Cartoon Caption Contests

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 18


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My original caption: "Er . . . back up a little, you lost me somewhere."

So congratulations, Kelasher -- this is your fifth win and you certainly deserve to consider yourself one of the funniest people around.

This turned out to be a tough one to judge -- many similar captions, but not a single one that stood out.

Some of the other captions I was considering: Of course, Matt's extended caption (which I won't repeat here) -- a very good entry that brought a smile to my face, but still didn't quite make it. Frank's "Godrey, my man, I must say the figures are astounding.", and Cary Antebi's "Amazing, when you add her to the equation . . . 1 +1 doesn't equal 2!"

To all of you who are positive that YOUR caption should have won, well, that's the cartoon business for you -- always irrational.

Don't ever give up --a new contest will appear shortly.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 18


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 18 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, 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 February 15, 2011.

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 for this contest -- can't wait to see your captions!captioncontest18.jpg






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 17


Another tie!

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"I told you she was no marshmallow!" (by Leftie)

"You may be a gentleman, but she certainly ain't no lady!" (by Gary)

My original caption: "And another thing . . . a gentleman never drags his feet!"

I smiled broadly when I saw Leftie's caption, which came in pretty early in the contest. The thought of a female opponent had simply never occured to me. So I figured, okay, that's going to be a winner. But then, at almost the last minute, Gary submitted his caption, which brought both the "gentleman" and the "lady" concepts together beautifully. So I'm declaring it a very close tie. Congratulations Leftie (second win) and congratulations Gary -- you are now officially two of the funniest people around.

There were two other captions that I was seriously considering. Coincidentally, they both involved female opponents: "You're late . . . let's get you ready for your fight. Had another argument with the Mrs., huh?" (by Cary Antebi) and "I told you not to pinch the ring girl. She's got a nasty uppercut." (also by Cary Antebi).

Nice work, everybody -- lots of good gagwriting going on here. New contest will start shortly.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 17


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 17 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, 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 January 25, 2011.

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 for this contest -- hopefully it will stimulate your funnybones. Also hopefully you will come up with something funnier than my original caption, which was a gag I dreamed up when I was barely out of my teens. I kept doing new drawings for it, decade after decade, but no cartoon editor would ever go for it.

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 16


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"No more delays, Mr. Peterson, it's time for your prostate exam." (by John Platt)

My original caption: "You're allergic to ice."

Congratulations once again, John Platt -- for the third time, you're one of the funniest people around!

Wow, this was a tough contest to judge. I was expecting a bunch of outstandingly funny captions, figuring your imaginations would really be fired up by the situation of an Eskimo (Inuit) in full dress in a doctor's office. I was positive you could easily top my own rather timid original caption. By the way, nobody even speculated as to whether the patient was a man or a woman.

Two other caption entries I appreciated: "Take two ice cubes and call me in the morning." (by Cary Antebi) and "Have you considered a low-caribou diet?" (by Kelasher).

So what does it take to inspire you guys? For the next contest I'll try real hard to find a drawing that will stimulate your funnybones.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No.16


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 16 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, 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 January 4, 2011.

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 new drawing, selected because we just had our first blizzard of the season here in the northeast U.S. and, brrr, it's all snowy and cold outside.

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 15


Another tie! Here are the two winners:

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"DOWN THE CHIMNEY???? Are you kidding?" (by Dom and Venie)

"Chief insist you stay for dinner . . . roasted reindeer." (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "He says he comes bearing gifts -- a likely story."

So congratulations go out to Dom and Venie, and once again to Cary Antebi (fifth win for Cary!). You are now officially three of the funniest people around. My question to Dom and Venie: Did each of you write half of that caption . . . or what?

I was also considering a few other captions by Cary Antebi, particularly "Don't ask what Chief did to the Tooth Fairy when he didn't like her gift!" and "You better have good gifts or else there are going to be seven spears a-spearing." and even "Remember us? We're the elves you fired ten years ago." I also liked Kelasher's "He says he sees us when we're sleeping and knows when we're awake and frankly we're not comfortable with that." It had a lot of potential, but I felt that the wording needed a little more tweaking to make it a winner.

The drawing for contest No. 16 will appear shortly -- and you can bet that Santa won't be in it.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 15


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 15 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, 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 December 14th.

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. Note that this never-published cartoon goes back about 40 years, when we cartoonists were still drawing cannibals cooking missionaries in big pots. I wouldn't draw it today (too politically incorrect). My apologies in advance to anyone who might be offended by it.

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14


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"Do you always hear the knocking or only when you run someone over?" (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "He'll find the trouble, if anyone can."

Congratulations again, Cary Antebi (fourth win!). You're proving to be one of the funniest people around.

Of the other captions that almost made it, three were also written by Cary. I liked "Gas is not the only thing your car is guzzling.", "Your car is getting 2 mpg . . . mechanics per garage." and "I'd like you to meet the mechanic who fixed your car. He's a little shy." I also appreciated a couple of non-Cary captions, namely "He said he was going to get to the bottom of the problem." (by Leftie) and "Boy, that Christine just can't stop eating." (by Andrew). I happen to be a sucker for literary references, and "Christine" is a Stephen King book about a nasty people-devouring car named Christine and also a horror film directed by John Carpenter.

What are you going to do here, folks? Cary Antebi is absolutely dominating this contest! Are you going to be steamrollered like this, or are you going to fight, fight, fight for your right to be the funniest person around??

New contest coming up shortly. It'll probably be a Santa cartoon, so get into the holiday spirit and give it your very best.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14 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, 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 November 23rd.

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 new contest drawing:

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