Monday, March 23, 2009

Cartoon Caption/Anti-Caption Contest Coverage Continues

Two nominees from New York could have won Caption Contest 182 (Victoria Roberts's totem pole cats) but the spoiler turned out to be
"Yes, Officer, they say he was about six feet four, with pointy ears and abnormally short arms."
Alexia Kauffman (Arlington, VA)
Was this caption my favorite? Stay tuned to find out!

The nominees in Caption Contest 184 (David Sipress's body outlines on bar floor) are
"So what makes you think we need a health inspector?"
Galen Lloyd (Charlottesville, VA)

"Beat it, buddy. We're out of chalk."
Paul Snare (University Place, WA)

"Seven men walked into a bar and died. What's it to ya?"
Lisa Peters (Minneapolis, MN)
Nothing from me on this one.

The winner of Anti-Caption Contest 185 (Mick Stevens's naked man chasing fish out of water) is
"The ape should've come before me. Next time I'll try thinking about baseball."
My loser:
A rare surviving cel from the prototype of the Pepe Le Pew cartoon series. Note that the cat was originally a fish and the eponymous skunk was originally a cheerful naked man nicknamed Slippery Dick. The concept was reputedly sent back to the drawing board after Mel Blanc experienced problems developing a consistent voice for Slippery Dick. Copyright Warner Bros. 1944

Caption Contest 186 is here. Anti-Caption Contest 186 is here.


Here is the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest breakdown by state. You can find it all (almost) mapped out here.
31 California

30 New York (26 from the Big Apple)

13 New Jersey

11 Virginia
(five from NOVA, two from Richmond, one from Charlottesville, one from Newport News, one from Roanoke, one from Stanardsville)

9 Illinois (seven from Chicago, two captions by Lawrence Wood, two drawings by Leo Cullum)

8 Massachusetts

6 Connecticut (two from New Haven, four not)
6 North Carolina (two from Charlotte)
6 Pennsylvania

5 Maryland (none named Mary)
5 Texas (three from Houston)

4 Arizona (two from Tucson)
4 Georgia (includes two-time winner Carl Gables)
4 Ohio

3 Michigan
3 Minnesota (Minneapolis 2, St. Paul 1)
3 Rhode Island
3 Washington

2 Alaska
2 District of Columbia
2 Florida
2 Mississippi
2 Missouri
2 New Hampshire
2 Oregon (both named Eric, both from Portland)
2 Utah
2 Vermont

1 Alabama
1 Arkansas
1 Delaware
1 Iowa
1 Kentucky
1 Louisiana (New Orleans)
1 Nevada
1 New Mexico
1 Oklahoma
1 Wisconsin
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Parodic The Gothamer illustration realized by Deborah Grumet from concept by David Marc Fischer

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