Cartoon Caption Contests

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.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 55


Contest No. 55 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 3, 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.

This is the drawing that needs your caption. Yes, this is a very old cartoon -- it goes back well over fifty years. Remember, we all have to start somewhere!






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 54


                           "Who's Smith? And who's Wesson?"

                                           (by Dale Stout)

 

My original caption: "And what, pray tell, is a .38 Smith and Wesson?"

 

Okay, I guess I've got a soft spot in my heart for those lovable guys, Smith and Wesson. Anyway, how could I possibly resist Dale Stout's clever caption, which just happens to be so very, very, very close to my original caption? Great minds think alike -- and I guess I did a pretty reasonable job of drawing a .38 Smith & Wesson.

Congratulations, Dale, on your first victory -- you are now officially one of the funniest people around!

By the way, I'm very curious to know if you are a guy or a gal, Dale. Most of the Dale's I know are men, but then there's always Dale Evans of Roy Rogers fame. So which is it? (Not that it matters!)

There were lots of great captions submitted for this drawing, and these are the ones that were "seriously" considered for first place honors:

"Since when do you take target practice lessons?" (by John Platt)

"Since when do you take business trips to Argentina?" (by Kelasher)

"Why are we getting a bill from 'Ammo World'?" (by Caryn)

"I think your anger management therapy is just a waste of money." (by Cary Antebi)

"Life insurance? Who needs more life insurance?" (also by Dale Stout)

Be on the lookout for Contest No. 55 -- it'll be up shortly. Thanks.

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 54


Contest No. 54 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, August 13, 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.

This is the drawing that needs your caption:






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 53


       "You barge into my office just to tell me I forgot to go to our wedding?"

                                            (by Howard Garrett)

 

My original caption: "Miss Nagle, it has come to my attention that you are getting married on company time."

 

Wow . . . congratulations are in order, Howard Garrett! You've entered many captions in these contests, and this is your first win. You are now officially one of the funniest people around!

Other captions that were under consideration:

"Don't worry, I won't miss it. I'll catch the live stream." (by Jonathan)

"You have a strange way of dressing for Casual Fridays." (by Cary Antebi)

"Did I forget our anniversary again?" (by Kelasher)

And, incidentally, I had to have two of Sharon's captions explained to me, because I have never watched the "Bachelor" TV show (in which, apparently, roses are handed out to competing suitors).

Nice work, all around! Another contest will be up shortly. Look for it . . . and thanks for participating.

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 53


Contest No. 53 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, July 23, 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.

This is the drawing that needs your caption:






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 52


                         "What? You said to approach the bench."

                                           (by John Platt)

 

My original caption: "I plead guilty, your honor -- guilty of being a control freak!"

Well, John Platt, this is your seventh Cartoon Caption Contest win, so you certainly deserve to be recognized as one of the funniest people around. Congrats!

A few random thoughts: 1) I still like my original caption very much, even after all these years. And it still puzzles me why none of my "law" publications didn't grab my cartoon and print it. 2) I'm surprised that nobody entered a caption involving "Take-Your-Son-To Work-Day" -- it seems like such a natural for this drawing. 3) Looking at the paucity of entries, I think you're all suffering from mild cases of CWBS (Caption Writers' Block Syndrome) -- and the only person who seems to have acquired an immunity to this syndrome is Cary Antebi!

That being said, here are the other captions that I was considering for top honors:

"I sentence you to go to jail for the rest of Opposite Day!" (by Levi)

"This court is out of order." (by Cary Antebi)

"You're late. It was only supposed to be a fifteen minute recess." (also by Cary Antebi)

Contest No. 53 will be coming up soon. Get over your CWBS!






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 52


Contest No. 52 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 my review of 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, July 2, 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.

This is the drawing that needs your caption:






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 51


           "The gentlemen are here to fit you for your concrete shoes."

                                           (by Kelasher)

 

My original caption: "Sir, are you in to a couple of hired guns?"

Congratulations again, Kelasher! This is the eighth time you've won the Cartoon Caption Contest, so you are truly entitled to be called one of the funniest people around!

And this was one of those times when it was really agonizing to be a judge. That's because I honestly felt that my original caption, conceived so many, many years ago, was funnier than any of the captions submitted. That's only my humble opinion, of course, and I will defend to the death your right to disagree with me.

Here are two captions that were in the running for top prize:

"I'm sorry, but Mr. Abernathy can't see you now. He just climbed out his window and entered the witness protection program." (by Levi)

"Hello, security . . . you're fired." (by Cary Antebi)

And . . . I'm still trying to figure out Dale Stout's entries involving "5 o'clock shadows" and "the Wetness Protection Program". They both sound like the germs of funny gags, but I feel that neither of them was thought out enough to make them work.

A new contest will be coming up pretty soon, so get ready to sharpen your gag-writing skills and think funny!

 






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