Cartoon Caption Contests

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 72


Contest No. 72 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 2, 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. 71


                                      " Holds 100 fortune cookies."

                                                    (by Jo Pette)

 

         My original caption: "Oh yes, sir, I guarantee it's a genuine Ming vase."

 

Congratulations, Jo Pette -- you finally made it into the sacred inner circle of winners! At long last you have earned the right to be considered one of the funniest people around.

There were many interesting captions submitted -- and thanks for keeping them (mostly) politically correct! After I posted this contest drawing, I heard from people who were concerned that I would probably get many racially-offensive captions. But you all stayed on top of the situation -- in fact, the most offensive caption was probably my own original one!

These were some of the other captions that I was seriously considering for top prize:

"Believe me, that is NOT one of my vases!" (by Anne Noonan)

"Of course it's made in China. Do you know anything that isn't?" (by Cary Antebi)

"That's not for sale, it's my cookie jar." (by Dale Stout)

"Comes with ancient Chinese curse . . . 33% tax." (also by Cary Antebi)

Thanks for participating. Be on the lookout for the next contest. It'll be coming up soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 71


Contest No. 71 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 12, 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. 70


              "You'll want to watch The Animal Channel . . . it's Sloth Week."

                                                (by Cary Antebi)

 

My original caption: "You're not up to code, Harvey, so I'm leaving you."

 

Hey, congratulations, Cary Antebi -- you put in a lot of effort here and one of your 34 (yes, 34!) captions has won again . . . and it's your sixteenth win! Once again you are entitiled to be recognized as one of the funniest people around.

These are some of the other captions that I was considering for top honors (but I'm warning you, most of them are by Cary Antebi):

"I love going door to door selling luggage so that you can enjoy watching TV." (by Howard Garrett)

"I'll be back when football season is over." (by Kelasher)

"When he said, 'Don't touch that dial', he didn't mean forever." (by Cary Antebi)

"THIS is reality! You might want to try it sometime besides watching it on TV." (also by Cary Antebi)

"I'm sick and tired of you asking me, 'Do you know 15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance?'" (also by Cary Antebi)

"It's called 'Walking out on you', but then, you wouldn't know much about walking." (also by Cary Antebi)

Don't touch that dial or lose heart, folks -- a new contest will be up soon and you know you can't win it if you're not in it.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 70


Contest No. 70 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 22, 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. 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.






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