Each year, when judging the entries for the BW Bad Cartoon Contest we ask ourselves, "What exactly is a bad cartoon"? The ingredients that go into a bad cartoon are legion and we saw several: rough drawings, terrible puns, illegible captions, ninjas, snails, talking bears, puppets gone bad and more. This year, as we sat around perusing the entries, we gagged, we laughed until we cried and we had several "WTF?" moments. We have no doubt you will experience some of the same feelings as you read the included submissions. Sometimes a cover letter was more interesting, funny or bizarre than the cartoon it accompanied, and in one case, we included that, too. Ultimately, we hope the cartoonists (we use this term loosely for some of them) had as much fun creating their entries as we did judging them. The outcome of all this merrymaking is that the grand prize winner gets to see his or her work printed every week for a year in BW at $10 a pop. Should the winner be unable to perform the duties of Contest Winner at any point during the year, the runner-up will be asked to carry on from there.