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Daniel Boris

Daniel Boris

I'm a husband of one, father of two, and a professional artist working in the online education field in Virginia. I've drawn cartoons for as long as I can remember, and have always wanted a syndicated comic strip. ALL POSTS

Hoxwinder Hall

See Daniel Boris's response to the second challenge and read what the judges had to say.

Richard Thompson: "The Sunday gag is well set up and drawn; I like the looseness of Byron's face and hair. The Silent Penultimate Panel is used nicely too, with the slight roll of Dozi's eyes And who can't warm to a tiny pet with a potential taste for kids? The character sheet is also well thought out, and I like the possibilities that a newly-laid-off dad could bring to the strip."

Amy Lago: "Nice gag construction. I'm not usually a fan of the denouement (anything after the punchline), except when they provide added value, which this one does. Character sheet was well done, except shouldn't Byron and Dozi appear above Rowdy?"


By Daniel Boris  |  July 2, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  | Category:  Amy Lago , Richard Thompson
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I do not know where you have been hiding, Daniel, but you have definitely created a solid comic strip here. Your entry has the makings of a future classic! Very intriguing characters (the Dozi alligator character is brilliant!), nice art, and your writing is equally good! Well done, Sir! I very much look forward to seeing more of this!

Posted by: ericrobinson06 | July 13, 2010 4:16 PM
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Look, the croc is it and a big deal. Is anyone wearing Izod shirts or shorts? There is is. This is the real deal. Has room for plenty of expansion and hope the croc does some political funny stuff.

Posted by: eboris1 | July 13, 2010 9:42 AM
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Laughed out loud. This cartoon is the real deal: full of humor, warmth and loveable characters that keep you coming back to the comics section. The one you're either going to look for to read first, or if you're like me, you'll save Hoxwinder Hall to savor last, just so you end the comic pages on one satisfying, funny, clever cartoon that never disappoints.

Posted by: pixelpainter | July 12, 2010 3:01 PM
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Now this is a great strip! Nothing like good art and wholesome humor. I love that Dozi is wearing a polo with a little human on it, simple but clever. Great job Mr. Boris! Nice to think there might be something in the paper worth looking forward to! keep it up!

Posted by: dkemery | July 12, 2010 11:26 AM
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The best of the far. I don't read comic strips much anymore because the good ones from my youth have all faded away. Hoxwinder Hall would bring me back to the days when I would skip straight to the Style section every Sunday morning. Excellent work Mr. Boris.

Posted by: blmackin | July 12, 2010 8:34 AM
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This strip is by far my favorite of the finalists. I love that the funniest thing said is what isn't said, it's all in Dozi's thought bubble, or his look. If this strip were in my Sunday paper it would make me start reading the comics again.

Posted by: Hwordham | July 11, 2010 2:25 PM
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Very very cute! Love the expression he manages with just 2 dots for eyes. Got my vote.

Posted by: Yolanda3 | July 11, 2010 12:05 PM
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My teenage son was hysterical over this cartoon! Hope this strip wins!

Posted by: roeny | July 11, 2010 10:20 AM
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I showed this to my kids and they loved it!! My son wanted to know if we could get the book (like Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Great work Mr. Boris. We can't wait to see more of Dozi. Good luck to you.

Posted by: lagoyfamily5 | July 10, 2010 9:55 PM
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I think this cartoonist has just created the next great comic strip..... i sit here a read over and over it really stands out

Posted by: baby66boy | July 10, 2010 9:50 PM
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Lets see a crock with the name dozi hmm...sounds like a hit

Posted by: baby66boy | July 10, 2010 9:44 PM
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There are so many lackluster comics that run in publications these days. This one cuts through that. It's current and quick but still reminiscent of classics like "Dennis the Menice". I would look for this one everytime I got my hands on a paper!

Posted by: excited2bhere | July 10, 2010 9:34 PM
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I laughed out loud at the expressions and the theme. Instinct, hilarious!

Posted by: Markwcoster | July 10, 2010 9:32 PM
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Love this comic. It is not just this strip I love but the character sheet as well. Love the artwork and love the clever exchanges. Good luck!

Posted by: mocoster | July 10, 2010 9:30 PM
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Love, love, love this strip. It definitely catches my eye right away and I am drawn to it, pun intended. The name of the alligator is fantastic. Such an ironic twist. I would read this strip every week as would my husband and son. LOVE that there is a strip out there that my son can relate to and really gets the humor. Hoxwinder Hall is the one to win!!!!!

Posted by: karijohnjack109 | July 10, 2010 6:44 PM
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too cute! love the expressions and Dozi, cute name kids can relate too! I'm lovin' it! more please...

Posted by: joannsells4u | July 10, 2010 5:14 PM
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This was by far my favorite of all the entries. Dozi's reaction to the crickets was perfect. I would love to see how the other family members play a part in all of this, so I am looking forward to seeing more of Hoxwinder Hall!

Posted by: sawall | July 10, 2010 4:59 PM
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Reads like a classic, long-running comic strip, like PEANUTS or CALVIN & HOBBES.

I would like to see what happens with a pet alligator that is dedicated to eating its owner!

Posted by: erix138 | July 10, 2010 3:08 PM
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Thought this was by far the best comic in this group AND the best that I have seen in a real long time! The art is fabulous and the narrative is really funny. Love it and want to see more!

Posted by: laqb | July 10, 2010 2:21 PM
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Great comic strip! I enjoy the ease of read and the characters are funny! Hope you win and keep up the great work!

