That Cartoon Critic

I read the funnies and point out the dummies!

February 21, 2013 12:02 pm

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.

February 15, 2013 6:01 am January 20, 2013 6:01 pm

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 44

Oh hey, a “new” gun god cartoon. A new shooting, another opportunity to dust off this cartoon and sell it again.  This one’s a bit tricky.  You have to look very closely at the last two to realize I didn’t simply post the same cartoon twice.  Bill Day spent probably less than 20 seconds modifying the lighting and color effects and sent it off.

January 19, 2013 12:02 pm

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 40

It always comes back to those damn guns.  For a guy who’s every other cartoon is a cartoon on guns, you’d think he’d be skilled at drawing one instead of stealing someone else’s artwork.

May 24, 2012 3:31 pm

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 17

This is my last post for the day to commemorate Bill Day’s gun control cartoons being featured by Daryl Cagle.  Bill Day’s terrific in using symbolism.  These cartoons show Bill Day’s range in framing an issue such as gun violence.  Bill Day even went out of his comfort zone for the last cartoon, which shows Bill Day can innovate.

3:17 pm

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 15

As I recently posted, Bill Day’s gun control cartoons are being featured by Daryl Cagle.  Bill Day’s brilliant with his metaphors and always knows how to frame an issue and watch it change over time.  Apparently it’s always the same old story.

May 6, 2012 2:21 am

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 7

Bill Day is one of the greatest cartoon advocates for gun control.  He responds to gun violence year after year after year after year with criticism pointing out how bad it is and how gun happy our nation is.  Sadly our nation hasn’t changed for the better so we see the same images of gun violence each year from Bill Day.