How it got started … inspirations … popular posts … fax machines … why an ID doctor from Mexico asked me about my dog Louie.
There was, however, a grave omission — nowhere in this otherwise comprehensive review of highlights did I mention our ID Cartoon Caption Contests.
Appalling, I know — especially since these are easily the most commented-upon posts in the 10-plus year history of this thing. If you add up posted comments here and on Twitter, we must have something like a gazillion so far.
A collaboration with my sister Anne, these contests are the product of a now- patented creative process, which goes something like this (all by email/texting):
Me: Hey, Anne. How about we do another cartoon? Anne: Sure! Any ideas? Me: Let’s do one that shows a doctor examining a patient with a highly obvious abnormality — something so absurd you can’t miss it. Anne: How’s this? Me: Yikes. Too scary. Anne: How about this? Or this? Me: I’m partial to dogs [OBVIOUSLY] — but dolphin man might be better. Anne: Really? How bout getting rid of the animals altogether? Take a look at this. Me: Perfect! Umbrella head! Anne: Wonder how your brilliant readers will come up with an ID-themed caption. Me:They’ll think of something.
Here, then, without further ado, is the latest cartoon, desperate for your clever caption. You’ll see it’s a common cartoon theme, but with a medical twist. And just in time for the cold weather.
As always, write your proposed caption in the comments section, or post it on my Twitter feed. Have fun, and be safe out there!
And given the obvious inspiration for this whole exercise, here’s a highly relevant video.