Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 86


Contest No. 86 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.

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, July 7, 2015.

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.




Dartnell, 1997





Machine Design, 1990





Dartnell, 1997





Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 85


                      "He says he needs more underwear and money."

                                          (by Andrew Bramley)

 

 My original caption: "This must be one of those computer-generated letters: "Dear Mr. and Mrs. King . . . ' "

 

Nice going, Andrew Bramley! This is your second win -- the first one was in Contest No. 61, about a year and a half ago. Once again, you have proved to be one of the funniest people around. Congratulations!

There were loads of "Honorable Mentions" this time. Either you people are getting better or I've got to raise my standards. A few of the captions came pretty darn close to my original caption, and two entries were spot on with current events (Cary Antebi's "Lady Lancelot" and Gary's "Game of Thrones").

Here are all the "Honorables':

"It says we have to send a crown jewel to ten different people." (by Brad Labanowitz)

"Dear Your Majesty or current resident . . . " (also by Brad Labanowitz)

"It's a huge water bill for the moat." (by Cary Antebi)

"We are being sued by Burger King. They claim your name King Burger is too close to theirs." (by Howard Garrett)

"It's from Sir Lancelot. He says, 'Henceforth, I would prefer to be known as Lady Lancelot.' " (also by Cary Antebi)

"Hamlet wishes to know if he should be or not be home for the holidays." (by Kelasher)

"Wow, what an honor! You just got invited to be the next character killed on Game of Thrones." (by Gary)

 

Nice work! Contest No. 86 should be up in a couple of weeks.

 




Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 85


Contest No. 85 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.

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, June 16, 2015.

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.




Selling Power, 1993





Bureau of Business Practice, 1988





Sun Magazine, March 11, 1997





Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 84


       "And here is the result of our work: We have mathematically proven that 

                                            we need more funding."

                                               (by Jonathan Stein)

 

My original caption: "Now don't go blabbing this to the tabloids."

 

Hey, grandson Jonathan, you finally did it -- and nepotism had absolutely nothing to do with my decision. Your caption was the best one submitted, and you can now proudly join the ranks of "one of the funniest people around". It's your very first victory after many years of trying. Congrats!

To be completely honest, I really loved my original caption, "Now don't go blabbing this to the tabloids." I felt that the cartoon was totally New Yorker-worthy. I see by my records that New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff "held" this cartoon when I included it in a batch I brought to him one Tuesday morning many years ago (it was the only gag he held that day -- sometimes he would hold three, four, or even five from my batches). But of course the cartoon never got past the final selection process conducted by the New Yorker Editor-in-Chief. So now I'll just say what Jon Stewart would have said under the same circumstances: "Curse you, David Remnick!". There, I'm glad I got that off my chest.

Here are the other captions that I was seriously "holding":

". . . Looks just about right." (by Harvey Appelbaum)

"As you can see, my calculations have proven that we need a bigger chalkboard." (by Brad Labanowitz)

"You do realize, don't you, that an app already exists for this?" (by Cary Antebi)

"Only you could manage to make Sex Ed. boring." (also by Cary Antebi)

"Oh shoot, I forgot to divide by two. Please tell the President to cancel the missile launch." (by Levi)

 

Nice work from everybody. Keep a sharp eye out for Contest No. 85 -- it'll be coming up in a couple of weeks.




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