November 2018

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 140

            "Do you have anything that says 'I really really care, but not

                                   more than this 99 cent card'?"

                                             (by Ronn Roxx)


My original caption: Do you have a sympathy card for a store that doesn't know how to spell 'occasion'?"


Congratulations on your second win, Ronn Roxx! You have out-captioned everybody else, proving once again that you are one of the funniest people around.

Okay, I confess that this particular contest drawing was a sort of spelling test for all of you captioneers (please see my original caption, above). And now I can safely conclude, without too much fear of contradiction, that a great majority of you either don't know how to spell "occasion", or just don't care.

So I was having a good deal of fun with the whole thing. By the way, I honestly feel that my original caption is by far the funniest of the lot. In fact, the only way I could have made it funnier is by wording it "Do you have a sympathy card for a cartoonist who doesn't know how to spell 'occasion'?" But that caption would have been an inside joke and would have broken the "fourth wall" that exists between the cartoonist and the reader. Some cartoonists do this on a fairly regular basis, but I'm just not one of them.

Anyway, this was a good batch of captions, and here are the other ones that were being seriously considered:

"It says, 'Mery Chrristmas'." (by Gayden Wren). This was one of the few captions that obviously acknowledged the mis-spelling of "occasion". It's very good, but the basic trouble with it is that the wording doesn't give a clue as to any connection with the sign or the mis-spelling. To me, this caption created more confusion than humor.

"This one says 'Hoppy Berthday'. No wonder they're in the discount card section." (by Richard Wolf)

"Mastering the POTTY is an occasion now?" ( by Kay Ralph)

"I'm looking for a sympathy card for a bad hair day." (by Cary Antebi)


Be on the lookout for Contest No. 141, coming up soon . . . maybe it won't be so tricky.


Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 140

Contest No. 140 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. Also, no captions at all will be posted for the first few days of each contest. This is to give everybody a chance to submit their spontaneous, gut-instinct caption without fear of discovering that it was ripped off by somebody else's similar spontaneous, gut-instinct caption. This is an equal opportunity contest!

There is no limit on the number of captions you may enter for each drawing, but I will only post and consider the first 15 captions from any contestant. 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 is midnight Tuesday, November 13, 2018.  

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 funny captions.