Sunday, May 30, 2010

Reader's Digest caption contest hat-trick

"You hold no authority that will allow you passage and are ignorant of the magic password ... can you at least tell me your mother's maiden name?"

The results of Reader's Digest's Beat the Cartoonist contest are in ...

Woo-hoo! That's a hat-trick for me, having won twice before. I did a lap of honour in WHSmiths when I saw that. The cartoonists' team is still behind though, with a fair way to go, as it's 10-5 to the readers.

For those not familiar with the contest, it goes like this: the mag prints the cartoon with no caption and readers submit their ideas. Then the best three are printed alongside (anonymously) the cartoonist's original and it's put to the vote.

You can see my other Beat the Cartoonist cartoons here and here.

Royston's portfolio website


  1. AnonymousMay 30, 2010

    as the guy who got firmly drubbed by the public last month -- well done sir!

  2. Ta very much. For what it's worth, I preferred yours to the winner's effort!

  3. Er, well done, Royston, for supplying a winning caption to, er, YOUR OWN cartoon! Er... How does this thing work exactly?

  4. Heh, I *think* I've explained it OK in the blog post, Simon, but I agree it can be a bit confusing. Obviously it seems like a non-level playing field as the cartoonist's caption and drawing were designed to go with each other ... yet the reader's caption does seem to win quite often, as the 10-5 score shows!

  5. Ha! I voted for yours, Royston!

  6. But would you have said anything if you'd voted for someone else's? ...

  7. I'd have said it was a very good gag, but wouldn't have mentioned the voting bit! But as it is ...

  8. Ah, I see. I was speed reading as usual. Well done. You have my utmost admiration as usual.



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