Caption competition updates! See below.

But first, Shirl Dryandra

Shirl Dryandra, the Aussie battler

 

Here’s a portrait of Jarrad’s long-suffering mother.

And not on a good day.

Now scroll down to see the caption competition news.

 

Caption competition for July/August 2019

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What’s with the doctor giving the seahorse a shot in the arm? Does a seahorse even have arms? Maybe in the weird place called the Jennerverse they do. But from this, with a clever caption, I’m hoping you’ll add the missing ingredient and turn this simple picture into a very funny single panel gag cartoon. That’s all the help I’ll give you – the rest of the joke is up to you!

 

 
Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 
 
 
 
 

We have a winner for March/April 2019

Mar/Apr 19

Bruce Griffin caption competition winner CC-81

The winner of the cartoon with the gnu and two birds is Bruce Griffiin, of Warrensburg, Missouri, USA
Well done, Bruce.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

…and a winner for May/June 2019

And the winner of the cartoon with the doctor , the patient, the X-ray and the pizza is Daniel J. Drazen, of Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA. 
Good on ya, mate.
 
May/Jun 19

Daniel J. Drazen caption competition winner CC-82

 
May/Jun 19

May/Jun 2019 Caption Competition

The winning entry is Daniel J. Drazen, Berien Springs, Michigan, USA

 

SPECIAL MENTIONS:
 
“Yes, now that I have your attention, if you’ll just move your gaze a little to the left…”
– Reid Giles, Alabama, USA
 
“As you can see, neither of these is humerus.”
– Jeremy Ryan, Malden, MA, USA
 
“And on the right, this is what your cartilage looks like.”
– Jeffrey Angus, Ranger, Texas, USA
 
“The X-ray shows no fracture, but I am concerned about your taste buds.”
– Aaron Fernandez,
 
“On the left is an X-ray of a degrading bone.  On the right is an example of a calcium source.”– Henry Gutman, San Jose, California, USA
“The leg looks fine and my lunch is finally  hot.”
– Kevin Vanderhoef, Seattle, Washington, USA

“See? Anchovies do have bones, but they’re very, very tiny.”

– Jenner

Convention update

I (Jenner) will at FurDU in Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia from May 31 to June 2. I’ll be there to meet Doc Rat fans and sell books, including the as-yet-unreleased volume 21.

Caption competition for May/June 2019

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As you can see, Ben is interpreting an X-ray for the benefit of a bystander. That’s all the help I’ll give you – the rest of the joke is up to you!

 
Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 

Gnu Caption Competition Mar/Apr 2019

Okay, that’s a bad pun, but start as we mean to go on. The even-toed ungulate in this picture is a blue wildebeest or brindled gnu. You can use that play on words as a jumping-off point, or take it in another direction entirely. But if there’s a funny caption that can round this off into a screamingly funny joke, then that’s where your job comes in!

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Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 
 
Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 
 
 
 

Convention update.

I (Jenner) will at FurDU in Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia from May 31 to June 2. I’ll be there to meet Doc Rat fans and sell books, including the as-yet-unreleased volume 21.

And we have a winner for the Jan/Feb 2019 contest.

Jan/Feb 2019

Tim Baverstock caption competition winner CC-80


Out of a difficult and witty field of contributions, I have picked the caption sent to me by Tim Baverstock, of Luton UK. The mental picture it evoked in my mind’s eye was amazing! I don’t need to draw it – just close your eyes and imagine!
Click on the picture to see more entries from our readers.
Nov/Dec 2018

Nov/Dec 2018 Caption Competition

The winning entry is Gregory, Olympia, Washington, USA

SPECIAL MENTIONS:
“Call me a ‘fly on the wall’, did you?”
– McKay Manners, Paderborn, Germany

“I’ve been trying to contact web support for TWO HOURS now!”
– Stephanie, Pakenham, Victoria, Australia

 “I’m not on the phone, I’m ON your phone.”
– Henry Gutman, San Jose, California, USA

 “Will you keep it down?!  You’re gonna wake the 200 eggs I laid in the ear….  Oh, too late.”
– Brian Eirik Coe, Lake Stevens, Washington, USA

“Who do you think connects you to the World Wide Web?”
– Lynne Lumsden Green, Springfield, Queensland, Austalia

“I said:  I’m right HERE!”
– Rob Wood, Louisville Kentucky, USA

“Ladder? No, I said I’ve got a very weak…”
– Jenner

New Caption Competition Jan/Feb 2019

I have no idea why this koala is wearing a teapot on his/her head. But if there’s a funny caption that can round this off into a screamingly funny joke, then that’s where your job comes in!

