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Olivia Walch

Olivia Walch

I am a rising senior at the College of William and Mary, studying math and biophysics, and a cartoonist for the student newspaper, 'The Flat Hat.' When not at school, I'm home with my family in Fairfax Station, Va., loafing. ALL POSTS

Imogen Quest

See Olivia Walch's response to the second challenge and read what the judges had to say.

Hilary Price: "I am really excited by Olivia Walch's 'Imogen Quest.' I get that lovely surprise when the strip takes me off the beaten path of my usual thinking. I look forward to seeing her name in ink and encourage her to keep cartooning!"

Richard Thompson: "This Sunday is ingenious and funny, and pushes metahumor about as far as it can go. I like a comic strip that professes confusion at itself. The character sheet is similarly entertaining and meta, because I guess self-awareness is what a character sheet is all about."

Amy Lago: "While the gag makes sense for Post readers, many daily comics are now printed in color. So it wouldn't work for national syndication. Love the idea and its execution, though. Would have liked to see more characters on the character sheet. Like the 'about' paragraph, but then I'd lose some of the lesser stuff on the characters, such as the 'jealousy' line for Young Olivia and the ' a math and biophysics major in college' in Ophelia and Muffin."


By Olivia Walch  |  July 2, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  | Category:  Amy Lago , Hilary Price , Richard Thompson
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Good Luck Olivia, yours is definitely the best!

Posted by: markiethemarkster | July 13, 2010 5:39 PM
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If Washington Post doesn't pick up O. Walch, another newspaper will. True story.

Posted by: steampunk | July 13, 2010 2:03 PM
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Just a note to WaPo judges, a lot people aren't seeing the actual vote page at

I initially thought commenting was the same as voting, but you have to go to the page above to make it official. (Although I hope the judges read the comments too!)

Posted by: ChrisDC | July 13, 2010 11:56 AM
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Can't get enough? (I couldn't) Check out Olivia's other cartoons at the College of William & Mary's student newspaper:

Posted by: Texas07 | July 12, 2010 9:44 PM
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Walch's comics are so far and away superior that printing any of the other comics would be an affront to the good taste of the WaPo subscriber base. This woman deserves to win.

Posted by: hipsterscarf | July 12, 2010 11:24 AM
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For a first time in quite a while I read this morning's Sunday Comics and now truly appreciate Imogen Quest as the antidote to mediocrity. Anybody can write lame jokes involving talking animals but it is very rare that somebody can come up with original--and humorous--work on a wide breadth of new topics--expecially ones never presented before by anyone. That is what really stikes me about this work. Every one is an original.

Posted by: markiethemarkster | July 11, 2010 7:48 PM
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This one is a lot smarter than the rest. It has gotten my vote.

Posted by: wannabe3 | July 11, 2010 12:35 PM
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I wasn't grabbed by any of them. But WaPo will do what WaPo wants, like adding Weingarten's strip. What a yawner that one is.

Posted by: sotiredofit | July 11, 2010 8:36 AM
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The College of William & Mary produces some really funny people--Bill Lawrence, Jon Stewart, and Olivia Walch!
Go Tribe!
Oops, Griffin?

Posted by: TribeFan | July 10, 2010 11:39 PM
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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wannabe3 | July 10, 2010 11:20 PM
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Olivia will be a great addition to the Post. You will never know what she will come up with next and it will always be funny.

Posted by: wannabe3 | July 10, 2010 11:19 PM
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I completely disagree with the previous post. This submission is not locked into some contrived theme replete with talking animals, animal sidekicks or other such contrivances. The possibilities are endless and the opportunities to remain fresh and original are excellent.

Posted by: doublehelix1953 | July 10, 2010 4:00 PM
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I didn't like the Sunday cartoon as much as the daily ones. I think this can't go very far and the humor would end or get stale. I wish her much luck, but I don't think there is enough in this cartoon.

Posted by: abweart | July 10, 2010 2:34 PM
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Olivia Walch is way out ahead of the pack again. The character sheet is hilarious in itself, but it's worth noting what a good writer Olivia is. It made me think back to her previous entries and take note of her expert delivery. I.e., she doesn't screw up her jokes, she maximizes them with a perfectly calibrated sardonic 'dryness'. The Sunday strip is great also, and, much like the 'pet name password' comic from the last entry, it's amazing that no one else has come up with these jokes. And if I'm wrong and someone has, it's comforting that her delivery guarantees freshness.

Posted by: ChrisDC | July 10, 2010 11:07 AM
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This Sunday comic is great! Speaks to Gary Larson humor only with more squares! She had me at pets living on forever as passwords!


We don't need more Garfield's and Family Circus for the kids! And I'm sure the Post will enjoy adults checking out the comics and generating more ad revenue!

Posted by: jvds88 | July 9, 2010 3:13 PM
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It will be an absolute shame if the one genuinely creative comic (this one) loses out to the others via votes from the unwashed masses.

Posted by: comicsfan666 | July 9, 2010 1:03 PM
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Wow, how cool is this. My congratulations to Olivia on her work for both rounds. This is really original, and it doesn’t take away from her achievement that, man, so many of the other strips are just incredibly ordinary and/or lame.

