It was a masterpiece that will be talked about long after either of its opposing strips!
Forget the Sex Offenders' Register. There should be an Incorrigible Punsters' Register.
Anyway. Recent Comic Cup hosts have tried to put a unique twist on the rules of their contests, and I have a tentative idea for how this coming one could run.
Much as I liked the Weakest Strip, I propose to return to the tournament format of yore, but I thought I'd mix in a serial comic flavour. One-on-one matches would randomly be drawn up for the first round, which I would kick off by writing the first strip of a serial. Both of the competitors "at bat" would then write alternative continuations to the story, which would also comply with a given rule (I'd make the rules for the first round, while ousted competitors make the rules for the second, third and final rounds). The other contestants then vote on which continuation is better. The winner goes through to the next round, and their winning strip is continued by the next pair whose turn it is. The last pair in the round conclude the story, and I start a new one in round two (and then another in round three, and the final round).
So, assuming we get sixteen players, the first serial would be nine strips long (the eight winning contestants' strips plus my intro), the second five strips long, the third three, and the final two. As well as hopefully being an entertaining contest, this will result in four serial comics which, in theory, don't have as many duff episodes as usual.
Was that in any way intelligible? And if so, would anyone be interested in competing in such a tournament, or does it sound like needlessly complicated rubbish? Lay it on me!