Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 195

“It’s from his early works, a mixed media in crayons and a juice box.”

(by Brendan F. Gannon)


My original caption: “Computer programming is also a fine art, you know.”


Congratulations, Brendan F. Gannon, on your fifth win! It’s been a while since your last victory (Contest No. 167), but persistence certainly pays off.

I now realize that my original caption was not particularly funny. I was trying to portray a nerdy guy who is on a first date with this gal. He has taken her to an art museum and picks this moment to impress her with what he does for a living. I suppose some publication or other might have bought my cartoon if I had only put more thought into it.

Here are the other caption entries that I was seriously considering for top honors:

“It’s supposed to be upside down but we like it better this way.” (by Harvey Appelbaum)

“Some art critics think this painting is a forgery.” (by Pat Foley)

“It’s way too expensive but isn’t that the point.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“It seems the electrician forgot to remove the old light wire.” (by Ken Wilkinson)

“This is part of our ‘No Chance of Theft Wing’.” (by Rich Wolf)

“You are getting sleepy . . . !” (by Kay Ralph)

“One can only imagine the painstaking minutes required to create a masterpiece such as this.” (by Lee Lacewell)


Contest No. 196 will be posted before you know it, Captioneers. Thanks for all the submissions!

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