Cartoon Caption Contests

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 By the way, I consider my original caption for this particular unpublished cartoon to be pretty lame, so I'm sure most of you can top it.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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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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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 5


Again, just a small number of entries, which makes my job as judge that much easier.

To me, there was one outstanding caption, and here it is:

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"I see Hugh Jackman playing me in the mini-series."

My original caption: "What are you doing after the flood?"

So congratulations again, Kelasher (you were a co-winner in Contest No. 2). It must be great to know that once more you are one of the funniest people around.

I must say that I was sorely tempted by the very first caption submitted (by Caryn) about "buy one, get one free". Highly imaginative. Likewise, I greatly appreciated Gary's "brontosaurus burger" effort, Jonathan's "God would have given you longer trunks" bid, and even Leftie's reference to the "roofer".

I wish you all could have been winners.

The next contest will be in a few weeks, and I'm going to make it even easier for you caption writers. It's going to be a good ol' psychiatrist cartoon. If that doesn't get your creative juices flowing, I don't know what will.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 5


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 5 begins 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 April 20th.

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.

My cartoon drawing for the last contest apparently left many of you speechless, so I chose a simple, no-nonsense drawing this time, with lots of caption possibilities. Here it is . . . have fun!

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 4


Judging by the few responses, I guess this was another difficult drawing for you caption writers. A few people actually told me that they stared long and thoughtfully at the drawing and came up absolutely blank. That surprises me, since there were so many "props' in the drawing to work on.

Anyway, even though there were so few entries, I'm going to cop out again and declare two first place winners. Here they are:

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1) "I don't mind the in-box, but I hate it when he asks me to take a letter."

2) "It started with a three martini lunch, but he's a classic overachiever."

My original caption: "He comes in every morning at nine sharp, sets those things down and leaves exactly at five."

So congrats to John Platt (1) and Richie (2) -- you're two of the funniest guys around.

Actually, all three of John Platt's captions brought smiles to my face. I also appreciated D. Mancino's attempt to inject the legal Bar into the caption -- it almost worked. And I liked Andrew's reference to "the happy hour rate", and Gary's reference to "beeping laptops and noisy cell phones".

Nice thinking from all of you who participated -- sorry you couldn't all be winners.

I'll be sure to select a simpler, more general drawing for the next contest.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 4


Well, I've been on vacation and away from my home computer for about a month. Hope you didn't notice, as I kept up regular postings to my archives while I was away.

But now that I'm back, I'm definitely ready to tackle another Cartoon Caption Contest. It starts right now.

You can click here for full rules and regulations, but briefly, here they are:

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.

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.

Hope you all have fun with this one!

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 3


You think it's easy being a judge? Where are Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres when you really need them?

I know that all of you honestly feel that your particular entry should win, but please remember that, deserving as all of your captions were, there can only be one top dog. Here it is:

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"Tuna fish . . . again?"

My original caption:

"Why can't you just open a can of tuna fish, like other wives do?"

So congratulations, Levi! You're the winner of Contest No. 3, which makes you the funniest guy around . . . for now, anyway.

I was delighted that nobody went with the old "I had it for lunch" shtick -- that shows that you all have very good taste. I was surprised that nobody brought Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray into the mix, although one caption brought up Julia Child (from Kelasher). I was also impressed by the reference to sweat bands that appeared in another caption (from Keith Brown). Those were supposed to be edible, decorative strips of garnish, Keith, but they do look like sweat bands, don't they?

Thanks to all of you who participated.

Contest No. 4 will start in a few weeks.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 3


Contest No. 3 starts right now. Click here for full rules and regulations, but briefly, here they are:

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.

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.

Hope you all have fun with this one!

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 3

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No.2


Was this a tough one for you gagwriters/caption creators? Apparently so.

It was a tough one to judge, also, so I'm going to cop out once again and declare two winners. Here they are:

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1) "It stands for Housewives Against Nincompoop Demonstrators."

2) "What's an acronym?"

My original caption:

"I'm not protesting anything. It stands for Have A Nice Day."

Congratulations to Ed Smith (1) and Kelasher (2). I thought that both of their captions were imaginative and funny, in different ways. Ed Smith's caption reminded me of another version of this cartoon that I drew a long time ago (that was also never published). The sign, held by an angry man, had just the word "SODA" on it. My caption was, "It stands for Stamp Out Dumb Acronyms."

It's good to see that one contestant correctly figured out that HAND stood for "Have A Nice Day". And I also greatly appreciated "Wait, we're not at a name-your-favorite-body-part convention?" (from Rachel).

Aside: Once again, I played along with all of you and tried to think up a brand new caption for my drawing. And again, I think I came up with a pretty good one: "I'll tell you what HAND stands for, if you'll tell me what PRESS stands for."

Now if anybody had submitted that caption, it clearly would have been a winner!

I promise that Caption Contest No. 3, coming in a few weeks, will be much easier. I have the drawing picked out, and it should be a lot of fun.






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