HUNDREDS turned out. Five were chosen. And one emerged the victor.
The challenge: Write a caption for the artist’s frog-and-the-princess scenario.
By the dozens, entries came in that referenced magical wishes, fractured fairy-tales and even his Purple ex-hieroglyph himself, Prince.
And speaking of princes: Valiantly, “Cul de Sac” and “Richard’s Poor Almanac” creator Richard Thompson waded through the hundreds of reader captions. From those, he whittled the submissions down to five finalists. They were:
“You may think I want you to kiss me, but I'm really after the fruit flies in your headband.”
— Entered by extrapolitan
“I have several thousand tadpoles from a previous relationship. They are always going to be a big part of my life. I need to know that when I tell them, ‘Me castle es su castle’ that you're on board with that?”
— Entered by Cyiam
“Sure, it's all romance now. But pretty soon you'll be telling me I can't eat flies in bed.”
— Entered by majm34
“I dunno, you seem like the type to throw this back in my face after you get fat.”
— Entered by Zach Wagner
“No weirder than your last date, I'm guessing.”
— Entered by N'ann Harp
From those five, Galifianakis handpicked his favorite. And the winning caption is:
WINNER: “I have several thousand tadpoles from a previous relationship. They are always going to be a big part of my life. I need to know that when I tell them, ‘Me castle es su castle’ that you're on board with that?”
Congratulations, Cyiam! You not only win the second ‘Riffs V-Day Caption Contest — you will also receive a signed print of the illustration signed by Mr. Galifianakis himself.
But that’s not all. As a cartoonist, Galifianakis also has an expert ear for writing pithy, punchy captions. So in this case, as a bonus, he offers a writing tip, too.
As clever as the caption is, its writer, Galifianakis says, “became intoxicated with the flow of their own verbosity.”
“So, just like enjoying a beer with a pal but then snatching the car keys before they get behind the wheel,” he continues, “I choose to [spotlight the best] part of this caption:
‘I have several thousand tadpoles from a previous relationship.’ “
Advice and an autograph! Our thanks to Mssrs. Galifianakis and Thompson, as well as to all the entrants.
(And Cyiam: You may contact Comic Riffs to set up receiving your autographed illustration.)