If you always thought you could come up with funny captions for cartoons, you will have a chance to prove yourself this coming week as a local cartoonist whose work appears in the "New Yorker" hosts his very own caption contest.
John Klossner of South Berwick, one of five cartoonists who collaborated in a newly published book of Maine cartoons, will also offer all sorts of fun during two evening events on Friday, July 20 at the G. Willikers!, the Market Street toy store.
Klossner, a professional cartoonist, will run a cartooning workshop for children 8 years and older from 4 to 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., he will sign copies of the new book of Maine cartoons and review the best captions that have been submitted for the cartoon that accompanies this story. Then a winner will be announced.
Klossner’s book, “Lobster Therapy and Moose Pickup Lines, Cartoons from Maine,” was published this spring by Down East Publishing. It includes the work of four other cartoonists: Bill Woodman of Portland; David Jacobson of Montville; Mike Lynch of Milton, N.H.; and the late Jeff Pert of Portland.
Besides the "New Yorker," Klossner’s cartoons have appeared in “The Wall Street Journal,” and “Reader’s Digest,” among others.
Klossner sees the series of events as a great way to share his passion and profession with his own community.
“I go to New York to make myself known to the cartoon world, and send drawings to all corners of the world to make my living,” said Klossner. “but it’s great to just draw and talk about my art here in my own community.”
He got the idea for a local caption contest after he started sharing caption-less drawings with friends at dinner parties. They all had a great time coming up with gag lines and sharing them with each other.
G. Willikers! will accept captions for the cartoon until Wednesday, July 18. The winner, chosen by the store owners and Klossner, will be announced at the signing but does not have to be there to win.
Entries - one per person - can be submitted at G.Willikers! or emailed to: email@example.com with the subject: "Caption Contest" and name, contact info and caption included. The winner will receive a $25 G.Willikers! Gift Card, a copy of "Lobster Therapy & Moose Pickup Lines," and a print of the cartoon with the winning caption.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 436-7746.