The judges felt there were many strong portfolios in this year’s contest, including several animated-only entries and other alternative multi-panel submissions.
Bors said Tom Tomorrow’s portfolio included “hands down, some of the smartest political cartoons of the year.” Subjects included “consistently hilarious takedowns of women-bashers, gun culture and the president’s abuse of executive power.”The finalist was Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee, whose comics combining journalism, commentary, and memoir we wanted to make note of – especially the pressure he put on Nike to drop their support of Joe Paterno. This was my first time judging a prize of any sort, and The Herblock is a big one. It's a very agonizing process in a way because there is so much great work out there–the judging took a full day. I'm glad we awarded it to a cartoonists who had a particularly strong year and has been banging out solid work for decades now. The money is great, but as a winner I know the validation and recognition is priceless for people who toil away in a field such as ours.