Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Yorker Magazine Cartoon Contest Not Happy With "I Can Do Better Than That Contest" Run by 108 Year Old Chicagoan

Cartoon Contest Critic Say Judges and Readers Have No Sense of Humor

by Winsip Custer CPW News Service

 The New Yorker Magazine's popular cartoon contest which asks readers to caption an uncaptioned cartoon, is being criticized by a group of contestants who feel that their captions were overlooked by the judges and readers.  "The average New Yorker Magazine reader who votes on these captions obviously has no sense of humor," said Benny Marx.

Marx, age 108, teaches The Art of Cartoon Captioning at the South Chicago Cartoon Artist's Association.  Marx was a regular contributor to The Chicagoan Magazine up until 1930.

 I asked if this isn't just a battle between two highly competitive city magazines, The New Yorker and one located in what is known as Second City.....second behind New York. "Are you, Mr. Marx, carrying on a feud between two cities that has lasted for over  eighty years?" I asked the surprisingly spry cartoonist.  "Well my magazine, The Chicagoan, folded in 1935.  The Great Depression did us in, thanks to those damn New Yorkers on Wall Street who have nearly done it to us again, but I'm still kickin and' I'm still here, could you talk a little louder in this ear?" asked Marx.
Marx showed this reporter and members of his Tuesday night class the latest examples of his alternative captions, included above, which he felt were better than those submitted to The New Yorker.

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