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Vote for the best cartoon caption for November

Next to last caption contest of 2011...where'd the year go?!
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Naomi Price
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re: Vote for the best cartoon caption for November
Naomi Price   12/9/2011 3:57:04 PM
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Well David, it's generally a few EE Times editors who pick the top five, me included. But we've been thinking that it would be a good thing to hand the choice over to the readers, too. As you guessed, logistics have been our stumbling block. I don't think our CMS has the ability to do thumbs up/down, but it's a good idea and I'll ask. In the mean time, we were batting around the idea of having a panel of readers vote on the top 5 for December. What do you think? And should readers be allowed on the panel if they have a caption in the running? You see how the waters get murky quickly...

David Ashton
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David Ashton   12/9/2011 7:40:54 AM
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Hi Naomi... notwithstanding the fact that I (finally) made the top 5 this time, I often wonder about who picks them as well. I often think it would be a good idea if the readers picked the top 5 and the judges picked the best of the 5, but I realise the logistics of getting everyone ot vote on probably a hundred or so captions are pretty mind-boggling. You would need something other than the usual comments mechanism to do this, I have seen news sites which have the ability to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down for every comment, so it is possible (Aussie Yahoo news does this, maybe US yahoo does too?) But then if you could do this, readers votes could pick the winner as well. Possibly more democratic and certainly would eliminate any complainta about the judges. As for Daniel's style, I wasn't mad about it when he started, but it's grown on me and I quite like his stuff now. And they've always appealed to my quirky sense of humour. The number of responses shows it's popular....

Naomi Price
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re: Vote for the best cartoon caption for November
Naomi Price   12/8/2011 2:11:58 PM
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@sharps_eng: I happen to be a big fan of Daniel Guidera's drawing style and the world he creates -- the combination of his loose style and the addition of so many small details in what is otherwise a totally illogical scene are what make his drawings so entertaining and fun to caption. That said, you are certainly entitled to your opinion. Checked out Giles and Paul Sample's Ogri -- Giles reminds me just a bit of Edward Gorey and seems pretty entertaining; Ogri not so much, but I can see the macho attraction. Sorry that you two don't like our top five pics -- anyone else want to weigh in on this? Are there others that you think are more deserving of top five status?

sharps_eng
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re: Vote for the best cartoon caption for November
sharps_eng   12/7/2011 10:41:09 PM
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Sorry: No Vote (this time). Problem is, I don't like the cartoonist's style. Its a personal thing, but I don't find the drawings sympathetic either to their subject or to the art. They apparently contain a ton of detail, and maybe that's the point, 'That'll please the engineers', but stand back or zoom in on any part of it and it isn't well-drawn enough to give any pleasure. Maybe that's just the new 'grotesque' fashion, typically found in crude TV cartoons where classic elements like perspective and caricature are disregarded (as if never learned). In the UK, I loved the detail in Giles' cartoons, or Ogri in Motorcycle mag, where even in the tiniest corner, the artists's economy of line emphasised the elegance of the sketching. The only thing that makes the cartoon look good is the terrible caption suggestions!

CC VanDorne
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CC VanDorne   12/7/2011 3:55:08 PM
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This is the best we could do? Could somebody please turn up the sense-of-humor knob. If I must though, number four is best.

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