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Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 
 
Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 
 
 
Nov/Dec 2018

Gregory caption competition winner CC-79

We have a winner for the previous competition, too. The best caption for the Nov/Dec 2018 set was Gregory, from Olympia, Washington, USA. His contribution is here. Click on this link to see the end result and of course the Special Mentions.
 
 
 

New Caption Competition Nov/Dec 2018

Doc Rat’s surgery is trying out some new telephone headsets. Unfortunately, Gizelle seems to have upset a spider. Just how and why I’ll leave up to you!

Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 

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Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 
 
We have a winner for the previous competition, too. The best caption for the Aug/Oct 2018 set was Jonathon, from Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. His contribution is here. Click on this link to see the end result and of course the Special Mentions.
 
Aug/Oct 2018

Jonathan Caption Competition winner CC-78

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s go

From today, Doc Rat is back to its usual pattern. I hope you were entertained by the my alternative presentations daily, while I was engaged in other things.

I want to thank the people at Eurofurence 24 in Berlin for making such a wonderful event with their hospitality and imaginations. I was also pleased to meet others in the UK. 

And now, back to business…

Eurofurence bound

Off to see the world – No more blues

Here, dear readers, is the update on the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio. All relocated, set up and working. 

Now, I’m on a month’s holiday in Britain and Germany, including EuroFurence 24, in Berlin.

And now, here a fascinating thing. Have you ever wondered just how far back in time Doc Rat goes? Well, I dipped into my vault of early work and made compilations of the single panel gags. They haven’t seen the light of day since their original magazine publications as early as 1995. But you may spot many of the jokes as ones that later reappeared in the Doc Rat strips we know today.

Please enjoy the upcoming procession of gags detailing Doc Rat’s humble origins. And after that, it will be definitely back into new works from the canon.

August/October 2018

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On the bright side, I have managed to create a new caption competition. Click here to have a go! 

And… the winners of the three pictures from the past year have now being selected!
Click on each picture to reveal the winners and all the funniest suggestions. 
 

Jul/Sep 2017

Henry Gutman caption competition winner CC-75

Oct/Dec 2017

Roger Chittock caption competition winner CC-76

Jan/Jul 2018

Joe Kesselman caption competition winner CC-77

 

Desperatoin mass production

Restitution blues

Here, dear readers, is the update on the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio. Having moved office from one building across town to another building, followed by another move across corridor from one room to another, I’ve finally got the furniture shifted, boxes re-opened, wires and plugs connected, and am now making a major marathon effort to build up a four-week bank of Doc Rat for your enjoyment. I thank you for chilling out with the past four weeks of character sketches.

But here’s the fascinating part: Have you ever wondered just how far back in time Doc Rat goes? Well, I dipped into my vault of early work and made compilations of the single panel gags. They haven’t seen the light of day since their original magazine publications as early as 1995. But you may spot many of the jokes as ones that later reappeared in the Doc Rat strips we know today.

On August 20, I will be departing for a month’s holiday in Britain and Germany. That explains another reason for the pressure: I’m  hurriedly making my preparations for EuroFurence 24, in Berlin.

Please enjoy the upcoming procession of gags detailing Doc Rat’s humble origins. And after that, it will be definitely back into new works from the canon.

August/October 2018

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On the bright side, I have managed to create a new caption competition. Click here to have a go! 

And… the winners of the three pictures from the past year have now being selected!
Click on each picture to reveal the winners and all the funniest suggestions. 
 

