Been “judging” The New Yorker comics and liking it, and noticed some trends.

The New Yorker runs a weekly contest where they publish a cartoon/panel and anyone can post a/the caption for it. The winner’s caption is published. Because they receive 1000s of entries, they whittle it down by allowing voters to vote 1 of 3 ways on cartoons – not funny, somewhat funny, funny. I often review 50-100, and it is fun. I’ve noticed that many people have the same idea, and maybe 1 in 20 is funny. I like captions that are relevant today, succinct, encompass all the details in the cartoon, and catch me by surprise. For example, in one it appears thats the knight is talking but many people quoted the dragon or had too long a caption. I tend to vote everything somewhat funny, the 1 or 2 I like I mark as funny, and inappropriate ones (maybe 1 or 2) not funny. There are more than a few slogans regarding Trump. :). The contest is hard! It is not easy to capture someone else’s sketch in a humorous way in just a few words.

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Been “judging” The New Yorker comics and liking it, and noticed some trends.

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