First things first: In honor of this week's New Yorker cover, I replaced the usual illustration with a rare and oddly lit Reconstruction-era portrait of Eustace K. Tilley (right). It's only fitting, don't you agree?
The Cartoon Caption Contest had some trouble revving up today, but now I can tell you that the winner of Caption Contest 149 (Mick Stevens's guy with jet pack) is
"Apparently, American now charges extra for landings."
Steve Hoglund (Auburn, WA)
In Caption Contest 151 (Tom Cheney's desk scene with giant pencils and sharpener), the nominees are
"Let's continue this discussion over a hot barrel of coffee."Note the somewhat complex punctuation of the third candidate. And note that my loser was
Adam Caraher (New York, NY)
"But I have to warn you, carpal tunnel here is a bitch."
Sam Cobean (Falmouth, ME)
"'How many accountants does it take to sharpen a pencil?' you ask? In this case five."
Matt Aucoin (Woodstock, VT)
"Sharpened properly, these pencils are mightier than pens."
There are no Anti-Caption winners this week, but Dan Radosh did score a Q&A with current contest gatekeeper Farley Katz.
Caption Contest 153 is here, while Anti-Caption Contest 153 is here.
Here is the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest breakdown by state. You can find it all mapped out here.
27 CaliforniaMap Introduction
22 New York (19 from the Big Apple)
12 New Jersey
7 Virginia (three from NOVA, two from Richmond, one from Charlottesville, one from Roanoke)
5 Connecticut (two from New Haven, three not)
5 Illinois (four from Chicago—two captions by Lawrence Wood, two drawings by Leo Cullum)
5 Texas (three from Houston)
4 Georgia (includes two-time winner Carl Gables)
4 Maryland (none named Mary)
4 North Carolina
3 Arizona (two from Tucson)
3 Minnesota (Minneapolis 2, St. Paul 1)
2 District of Columbia
2 New Hampshire
2 Oregon (both named Eric, both from Portland)
2 Rhode Island
1 New Mexico
Thanks to Andriy Bidochko for Map Builder.
Portrait of Eustace K. Tilley by David Marc Fischer