200 people entered the contest. The winner — Michael Beausoleil of Albuquerque, N.M. — had the gorilla saying: “I still remember the hunter’s face … dark thinning hair, long sloped nose, tiny round glasses …” That was an exact description of the man sitting next to the gorilla at the diner.

“I love this caption for a few reasons,” said Coverly. “It’s subtle yet direct. It has an ominous feel of impending violence. And it uses a character in the drawing who’s not a part of the action, which lends to the surprise element of the punch line.”

Beausoleil receives a co-byline in the June 20 comic, the original art, and three inscribed books.

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