That Cartoon Critic

I read the funnies and point out the dummies!

February 21, 2013 12:02 pm


This marks a total of 140 examples (give or take) of Bill Day’s rampant self-plagiarism.  It also marks my final post (I told you it would take weeks).  This is by no means an exhaustive collection.  It’s merely what I collected last year.  Although Day certainly won in end, by keeping his job and netting himself $42,264, I’m glad I was able to contribute a tiny bit to the on going discussion of plagiarism in editorial cartooning.  I know that most people stopped caring about Day’s self-plagiarism about a month ago, but it’s my hope that this blog will stand as a monument to Day’s very limited creative range.

I’m optimistic though.  You can fool some people all of the time, and you can fool all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all people all the time.  Sure Bill Day will live on through Indiegogo this year, but what about next year? What if he continues to reproduce the same cartoons he’s done the last 10 years?  Perhaps he won’t be so lucky when starting his next Indiegogo campaign.  Many of his supporters had no idea to the extent of his self-plagiarism and many more may eventually discover it.

Whether anyone likes it or not, cartoonists are rewarded with success and punished with mediocrity due to the content of their work.  The fact is Day’s cartoons haven’t been good for a long time.  There are cartoonists who are thriving as newspapers are dying and they don’t need to beg for money.  In fact they’re raising money to expand their businesses, not to simply keep themselves afloat or merely slow their rate of sinking.  If you’re not producing work worthy of an audience, you’re not going to succeed.  If on top of that, if it involves plagiarizing your old work 40% of the time, you not only should expect mediocrity, you deserve it.

The only “light at the end of the tunnel” I see is that a world that allows calling out someone on their bullshit to be as easy as pushing a button, will undoubtedly have less bullshit in it.  Thanks for following.

6:01 am


This actually is a very good metaphor for Bill Day’s cartooning style.  He’ll start out by drawing a cartoon.  Then instead of drawing something new, he’ll simply drape new text and new objects over his previous cartoons, because it’s easier to hang new things on an old cartoon than to make a new one.

February 20, 2013 6:01 pm


So instead of tapping into that thing called…ya know…creativity, Day apparently still can’t give up his self plagiarizing ways and instead has chosen to become more creative in his self plagiarism.  Flip the drawing, trace it, change a few details, done!  The wing nut elephant at the top is the same one as the one just underneath it, with the head being free transformed a bit thinner and the lines around the head changed.  It would be far easier to simply draw a new elephant in my opinion.  Does the “wing nut” even add anything to the cartoon or is it simply a bi-product of being too lazy to actually draw a new elephant head?

12:02 pm


That’s some creative “riffing” there!  Luck for day his handwriting hasn’t changed.

6:01 am


Oops, looks like Day got a little sloppy with the copy and paste in the last cartoon.  They’re floating!

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