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commented on Moderately Confused
2 months ago
What kinda knucklehead puts beans in chili?
commented on Bound and Gagged
4 months ago
Maybe the talk balloon should be pointing at one of the ants?
commented on Peanuts
11 months ago
OK, so flight school took up the 1st week, and shipping over probably took the 2nd week, so, ummm, who changed the pilot’s diapers during this time . . . ?
commented on Reynolds Unwrapped
over 2 years ago
Not really having better judgment in these matters, I suppose I’ll respond. I don’t profess to be the cartoon police, but I can say that if I’ve seen something before, I’ll usually remember it. It’s particulary true, at least for me, if the strip was memorable, as was the case here. Look, I immediately recognized it as having made me laugh out back in the day, so I dug out an old folder that I still have around with strips that I clipped out of the paper many years ago. People used to keep stuff like that because, unlike today, you couldn’t find anything and everything at the drop of hat / click of a mouse. And, viola, there it was, dated 1/5/88. Anyway, my point is what it is – that it’s hard to believe that, once something’s in sombody’s head that it doesn’t stay in there. You’re the one using phrases like “over the top” and “rippng someone off,” which are somewhat stronger than I think most people would characterize what I wrote. After all, you said yourself that many people do cartoons base on ideas that someone else has already done, that it happens all of the time. My point is that, if it happens so often, it’s more likely the case than not that the idea comes from something you’ve seen, whether subconciously or othewise, and that something could very well be another strip. Think Elaine Benes and Ziggy in the New Yorker. In any event, perhaps it’s my hyperbole that put you and others off, but in my view, the point is still valid. Particulary if, as you say, this kinda thing happens all the time. And frankly, I’m surprised you’re putting so much effort into rationalizng this. Your initial reaction seemed to me to be a bit more honest – surprised, maybe even chagrined, some amount of curiosity, etc. It was like, hey, maybe I did see that cartoon once and didn’t conciously remember it. In any event, your later posts seemed to take a much different tack, as if, after some reflection, you had to justify something to me. And in my view, a tad more defensively than the situation would normally call for. Don’t you think? After all, if it happens all the time, then what’s the big deal? You don’t really need my approval for your work, do you? I follow it every day, and oftentimes, it’s pretty funny, if I do say so. Don’t turn in a McEldowney, where every perceived slight looks like the end of the world. Anyways, just sayin’.
And so we find that using recycled material is OK, but calling somebody on it is “derogatory.” Sheesh. The new and improved American way.
This joke was used by Steve Moore in his “In the Bleachers” strip back in the 80’s. Funnier then, too, ‘cuz the subline said "When cat’s choke." Hard to believe this wasn’t rolling around in somebody’s (Reynolds’) head until today …
commented on In the Bleachers
over 2 years ago
What a crock. Talk about lazy - this comic is a recycle by the same cartoonist from 10 or 12 years ago, maybe even longer.
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