Cartoon Caption Contests

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 69


                      "Let me see your license, registration, and mortgage."

                                                    (by Cary Antebi)

                                   "License, registration and mortgage."

                                                     (by Dale Stout)

 

My original caption: "Okay, Mac, where's the foyer?"

 

Yes, it's a tie! Amazingly enough, the two almost identical winning captions were submitted practically simultaneously. I approved and posted them both at the same time, so there was no hanky-panky copying involved. Congratulations, Cary Antebi (fifteenth win) and Dale Stout (fifth win). You are definitely two of the funniest people around!

Other captions that I was considering for top honors:

"Your dining room light is out." (by John Platt)

"Actually, I'm not sure if I can give you a ticket because your car is now in New York even though your trailer is in Jersey." (by Ritchie)

 

My original caption is an unforgivable pun, of course. I still fantasize that there must be a motorcycle cop somewhere out there, just itching to pull over a speeding gigantic RV or trailer so that he can ask, "Okay, Mac, where's the foyer?"  Disgraceful pun or not, I really liked the cartoon a lot and had great hopes for selling it to some big publication.

Here's a short, short story about the cartoon:

I was so enthusiastic about it that I included it in a batch I was bringing to Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, on a Tuesday "Look Day". I was doing this even though it was common knowledge that cartoons with puns were frowned upon, if not totally banned, at The New Yorker.

So there I was, facing Bob Mankoff across his desk, as he was going through my batch, separating the flatout rejections from the ones he would be holding. I watched as he looked at this cartoon and then put it face down into the "Reject" pile. I couldn't help but make a comment. I said, "I guess you don't like to print puns in The New Yorker, huh?"  There was total silence from Bob Mankoff as he stared at me for a moment. Then he did a classic double-take, picked up the cartoon and turned it over. After studying it again for a few long seconds, he placed it back in the "Reject" pile and muttered, "Well, not that one, anyway."

End of story. Also the end of my enthusiasm for the cartoon.

 

Keep up the good work, folks. A new caption contest will be coming up soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No.69


Contest No. 69 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 1, 2014.

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. 68


                          "I'm getting ready for the yearly family visit . . . "

                                                 (by Shelly Lapa)

 

My original caption: "And mother, as soon as he walks in the front door, we start fighting."

 

Wow, Shelly Lapa, you did it on your first try! Nice going . . . and congratulations. You are now officially one of the funniest people around!

Lots of fighting words in the captions submitted (and in my original caption, too). Picking a winner was kind of difficult because many of them had really funny thoughts and germs of interesting ideas. The following three captions got the most serious consideration for top honors, though:

"Gotta get off the phone, Phil's home. I can hear him shouting, 'Get reaaaady to rumble'." (by Cary Antebi)

"We never not fight any more." (by John Platt)

"If he brings home the ring girl I'm leaving." (also by John Platt)

The next contest will be posted shortly -- keep jabbing away!

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 68


Contest No. 68 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, June 10, 2014.

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. 67


    "Good news! The Juvenile Correctional Facility has a great art program!"

                                                     (by Caryn)

 

My original caption: "Sorry to keep you waiting. I understand you're thinking of a career in the graphic arts."

 

Nice going, Caryn -- congratulations on your fifth win. Once again you have earned the right to be hailed as one of the funniest people around!

These are two other captions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

"You want to be an artist? Trust me, kid, I've seen your work and I'm not impressed." (by John Platt)

"Sorry I'm late but there's some idiot going around spraying 'Zap' on everything in his path." (by Cary Antebi)

And, one little aside to Kelasher about her caption, "So, Calvin, do you feel you've made some improvement?"  I'm worried that I may be missing something here. Is Calvin just a name you picked at random, or does it obliquely refer to someone significant in the graphics world? The only person of note that I could come up with is fashion designer Calvin Klein, but I don't think he started out as a graffiti artist . . . or did he? Just askin'.

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






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 67


Contest No. 67 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, May 20, 2014.

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. 66


       "Please drop the charges, your honor. I stole these roses just for you."

                                                    (by Carlene)

 

My original caption: "Guilty, your honor -- guilty of loving you."

Congratulations, Carlene -- your last caption did it! I was also seriously considering your next-to-last entry, "I'm pleading guilty to loving you, your honor. Please sentence me to life by your side."  You can now officially consider yourself one of the funniest people around!

Lots of superior entries this time around. Here are some of the ones that were short-listed and didn't quite make it:

"I plead LOVE!" (by Kelasher)

"Your Honor, I'm asking for a life sentence." (by Caryn)

"Judge Judy, will you marry me now that I read you earn $20,000,000 a year?" (by Howard Garrett)

"Will you give me the honor of being my Honor?" (by Cary Antebi)

"Honestly, isn't this much better than some long drawn out summation?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"You may sustain my objection, but don't restrain my affection." (by Levi)

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your senses of humor. Be on the lookout for the next contest -- it'll be up shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 66


Contest No. 66 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, April 29, 2014.

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. 65


                   "Ignore that. It's just those jerks from the SEC again."

                                              (by John Platt)

 

My original caption" "Oh, excuse me for a moment -- that's probably my lawyer."

Congratulations, John Platt, you came through again (this is your eighth win, in case you're not keeping track). Yes, you are truly one of the funniest people around.

The only other caption I was considering for top honors was "How well do you deal with aggressive sales calls?' (by Caryn).

I thought that Bill Mac Iver's caption, "Fear not, Mr. Chadwick -- it's a piece of conceptual art. The real phone is unplugged and kept locked in my desk drawer.", was a clever "concept", but I didn't really see it as a funny caption.

Well, I guess my idea of delaying the posting of any captions for a few days really backfired! Either that, or this was a particularly difficult drawing to captionize (did I just make up that word?). Judging by the small number of entries, I guess most people NEED the stimulation of seeing other captions to get their humor mechanisms working. So in the future I'll just go back to posting the captions as they come in.

The next contest will be up before you know it.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 65


Contest No. 65 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.

Starting with this contest, I'm going to hold off posting any submitted captions for a few days. My reasoning is that nobody should feel intimidated by seeing captions that might be similar to their initial gag inspiration. So no captions will appear for a few days -- and when they do appear, it will be in the order of submission, as usual. Let's see if it works and if we can get a greater diversity and quantity of captions.

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, April 8, 2014.

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.

 






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