Posted by: franklyspeaking3 | July 9, 2010 12:01 PM
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This one gets my vote. This is exactly what the post needs--something new, different and very funny.

Posted by: dantheman2 | July 9, 2010 11:22 AM
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Posted by: steampunk | July 9, 2010 9:35 AM
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Also, below I meant to say Olivia 'nailed' this comic. In no way was I implying it was Mailed.

Speaking of mailing, though, this reminds me to MAIL my renewal of my daily home delivery of The Washington Post, my source for top news coverage.

Posted by: wallywickers | July 9, 2010 12:44 AM
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Seriously folks, Olivia mailed this comic. Her weeklies were all both spot on and really consistent, qualities which can't be said for the other finalists. The character sheet is even hilarious. Really hope to see her in WaPo.

Posted by: wallywickers | July 9, 2010 12:40 AM
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I've had another day to think about it and this one is still my favorite. Great job Olivia!

Posted by: doublehelix1953 | July 8, 2010 8:23 PM
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Still my favorite and would get my vote if there was a VOTE LINK!

Really, smart, well done, and I'm lovin' the cubist approach to drawing faces.

Yep. I'm in love with this girl's sense of humor. Her character sheet was a jewel.
I'm afraid Amy just isn't getting it, which is a shame. Take the blinkers off and open your mind. The possibilities are awesome.

Posted by: InkSlingerz | July 8, 2010 5:48 PM
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The best of an underwhelming set of Sundays.

Yes, I am a jerk, but still, it's the truth.

Posted by: bupdaddy | July 8, 2010 5:02 PM
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Loved the 5 strips in the semi-finals, not wowed with the Sunday strip meta humor. Really like the artwork and the very fresh point of view, though, and would love to see this one in the Post!

Posted by: thingsfallapart | July 8, 2010 11:26 AM
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By the way, Gene Weingarten -- are you serious with that cartoon? Holy smokes, how can someone with so much talent turn out a cartoon so stale? It's the antithesis of funny. It's what unfunny people quote. Nancy Pelosi: "Barney and Clyde is a freaking riot!" HATER ON GO COMICS HE ALREADY HAS OVER 400 FANS OF HIS NEW STRIP....GREAT STRIP GENE

Posted by: Glopez0418 | July 8, 2010 12:41 AM
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I truly enjoyed this submission and appreciate its underlying intelligence.

Posted by: doublehelix1953 | July 7, 2010 11:16 PM
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By the way, Gene Weingarten -- are you serious with that cartoon? Holy smokes, how can someone with so much talent turn out a cartoon so stale? It's the antithesis of funny. It's what unfunny people quote. Nancy Pelosi: "Barney and Clyde is a freaking riot!"

Posted by: JMarie4 | July 7, 2010 8:21 PM
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Very well done. Of the five finalists, only two attempted to create something specific to the concept of the "Sunday Comic". Of the two that tried, only this one succeeded. The concept is original, very clever, well crafted and really funny. Plus, the character sheet is a great bonus. If this contest were a horse race, although we are only approaching the first turn, Imogen Quest is in the lead by several lengths. See you in the Winner's Circle Olivia!!!!

Posted by: markiethemarkster | July 7, 2010 7:47 PM
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I love Olivia's style, but this didn't do it for me. It seems too early to self-reference. The character sheet -- now THAT was funny.

Posted by: JMarie4 | July 7, 2010 7:00 PM
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Love the way Olivia writes! She has the potential to go far with her intellectual humor. Imogen Quest has my vote!

Posted by: ilikered | July 7, 2010 3:28 PM
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Loved the artwork and humor. Olivia conveys an original wit. She has gotten my votes!!

Posted by: sparklieshoequeen | July 7, 2010 3:13 PM
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Olivia has written and drawn some of the most witty and humorous comic strips I have ever seen. Her strips are always of the highest quality and uncomparable with the others due to the higher level thinking and originality she demonstrates.

Posted by: Hank161 | July 7, 2010 1:15 PM
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I like Ms. Walch's style and sense of humor. The concept has room to grow and morph as she does.

Posted by: MsJS | July 7, 2010 12:33 PM
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Imogen Quest has my vote.
Her drawing style is pure fun and her sense of humor intriguing. Hmm...
Triangle hair? Yikes!
Uh-oh, not Muffin, please not Muffin!!

Posted by: missva | July 7, 2010 11:54 AM
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How clever! Once again, Olivia outmaneuvers the others with a really original piece of work that is very well crafted. This one is the winner!

Posted by: franklloyd1 | July 7, 2010 11:11 AM
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Posted by: whiteside595 | July 7, 2010 11:02 AM
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Shes not gonna win it hoxwinder has this in the bag

Posted by: whiteside595 | July 7, 2010 10:59 AM
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O. Walch has this in the bag. The Sunday strip is p. clever and the character sheet is p. mystifying. I mean really, I'd like to see a comic featuring ONLY the Fancy Men.

But O. Walch, what were you thinking, taking the image of Fancy Man #2 from your Fancy Humour strip and enlarging it for the character sheet?? I CAN TELL YOU ENLARGED IT BECAUSE OF THE PIXELS, O. WALCH, THE PIXELS!

You're gonna win anyway, no worries.

Posted by: steampunk | July 7, 2010 10:39 AM
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