BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 140
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.