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SF, Ep. 54

October 9, 2014 — For the third year running, Literary Death Match teamed with the masterminds at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and Satire Fest for a cartoon-based event like nothing San Francisco had ever seen, which finished with Stephanie McMillan outdueling Don Asmussen in a Graphic Novel Pictionary finale to win her the LDM SF, Ep. 54 crown. 

But before the finale was even a thought, the night kicked off with Vishavjit Singh, the Sikh cartoonist featured in museum exhibits and film festivals. He opened with his journey to cartooning, then let video do the rest by showing his appearance as the Sikh Captain America on FX's Totally Biased

The mic was then handed to the night's trio of all-star judges: Ron Turner, founder/publisher of Last GaspClara Bijl, stand-up comedian and semifinalist in Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots competition; and Will Durst, comedian, author (Elect to Laugh!), columnist and commentator. The three ripped off a series of praise for each cartoonist before deciding it would be Asmussen who would advance as the night's first finalist. 

Next was Round 2, led off by Mike Capozzola, stand-up comedian, actor, and cartoonist/illustrator who wowed with a series of pop-culture-skewed cartoons that ranged from Star Wars to Game of Thrones. Finally it was McMillan, cartoonist behind Minimum Security and writer of The Beginning of the American Fall, who went brilliantly to the anti-capitalism route — having to pause four times for applause breaks in between. 

Again the judges were handed the mic, and again they delivered praise and wild associations before deciding it would be McMillan who would advance as the night's second finalist. 

Then up stepped LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga who announced the night's finale: Graphic Novel Pictionary, where the two finalists were tasked with figuring out what graphic novels audience members were drawing. With all to play for, it was McMillan who shouted out "Ghost World" then "TinTin" to win her the LDM SF, Ep. 54 crown and literary immortality to go with it.

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