ESA 2015 is just one month away! Last year, I had tons of fun judging a parasite ecology cartoon contest that no one knew they were participating in. I posted the results here. This year, I’m announcing the (technically second annual) Unofficial ESA Parasite Ecology Cartoon Contest.
Here’s how it works: myself and a top secret team of judges will be watching your symbiont-related talks and taking notes on your use of cartoons. Our favorite cartoonist will be awarded an almost entirely worthless prize (i.e., snail mail from yours truly, some publicity for your cool science, and bragging rights for a year). The cartoons don’t need to be funny! We’re just looking for cartoons that help communicate your work to the audience. That being said, anything punny is worth mega bonus points.
My minions and I should be able to make it to the majority of the parasite-related talks, but it’s logistically impossible for us to see them all. If you know you’re going to have some rocking cartoons and you want in on this highly prestigious contest, let me know in the comments or via email and I’ll make a special effort to come to your talk. This is particularly important if you’re in a session that isn’t parasite-themed.
To anticipate some questions:
Will the judges be participating in the contest? No!
Can I use cartoons from this site, if I use proper attribution? Yes!
Can the judges be swayed by offers of free beer or tenure-track faculty positions? No! (Except yes. So much yes.)