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Congenial Diversions 

Wednesday, Apr 28 2010
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The weekly New Yorker online cartoon caption contest is for masochists. Just type in your entry, mindful of profanity and scatology, and imagine your new future. If you’re the winner, you’ll hear back by Thursday. But you won’t hear back. Instead, you’ll go to the site and check who the winners are, and you’ll hate them, because you won’t be one of them. This is dangerously close to the ritual undergone by the print magazine’s own cartoonists, a batch of whom submit work every week and similarly wait for the call, which can be criminally infrequent. Except when the submitter is George Booth: He’s on a tear, with 40 years of accepted submissions, a large number populated by dogs. He’s sharing his career tonight, prompted by another prolific New Yorker cartoonist, Matthew Diffee (11 years), and a pack of locally procured dogs, which Booth will likely draw, pet, nuzzle, and heartily compliment for being good boys and girls all around. Failed caption contestants, take heart: Before he started his 40-year run, Booth spent 20 years not getting the call.
Tue., May 11, 8 p.m., 2010

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