Monday, June 29, 2009

Cartoon Caption/Anti-Caption Contest Continues!

Bring out the ticker tape! New York has retaken the lead in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest. The last time New York owned the first-place position was April '05—Caption Contest 1!

So, yes, the winner of Caption Contest 195 (Danny Shanahan's housewife confronting haloed man with stigmata and tiny cherubim in doorway) is
"Which part of 'till death do us part' didn't you understand?"
Caroline Johnston Polisi (New York, NY)
Huzzah, Caroline!

The nominees in Caption Contest 197 (Drew Dernavich's airplane with high heel landing gear) are
"She thinks her bomb bay makes her look fat."
Eric Schares (Portland, OR)

"It's a pretty good aircraft, except that it keeps nagging you to ask for directions."
Adam Pfeffer (Boca Raton, FL)

"She's a lover, not a fighter."
Robert McLean (Tampa, FL)
My loser:
"They're stylish but not very functional."

The Anti-Caption contest goes on under the jurisdiction of guest blogger Harry Effron. The winner of Anti-Caption Contest 198 (P.C. Vey's bound-and-gagged man atop moving car) is
"I think the guy on the roof farted."
The Confidence Man
My loser:
"He's Michael Jackson's doctor. Okay, switch lanes now."

Caption Contest 199 is here. Anti-Caption Contest 199 is here.


Here is the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest breakdown by state. You can find it all (almost) mapped out here.
33 New York (28 from the Big Apple, where Lynn Tudor has won twice)

32 California

14 New Jersey

12 Virginia (six from NOVA, two from Richmond, one from Charlottesville, one from Newport News, one from Roanoke, one from Stanardsville)

10 Illinois (eight from Chicago including three captions by Lawrence Wood)

9 Massachusetts

7 North Carolina (two from Charlotte)

6 Connecticut (two from New Haven, four not)
6 Pennsylvania
6 Texas (three from Houston, one from Austin)

5 Maryland (none named Mary)

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

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

2 Alaska
2 District of Columbia
2 Florida
2 Mississippi
2 Missouri
2 Nevada (Las Vegas 1, Zephyr Cove 1)
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 Maine
1 New Mexico
1 Oklahoma
1 Wisconsin
Map Introduction

Thanks to Andriy Bidochko for Map Builder. MyMaps at

Parodic The Gothamer illustration realized by Deborah Grumet from concept by David Marc Fischer

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