Cartoon Caption Contests

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 59


        "Now tell me agaIn, just how many Thanksgiving dinners did you have?"

                                                    (by Caryn)

                                   " . . . I suspect it's the bird flu!"

                                             (by Dom Mancino)

 

My original caption: "Exactly how much holiday turkey have you been eating?"

 

Yes, it's another tie! Caryn gets a win because she really did a great job of nailing my original gag and caption . . . and Dom Mancino gets to share that win because he came up with a terrific "bird flu" caption. Congrats to both of you. Caryn, this is your fourth victory -- Dom Mancino, this is your sixth. You can both bask in the glory of being two of the funniest people around.

This was a tough one to judge, because I liked so many of the entries. Here are some of the captions that were getting serious consideration for top honors:

"Well, I could just carve it off." (by Cary Antebi)

"Are you allergic to any condiments?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"Have you encountered any angry Gypsies lately?" (By John Platt)

"Turn your head and gobble." (also by John Platt)

"Have you been gobbling with salt water like I told you to?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"Which came first, the chicken or the eczema?" (by Dale Stout)

"Does the government know you escaped from Plum Island?" (by drmrs). I think a word of explanation is needed here, for people who are not from the immediate New York/Connecticut/Long Island area. Plum Island, just a few miles off the coast of both Long Island and Connecticut, is a place where, for decades, our federal government has been conducting mysterious, top-secret research and experimentation on animal diseases. The facility has recently been closed (so they say, but who really knows?), and the island is currently up for grabs. I thought this was a particularly well-conceived and funny caption. It could easily have been a winner were it not for the Plum Island name-recognition factor.

"I'm sorry, but I don't have a turkey thermometer on hand." (also by Cary Antebi)

A new contest will be up shortly. Keep on the lookout for it -- and enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey!

 

                                              






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 59


Contest No. 59 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, November  26, 2013.

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.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 58


               "Thanks for hiring me to work in your laboratory. What are

                                    these cute little glass things?"

                                                 (by Levi)

 

My original caption: "A cure for dyslexia! Eukera!"

 

Your fifth win, Levi - -  congratulations! You truly deserve the title of "one of the funniest people around".

As for my original caption, yes, that's supposed to say "Eukera!", not "Eureka!". Get it? Dyslexia? . . . Eukera? (I really hate it when I feel obligated to explain a gag). Actually, I'm convinced that the reason my cartoon never sold to any publication is that all the editors glanced at the caption real fast and, the human brain being what it is, they mistakenly read the word as "Eureka!". They then collectively scratched their heads and thought, "What's funny about that?", and quickly dropped it into their "Rejected" pile.

Other captions that were being considered for top honors:

"Finally, a formula that will provide complete hair restoration! But only during a full moon." (by Gary Zeller)

"Where do I take my urine sample?" (by Howard Garrett)

"Eureka! . . . I always wanted to say that." (by Dale Stout)

"It's an earthy bouquet with robust overtones of formaldehyde and a gritty finish." (by ShellyO)

"This may be the cure for the common cold. Quick send this down to the lab. Oh, wait, we are the lab." (by Cary Antebi)

Keep on the lookout for the next contest, coming up soon.

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 58


Contest No. 58 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, November 5, 2013.

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. Once again, I'm hoping that you can be funnier than I was with my original caption (even though I have to confess that I'm still rather fond of mine).






Cartoon Caption Contest Trivia


About five years ago, shortly after I started this Archive/Blog, I was contacted by the Editor of The Gayco Tablet, a newsletter dedicated to "improving the health of residents in long-term health care facilities". He asked for permission to use reprints of my cartoons in the newsletter.

I looked over the issue he sent me and found that it was chock full of helpful information on Alzheimer's, dementia and other eldercare quality-of-life issues. I decided that it was worthy of "pro bono" treatment and told the Editor that he could pick and choose any of my cartoons from the site and that there would be no fee involved.

The newsletter has been irregularly reprinting my cartoons since that time, and the Editors even created a panel called "AS NEEDED FOR LAUGHTER" to showcase the cartoons.

