Wake the kids, text the neighbors. The list of "celebrity judges" for The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" Contest is now complete.
Comic Riffs came a-callin', and a dozen top cartoonists generously said yes. Frankly, we don't know quite how to thank them, except to say: Were we eligible to enter, we'd do so just for the shot at having these creators critique our work.
The 12 cartoonists who will comment upon the finalists' entries include four Pulitzer winners; multiple winners and nominees for the Reuben Award (aka "cartooning's Oscar"); the artist for one of the planet's most popular webcomics; and the legend who helped sire Spider-Man and Iron Man as he populated the Marvel universe.
So if you haven't entered already (and you meet a few little requirements), you can submit your strip by June 4 to the contest page -- with the chance of winning $1,000, a month's run of your work in The Washington Post and on Comic Riffs and a potential syndication contract.
Meantime, today we officially announce the full complement of "Next Great Cartoonist" celebrity judges (with their brief bios) They are:
LALO ALCARAZ is creator of "La Cucaracha," the nation's only political Latino-themed syndicated daily comic. He also is a co-host radio's "The Pocho Hour of Power." His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Village Voice.
MIKE KRAHULIK draws "Penny Arcade," the gaming-themed webcomic that has spawned multi-day PAX conventions, the charity Child's Play and too many online forums to count. Krahulik and co-creator Jerry Holkins recently cracked the Time 100 list of Most Influential people.
STAN LEE, the legendary former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, worked with such talent as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to help create Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, X-Men, the Hulk and scores of other culturally iconic characters. King Features syndicates "The Amazing Spider-Man." Lee is now head of POW! Entertainment.
HILARY PRICE is creator of "Rhymes With Orange." When it debuted in 1995, Price became the youngest woman with a syndicated daily strip. In 2007, "Rhymes With Orange" was named Best Cartoon Panel by the National Cartoonists Society.
RICHARD THOMPSON is creator of "Cul de Sac" and for years drew the cartoon "Richard's Poor Almanac" for The Washington Post. He, like Pastis, is one of three nominees for the NCS's Cartoonist of the Year award on May 29.
TOM TOLES is The Washington Post's Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist.
SIGNE WILKINSON is creator of the comic strip "Family Tree." She is also a Philadelphia Daily News political cartoonist who in 1992 became the first woman to win the the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. She is also past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.