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"Comments" working again


As a temporary band-aid, the "anti-spam word" device has been deactivated.

So now it is once again possible for you to submit comments and cartoon captions in the contest. Just follow steps 1) click on "Comments", 2) type in your name and caption and 4) click on "Submit". Forget about step 3.

Hopefully we'll get back to normal soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 27


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 27 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, September 20, 2011.

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.

Of course I had to find a "tennis" cartoon for this particular contest -- and here it is.

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Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 25


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 25 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, July 26, 2011.

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 for this contest. Wow, I can't believe this is the 25th contest already. Hope you come up with some great gags.

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 24


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"What's your name again?" (by John Platt)

My original caption: "Besides hunters, I've been having trouble with low-flying planes."

Congratulations, John -- this is your fourth win and you are certainly one of the funniest guys around.

Some of the other captions I was considering:

"The overalls with NEIGHBOR written down the side should be showing up in the mailbox any day now." (by Sharon)

"For another $10.00 I'll paint 'FARMER' on the back of your shirt." (by Howie Garrett)

"School field trips started complaining my farm wasn't 'educational' enough." (by Jonathan)

"We've even got towels that say 'His' and 'Her's'." (by Cary Antebi)

"I know it's not very creative but it's only my first attempt at graffiti." (by Cary Antebi)

"I got tired of those city slickers saying all farmers are illiterate." (by Melissa)

"We're being subsidized by Fisher Price." (by Melissa)

And Levi almost snuck in a winner with his clever late-entry "CAPTION" caption. Almost, but not quite.

I chose John Platt's caption not only because it was very funny and to the point, but also because it was in the form of a question. You may very well ask, what the heck difference does that make? Well, you just haven't been paying attention. For an explanation, please read my posting in Eli's Corner dated August 28, 2006, entitled "The Eli Stein School of Gagwriting". You can link to it right here






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 23


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 23 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, June 14, 2011.

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 for this contest — hope you all have a devil of a time thinking up funny captions.

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Wednesday Look Day


SEP photo.JPG I found this in my files. It's a photo that accompanied a "Keeping Posted" article from the Saturday Evening Post, showing an (obviously posed) bunch of big-name gag cartoonists waiting to see Cartoon Editor Marione Nickles on a typical Wednesday "Look Day". The tearsheet isn't dated, but I place it somewhere in the mid-to-late 1950's.

The caption reads: "Jovial, chattering cartoonists": from the left -- Harry Mace, Bill Yates, Gus Lundberg, Martha Blanchard, Herb Green, Jeff Monahan, Jerry Marcus, Post humor editor Marione Nickles, Jack Tyrell, John Norment, Dave Hirsch, Mrs. Fritz Wilkinson (wife of cartoonist Wilkinson), Peter Porges, Bob Schroeter, Mort Temes.

As crowded as it seems to be there at the Post, it still looks roomier than the storage closet/waiting room that The New Yorker provides right now for cartoonists on Tuesday's "Look Day". Most of the New Yorker cartoonists opt to stand and lounge around in the outside hallway rather than fight the stacks of corrugated boxes and other flotsam and jetsam piled up in the tiny waiting room.

One thing has certainly improved, though (in my opinion) -- the dress code. These days a cartoonist would stand out like a sore thumb if he showed up in a suit or jacket and tie. The preferred outfit (for men, anyway) is more like levis and a golf shirt, or similar casual attire.






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