March 2016

A Word of Clarification about Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest . . .

I generally start a new contest every three weeks, and it runs for a one-week period. I announce it with a post headed "Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. --".

In the gap between contests, I continue to add to my archive of my own published cartoons (identified with a heading containing the name of the publication and a date or year), and I also sometimes post other cartoon-related items. So far I've archived over 1,500 of my published cartoons.

Lately, several people have been erroneously sending in captions for my archived/published cartoons. I just want to make it clear that the new contest starts only when you see "Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. --" at the top of the posting.

I hate to see anybody wasting his or her caption-writing talent! Thanks again to all of you for participating.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 98

                   "Do you mind if I put headphones on while you talk?"

                                                   (by Marc)


My original caption: "Which professions have very informal dress codes?"


Congratulations on your first win, Marc! You are now officially a member of that very elite group: one of the funniest people around.

Hmmmm -- I guess I still like my original caption, too. If anybody had sent it in, or anything like it, it probably would have won.

Anyway, here are the other entries that I was considering -- some of them even made me grin:

"I thought of becoming a teacher then I thought would I someday want to have to put up with someone like me." (by Al Grand). A poorly worded caption, Al -- with a little more effort and editing, this could've been a winner also.

"Don't let this get out, but . . . I want to become an accountant." (By Cary Antebi)

"Can I just text it to you?" (by Rich Wolf)

"So you really don't think Trump University is a good choice for me?" (by mel tanenbaum)

"Should I ask Rebecca or Rachel to the prom?" (by kelasher)

"So, you don't see the job market opening up any time soon for hoverboard instructors?" (also by Cary Antebi)


Good job -- thanks for all the entries! A new contest will be coming up before you know it (actually, in two weeks).

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 98

Contest No. 98 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, March 22, 2016.

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.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 97

                                   "Is your name 'kemo sabe'?"

                                          (by Anne Noonan)


My original caption: "Are you in for Tonto?"


Well, waddya know? It's a solid second-time win for Anne Noonan, after many, many moons. Congratulations Anne -- you can now tell all your snowbird friends down there in Florida that once again you are officially one of the funniest people around.

One thing this contest proved for sure: if you take away the Tonto's and the kemo sabe's and the hiyo Silver's, what has the Lone Ranger got going for him? Not much, I guess -- even my own original caption, done about thirty years ago, is so ho-hum.

Nevertheless, here are the other captions that I was considering for first prize:

"Collect call from Tonto?" (by Sharon)

It's for you . . . says he's TONTO." (by Harvey Appelbaum)

"Your wife wants to know if you're a lone ranger or with a female companion." (by Cary Antebi)

"Harvey, you know anybody here by the name of Kimosabe?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"Tonto calling . . . says he is going to kill you . . . he just found out what kemo sabe means." (by dom mancino). That's an old joke, dom, and "kemo sabe" is Tonto's name for the Lone Ranger, not the other way around . . . but it still got a laugh from me.

"Hey, Kimo Sabe, there's a Tonto on the phone for you. Are you here?" (by Diane)

"It's Silver. He says to tell you 'Hiyo, Lone Ranger'." (by mel tanenbaum)

A new contest will be up in a couple of weeks or so. Be on the lookout for it. Thanks.