Cartoons

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 15


Another tie! Here are the two winners:

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"DOWN THE CHIMNEY???? Are you kidding?" (by Dom and Venie)

"Chief insist you stay for dinner . . . roasted reindeer." (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "He says he comes bearing gifts -- a likely story."

So congratulations go out to Dom and Venie, and once again to Cary Antebi (fifth win for Cary!). You are now officially three of the funniest people around. My question to Dom and Venie: Did each of you write half of that caption . . . or what?

I was also considering a few other captions by Cary Antebi, particularly "Don't ask what Chief did to the Tooth Fairy when he didn't like her gift!" and "You better have good gifts or else there are going to be seven spears a-spearing." and even "Remember us? We're the elves you fired ten years ago." I also liked Kelasher's "He says he sees us when we're sleeping and knows when we're awake and frankly we're not comfortable with that." It had a lot of potential, but I felt that the wording needed a little more tweaking to make it a winner.

The drawing for contest No. 16 will appear shortly -- and you can bet that Santa won't be in it.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 15


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 15 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 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit 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 submit your captions for this contest is midnight, Tuesday December 14th.

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.

Here's the drawing. Note that this never-published cartoon goes back about 40 years, when we cartoonists were still drawing cannibals cooking missionaries in big pots. I wouldn't draw it today (too politically incorrect). My apologies in advance to anyone who might be offended by it.

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14


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"Do you always hear the knocking or only when you run someone over?" (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "He'll find the trouble, if anyone can."

Congratulations again, Cary Antebi (fourth win!). You're proving to be one of the funniest people around.

Of the other captions that almost made it, three were also written by Cary. I liked "Gas is not the only thing your car is guzzling.", "Your car is getting 2 mpg . . . mechanics per garage." and "I'd like you to meet the mechanic who fixed your car. He's a little shy." I also appreciated a couple of non-Cary captions, namely "He said he was going to get to the bottom of the problem." (by Leftie) and "Boy, that Christine just can't stop eating." (by Andrew). I happen to be a sucker for literary references, and "Christine" is a Stephen King book about a nasty people-devouring car named Christine and also a horror film directed by John Carpenter.

What are you going to do here, folks? Cary Antebi is absolutely dominating this contest! Are you going to be steamrollered like this, or are you going to fight, fight, fight for your right to be the funniest person around??

New contest coming up shortly. It'll probably be a Santa cartoon, so get into the holiday spirit and give it your very best.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14 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 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit 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 submit your captions for this contest is midnight, Tuesday November 23rd.

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.

Here's the new contest drawing:

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 13


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"You think the headphones are outdated? They're plugged into an 8-track sound system." (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "It's his hobby -- he listens for strange engine noises."

Congratulations once again, Cary -- for the third time, you're one of the funniest people around.

Two other captions that almost made it: "He claims he's listening to music, but I know he's infatuated with the woman's voice on his GPS." (also by Cary Antebi), and "The headphones are very practical, when he's done listening to music he can use them as a dumbbell." (by Gary -- not Cary).

Yes, lots of people commented on how outdated the headphones (and the car) looked. Please remember that I drew this cartoon many, many decades ago, when equipment like that was state-of-the-art.

Lots of people also told me that they came up completely blank when it came to thinking up a caption for this drawing. I'll try to select a cartoon for the next contest that will be less challenging.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 13


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 13 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 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit 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 submit your captions for this contest is midnight, Tuesday November 2nd.

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. And now, here's the new drawing: captioncontest13.jpg Hmmm. What in the world is going on here? I look forward to seeing your funniest captions.






Tom Wesselmann Art in The New Yorker (again)


Several times in this archive I have written about my friend, artist (and cartoonist) Tom Wesselmann.

Tom died unexpectedly in 2004, culminating a lengthly career as one of America's original "Pop" artists. For almost his entire life, Tom's not-so-secret dream was to see his gag cartoons published in The New Yorker. It was not to be. However, as I've noted here before, The New Yorker has often published his Pop-Art images in its pages. The latest example is on page 6 of the current issue, dated October 18, 2010.

This is the image: tom-nyorker101810.jpg Tom is not credited. The New Yorker caption for the image is: "Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen," at MOMA. Photograph by Martine Fougeron.

Who is the gentleman strolling past Tom's collage? I have no idea.

The collage, by the way, is "Still Life #30", and it dates from 1963. It is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Here are some links to more of my reminiscences of Tom Wesselmann:

Tom Wesselmann painting reproduced in The New Yorker

'We All Have To Start Somewhere' Department. Case in Point No. 6

Living Cartoon -- 1954

Me and Tom






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 12


Had enough of desert isle cartoons? Me, too. Here's the winning caption:

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"Personally, I find the situations in those one panel cartoons absurd."

My original caption: "Do me a big favor? Quit saying 'How about that'!"

Congratulations, Cary Antebi -- this is your second win, so once again you are one of the funniest people around.

Other captions that I was seriously considering:

"I ask for the 374th day in a row . . . can you spare a section?" (by Levi). I was a little disconcerted by the awkwardness of the wording. Maybe all it needs is to change "I ask" to "I'm asking"??

"Ready to get to today's challenge?" (by Sharon). Nice try at injecting a little bit of "Survivor" into the desert isle situation.

"You can't be bothered to help me flag down a ship, but you get someone to deliver the paper every day." (by Ally).

"It's not deja vu. You've been reading the same paper for ten years." (by Cary Antebi, again).

Nice work, everybody. New contest coming up shortly.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 12


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 12 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 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Because I will be away from computers for a short time, entries will be accepted for two weeks for this contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption. Also, since I'll be away, there may be a delay in some of your captions appearing right away. But rest assured they will all be posted. The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday October 12th.

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.

And now, here's the new drawing. I promised you an easy one, and what could be easier than a desert isle? Don't hold back -- get all of your desert isle captions out of your system! Good luck! captioncontest12.jpg






The Wall Street Journal, June 20, 1997


wsj062097.jpg It's time to write about my cartoon names again. Every once in a while, I feel like I need a generic last name on a sign or in a caption, like "Whitmore" above. My favorite name of choice was, and still is, "Nagle". Richard Nagle is my son-in-law, and I've used his name so often that he rates a separate "Topics" category listing. I've also used the name "Farber" a few times, and as I've explained before, that was my little tribute to radio talk show host Barry Farber. I used to listen to him a lot as I cartooned late into the night. Barry Farber is still around, by the way -- I heard him a few days ago, phoning into a talk show.

As for the name "Whitmore", that goes back to my Army days in the early 1950's. Lieutenant Whitmore was one of the few "good" officers I came in contact with (as opposed to all those other officers who lorded it all over us lowly enlisted men). For instance, you could actually have a conversation with Lt. Whitmore and not have to worry about the consequences afterwards. I distinctly remember telling my cartooning Army buddy, Tom Wesselmann, that I had found my "cartoon name", and that it was going to be "Whitmore". Tom smiled knowingly and acknowledged that it was a good choice.

I've written about my Army days before in these archives, and you'll find all the postings under "Eli's Corner". The last one is right here.

So here's to you, Lieutenant Whitmore -- I'm sorry I don't remember your first name, but "Lieutenant" has always been good enough for me.






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