Cartoon Caption Contests

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.

 






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 64


     "Objection sustained. The jury is instructed that statements such as

 'nanny nanny boo boo' have no bearing on the suspect's innocence or guilt."

                                                  (by Levi)

 

My original caption: "Just answer his question and leave his diamond-encrusted Rolex out of it."

 

Nice work, Levi -- this is your sixth win, so you are definitely one of the funniest people around. Congratulations!

Some of the other captions I was considering:

"Please refrain from constantly saying, 'Who me?'" (by Cary Antebi)

"The prosecutor has called 'neener neener'. The witness shall be compelled to reply." (by John Platt)

"Your nose isn't all that plain." (by Gary Z.)

I still love my original caption, by the way. I can't figure out why this cartoon didn't get into The New Yorker. The signature 'ES" on the drawing is worth telling about, so here's the story (I've written about it before on this blog/archive).

I had been going regularly on Tuesdays to see The New Yorker's Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff, with no success in getting a cartoon acceptance. I decided that maybe it was the "STEIN" signature on the cartoons that was a big stumbling block. After all, The New Yorker is not exactly famous for publishing cartoons by artists who have been kicking around the industry for 40 or 50 years. The New Yorker definitely likes to "discover" fresh, new talent. So I started signing all my New Yorker submissions with the unknown "ES". Sure, I'd still be sitting across the desk from Bob Mankoff, and He would know who "ES" is, but I thought it just might make a subtle difference in His thinking. It didn't work, of course.

My records indicate that Bob Mankoff held this particular cartoon (he typically held 3, 4 or 5 cartoons out of my weekly batch of ten), so I have to assume he showed it to New Yorker Editor-In-Chief David Remnick at their weekly "Art Meeting". My conclusion is that Mr. Remnick is the one who was ultimately responsible for this cartoon not appearing in his magazine. The New Yorker's loss, in my humble opinion.

That's the story. Be on the lookout for the next contest, coming up soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 64


Contest No. 64 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, March 11, 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. 63


"First guy who comes in and actually tries to use this . . . I'm out of here."

                                         (by Cary Antebi)

 

My original caption: "I don't know why it is, but as soon as I sit at my new desk, I get this strange craving for a cigarette."

 

Congratulations again, Cary Antebi . This is your fourteenth win -- proving without a doubt that "you gotta be in it, to win it"!  Once more you have earned the right to be recognized as one of the funniest people around.

Here are some of the other captions I was kicking around for the top prize (one has nothing to do with smoking at all, and another one treats the desk as some sort of hallucination, I guess):

"Doctor, whenever my office is full of people, I get dizzy." (by Howard Garrett)

"Good morning, 'Smoke Beginners International' how may we help you?" (by Al Grand)

"The medication helped me quit smoking but there's some worrisome side effects." (by Sharon)

"Apparently I was taking too many smoking breaks." (by Kelasher)

Keep on the lookout for the next contest -- it'll be up real soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 63


Contest No. 63 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, February 18, 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. 62


                                       "I can't wait to see page two."

                                                   (by Dale Stout)

 

My original caption: "Wow! I've never read such an attention-grabbing opening sentence!"

 

Congratulations again, Dale Stout -- your short, but sweet, caption worked for me, and you have now captured your fourth win in a very short time (your first win was in Contest No. 54, not that long ago). So once again you regain the title of "one of the funniest people around".

Here are some of the other captions that I was "seriously" considering for top honors:

"Finally, a book that addresses hairstyling for men. I tried like five hair gels just this morning and none were quite right." (by Sharon)

"I was so inspired by your '101 Experiments With Hair Gel' that I tried one myself this morning." (by Levi)

"I have to say, Mr. Smith, you look just a little too straight to be writing for our punk fanzine." (by Kevmob)

"When I suggested to give me a hair-raising ending, I didn't mean it literally!" (by Steve)

"Well, you've definitely written a surprise ending. It's just all these blank pages before it, that concerns me." (by Cary Antebi)

"I believe you misunderstood me when I asked you to 'flesh it out'." (by Bill Mac)

Getting back to my original caption (which I have to admit I still like very much), the attention-grabbing opening sentence of my forthcoming novel will probably be something like this: "It was on a dark and stormy night, during the best of times and the worst of times, that I, Ishmael, acknowledged a universal truth -- that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

A new Contest will be up before you know it. Keep a sharp lookout for it.

 

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 62


Contest No. 62 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, January 28, 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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