October 2010

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:


"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.