Friday, December 4, 2015

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #500

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest for November 30, 2015. The drawing is by Michael Maslin.

"Get out of town by high tide."

December 7, 2015 Update: The Finalists

December 28, 2015 Update: Winning Caption

Note:  Just last week in the Caption Contest, Michael Maslin gave us an impending storm. My caption was already all wet. See the precipitant results of Contest #499.

In the Old West of Cartoon Caption Contests, Michael Maslin is the sheriff.



  1. Not bad. Mine: "This isn't a salmon farm."

  2. I like your caption. Too bad Colin didn't give you a ring. I didn't get anywhere with mine: "Go rustle up some Rocky Mountain oysters." (I think Rocky Mountain oysters are out of season at The New Yorker). I wonder what Michael Maslin originally submitted as the caption? (Quit horsing around)?

  3. Colin never calls, which is about as often as Rocky Mountain oysters appear on my dinner plate. I know that sometimes Michael Maslin creates drawings for the Caption Contest without an original caption.

    1. Mankoff says that the contest cartoons are rejected normal cartoons, but I've suspected that some (maybe most?) of them are made specifically for the contest. They always have an incongruity, whereas the regular ones rarely do.

      Is a phone call the way you find out if you are a finalist? I thought it was an email.

    2. I believe it is a phone call, but then I've never been on the receiving end...