March 2010

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 4

Judging by the few responses, I guess this was another difficult drawing for you caption writers. A few people actually told me that they stared long and thoughtfully at the drawing and came up absolutely blank. That surprises me, since there were so many "props' in the drawing to work on.

Anyway, even though there were so few entries, I'm going to cop out again and declare two first place winners. Here they are:


1) "I don't mind the in-box, but I hate it when he asks me to take a letter."

2) "It started with a three martini lunch, but he's a classic overachiever."

My original caption: "He comes in every morning at nine sharp, sets those things down and leaves exactly at five."

So congrats to John Platt (1) and Richie (2) -- you're two of the funniest guys around.

Actually, all three of John Platt's captions brought smiles to my face. I also appreciated D. Mancino's attempt to inject the legal Bar into the caption -- it almost worked. And I liked Andrew's reference to "the happy hour rate", and Gary's reference to "beeping laptops and noisy cell phones".

Nice thinking from all of you who participated -- sorry you couldn't all be winners.

I'll be sure to select a simpler, more general drawing for the next contest.

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 4

Well, I've been on vacation and away from my home computer for about a month. Hope you didn't notice, as I kept up regular postings to my archives while I was away.

But now that I'm back, I'm definitely ready to tackle another Cartoon Caption Contest. It starts right now.

You can click here for full rules and regulations, but briefly, here they are:

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 for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

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).

New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

Hope you all have fun with this one!


Cartoonist John Kane Dies

I was very sorry to hear about the death of New Yorker cartoonist John Kane. Here's my little remembrance of him:

For a short time a few years ago, I was going in regularly to show my cartoons to Bob Mankoff at The New Yorker. As it says in the linked article, I was also made to feel at home by the likes of Sid Harris and Sam Gross and by a guy, up in years like me, who I had really never heard of before . . . John Kane.

One Tuesday in the waiting room, John was passing around his copy of a hard-cover New Yorker collection of cartoons for everybody to autograph. He eventually passed it to me. I demurred, telling him that I was never actually published in The New Yorker. John's simple response was, "Oh, but you will be."

I stubbornly didn't sign the book, but his gentle words have stayed with me, and I wish I could have told him how much I appreciated them.

National Review (West), June 17, 1996


This was another cartoon of mine published only in the Western edition of National Review magazine, and not in the full edition (for reasons unknown to me).

CEDR Forum, Winter 1988


CEDR stands for the Center on Evaluation, Development and Research, and the Forum was an educational newsletter. I'm not sure if the CEDR is still in existence, but the parent company was Phi Delta Kappa, publishers of Phi Delta Kappan magazine.

Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania, 1986


This cartoon was drawn on assignment for Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania. It was published in a conference newspaper, along with four other cartoons of mine. All five cartoons dealt with the general theme of the conference.