August 2011

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 26


"See, I told you the shell phone has bad reception." (by Gary)

My original caption: "Maybe it needs a new battery."

This is your second win, Gary, and you are to be congratulated on being one of the funniest people around.

I was surprised that nobody submitted my original caption -- it seems so obvious to me (even now, more than twenty years after I first drew this cartoon).

Gary's winning caption contains an inexcusable pun, of course, but despite that I liked it enough to give it the top prize. It's common knowledge that The New Yorker has had a "no-pun" policy for quite a while now, so I guess this cartoon would never have a chance there. Obviously, our policy on puns is not as restrictive.

Other captions of merit: "Want to borrow my iPhone?" (by Sharon), "Maybe it's on mute." (by Cary Antebi) and "The one I put your keys in had more spots than that one." (by Kelasher -- even though the shell in the drawing doesn't have any spots on it at all).

Good work, caption-writers! New contest will be forthcoming.

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 26

Cartoon Caption Contest No. 26 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 and (3) click on 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Because we're in a vacation period, this contest will be extended -- entries will be accepted and posted for two weeks. The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, August 23, 2011. At that time 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).

Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

I promised you another beach scene, and here it is. Pretty straightforward -- nothing too unusual going on here. Let's see what interesting and funny gags you can come up with.


The National Law Journal, February 1, 1999


Another one of my personal favorite gags. I felt the cartoon belonged in The New Yorker, but at least The National Law Journal appreciated it.