Sunday, October 2, 2011
The New Yorker Cartoon Anti-Caption Contest #305
NOTE: Whenever there is something in a cartoon that appears huge I stop and wonder if maybe its really that the other objects are tiny. Like these could be microscopic office workers fleeing a normal size rat.
This also could have been one of those heavy handed propaganda cartoons. The rat could represent anything from poor hygiene to pro-union leanings. With a few touches -- yamaka, slanted eyes, sombrero, etc.--it could be a metaphor for any much-maligned group. Not a great week for Anti-Caps but a handful of nice ones and one that is one of the best ever. (Guess which.)
I just want to encourage people to think beyond the obvious and reach beyond the absolutely awful. Just a suggestion.
This cartoon should win a Pellet Surprise --Glenn (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Rat poison pellets are often covered with peanut butter so there is an element of surprise. Fits into that huge category of humor that's stupid yet noteworthy. There will one day be a Pulitzer category that addresses this type of thing.)
The guy who drew us literally doesn't give a rat's ass!" --Angus Podgorny (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This is literally true even if the tense is off. Nice one, Ang!)
I'm not sticking around to see if it's just Chris Christie in his Halloween costume.--boneguy (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Yes, he has weigh issues, that's why the N.Y. Daily News calls him "Kris Krispy Kreme. " Not saying I'd ever vote for the guy, but I'll take "fat" over "ruthless," "stupid," or "corrupt.")
"Oh my God! It's Willard, Scott." --Scott's Coworker (JUDGE'S COMMENT: The comma makes this work and "Willard" is to "rat" what "Fido" is to "dog" so there's that.)
#lab nerds all run liek theyre gay lulz -JeyeantLabRat@Twitter --Damon (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Her friend would hit back: "LOL BTW How'd x-perment go??" )"
The mousers here split the scene.--Jim Cavanaugh (JUDGE'S COMMENT: A nod to a classic. Cats remind us you can be indifferent yet remain dignified.)
Ratatouille, you crazy bastard, get back in the kitchen!-- holden_c (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Another classic but pretty bland.)
Actually, David, we need Evrolet girl's pussy right now. --Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This came in respond to a cap that said: "Why have you abandoned us, Evrolet Girl? We need you now more than ever!" As you can clearly see this is much, much better. "Pussy" can also mean "cat," you know.)
"I told you not to let the number of anti-caps fall below 80. If you don't keep Al occupied, he invariably breaks into the lab and starts fucking with the mice." --Richard H (JUDGE'S COMMENT: First off: "invariably," is a pretentious word, and if you are implying that I --Mr. C-Minus-in-Science-- have the skills to do such a thing, I'm flatered. I do appreciate addition of the word "with." Also 80 is like ideal. If it falls to eight I'll be bummed. But 80 is perfect--judging-wise.)
Now at midnight, all the tourists
And the irony-impaired
Get chased away by giant mice
For thinking someone cared
Fusilli that crazy bastard
Expects Mister Bond to cry
His guillotine's a clip-on
Where no black people can spy
The Evrolet girl's back in town
For yet another show
Christ what an asshole, we all say
On Anti-Caption Row --Walt (JUDGE'S COMMENT: "Was that some kind of joke?" And they are not "giant mice." It's a rat, Just one. I suggest you get your facts straight before you embarrass yourself like this again.