Posted by: bpdill | July 10, 2010 1:32 PM
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Great comic - it was easy to follow; my kids liked it, my husband and I enjoyed reading it, etc...

We enjoy the simpleness of the strip, without overdone artwork or overly complex jokes. The funnies should be easy to read and follow the jokes, and this one works for the whole family.

What we appreciate in Dan Boris' strip is that he knows what he wants it to be. He is not striving for wittingly sharp satire, political humor, or layered humor. It's a kid and his gator - it works as it is. Go back and look at classics - Peanuts, Garfield, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, Far Side, etc and look at their earlier runs. It clearly took a little time for each of the brilliant artists behind those strips to get into their full potential - but we as readers gave them the chance. I see Hoxwinder as something that Boris can easily take down a similar path, if given the opportunity.

Looking forward to seeing Dozi and the gang!

Posted by: thomasstella | July 10, 2010 12:43 PM
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The artwork is very well done and ready for primetime, and the structure and pace of the writing is at least above average.

There's a problem though: It's not so much 'funny' as it is 'lightly whimsical'. And barely so. Thinking of the Hoxwinder strips submitted thus far, I remember none individually and I only come away with the attitude of the strip. Barely a smile and nary a laugh.

The character sheet, sadly, was full of problems. The older brother's description references Byron even though it's listed before (and why is Rowdy listed first? Should be Byron or Dozi, no?). The father, mother, and grandmother character descriptions feel tossed off and kind of weird in their depressing frankness: unemployment, ARM loans? If these are attempts to give us an idea of other topics/concepts we can expect to find in the strip, we should also be given an idea of how the artist will incorporate them.

Posted by: ChrisDC | July 10, 2010 11:48 AM
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Posted by: Glopez0418 | July 10, 2010 12:01 AM
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It's okay.

Posted by: comicsfan666 | July 9, 2010 1:02 PM
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this is wild my little son cried to day saying that he hope hoxwinder wins so he can be in cartoons i lmfao lol.... we hope sooo.

Posted by: Glopez0418 | July 9, 2010 1:37 AM
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this is a great strip it will be good

Posted by: Glopez0418 | July 9, 2010 12:28 AM
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Others might argue that there are already too many kid friendly strips in the paper. And while this isn't relevant to the comment below, the Post prints plenty of letters to the editor complaining about what someone's son/daughter could have seen in the paper and presumably been traumatized by.

Why does a major national newspaper based in one of the most highly educated cities in the US need to write at a level accessible to 10 year olds?

The strip is pleasingly drawn, the character sheet hints at more potential than was evident in the semi-final entries, but please Post, pick one of the grown up strips instead!

Posted by: trichobezoar | July 8, 2010 6:08 PM
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This is well done. I love the art and the writing and I want to see more and meet all the characters. This is a comic that kids will enjoy and we need more kid friendly comics! There is a new style in the children's lit. world called graphic novels where entire books are written like a long comic strip. Kids are responding well to this, it is getting them interested in reading. This strip has that graphic novel feel. Nice work, you are definitely getting my vote!

Posted by: JennSD | July 8, 2010 3:17 PM
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All the entries were good, but this is my favorite. Really hope Hoxwinder Hall wins.

Posted by: WesternShore | July 8, 2010 11:47 AM
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I said have the croc go for the face..but nice job. I just don't understand why the kid doesn't seem to be in any pain.... I'd have taken him out of the tank and taken him for a walk in a dog park.. then you could do gags with him wanting to eat poodles (Far Side been done btw) Maybe instead have him go to the town pool and slink into the baby pool.. "chicken nuggets"
.. or maybe the croc tries to turn the house into a swamp Lotta stuff you could do.

Posted by: beanball1 | July 8, 2010 8:35 AM
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Posted by: Glopez0418 | July 8, 2010 12:36 AM
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I thought the crickets joke was funny too, great work going into round two. I'm rooting for Hoxwinder Hall to win.

Posted by: kerryannkenney | July 7, 2010 10:01 PM
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I agree with comments of Houli1 and add this: anything that approaches the wit of Foxtrot will have my loyalty. I really liked the alligator's last comment, "Give me a moment, here." It's insightful because it shows just how hard it is to be mindful of something unconsciously acted upon. This gets my vote of the five.

Posted by: PostPeeps | July 7, 2010 5:26 PM
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I like the denouement of this piece and the characters are quite clever. A nice crossover appeal of material for adults and kids. With the additional content development of the other characters this toon can have some longevity.

Posted by: dick3 | July 7, 2010 11:48 AM
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This is something that I would look for each week in the paper. It is witty, clever, and easy to follow. The color choices are also excellent and I would love to see more of this little gator! My vote goes to Hoxwinder without a doubt, easily the best of the finalists.

Posted by: Houli1 | July 7, 2010 10:54 AM
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Now judges i know you see this is the one you have to see it kids and adult would love this look at how the caracters are

Posted by: whiteside595 | July 7, 2010 10:53 AM
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We need more saturday cartoons the way it was in the 70s and 80s and this fits that bill

Posted by: whiteside595 | July 7, 2010 10:29 AM
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really great i love it

Posted by: whiteside595 | July 7, 2010 10:26 AM
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While the comic's gag was handled in a cute manner, it was predictable at the first box. "What do you like to eat?" "Well, live flesh works."

I saw a real-life version of this on "60 Minutes" just this past weekend. And the use of gators' and crocs' flesh-eating tendencies in movies and TV dramas is well-established.

It just didn't feel fresh, I guess.

Posted by: MsJS | July 7, 2010 10:05 AM
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