Friday, December 2, 2016

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #547

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #547 for November 28, 2016. The drawing is by Frank Cotham.
"I'm a sucker for parades."

What was I thinking? I had a few other ideas...
"She's half a beat off." [after Peter Arno]
"I feel as if we're part of something."
"I'd follow her anywhere."
"This is so much better than chasing that oasis!"
"I don't think she knows where she's going either."

I just wasn't meant to write this week's caption—or even to steal it. It's a good thing New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff was able to do much better in finding twelve semifinalists as informed by the crowdsourced rankings:

December 5, 2016 Update:  The Finalists

December 12, 2016 Update:  I voted for the first caption. I like the second one and I thought the third was brilliant, just not as funny as the first.

December 25, 2016 Update:  Winning Caption

Note:  Last week cartoonist Michael Maslin took us to a desert island with a Busby Berkeley production number. Catch Contest #546.

Frank Cotham is never out of step.

Did you know I have a keyword link for cartoons about people crawling through the desert? I didn't.



  1. Like you last week, mine is similar to one of the top 12: "This is much easier without the tuba." I'm surprised at the one they chose because they don't usually go for captions that have so much slang, but I guess that is a product of the new process.