That Cartoon Critic

I read the funnies and point out the dummies!

January 22, 2013 6:42 pm

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 51

Daryl Cagle responded to a terrific article on Poynter by Andrew Beaujon regarding Bill Day’s plagiarism and serial self-plagiarism.  In it he tells Beaujon,

Revising old works can be lazy or clever, depending on how it is done….It would be a problem if editors complained or if readers noticed and didn’t like what they saw. With competing editorial cartoonists circling and smelling Bill’s blood in the water, I think it would be a good time for Bill to give up riffing on his old cartoons, and I’ve told him that.

The cartoon above is Bill Day’s newest cartoon to date!  Open your eyes! HE’S STILL DOING IT DARYL!!!  Given Daryl’s comments, I think any readers who notice should complain on the cartoon’s page.  If Bill Day’s serial self-plagiarism bothers you too, I urge you to complain on the cartoon’s page linking to these images.

To add further injury, the image is a rip off of David Horsey’s 2001 cartoon.

David Horsey's What a difference a day makes

January 20, 2013 6:01 am July 23, 2012 1:56 am

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 21

I find it terribly sad that Bill Day feels a tragedy involving 12 fatalities and 58 injured deserves only 2 minutes of his time when creating a cartoon.

July 12, 2012 3:43 am

Mr. Fish’s Photoshop Phormulas 2

Once upon a time Mr. Fish googled “junk car” and this cartoon was born.  Sadly it’s not a bad concept, but it’s ruined by the hyper realistic, obviously photoshopped and light boxed car.

July 9, 2012 6:19 am June 9, 2012 2:17 pm

WHO’S THE COPYCAT? PART 1

When I saw this I had to do a double take.   Fitzsimmons’ June 7, 2012 cartoon looks almost exactly like Toles’ cartoon from June 3, 2012.  Coming up with similar cartoons happens from time to time, but this seems like too much of a coincidence.  They’re all standing in the same positions.  Obama and Romney are suggesting stimulus and austerity respectively.  Obama’s holding defibrillator paddles.  The guy’s either dead or in pain and marked “economy.”  Even the background color palette is the same. The only difference really is Romney’s metaphor.

Is this the product of uniform thinking or outright plagiarism?

June 7, 2012 10:52 am

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 19

The problem with Bill Day is not that he can’t come up with clever cartoons that are well drawn and convey a strong message.  The problem is that he literally couldn’t give two shits about coming up with a new idea and would rather take an old cartoon and slap a new caption on it.  His Trayvon Martin cartoon was very popular on Cagle when it was posted, but knowing it was the same cartoon he drew last year on Troy Davis being executed in Georgia destroys any power the cartoon had. 

May 28, 2012 3:51 pm

BILL DAY’S CREATIVE RANGE PART 18

Bill Day really really likes using Lincoln as a device for his opinions…again and again and again.  I think it stinks.

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.