American Tool, 1996

Modern Office Technology, 1988

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 65

                   "Ignore that. It's just those jerks from the SEC again."

                                              (by John Platt)


My original caption" "Oh, excuse me for a moment -- that's probably my lawyer."

Congratulations, John Platt, you came through again (this is your eighth win, in case you're not keeping track). Yes, you are truly one of the funniest people around.

The only other caption I was considering for top honors was "How well do you deal with aggressive sales calls?' (by Caryn).

I thought that Bill Mac Iver's caption, "Fear not, Mr. Chadwick -- it's a piece of conceptual art. The real phone is unplugged and kept locked in my desk drawer.", was a clever "concept", but I didn't really see it as a funny caption.

Well, I guess my idea of delaying the posting of any captions for a few days really backfired! Either that, or this was a particularly difficult drawing to captionize (did I just make up that word?). Judging by the small number of entries, I guess most people NEED the stimulation of seeing other captions to get their humor mechanisms working. So in the future I'll just go back to posting the captions as they come in.

The next contest will be up before you know it.

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 65

Contest No. 65 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save". Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

Starting with this contest, I'm going to hold off posting any submitted captions for a few days. My reasoning is that nobody should feel intimidated by seeing captions that might be similar to their initial gag inspiration. So no captions will appear for a few days -- and when they do appear, it will be in the order of submission, as usual. Let's see if it works and if we can get a greater diversity and quantity of captions.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your caption.


NASSP News Leader, 1988

(In 1988, this was the equivalent of "Don't call me, I'll call you.")

Bureau of Business Practice, 1993

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1993

Bureau of Business Practice, 1989

Medical Economics, 2008

Another cartoon that I really thought should have ended up in The New Yorker . . . but it didn't happen.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 64

     "Objection sustained. The jury is instructed that statements such as

 'nanny nanny boo boo' have no bearing on the suspect's innocence or guilt."

                                                  (by Levi)


My original caption: "Just answer his question and leave his diamond-encrusted Rolex out of it."


Nice work, Levi -- this is your sixth win, so you are definitely one of the funniest people around. Congratulations!

Some of the other captions I was considering:

"Please refrain from constantly saying, 'Who me?'" (by Cary Antebi)

"The prosecutor has called 'neener neener'. The witness shall be compelled to reply." (by John Platt)

"Your nose isn't all that plain." (by Gary Z.)

I still love my original caption, by the way. I can't figure out why this cartoon didn't get into The New Yorker. The signature 'ES" on the drawing is worth telling about, so here's the story (I've written about it before on this blog/archive).

I had been going regularly on Tuesdays to see The New Yorker's Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff, with no success in getting a cartoon acceptance. I decided that maybe it was the "STEIN" signature on the cartoons that was a big stumbling block. After all, The New Yorker is not exactly famous for publishing cartoons by artists who have been kicking around the industry for 40 or 50 years. The New Yorker definitely likes to "discover" fresh, new talent. So I started signing all my New Yorker submissions with the unknown "ES". Sure, I'd still be sitting across the desk from Bob Mankoff, and He would know who "ES" is, but I thought it just might make a subtle difference in His thinking. It didn't work, of course.

My records indicate that Bob Mankoff held this particular cartoon (he typically held 3, 4 or 5 cartoons out of my weekly batch of ten), so I have to assume he showed it to New Yorker Editor-In-Chief David Remnick at their weekly "Art Meeting". My conclusion is that Mr. Remnick is the one who was ultimately responsible for this cartoon not appearing in his magazine. The New Yorker's loss, in my humble opinion.

That's the story. Be on the lookout for the next contest, coming up soon.


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