Jul/Sep 2017

Henry Gutman caption competition winner CC-75

Oct/Dec 2017

Roger Chittock caption competition winner CC-76

Jan/Jul 2018

Joe Kesselman caption competition winner CC-77

 

Translocation reconnection

Reconnection blues

Dear readers, at short notice, the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio has to relocate. This is going to turn my schedule upside down, in the month that will also see me making my preparations to attend EuroFurence 24.

So, with great apologies, for the next four weeks there will not be my usual Doc Rat strips. In their place, I will present you an endearing character sketch a day. Thank you for bearing with me.

August/October 2018

Caption competition 078

 

On the bright side, I have managed to create a new caption competition. Click here to have a go! 

And… the winners of the three pictures from the past year have now being selected!
Click on each picture to reveal the winners and all the funniest suggestions. 
 

Jul/Sep 2017

Henry Gutman caption competition winner CC-75

Oct/Dec 2017

Roger Chittock caption competition winner CC-76

Jan/Jul 2018

Joe Kesselman caption competition winner CC-77

 

Relocation blues

Relocation blues

Dear readers, at short notice, the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio has to relocate. This is going to turn my schedule upside down, in the month that will also see me making my preparations to attend EuroFurence 24.

So, with great apologies, for the next four weeks there will not be my usual Doc Rat strips. In their place, I will present you an endearing character sketch a day. Thank you for bearing with me.

Drawn for FurWAG 2013

Doc Rat – onward and forward

Well, my good people, ConFurgence 2018, here in Melbourne Australia, was an excellent convention. It was good to see such a great turnout and such a spread of ages. 

Thank you for sitting comfortably through the Rat Pause slideshow, in my absence. Now, well get back to the story. Soon, there’ll be the judging of the caption competition and an competition picture.

In the meantime, please enjoy a picture of Ben and Daniella, dressed as pirates. And see if you can see the joke in the flag.

Oh, and I will be at FurDU at Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, from 4th to 6th May.

A brief pause

The regular strips of Doc Rat are going to take a pause for a bit – for three weeks, to be precise. Various commitments have taken precedence over my drawing board time, the most important of which is my part in the running of ConFurgence 2018, from 23rd to 25th February. The principal guest of honour will be the wonderful artist, photographer and animator, Joaquin Baldwin. I do thoroughly recommend you consider making the journey to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, for our annual anthropomorphic convention, one of these years. You won’t be disappointed. 

In the meantime, even though the regular strips will be on pause, dear readers, fear not. You’ll still get a daily offering, a sort of scrapbook from the Doc Rat sketch vaults. Every day will be a new surprise. Then, on Monday March 12th, we’ll rejoin the wolves and the rabbits as they toward the climax of our current story.

More news about what’s coming up in 2018 will follow. 

 

New Caption Competition Jan/Feb 2018

The first caption competition for 2018 is here. This is not any character from the Doc Rat stories, but the unnamed fox finds himself in an intriguing situation during the course of having his blood pressure measured.
Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 
Jan/Feb 2018

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Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 

New Caption Competition Oct/Dec 2017

The final caption competition for 2017 is here. We have Jarrad’s friend Macaulay at the computer. He’s a wizard with a keyboard at those feathertips.
Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 
Oct/Dec 2017

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Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 
Some people have had trouble getting the caption entry machine to work. If that happens, please just e-mail to me on :jenner email address

Go Tigers!

The Richmond Tigers have won the AFL premiership. September 30th 2017. Pat the Tiger and Pat the Dog went wild!

Pat the Tiger is a massive fan of the Richmond Tigers AFL football club, in the game we call Australian Rules football. Pat and his partner Pat the Dog have just been watching their mighty Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the Grand Final. They’ve been shouting themselves hoarse. 

The final score:
Richmond Tigers: 16 Goals, 12 Behinds = 108 Points
Adelaide Crows: 8 Goals, 12 Behinds = 60 Points

RICHMOND WINS THE 2017 PREMIERSHIP!  For the first time since 1980!

Pat and Pat are ecstatic. It’s going to be an exhausting night of celebration for both of them! 

New Caption Competition Jul/Sep 2017

Hi all you happy Doc Rat readers. Here’s the next Caption Competition challenge for you. It’s the serving staff for Hasty Taste deep-fried lardburgers. Now, use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than
Jul/Sep 2017

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just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 

 

Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.

