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Roger Ebert Finally Wins New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

Our feel-good story of the day!

Two years ago, Roger Ebert wrote this on his Chicago Sun Times blog:

I have entered the New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest almost weekly virtually since it began and have never even been a finalist. Mark Twain advised: “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.” I have done more writing for free for the New Yorker in the last five years than for anybody in the previous 40 years.

It’s not that I think my cartoon captions are better than anyone else’s, although some weeks, understandably, I do. It’s that just once I want to see one of my damn captions in the magazine that publishes the best cartoons in the world. Is that too much to ask?

Finally, today, the New Yorker announced that Ebert’s caption has been picked! Behold:

Congratulations! And he’s not done yet — we hear he has already submitted a new caption.

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