Saturday, November 7, 2009

Strange Interviews

The Sunday Scribblings prompt is Interview.

It so happens that I have been spending an inordinate amount of time on a New Yorker activity, their "Cartoon Kit Contest", announced in the November 2 issue, conducted principally on their website and with, by now, thousands of entries. Cartoonist Gregory has drawn an empty talk show setting and a set of appropriate or inappropriate or impossible elements that can be moved unto the set. The participants also provide a caption. One is given the ability to distort, enlarge, shrink, slant entire elements, but cannot draw (for instance, to cover gaps left to fit figures to chairs).

Translation in readable font: "I blame it all on them blanket-blank
hormones my woman dropped in the well."

The above is what the contestant can display (to print) on the New Yorker home page if he/she can find her/his own entry among the great gallery of entries.

And here is the page from the New Yorker of Nov. 2 that displays all of the elements that can transferred to the empty set:

Well, one is allowed one vote daily for a favorite, one favorable or critical comment, and, more importantly, only one contest entry. So, guess what? I have been entering daily. I guess it shows that I have a fascination with talk shows, interviewers and interviewees. Or maybe I just like to play with computers.

Here is my entire output for the week, including that overgrown caveman at the top. (I haven't composed my one for the this day, yet.) They could all be displayed like the one above, but I will eliminate all but my basic arrangements and captions.

"Unusual entrance. Somehow I was expecting a flying saucer."

"Just give me 40,000 more troops and I'm confident
that we can eliminate all of them

I like the idea of the aliens having a talk show on their own planet, as in the above entry and the one below. In both of these I hope the viewer will automatically understand that the caption is coming from the mouth of the interviewee.

"...and he's only the second Earthling to consent to visit our planet."

"Well I'm frightened too!"

And in the above cartoon it might be either interviewer or interviewee that is speaking.

I'm not quite sure that all of this can be called Sunday Scribblings, but it illustrates my ability to find something to do instead of the myriad things I should be doing.

Check out the gallery of entries on the New Yorker home page (clicking on humor). Maybe you would like to join in the frivolity.


Rinkly Rimes said...

What an amazing contest! I must tell my two artist friends (blog) about it! I don't think I could do it!!

Maggie May said...

Goodness...... I thought blogging is addictive and now I see that this could quite take over...........!

Nuts in May

gautami tripathy said...

It sure sounds like fun. Thanks for this.

a winter tale

Heliotropism said...

This so neat and fun! The concept is just awesome. I wish I would have known about it sooner. Do they have this every year?

Serena Shay said...

Great cartoons! The first one is quite cute... I would have expected a flying saucer too!! Good Luck!!

jinksy said...

Up with procrastination...

linda may said...

Looks like fun Granny. I am good at finding things to do to avoid what I should be doing too. Hehe.

Shyam said...

Your talents are so wide ranging, you're so versatile, Granny. I really admire you!

Chatterbox said...

That was amazing.
Thanks for sharing Granny.

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.


Anonymous said...

What is the fish bowl doing floating in the air in front of the desk?

Maybe I missed something.

ChefDruck said...

Even your procrastination is creative!

I love those New yorker cartoons. I've seen the contest before, but have never had the guts to try to match my weak wit to others. Nice job!

Writer Bug said...

I'm so impressed with all your creative entries! Good luck!

nonizamboni said...

What fun! Your creativity knows no boundaries and I'm glad you shared with us.
I confess, I nab old copies of the New Yorker at the fitness center every chance I get--for the poems and the cartoons.
Thanks for making me smile!

S said...

Hi Granny,
Best of luck to you! These are very creative and I, too, like the idea of aliens having a talk show. Keep at you'll read in my Sun. Scribblings post, surprise interviews DO happen! This is so fascinating, this artist/writer is steering herself away from that contest. I'm glad this brings you pleasure.


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oldegg said...

How tempting it would be to try that site out as I had such a good laugh at the cartoons. But no, I have enough trouble with SS.

Really loved it.

Dee Martin said...

What a hoot! Looks like a lot of fun and I love your examples!

b said...

This is so much fun. I can see how you could bet addicted to that.


Life with Kaishon said...

This is fascinating! I am going to find yours and vote! : )

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Nishant said...

I thought blogging is addictive and now I see that this could quite take over.

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