It's that time of year again when thoughts turn toward family gatherings, warm wishes and really, really, really bad, and sometimes mind-boggling cartoons. That's right, once again a group of BW staffers and some people with some actual artistic talent gathered 'round a stack of entries to pick the best of the worst. Or is it the worst of the worst?
We diligently winnowed down the pile of mutant talking animals, foul-mouthed children and robots to select the bad cartoon that you, our dear readers, will get to, um, enjoy for the next 52 weeks.
Helping us select the winner was last year's victor, Elijah Jensen, the mind behind the slightly disturbing Hobo Jargon, as well as artist E.J. Pettinger. His cartoon, Mild Abandon, has run in Boise Weekly every week since 2003 and won first place in the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies' annual contest for cartoons that appear in four or more papers in 2006. Freelance writer Lora Volkert, who has a strange fascination with bad cartoons, also joined the panel this year.
What follows is this year's winner, drawn by Jacob Good, as well as a sampling of the creativity we saw when perusing the entries. Some are too funny, too weird, or too confusing not to print.