The judges were torn between the submissions because they were “of equal quality but were telling such different stories from one another.” They were torn on judging either based on the quality and the work that went into the illustration and how the illustration told the story. In the end they decided to judge based on quality.
1st: Blake Nelson and Brendan Wray, The Columbia Missourian, Tiger Kickoff special edition.
The judges called the illustration “an editorial cartoon meets comic book.”
“It’s telling you a story right there and you don’t need to go any further,” Luis Rendon said.
2nd: Amber Huff, F News.
The judges weren’t sure what the illustration is supposed to mean and assumed it was supposed to illustrate Halloween. They said it was artsy and appreciated the amount of work spent on it.
3rd: Jarad Soloman, F News.
The judges thought this was a great illustration of professional level of satire.