What to do with the rejects at year’s end?

Typically around this time of the year, I start gathering up my favorite rejects to prepare for the Top Rejected Cartoons of the Year. But this year, since I’ve been doing a top 10 each month, and you folks have already seen all of them, I kind of feel like I need to do something a little different. I don’t really know yet what that something different would be, though, so I’m totally open to suggestions.

The only idea I had so far was to maybe make some kind of poll to have people vote on their favorite rejects, and then maybe I’d do finished versions of the top 5 or something. I don’t know if there’s necessarily any appeal to that, though, because I think part of the charm of the rejects is their rough and unfinished nature, so it’d be like “Here is a less interesting version of the winner!” Would a poll be good enough, just for the sake of interactivity?

Any thoughts?

7 Responses to What to do with the rejects at year’s end?

  1. jim says:

    I know it’s more work, but you could do the top 10 rejects from “bizarro” world. A little alternate reality on situations that could have been.

  2. Andy says:

    You should enter poll contributors into a drawing for a signed copy of their favorite reject … or something like that.

  3. theotherneill says:

    I’m with Andy on that one.

  4. Julie says:

    How about getting signed copies of your favorite bizarro rejects? (“What I Believe” still makes me giggle when I think about it.)

    I like the idea of you finishing the favorite reject. You might have to whittle down the polling to a select few, or do 2 or 3 rounds.

  5. neal says:

    Ok, I think this is my plan:

    I was just typing up a big comment about nominations and polls and whatnot, but then I just got an idea: I tried, with not a lot of success, to raise money for some holiday charities by selling originals last year. I raised $90, which was great, but I think we can do better. What if I set up a paypal account for some similar charity, and if you make a donation, I’ll draw you a finished version of the reject of your choice? I’ll leave it up to you how much you want to donate. Let’s say as long as it’s more than $10, I’ll draw you the cartoon and mail it to you.

    Would anyone be up for that?

    Julie replied:

    Totally. I hope you can do “What I Believe” justice.

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