Kimco cartoon caption contestFans of our REIToons cartoon series have been growing quickly since it launched on our blog last September. In case you haven’t seen it, click over to our REIToons page now. Nationally syndicated cartoonist Mark O’Collin is the mastermind behind our cartoons, which poke fun at the quirks of REITs, retail, and real estate. We post a new cartoon every month to the top of the REIToons page.

With REIToons becoming more popular, we thought we’d interject some new fun and creativity into the mix. We’re creating a 2014 wall calendar of the best REIToons from our blog. But two spots are still open. That’s where you come in.

We’re calling all retailers, brokers, landlords, REIT professionals, investors, and other folks industry-wide to enter our cartoon caption contest on Kimco’s Facebook page. There you’ll find two brand-new REIToons without captions. Your challenge is to pick one cartoon and write the best caption you can think of. Or if you’re feeling particularly funny, write a caption for both cartoons to increase your chances of winning. We'll review the submissions and pick two winners.

Just to show you how much we love the retail real estate industry, and of course, humor, we’re giving each winner $1,000. We’ll publish the winners’ captions with the cartoons in our 2014 REIToons wall calendar, and give the winners a copy of the calendar. Everyone will be able to get their hands on the calendar, too, when we distribute it at ICSC's New York National Conference on Dec. 9 and 10. Kimco will announce the winners from the conference on Dec. 9, and on our blog and social media accounts.

There’s a lot at stake, so it’s time to get cracking! Enter the cartoon caption contest on Kimco’s Facebook page now. And feel free to stir up some friendly competition by telling your colleagues to enter the contest too.

Speaking of sharing, anyone is free to post our cartoons on their sites at any time and spread the laughter. We just ask you include this Creative Commons license: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://blog.kimcorealty.com.

Let the battle of wit commence!