Wednesday Spill: To Reveal A Caption, Or Not To Reveal, That Is The Question
September 28, 2022
To Reveal A Caption, Or Not To Reveal, That Is The Question 
A drawing of mine (the original is shown above) recently appeared in The New Yorker Caption Contest. I don’t know how many I’ve contributed to the contest over the years, and I won’t guess. But I will guess that many of them were submitted captionless — I submitted them sans caption, for the contest. I do this because the drawing has usually been sitting on my desk a long time without a solution. I depend on the Cartoon Gods to help me out big-time. Sometimes they don’t come through. When that happens, and no solution comes along, and I like the drawing enough to want to see what others might do with it, it’s submitted (and occasionally bought, or “OKed”).
I’m a loyal listener of the Caption Contest Podcast. The hosts are a fun trio — I enjoy their banter, their enthusiasm, their energy, their laughter.  One thing I’ve noticed over time is that they will ask New Yorker cartoonists to reveal the original caption for a drawing used in the contest. Asked to share the original caption of the big star drawing, I declined. As a guest on the podcast I believe I indicated that two of my drawings used in the contest ended up with similar captions (by captioners) to what I originally submitted; one of the winning captions, for the drawing of a unicorn entering an office — was nearly identical. But for now, that’s as far as I’ll go. The main reason is that I feel for the original caption.
So… to reveal, or not reveal. Not reveal is my answer. The original captions for drawings that end up in the contest will remain, at least here at Spill headquarters, the winning captions. 
  
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