January 2010

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 2


Ready for Caption Contest No. 2?

Here it is. For full contest information, click here.

Briefly, these are the basic rules: I'll supply a drawing of one of my cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on 'Comments' below the drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Entries will be accepted and posted for a week for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

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).

New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 1


Arghhh! This is going to be tougher than I thought. I had a winning caption all picked out when BAM! . . . two people suddenly came up with an almost word-for-word duplicate of my original caption. Uncanny. What can I do? I guess I'm forced to declare the two of them co-winners of Contest No. 1.

Here they are: captioncontest11.jpg

(1) "I said medium rare!"

(2) "Dammit Dan, I said Medium Rare!"

My original caption: "Harry! I said medium-rare!"

So congratulations to winners Sharon (1) and PoochyCor (2). You can bask in the glory of being two of the funniest people around.

A great majority of the captions submitted were of the "retribution from God" variety, and the one I wanted to declare the winner was "Izzy, did you forget to buy the kosher hot dogs again?" (from Kelasher). I thought it was particularly inventive and clever, and you have to pay attention to any caption that contains the name "Izzy". In the same vein, I also appreciated "I didn't think that PETA was that powerful." (from Ed Smith).

Great job from all of you who participated and right here I have to say the usual stuff about how sorry I am that you can't all be winners, etc., etc. Maybe you'll do better next time. Contest No. 2 will start about a week from now.

One more thing: After looking at all of your entries, I tried to put myself in your place. That is, I tried to come up with a caption that hadn't already been covered by somebody else. I think I was finally successful. All of you assumed that the two characters in the drawing were husband and wife. I started musing about what if they weren't, and then this caption emerged: "You'd better hide -- that's the signal that my husband is on his way home." I kinda liked that slant. Make the woman sexy and voluptuous and you've got a cartoon almost suitable for Playboy magazine.

My point in telling you this is to let you know that it's always possible to "think outside of the box". Even if you feel that all the good captions have already been submitted, you can probably top them with just a little more effort.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest


Welcome to a new feature on this site. Yes, there have been many "Cartoon Caption Contests" in the past (unfortunately, there have also been many "Kartoon Kaption Kontests", but I won't go into that). Of course, the most famous current contest appears on the back page of each issue of The New Yorker.

So, with all due respect to The New Yorker, I'm introducing my own version of this very popular pasttime.

I'll supply a drawing of one of my 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.

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

I will be the sole judge. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future -- about every two weeks or so.

There are no prizes . . . just the glory of knowing that you're the funniest person around. Also, there are no age, nationality or other restrictions (even employees of The New Yorker are eligible to participate). I'm still puzzling over why residents of the Canadian province of Quebec are barred from competing in The New Yorker contest. Please note that Quebecoise are welcome here, but captions must be in English.

And finally, you have my word that I will never use your captions for my personal profit.

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King Features "Laff-A-Day", July 26, 1967


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What can I say here? The gag was as old as the hills, even in 1967, and the newsprint color registration was horrendous, but this is an archive of my cartoons and, what the heck, "we all have to start somewhere".

By the way, thirty years later I sold another version of this gag, with just four sales charts up on the wall. Which charts did I eliminate, and which did I change? You'll just have to wait and see.