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Here are some of the most common questions I receive about our cartoon contests:

Can you do a parody of ...?

Why isn't my punchline chosen?

Why is last week's cartoon showing?

How can I publish the cartoon contest on my own site?

The punchlines/page/cartoon isn't updating!

What if someone is copying my punchlines?

My punchline was Punchline Of The Day. Why isn't it in the Finalists?

How can I find out about the latest updates?

Cartoon Contests

Scifi TV
Scifi Movie
Sev Trek Movie
Sev Trek TV
Pits
Twist


Can you do a parody of ...?

I'm often asked to do cartoon parodies of certain shows. I will try and cover more and more sci-fi shows and movies over time. If you want to suggest a show or idea, it's recommended you suggest your cartoon idea on the Ideas Board where other Sevilians can comment and discuss your ideas.

Best Entries:

Scifi TV
Scifi Movie
Sev Trek Movie
Sev Trek TV
Pits
Twist

ALL Entries:

Scifi TV
Scifi Movie
Sev Trek Movie
Sev Trek TV
Pits
Twist


Why isn't my punchline chosen?

There are a huge number of punchlines submitted in the Toon Zone Competitions. Each day, Wendy reads through all the submitted punchlines and picks the best ones to post on the Best Entries Page. I often receive complaints about someone's punchlines never being chosen. You must understand that we get literally thousands of punchlines each week (if you don't believe me, you can read the files in the left margin- it might put it all in perspective).

I must also stress that we select the punchlines we find personally funny. Sense of humour is a very subjective thing so what you might consider funny, we might not. Unfortunately, this is the inevitable consequence of having a single person select the best punchlines. I am planning to one day have a voting system on this page so you can select your own favourite punchlines. In the meantime, please be patient with our fallible sense of humour!

Why is last week's cartoon showing?

Occasionally, you might see the previous week's cartoon showing. This is sometimes due to human error (though I'll deny it). It's often due to Frontpage error (I'll freely admit that). But most often, your browser is loading an old cached version of the file. Try hitting Shift + Refresh or cleaning out your cached files, then reloading. If that doesn't fix it, report the error on the Discussion Board.

How can I publish the cartoon contest on my own site?

You might be surprised to know you can actually publish the cartoon contests on your own web site and in fact, you will be greatly supporting the site if you do so. Go to the Toon Publish Page for instructions on how to publish any or all of the cartoon contests plus any of our many sci-fi comic strips.

The punchlines/page/cartoon isn't updating!

Sometimes, the website acts a little weird with updating. You may find the punchlines you've just submitted aren't showing on the All Entries page. Or the text on the webpage seems different to the cartoon. That's all due to a weird Frontpage error on my web server that pops up from time to time. Usually, it resolves itself within a few hours so just hang in there and it'll go back to normal shortly. And rest assured, your punchlines are being submitted safely even if they aren't immediately displayed on the All Entries pages.

My punchline was Punchline Of The Day. Why isn't it in the Finalists?

All the punchlines that go in the Best Entries are chosen by Wendy (except on Thursdays and Fridays when she works, then I do them). Hence she chooses the Punchline of the Day. But at the end of the week, I choose the Finalists from the Best Entries. So it doesn't necessarily follow that a Punchline of the Day will make it into the finalists.

What if someone is copying my punchlines?

Sometimes very similar punchlines are submitted. This is inevitable as each cartoon only has a range of possible punchlines, overlapping ideas will happen. Nevertheless, sometimes people will copy a punchline, change it around a bit and resubmit it. Generally we try and keep an eye out for this and try and choose the original punchline (although sometimes we miss it). The exception is where someone has improved on a punchline so I recommend you follow our guidelines on writing good punchlines so your punchline can't be improved on! :-)

How can I find out about the latest updates?

Okay, noone has ever actually asked me this but I just like to remind everyone to bookmark the What's New Page and visit it daily as I post all new features and updates of my web site there! :-)

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