May 2010

Caption Contest Deadline Extension


Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not have access to a computer for about a week.

So the deadline for captions for Contest No. 7 is extended to midnight Tuesday, June 8th.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 7


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 7 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 'Comments' underneath the current 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 one 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.

The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday June 1st. 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. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

Here's the new drawing. You all seemed to have so much fun with Psychiatry in Contest No. 6, that I thought I'd stay with that subject. By the way, I consider my original caption for this particular unpublished cartoon to be pretty lame, so I'm sure most of you can top it. There's your challenge -- have a blast!

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"We All Have to Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No. 14


I was saddened to learn of the May 7th death of cartoonist Bernard Schoenbaum. He had always been one of my favorites and I looked forward to seeing his cartoons in The New Yorker.

Here's the announcement of his death by The Cartoon Bank. Cartoonist Michael Maslin, in his very informative blog, supplies some additional biographical details on Schoenbaum.

Actually, I had always intended to include Bernard Schoenbaum in my ongoing "We All Have to Start Somewhere" feature. Only two things stopped me: 1) I couldn't find any really old "Schoenbaum" cartoons that had a drastically different cartooning style than the one he was famous for, and 2) I couldn't locate a photo of him anywhere.

The three cartoons I'm posting here all date from the 1970's, but I don't know the exact publication dates. Two are from The Wall Street Journal and the other one is from True Magazine. Though they are about forty years old, the familiar "Schoenbaum" style is very evident in each of them. His first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 1974.

Bernard Schoenbaum left an enduring legacy in his gag cartoons. Rest in peace.

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(From The Wall Street Journal, 1970's)

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(From The Wall Street Journal, 1970's)

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(From True Magazine, 1970's)






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 6


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"There's something bothering me, Doc. I think people are taking advantage of my blindness."

My original caption: "I know you said you'd be on vacation this week, Doctor, but a serious problem has come up . . . "

Congratulations, Daniel -- you're now officially one of the funniest people around!

As a mental exercise, I tried to improve your caption (for instance, I thought maybe it would be better without the first four words) -- but in the end I decided that your instincts were correct, and the caption is perfect as you wrote it.

As for the other entries (and once again I wish that you all could be winners), here are a few random comments:

I was intrigued by Sharon's "empty chair technique". Is there such a thing? If not, there certainly should be, and I'll bet some clever psychiatrist is working on it right now.

I laughed at Caryn's "Twitter followers", but then read the caption again and realized that it really didn't make too much sense and I was just laughing because "Twitter" is a funny word these days.

Other captions in contention: Sharon's "imaginary friends", Levi's "fear of abandonment", Leftie's "shy, but this is going a little too far", and Paul's "virtual reality".

Nice work, all of you. This should put Psychiatry back about 50 years.

New contest coming up soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 6


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 6 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 'Comments' underneath the current 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 one 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.

The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday May 11th. 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. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

Here's the new drawing. I expect some creative captions -- but mainly, have fun with it!

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