April 2012

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 35


Contest No. 35 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) enter the anti-spam security code that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click "Save". There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit 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 submit your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

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.

Here's the drawing that needs your funny captions. This is another drawing that goes back a long time -- it's from so long ago, in fact, that I signed it (shakily) with both my first and last name. I'm looking forward to seeing your captions.






Union Communication, August 2002


Yes, with the addition of "PLANT MANAGER" and "SHOP STEWARD" I made this gag more appropriate to the labor-union markets that are serviced by Union Communication.






Boardroom Lists, March 1985


"More lists" . . . ? Well, this would refer to more mailing lists, of course, since this is another Boardroom gag targeted for the direct mail industry.






Boardroom Lists, 1984


Another gag targeted for the direct-mail-oriented audience of Boardroom Lists.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 34


"Unfortunately, at this point, he can only speak Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga."

(Tom Nelson)

 

My original caption: "Does he speak? As a matter of fact, he said his very first word today -- 'Da-Da'."

 

So congratulations, Tom Nelson, you are now officially a member of that very elite group -- one of the funniest people around!

Hmmmm. Ga-Ga or Da-Da? Which works better? Yes, the winning caption is strikingly close to my original one, but after carefully analyzing each entry, I honestly felt that Tom Nelson's caption was the funniest of the lot.

Other captions that I was considering for top honors:

"He's only two weeks old but he can already say 'Squawk' in 30 languages." (by Cary Antebi)

"Yes, Polly, I think he can speak." (by Newbower). I liked the switch of the store owner talking to the parrot, rather than to the customer.

"He's in the pre-verbal phase." (by Sharon)

Good work, everybody. The next contest will be up before you can say "Polly want a quacker".






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 34


Contest No. 34 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) enter the anti-spam security code that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click "Save". There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit 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 submit your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

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.

Here's the drawing that needs your funny captions. By the way, this is a gag that I first thought up about 60+ years ago, so don't expect my original caption to be very sophisticated. When a gag that I like doesn't sell the first time around to all the publications, I just re-draw and keep trying again . . . and again . . . and again. So this particular drawing has to be about 40 years old, and that's when I finally gave up on it. Let's see what you can do with it!