Caption Contest 22: It's Manga time!

Our celebrity judge and co-host for this week's Caption Contest is none other than Johanna Draper Carlson, of "Comics Worth Reading" fame! Many thanks to Johanna for coming up with the panel for our contest this time around; since she's been instrumental in opening my eyes to what manga (Japanese comics, basically) has to offer, I asked her to pick a good panel from that world, and boy did she deliver:


Johanna will also help judge the winner after all the entries are in, so don't be afraid to go over to her blog and leave some nice sucking-up style comments! Flattery might not work, but then again, it might.

The rules are the same as always:

  1. Keep it clean, appropriate for a broadcast television prime-time show;
  2. Make your entry in the comments to this post;
  3. No more than three entries per person.

The funniest entry (as judged by Johanna and me) will win a free black and white custom illustration of whatever they like (within reason) by professional illustrator Jeff Hebert (that's me!). So put on that funny cap and get to work! The contest ends next Monday night / Tuesday morning.

(Note: The contest is now closed and Johanna is deciding on the winner. Check back later today for the announcement!)

50 Responses to Caption Contest 22: It's Manga time!

  1. Ashton Thomas says:

    Jeff, I’m not seeing the speech bubbles….

    Stupid Japanese comics πŸ™

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    Good point, Ashton, thanks. I’ve changed the image (forgive me, original creator person!) to add a Western-style dialog balloon pointer to the character’s mouth. Let me know if it’s still not clear.

  3. Rick says:

    Manga babies hit the ground running!

  4. Ashton Thomas says:

    1)…..Aw screw it, I can’t think of anything PG-13. I’ll do the one next week..

  5. collex says:

    I’ll try something
    1) Oh Shit. I forgot I had no hands to stabilize myself!

  6. DJ says:


  7. The Grizz says:

    For the last time…I AM NOT A POKEMON!

  8. Runt82 says:

    1) Man, this Earth-sized treadmill is tough.

  9. Dude says:

    Nothing gets between me and the cookie jar!!

  10. Jimmy says:

    1. That live action Transformers movie is an insult to us.

  11. Maxx says:

    1) Whaddaya mean: I got leapfrogging all wrong?
    2) Hah! I scared your racing stripes off!
    3) I was born to run … about 3 seconds ago!

  12. Darklight says:

    1. Out of my way Johanna, Jeff is mine
    2. Cookies be mines!
    3. AH! I came from that!

  13. James Schee says:

    1. I KNEW it!!!
    2. I was just looking for the cookies, that guy said he liked on her.

  14. DJ says:


  15. Whit says:

    1) This is NOT how you play tag!
    2) Eat my commas! Er, I mean, dust.

  16. Kaiju says:

    4) RAGGLE FRAGGLE!!!!!

  17. Frankie says:

    “I’ve gotta find a new exit for my Megazord.”

  18. Frankie says:

    “Ha! Ha! Think fast if you want to catch me! Hyper-starshine-gazelle-glow power go!

  19. Jonny Demon says:

    Whoa,when the heck did I eat that!

  20. Jonny Demon says:

    Jeez,when monkeys fly out of my butt, dosen’t seem so farfetched anymore!

  21. Free2Ryhme says:

    1)What the heck was under her dress???!?!?
    2)How’d I get here?
    3)I thought this was Naruto, not Pokemon!!!

  22. Ian says:

    1. Must…find…more…speed lines!
    2. Ha! Baby Parallelogram strikes again!


  23. DJ says:


  24. Kirk Warren says:

    If I’m not mistaken, that panel should have the Ena (the girl in the skirt) shouting from that speech bubble (should be like “AH!” after Yotsuba ran between her legs), not Yostuba.

    However, based on what you have displayed, here’s my entries:

    1) Finally! Free from your infernal womb!
    2) Girls in skirts should wear underwear!
    3) Why so serious?

  25. Danny Beaty says:

    1. Look out! Flying rectangles!
    2. I just saw the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen in my young life!
    3. Manga art sucks! Why couldn’t we have been drawn by Neal Adams?

  26. Loki says:


  27. Loki says:

    hey jeff ya know that Stan Lee has his own manga now? with the help of Hiroyuki Takei.

  28. Collex says:

    2.) fing! Fang! FOOM!!!!

  29. Runt82 says:

    2) I’m running at warp speed and all I get for onomontoPOWia is floating rectangles?!?

    3)Super-Red-Bull-Pixie-Stick-Energy-Boost ENGAGE!

  30. Brian says:

    (reak all with Japanese accent)

    1) For 17 years we have been popping out like bunnies, one after another… and fully dressed too!

    2) It true… we both drawn by Jeff’s Japanese cousin, Wu Fong Chai.

    3) Velcro shoes of speed, GIVE ME POWER!!!

  31. Brian says:

    I mean read not reak – sorry

  32. Syzyx says:

    1) Ha! Go fast turn LEFT, dummy!

    2) Where’d you put my fingers?!

    3) You are the worst barber ever!

  33. EnderX says:

    “You won’t EVER catch me again!”

  34. Frankie says:

    “Run mommy, run. The rectangles are coming! The rectangles are coming!

  35. HalLoweEn JacK says:

    1) I know how to defeat the Stuck-in-the-mud-o-zoids! FOLLOW ME!

    2) That’s not the tunnel of love!

    3) No demonic day care can ever hold me!

  36. Adelbert Morrow says:

    Not this time big sister. I am calling shi-chosan of shadow project!!!.

  37. Jester says:

    1. Gotta get away from these evil floating rectangluoids!
    2. Pi… ka… CHUUUUUUUUU!!!!!
    3. Sorry miss, but that cookie is MINE!

  38. Katana12 says:


  39. Jonny Demon says:

    Shesh,they hide the transdimensional warp chamber in the wierdest places!

  40. Disreputable says:

    Bowling-Ball Girl, Go!!!!

  41. Disreputable says:

    Drag Knuckle Fast RUN!!!

  42. Jimmy says:

    2. That American Godzilla movie was an insult to us.

  43. David says:

    1. Wonder Twin butt powers activate!
    2. All your base are belong to us
    3. OK, so be honest. Do these shorts make my butt look fat?

  44. Hades says:

    Crystal Meth is one hell of a drug!!

  45. collex says:

    Warfff. Get away!!! I’m the japanese version of a Rotweiler! GRRRR!

  46. Joe says:

    1. Those sneakers wont sew themselves!

  47. Joe says:

    2. Somebody found my nose on 3rd and Maple, gotta run!

  48. Casey says:

    1. Evil hands coming… must get BOOMSTICK!

  49. Al says:

    Ahh! Attack of the quotation marks!

  50. Dan says:

    Active childbirth is the WAY!