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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/ 4/2008

The E-Mailbag: Let's Vet the Presidential "Caption Contest"...

By Michael Cavna

A dog, a cat, a doctor's labcoat and a clipboard. What more does one need for hilarity to ensue?

The (operating) tables are turned. (Creators)Enlarge Comic

In this case, perhaps your caption.

That scene is the setting for a recent "Speed Bump" panel, by the oft-entertaining Dave Coverly -- and it's a fair gag. But this particular strip is ripe for alternate captions, too, so we turned to you, and many readers came through. And the winning entry is:

"Don't worry -- I've been de-clawed. Now turn your head and cough."
Congratulations, "Danny." (Judges' comments: Plays nicely off of both the dog/cat antagonism and the doctorspeak. Plus, the cool tone fits the kitty's understated expression.)

And honorable mention goes to "mdem," for the caption:
"It's nothing serious. They took mine off too."
(Judges' comment: The conspiratorial tone between the housepets is what elevates it.)

Your caption here. Literally.Enlarge Comic

Now, speaking of touchy situations and natural antagonism: Your mission is to re-caption this political illustration, by European cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. You've got all four major-party running mates to play off of. So, the floor, and the drawing board, is yours...

By Michael Cavna  | September 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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McCain: Thinking "Hand north of the equator. Hand north of the equator"

Obama: "I thought we were the party with the hot chicks?"

Biden: "Am I going to have to wear a skirt at the debate?"

Posted by: EricS | September 4, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Biden: Praise the Lord and pass the ammo...

Posted by: Arlington, VA | September 4, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Tell me again. Which one's the ventriloquist?

Posted by: Slitterst | September 4, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama: "You weren't in the running for Miss Congeniality, anyway, Joe."

Posted by: Fabrisse | September 4, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I'll just note that she has Ted Forth's hands.

Posted by: Tom T. | September 5, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

"And I drew this cartoon with my left hand." Sincerely, Patrick C.

Posted by: Horacio | September 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Obama: They need a little work on their elephant shadow.

Posted by: Andrew | September 5, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Where's her other hand?

Posted by: Hankster | September 7, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

I figure the subject for next week's caption contest would be the last 2 panels of Saturday's "Zits" at , but probably everybody has already made up more dialog for them than you could (or would dare) print.

Posted by: Seismic-2 | September 7, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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