September 2010

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.

Stock Market Magazine, June 1982


Yet another example of our forgetful editors. This is the first time this cartoon appeared in Stock Market Magazine -- but it appeared again in the November/December 1983 issue.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 11

Here's the winner: captioncontest11.jpg "I thought these prices were terribly high, but then I realized they were the calorie counts." (by Frank)

My original caption:"Do you have any light-colored food?"

Congratulations, Frank, you're now officially one of the funniest people around!

Obviously, in my own caption, I was concentrating on the darkness of the restaurant. Most of you, including Frank, didn't see that aspect of the drawing, and just considered it a normal "restaurant" situation. Mea culpa -- I should have made the drawing much, much darker, so that there was no doubt as to the intended slant. My only excuse is that I did the drawing several decades ago.

At least John Platt and Paul, in their captions, caught on to the darkness factor.

Everyone else, please don't despair -- new contest coming up soon.