Some people have had trouble getting the caption entry machine to work. If that happens, please just e-mail to me on :jenner email address

Here are the three strips from the Doc Rat story showcasing our smiling Tasmanian devil who sells these dubious burgers from the hospital’s fast-food servery. You personally may or may not think that such an outlet has a place in a hospital, but that sort of thing does happen. (Legal disclaimer: This is a general fast food parody and is not meant to comment on the attributes of any particular company or products.)

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Happy fatty salty Hasty Taste

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Happy kiddie ad for Hasty Taste

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Junk integrity with Hasty Taste

And we have a new winner, from May/Jun 2017

May/Jun 2017

Alun Rundle caption competition winner CC-74

Alun Rundle, Newport, South Wales, UK

You came up with the perfect motivational message for all people with asthma. 
How can someone look at this and not smile. Isn’t Jarrad delightful?
The prize will be on its way to you soon.
Click on the picture to see this joke and all the honourable mentions.
And enter the current contest. You too could be a winner. 

New Caption Competition May/Jun 2017

 

May/Jun 2017

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Here it is.

Okay, a little late, I admit, but better late than never. 

Jarrad is going for a run and demonstrating that he won’t be held back by a touch of exercise-induced asthma.

Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.

Some people have had trouble getting the caption entry machine to work. If that happens, please just e-mail to me on :jenner email address

 
 

And we have a new winner, from Mar/Apr 2017

Mar/Apr 2017

Philip McCarty caption winner CC-73

Philip McCarty, Owens Cross Roads Alabama, USA

Thank you for a genuinely funny joke that made me laugh out loud at my computer. 

The prize will be on its way to you soon.

Click on the picture to see this joke and all the honourable mentions. 

 

The Doc Rat archives

If you want to read Doc Rat from the beginning, until recently you would have been disappointed to find it absolutely empty from 2006 to 2014. I am working now to restore that. Every week, I load another twenty strips into the archive page, and I’m pleased to report that at this moment it’s up to DR0340, which first came out on October 12th 2007. As it takes an hour out of my working day to do it, and as I work on Doc Rat one day a week, then twenty a week is all I can manage.  There’s some good reading to be had, at this stage.

Don’t forget that Doc Rat is also on Facebook and Twitter, both the latest ones and those golden oldies from ten years ago. 

 

Jenner will be at Anthrocon 2017

I will be attending Anthrocon, in Pittsburgh PA, June 29th to July 2nd,  2017. Keep an eye out for me where you see Bill Holbrook, of Kevin and Kell fame.

I really look forward to meeting everyone who can make it there. Certainly if you’re already planning to go, then look me up – we can share a sketch and a story or two.

 

Jenner will be at Anthrocon 2017

I will be attending Anthrocon, in Pittsburgh PA, June 29th to July 2nd,  2017. Keep an eye out for me where you see Bill Holbrook, of Kevin and Kell fame.

I really look forward to meeting everyone who can make it there. Certainly if you’re already planning to go, then look me up – we can share a sketch and a story or two.

Jenner had a great time at ThronesCon 2017

ThronesCon 2017

ThronesCon 2017 Jenner on the Iron Throne

While I’m at it, I must tell you about ThronesCon 2017, a Game of Thrones convention that was held here in Melbourne on the weekend of May 20th and 21st. I had a wonderful time talking, laughing, telling stories, and also selling sketches and my limited-edition prints. As you see in the illustration, the con scheduled four of the cast performers to come to Australia. Although one had to cancel due to sudden unavoidable reasons, we still had great congeniality and conviviality from Dominic Carter (Lord Janos Slynt), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) and Ian Beattie (Ser Meryn Trant). 

When I can, I’ll give you all a better look at the caricature artwork.

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ThronesCon 2017 Guests caricature print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update June 7th 2017. Here’s a better look at my four caricatures from ThronesCon 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

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Syrio Forel. Art by Jenner.

ThronesCon

Ser Meryn Trant. Art by Jenner.

ThronesCon

Lancel Lannister. Art by Jenner.

ThronesCon

Lord Janos Slynt. Art by Jenner.