September 2013

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 56

                                                 NO WINNER!

My original caption: "When I want your opinion, Buster, I'll ask for it! What's your opinion?"


That's right, there's actually no winner that I could pick out from the submitted batch of captions. So now I guess you all know what it feels like to be rejected (a feeling I've had to endure so many, many times over the years).

Not only couldn't I single out a winning caption, but I couldn't even understand some of them. For instance, I'd certainly appreciate it if John Platt (or anybody else) could please let me know what the reference is to the "wife" and the "baseball bat" in his caption. I'm completely baffled by it, but that's probably because I haven't been hanging out enough in bars.

I acknowledge that my original caption is no great masterpiece either, but my excuse is that I was very young and immature when I wrote it.

Now please don't get depressed by this rejection. There will be many more opportunities to showcase your humor in future contests -- the next one will be coming up before you know it.

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 56

Contest No. 56 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 "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save". Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter 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 send in your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

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.

Below is the drawing that needs your caption. Yes, this is another very old cartoon -- it goes back well over fifty years. Exactly how old is it? Here are a couple of clues: 1) All the guys are wearing hats! 2) I actually finished this drawing with a brush, a technique I was experimenting with long before I settled on Rapidograph and Micron pens!

I'm sure you can be funnier than my original caption. Go for it!

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 55

                      "Would you like to enter a plea of insanity?"

                                         (by Dale Stout)


My original caption: "Well, I'm not sure if the painting deserves to be hung . . . "

Okay, that makes two wins in a row for Dale Stout. Congratulations and three cheers, Dale -- once again you've proved to be one of the funniest people around!

I think my original caption is kind of childish. That isn't surprising, since I wasn't much more than a child when I did the cartoon (it was some time in the middle of the last century, though I can't pinpoint the year exactly).

Among the other captions that were being considered for First Prize, these two stood out:

"Guilty!" (by John Platt)

"I suggest you just stick to paint-by-number kits." (by Anonymous -- though I suspect it's really Cary Antebi, up to his old trick of not including his name on his submission)

Thanks for your humor, everyone -- Contest No. 56 will be up before you know it.