What comes first?

what comes first the caption or the cartoon

Like the chicken versus the egg quandary of who came first, the same can be asked of the single panel cartoon – does the caption or the cartoon come first?  Well, at least we can provide an answer to this one – in sorts.  The caption comes first (for me), but for others, it’s the drawing that comes first.  I recently read this post from Bob Mankoff, chief cartoon editor of the New Yorker, discussing this very topic called First things First (unless they’re second).


2 Comments on “What comes first?”

  1. eremophila says:

    Very interesting article, thank you. And for the insight into your own process. It got me thinking about my writing combined with the photography……I think I have a leg in each camp!

    • Marti says:

      Glad you liked it. I must admit, I hadn’t given it much thought myself, but I was really surprised that people would just start with a blank canvas and see what evolves from there (too mysterious an approach for me. I have ways to generate the pun through process – must be that geeky process driven engineer in me 🙂 )

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