?WashPost? America?s Next Great Cartoonist Contest Winner is College Student

By: E&P Staff

Olivia Walch, a 20-year-old college student from Fairfax Station, Va., won the Washington Post’s America’s Next Great Cartoonist Contest, the newspaper announced Thursday.

More than 500 cartoonists entered the contest, which attracted 4,000 votes from readers, the Post said. In the “American Idol”-style competition, contestants were winnowed down in three rounds of judging by celebrity cartoonists including “Spider-Man” creator Stan Lee, and two rounds of voting by readers.

Walch wins a $1,000 cash prize and what the paper calls “shot at syndication.”

“Olivia’s panel is really current and smart,” contest judge Jerry Scott said. “Her ideas are fresh and funny, and the drawings are consistent and likable.” Richard Thompson said of her final Sunday-sized entry: “This Sunday is ingenious and funny, and pushes metahumor about as far as it can go.”

Walch studies math and biophysics at The College of William and Mary and is a cartoonist for the student newspaper, ‘The Flat Hat.’

To check out her work for the contest, go here.

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