The 27-year-old artist Adam Dwight (born Adam Griffiths), who works out of a Takoma Park studio, draws what the contest calls "gross-out characters." Comic Riffs could readily see his eye-catching gouaches hanging in a gallery exhibiting macabre cartoonists, and his animation style might make even "Beavis & Butt-Head's" creator say: "Kewwl!"
In his "artist statement" for "Anti-Majesty," his 3:42-long animation, Dwight writes: "I make humans who are unapologetic objects of bigotry, asking my audience to believe in their particular histories, relationships, and obsessions."
He continues: "I am attempting to break down the barrier between audience bias, storytelling and metaphor, using the vehicle of cartoons to etch the symbolism of these characters' lives into their flesh."
The animation tells a disjointed tale of a besotted, phobia-stricken husband lying prone on the floor beneath scissors that summon shades of Damocles, as a trembling wife looks on.