Join me May 5 at Cartoonists Banquet

©2012 Scott R. Kurtz

Who’s the best cartoonist in the Northwest?

Join me on May 5, 2012 and find out when cartoonists, animators and illustrators gather for the 21st Annual Toonie Awards. The Seattle banquet—which is open to the public—will include live cartoon-themed music by the Amazing Martin Brothers and feature webcomics legend Scott Kurtz as the guest speaker.

In addition to the Golden Toonie for the Cartoonist of the Year, awards will be given out in categories such as comic books, comic strips, editorial cartoons and best publisher. In addition to a raffle and silent auction, the event includes a contest where diners will be given modeling clay and can create clay figures for a prize.

We Have a Winner

Clint Neilson was the first reader to submit a gag in my most recent dialog contest. There were approximately 50 other submissions after that from other people. But when the dust settled, Neilson was the clear winner with nearly twice as many votes as anyone else. (See above for his dialog.)

His prize—10 Last Kiss note cards.

(Okay, it’s not as grand as winning a new car and a smile from Vanna White, but hey—they’re nice cards!)

Runners-up in the vote count included…

Richard Gretsch (14 votes): “Dear Madam, We thank you for your suggestion, but we believe our Maidenform Bras should be worn under the clothes, and not over them.”

Schuyler Corson (13 votes): “Sexting and off color emails are nice, but nothing shows respect like a good old dirty letter!”

Nikolai Garcia (13 votes): “What happened at Comic Con was a one-time thing. Please stop stalking me. Sincerely, John Lustig”

Jim Guida (11 votes): ‎”Oh, isn’t that cute. Another restraining order. I’ll put it with the others.”

Morten Haugen (10 votes): A restraint order? From my hairdresser?

Great job, folks!

A New Dialog Contest on Facebook

Okay, we’re going to have a real contest this time. The person who submits the winning dialog or caption receives 10 Last Kiss notecards.

Submit your caption via comments on my Last Kiss Facebook page. Instead of me picking a winner, let’s try something different. The submission with the most Facebook “Likes” wins. In case of a tie, my vote will be the tie-breaker.

The contest ends at noon (P.D.T.) on Wednesday, April 18.