Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Reader's Digest cartoon caption competition

This cartoon is the Reader's Digest "Beat the Cartoonist" drawing for August. The idea is that readers submit their captions, and the three best ones are posted on the website alongside my original wording. There's no clue as to which is the original, of course.

Visitors to the site then choose their favourite and if a reader's caption gets the most votes, that reader wins a cash prize and the original drawing.

I'll try not to sink into a deep depression if readers pick someone else's caption. As compensation for the hurt caused to us sensitive artists, we get paid extra for the original artwork anyway.

They certainly picked one with a lot of drawing in it. This took me ages. And I wasn't very happy with it, so I put in on the lightbox and drew it again. Which means that the artwork that someone may win is remarkably Tipp-Ex free ... a desirable item indeed!

Click here to go to the "Beat the Cartoonist" web page

Royston's portfolio website


  1. AnonymousJuly 28, 2009

    great drawing, mate, love the details.

  2. That's appreciated, Wilbur, as the details meant it was quite a time-consuming cartoon.

  3. Tis a goodie! Lots of potential captions - not that I can think of any at the moment.
    Is the original B&W? Digitally coloured or is that marker?

  4. Ta, Clive. Yes, it's fairly open-ended caption-wise. Lots of potential for someone to do one funnier than mine!

    The original is B&W, as I coloured it using Photoshop.

  5. Yup yup! Really like the artwork. I seem to associate this kind of scene with Austin Powers rather than James Bond these days! "All right guard, begin the unnecessarily slow-moving dipping mechanism"

  6. Thanks, Tim. Yes, Bond has always been popular for parodies. Over-done, you could argue. But I had an idea for a gag, and it seemed to work. Of course, I can't tell you what it is!

  7. It's a superb drawing, Royston! I love Bond drawings.

    I'd offer "waddya mean.. allergic to cats?".

  8. Thanks, Jonathan. Heh, yes that's a possibility but you need to offer it to Reader's Digest rather than me. I'm biased towards the original ;-)



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