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. Avatar Ashton Thomas says:

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

    Stupid Japanese comics πŸ™

  2. Avatar 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. Avatar Rick says:

    Manga babies hit the ground running!

  4. Avatar Ashton Thomas says:

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

  5. Avatar collex says:

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

  6. Avatar DJ says:


  7. Avatar The Grizz says:

    For the last time…I AM NOT A POKEMON!

  8. Avatar Runt82 says:

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

  9. Avatar Dude says:

    Nothing gets between me and the cookie jar!!

  10. Avatar Jimmy says:

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

  11. Avatar 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. Avatar Darklight says:

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

  13. Avatar James Schee says:

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

  14. Avatar DJ says:


  15. Avatar Whit says:

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

  16. Avatar Kaiju says:

    4) RAGGLE FRAGGLE!!!!!

  17. Avatar Frankie says:

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

  18. Avatar Frankie says:

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

  19. Avatar Jonny Demon says:

    Whoa,when the heck did I eat that!

  20. Avatar Jonny Demon says:

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

  21. Avatar 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. Avatar Ian says:

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


  23. Avatar DJ says:


  24. Avatar 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. Avatar 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. Avatar Loki says:


  27. Avatar Loki says:

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

  28. Avatar Collex says:

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

  29. Avatar 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. Avatar 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. Avatar Brian says:

    I mean read not reak – sorry

  32. Avatar Syzyx says:

    1) Ha! Go fast turn LEFT, dummy!

    2) Where’d you put my fingers?!

    3) You are the worst barber ever!

  33. Avatar EnderX says:

    “You won’t EVER catch me again!”

  34. Avatar Frankie says:

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

  35. Avatar 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. Avatar Adelbert Morrow says:

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

  37. Avatar Jester says:

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

  38. Avatar Katana12 says:


  39. Avatar Jonny Demon says:

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

  40. Avatar Disreputable says:

    Bowling-Ball Girl, Go!!!!

  41. Avatar Disreputable says:

    Drag Knuckle Fast RUN!!!

  42. Avatar Jimmy says:

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

  43. Avatar 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. Avatar Hades says:

    Crystal Meth is one hell of a drug!!

  45. Avatar collex says:

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

  46. Avatar Joe says:

    1. Those sneakers wont sew themselves!

  47. Avatar Joe says:

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

  48. Avatar Casey says:

    1. Evil hands coming… must get BOOMSTICK!

  49. Avatar Al says:

    Ahh! Attack of the quotation marks!

  50. Avatar Dan says:

    Active childbirth is the WAY!