Deadline for Event #7: Friday 5/8, 6 pm PDT.
Deadline for Event #8: Thursday 5/7, 6 pm PDT.
It's Event #8, the last of the creative contests!
You have until Thursday, 6 PM PDT, to complete your entry.
Your task in this contest is to render three of the five images below amusing and/or interesting by adding text to them. This text could be of any of the following:
• an explanatory caption, like you would find under a newspaper photograph.Mixing and matching is fine; e.g., you could give a newspaper caption to one image, give one speech balloons, and turn the other one into a political cartoon.
• a dialog caption, as in a classic New Yorker-style cartoon.
• speech or thought balloons to indicate dialog, as in most comic books (or a dialog caption, like you might have seen in very old cartoons).
• labels that turn the image into some kind of allegory, as in a political cartoon.
If you want to alter the images, that’s fine, but not expected. You can just describe labels, thought balloons, and so on in words, either in the comments or by email to
Judging: Entries will be judged by a panel consisting of michael5000 and a celebrity guest judge who is a person with an excellent sense of humor. Making the judges laugh (or for that matter gasp, cry, despair, flinch, or otherwise react viscerally) will get you a long way. Profundity, innuendo, deft insights, classical and/or literary references, and dazzling wordplay are all good too. No pressure.
Scoring: The texts for each cartoon will be ranked in the usual highly subjective fashion. If anyone has become carried away and submitted for more than three cartoons, only their best three will be retained. For each cartoon, the best answer will receive 10 points, the second best 9 points, the third best 8 points, and so on. Overall score is capped at a maximum of 25 points.
So Here Are the Images
(which, by the way, are courtesy of the great image blog BibliOdyssey. And by "courtesy of," I mean "that's where I found them.)
1. The Fishes
2. Guy With Bottle and Shoe
3. The Fencers
4. In the Skeleton's Study
5. Rural Scene
Deadline: Your captions should be in by 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Did I already say that?