The latest issue of the newsletter arrived this week, and this was the panel I saw:

I gave it a quick glance and was about to move on to other business when I did a classic double-take. "Wait a minute," I said to my wife, "I never did that cartoon!" After a few minutes of recollection and investigation, I realized what had happened. True, I had never sold that drawing with the completely different caption that I originally wrote for it, but I had used the drawing for "Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 37". The caption that The Gayco Tablet printed was Cary Antebi's winning entry. You can see it all right here.

So . . . congratulations are in order once again, Cary Antebi. The Editors liked your caption more than my original caption (no, I'm not at all insulted). As I keep saying, you are indeed one of the funniest people around!






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 57


                   "That got me kicked off The Wizard of Oz set."

                                         (by Dale Stout)

                               "Then I tickled him to death."

                                        (by Cary Antebi)

 

My original caption: "But for a very nervous trigger finger, I could have captured him alive."

 

Yes, once again it was such a close tie that I had to declare two winners. So congratulations Dale Stout (three-time winner!) and Cary Antebi (thirteen-time winner!). You can both bask in the glory of being two of the funniest people around.

Much better quality captions this time around, folks. I enjoyed "The Wizard of Oz" connections very much, and thought that the captions with references to "The Lion King" were also very promising (but they needed to be re-worked and re-worded to be really funny).

Here are the other entries that got serious consideration for top honors:

"He was new to the hunt." (by Gary Zeller)

" 'Never Compromise.' That's my motto." (by Jonathan)

"And in my office I've proudly mounted Dorothy." (another one by Cary Antebi)

"I didn't see the white flag, either" (another one by Dale Stout)

Good work all around. Be on the lookout for the next contest -- it'll be coming up before you know it.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 57


Contest No. 57 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, October 15, 2013.

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. Yes, it's another very old cartoon of mine. It goes back well over 50 years, but here it is, big noses and all.

Once again, I'm hoping that you can be funnier than I was with my original caption.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 56


                                                 NO WINNER!

My original caption: "When I want your opinion, Buster, I'll ask for it! What's your opinion?"

 

That's right, there's actually no winner that I could pick out from the submitted batch of captions. So now I guess you all know what it feels like to be rejected (a feeling I've had to endure so many, many times over the years).

Not only couldn't I single out a winning caption, but I couldn't even understand some of them. For instance, I'd certainly appreciate it if John Platt (or anybody else) could please let me know what the reference is to the "wife" and the "baseball bat" in his caption. I'm completely baffled by it, but that's probably because I haven't been hanging out enough in bars.

I acknowledge that my original caption is no great masterpiece either, but my excuse is that I was very young and immature when I wrote it.

Now please don't get depressed by this rejection. There will be many more opportunities to showcase your humor in future contests -- the next one will be coming up before you know it.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 56


Contest No. 56 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, September 24, 2013.

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. Yes, this is another very old cartoon -- it goes back well over fifty years. Exactly how old is it? Here are a couple of clues: 1) All the guys are wearing hats! 2) I actually finished this drawing with a brush, a technique I was experimenting with long before I settled on Rapidograph and Micron pens!

I'm sure you can be funnier than my original caption. Go for it!






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 55


                      "Would you like to enter a plea of insanity?"

                                         (by Dale Stout)

 

My original caption: "Well, I'm not sure if the painting deserves to be hung . . . "

Okay, that makes two wins in a row for Dale Stout. Congratulations and three cheers, Dale -- once again you've proved to be one of the funniest people around!

I think my original caption is kind of childish. That isn't surprising, since I wasn't much more than a child when I did the cartoon (it was some time in the middle of the last century, though I can't pinpoint the year exactly).

Among the other captions that were being considered for First Prize, these two stood out:

"Guilty!" (by John Platt)

"I suggest you just stick to paint-by-number kits." (by Anonymous -- though I suspect it's really Cary Antebi, up to his old trick of not including his name on his submission)

Thanks for your humor, everyone -- Contest No. 56 will be up before you know it.






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