Monday, July 15, 2013

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #387

 It's been under wraps until now, but here is my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #387. The drawing is by Carolita Johnson.

"I have a secret too. I'm blind."

For me, the most difficult thing about the Cartoon Caption Contest is the requirement that only one caption by submitted each week. This means I must eliminate some of my own less-inspired ideas, and I can grow fond of them, believe me. I like it when I can get just one good idea and go with it. Often I find I have too many ideas that are just good enough and then I have to make a very difficult choice. That's when I end up second-guessing myself regarding which captions I've eliminated. This week's cartoon presented an embarrassment of riches, so I thought I might share with you this example of my working process. After only three months of lukewarm submissions, I don't claim any special expertise. I really do like this cartoon, by the way, but again it suggested way too many caption ideas.

"Don't you think I can recognize my ex-husband, Frank?"
"I give up. Who's wanted for larceny in three states?"
"You're in luck. I have a thing for men of mystery."
"Weren't you here last year? I never forget a paper bag."
"I have a secret too. I'm blind."
"Did you really think I'd get in the sack with you?"
"I don't use plastic either."
"You forgot a mouth hole."
"Can I buy you a mask?"
"Why all the cloak-and-dagger, Mr. Snowden?"
"Tonto just left, Kimosabe."
"After this, would you like to go shopping?"

July 22, 2013 Update:  The Finalists

August 5, 2013 Update:  Winning Caption

Note:  My previous entry in the Cartoon Caption Contest, a bit of medical humor with a caption by someone who usually doesn't find medicine humorous, can be found here.



  1. I like the caption you decided to go with and think you made the right choice. I hope you win. I also like the Snowden caption. Bagheads are such a nuisance, not to mention they could also be (and probably are)dangerous psychos.

  2. Thanks, Leocadia. I was afraid the Snowden caption would quickly lose its timeliness as his situation changed. Also, I don't find him at all amusing.

    "Bagheads are such a nuisance!" Leo, perhaps you should be writing some captions yourself.

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  4. ^^^ I hate it when that happens. I tried to make a smiley face with the colon and the right parenthesis and it didn't work so I deleted the comment. I thought that would be the end of it. Then I figured an explanation about what I deleted and why would be a good thing to offer, now I'm not so sure.

  5. Oh dear, 2 questioning eyes. The comment I deleted was only intended to be a smiley face - no words :)

    1. I tried to put a :-) there myself. No raised eyebrows were intended.

  6. This is now teetering on silly and requires not only a :-) but an LOL as well. Keep up the good work. Your blog is something to be proud of. Leo

    1. Thank you, Leo. Yours too, even though it never was….