Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mischa Richter: A Conservative Fix

Is ordering a drink a political act? Original New Yorker art by Mischa Richter from 1987 attempts to get to the bottom of it all.

"Fix me something that reflects traditional values."
Mischa Richter original art
The New Yorker, May 4, 1987, page 31



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"Fix me something that reflects traditional values."
Mischa Richter original art
The New Yorker, May 4, 1987, page 31
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for July/August 2017

The bimonthly Moment magazine cartoon caption contest offers the chance to try one's hand at Jewish humor. There is no limit to the number of entries. I submitted four in the July/August 2017 contest, of which I like the third one best, then the fourth. The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.

"When did we become beta testers?"
"I thought this would be more hands-on."
"You and your cutting edge technology!"
"Must we always be the first?"



Glossary:  A mohel is a Jewish practitioner of ritual circumcision.


Note:  Benjamin Schwartz is our go-to guy for caption contests and medical humor, whatever that is.

If you've got time on your hands stranded on a desert island with a good wi-fi signal, you may want to take a look at all the cartoon caption contests I ever entered. Really, you should have brought along a book. More to the points, I now have documented four years' worth of Moment Magazine cartoon caption contests. Go ahead, take a look.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #580

Lie back and enjoy my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #580 for August 21, 2017. The drawing is by Frank Cotham.

"He distinctly gave me forty winks, not forty lashes!"


These caption entries didn't merit the king's pleasure:
"I, for one, see no need for regime change."
"What's so bad about having an absentee ruler?"



Note: Last week cartoonist Carolita Johnson gave a cat the royal treatment. My caption went to the dogs. See why Contest #579 is the cat's meow.

Review my previous work on Frank Cotham and sleep on it.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Mischa Richter: Bathing Buddies

A cartoon by Mischa Richter presumably from the era of the second World War comes to us without its publication history and with only an incomplete caption. "How many times, Wilkins, must I ask you not to leave a...?" A what?The original punch line is obliterated with white out. Whatever implement of modern warfare Wilkins left in the wash basin, the gag most likely wasn't overly crude.


"How many times, Wilkins, must I ask you not to leave a [...?]"
Mischa Richter, original cartoon art

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"How many times, Wilkins, must I ask you not to leave a [...?]"
Mischa Richter, original cartoon art


Note:  If any reader can place this cartoon in a publication and provide the complete caption, I know military historians will be forever grateful. And maybe Wilkins can stop feeling so guilty about whatever he carelessly left lying about.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Rewarding License Plate

Here's a license plate for those who appreciate the value of hard work.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mischa Richter: On Being Oneself

Be yourself? Original New Yorker art from 1995 has Mischa Richter commenting on the sort of man who gets pragmatic about individualism.

"I tried being myself, but it wasn't getting me anywhere."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, July 24, 1995, page 60


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"I tried being myself, but it wasn't getting me anywhere."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, July 24, 1995, page 60
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mischa Richter: The Unforgiven

An original 1990 New Yorker cartoon by Mischa Richter brilliantly conflates the political and the personal. Note too the body language: how the husband leans forward in a bid for the marriage counsellor's attention and empathy while the wife and the counsellor demonstrate their respective personal and professional emotional detachment.

"She can forgive Nixon, but she can't forgive me."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, October 1, 1990, page 33


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"She can forgive Nixon, but she can't forgive me."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, October 1, 1990, page 33


Cartoons by William Hamilton and Mischa Richter



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Monday, August 14, 2017

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #579

God save the King! And my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #579 for August 7, 2017. The drawing is by Carolita Johnson.

"Well, Rex and I don't think all pampering is spoiling."


August 21, 2017 Update: The Finalists



Note:
 Last time around, cartoonist Tom Cheney sent in the paparazzi. My caption was camera-shy. Check out picture-perfect Contest #578.

You know, all cartoonists are treated like royalty around here, including Carolita Johnson.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mischa Richter: In the Court of Public Opinion

Never mind the courts! A cartoon by Mischa Richter from 1995 mocks the fact that legal cases are "tried" in the court of public opinion on the afternoon talk shows. "The Sally Jessy Raphael Show," later simply "Sally," aired from 1983 to 2002. Note that the artist misspelled the talk show host's middle name as Jesse in his hand-written caption.

"Your case has been turned down by Oprah, but we're
appealing to Sally Jessy Raphael."

Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, January 16, 1995, page 77


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"Your case has been turned down by Oprah, but we're
appealing to Sally Jessy Raphael."

Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, January 16, 1995, page 77


http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1995-01-16#folio=076


Sally Jessy Raphael, 1995
Greg Louganis, Part 1
"America's Heroes Fighting for Life"


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