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Justin Bilicki wins Science Idol contest

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has announced this year’s winner of their Science Idol: Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. The winner is Justin Bilicki. The annual contest hopes to draw attention to the growing problem of political interference in federal government science.

“It has become increasingly difficult to trust anything or anyone associated with power,” said Bilicki. “If you can simplify social and political messages, they become powerful and influential. Drawing this cartoon was my small effort at fixing this large problem.”

Judges for the award included: Dave Coverly, the creator of Speed Bump, Wiley Miller, the creator of Non Sequitur, Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), editorial cartoonist at the Economist; Mike Keefe, editorial cartoonist at the Denver Post; Signe Wilkinson, the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist at the Philadelphia Daily News; and Jesse Springer, the 2007 Science Idol. After more than 20,000 votes were cast, Bilicki’s cartoon came out on top. In addition to holding the title of national “Science Idol,” Bilicki will receive a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Community Comments

#1 Steve Greenberg
August/21/2008
@ 10:57 am

Congratulations, Justin! That was a good cartoon.

#2 Runar Holtason
August/21/2008
@ 12:01 pm

Can you post the cartoon or a link to somewhere where it can be seen?

#3 Nate Beeler
August/21/2008
@ 5:24 pm

Nice work, Justin! You’ve blinded me with science humor!

#4 Justin Bilicki
August/21/2008
@ 5:27 pm

Thanks Steve!

Runar, the link to the toon (on my ‘ol blog is here: http://drawblood.blogspot.com/2008/06/global-chaos.html

#5 D.D.Degg
August/21/2008
@ 5:36 pm

>Can you post a link to somewhere where it can be seen?
http://drawblood.blogspot.com/2008/06/global-chaos.html

#6 Justin Bilicki
August/29/2008
@ 10:26 am

The original cartoon that won the Science Idol cartoon contest is up for auction on Ebay. There are only a couple days left to bid.

It’s the original watercolor of the cartoon. There is only ONE of these. Up close you can see all of the subtle imperfections and details that get lost in the print.

All proceeds for the auction go to The Union of Concerned Scientists. If you’d like to make a bid, go to http://www.bilicki.us and follow the arrow to the Ebay page.

Thanks!

Justin.

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