Once again, a handful of us sat around a table, eating our lunchand trying not to lose itas we sorted through the Annual Bad Cartoon contest entries. And once again, we invited a well-known local artist/cartoonistwhose comments ranged from Wow, thats interesting to Whoa, what does that even mean? to give the process a soupcon of integrity. The subject matter and manner of drawing were as broad as theyve ever been. Oh, of course we had a Larry Craig cartoon (or two), but also one about the Black Friday debacle at the mall; we saw sentient breakfast breads, coffee-drinking squirrels, Simpsons knock-offs and more than one example of talking poop. It was a tough call trying to decide which bad cartoon we could stand to look at for 52 weeks running, but we finally narrowed it down to a cartoon by Elijah Jensen, who apparently has a fascination with teeth. Because we had such a difficult time winnowing the submissions down to just one, weve also included some of the entries that, though they may not run every week in BW, were just too clever, funny, sick, twisted, weird or odd not to show you. If, for some reason, Elijah Jensen is unable to fulfill his duties as winner, we will ask the second-place winner, Troy Cunningham, to pick up the torch. If he gives us the finger, well just keep going down the line, the cartoons becoming progressively worse. In which case, we might change the name of next years competition to Really, Really Bad Cartoon Contest.
I came to the realization that three-quarters of my submissions revolve around teeth jokes, and that Ive also had several dreams where my teeth crumble out of my mouth as I casually go about my business. People have told me this represents some sort of fear, but I havent been to the dentist in 5 years and I have no regrets. None of these comics are bad to me, they are a little better than that. I hope they fit the criteria. I hope you chuckle at them. Thanks, Elijah