Meet Next Generation's Cartoonist!

Williamsburg VA — Life takes funny turns, sometimes. (No pun intended.) It was only recently that 20-year-old Williams & Mary student, Olivia Walch, decided to give cartooning a try. Enrolled in school as a math biophysics double major, she had planned on becoming a scientist. Who would have thought this young scientist had such artistic talent and humor!?

Low and behold, Walch is now being called America’s Next Great Cartoonist by the Washington Post. The newspaper held a cartoon-drawing competition in July 2010 and chose Walch’s comic strip, ‘Imogen Quest’ for the top-prize of a one month daily comic strip and a check for $1,000. If her comic strip is successful, cartooning may be in her future! Walch was the only female cartoonists out of the top ten chosen.

‘Imogen Quest’ had its first run this Monday, August 30, 2010. The comic strip is based on a character she created during the contest and will follow a theme. You will have to see for yourself what that theme is, and why Walch was chosen over 500 others to win! You can find the ‘Imogen Quest’ comic strip on page C2 of the Post’s Style section. On Sundays, it will appear in the Style and Arts section.