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A call for nominations: The FCW cartoon caption contest

I have been drawing cartoons for Federal Computer Week since the late 1900s. In that time I've noticed several subjects becoming regular topics for cartoons, among them telecommuting, contractor-agency relationships, management-employee relationships and security issues. But no one subject has been addressed in the cartoons as much as the Fed 100, the FCW awards that recognize government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community.

In past years I have drawn cartoons timed with the announcement for nominations. I have drawn cartoons to accompany the announcement of the winners. I have drawn cartoons to run at the time of the dinner. I have drawn cartoons to address post-awards sentimentalities. I'm not sure, but I even might have even drawn a cartoon about Fed 100 ceremonies in other galaxies. (No, I haven't.)

So this year my editor and I were having our bi-weekly discussion on upcoming cartoon topic possibilities when he mentioned the Fed 100 issue was upon us, and he was planning on running a page consisting of some of the better Fed 100 cartoons I've done in the past. In gratitude, I may have mentioned that yeah, I think I've run out of Fed 100 ideas. In a move that demonstrates the immeasurable value of good editor skills, he said, "Why don't we have a caption contest?" I can't sing his praises loudly enough.

The below illustration is without a funny, insightful, or just plain absurd caption. Please submit your ideas here as comments and I’ll announce the best in the next month or so. But not during the Fed 100.

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John Klossner caption contest

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Reader Comments

Thu, Apr 7, 2011 Portland, OR

And how should we respond to the motion from the public that we postpone this meeting until the morning.

Wed, Apr 6, 2011 Daniel Philpott Rockville, MD

"I would like to address the rumors this agency is in bed with industry. As you can see it's just Joe."
"You're right, this video conferencing app makes you feel like you're at the meeting."
"As you know the recent budget cuts have limited our conference facilities ..."
"He's asleep! These meetings on FAR revisions really are the best cure for insomnia."

Mon, Apr 4, 2011 JHC CO

So, we're all OK with our community meals and sleeping arrangements for Week 4 of the Furlough?

Thu, Mar 31, 2011 Maryland

"Are you sure this is what they meant by teleworking?" (Please don't post my name or email).

Thu, Mar 31, 2011 Maryland

"Once upon a time the President said we will create more jobs and reduce the deficit ..." (Please don't post my email or name.)

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