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  1. Plumbob Wilson commented on Non Sequitur about 11 hours ago

    “Similarities in cartoons happen all the time”. Granted. I have heard that in literature, there are probably only 50 or so stories, and they are told over and over. It is just rare that not only is the idea the same, but the whole layout of the cartoon is identical. I attempted to find the original on line (and for all I know, someone did it before Bill Lee) but I had no luck. I recall it because I worked for RCA during the period after G.E. bought us and Jack Welch gutted the organization. I clipped the cartoon and had it taped to my desk. The only significant differences between yours and Lee’s were the upturned chairs on the conference table and the explanatory caption. Oh, and as I recall, the sole survivor was seated further (or maybe farther, if the grammar police prefer) down the table.

  2. Plumbob Wilson commented on Non Sequitur about 12 hours ago

    Yeah, seriously. Dude. Someone else came up with this idea 30 years before you did. A little acknowledgement of that would be the gracious thing to do.

  3. Plumbob Wilson commented on Non Sequitur about 18 hours ago

    Irregardless of whether things change or stay the same, this strip is a rip-off of a Bill Lee cartoon that appeared 30 years ago. Again, I can only hope that Wiley arrived at the idea independently; at the very least, he owes Mr. Lee an apology.

  4. Plumbob Wilson commented on Pearls Before Swine about 19 hours ago

    & @ gopher gofer: Another source puts the term in popular use in the 1930s and the first printed reference in 1929:


  5. Plumbob Wilson commented on Non Sequitur about 19 hours ago

    This is a nearly exact replica of a cartoon that appeared back in the late ’80s in Penthouse magazine. Identical setup: an executive conference room with empty chairs, one lone, visibly nervous director, and the CEO reading a statement about the poor economy and further drastic actions needed to save the company. It even had the same down-trending chart. I hope this is not an instance of intentional plagiarism.

  6. Plumbob Wilson commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 days ago

    No, it’s a reference to an Australian mother who was convicted of murdering her child back in the ’80s; she claimed that dingos took it at a picnic. Just recently the remains of the child actually were found in a dingo den.

  7. Plumbob Wilson commented on Monty 3 days ago

    While an amusing show (I wish someone would pay ME to blow stuff up), this is not good science. Using a sample pool of only two people does not yield meaningful statistical results.

  8. Plumbob Wilson commented on Get Fuzzy 3 days ago

    Technically, that’s not being badgered, it’s being catted.

  9. Plumbob Wilson commented on FoxTrot Classics 3 days ago

    Not to mention all the offers of monetary opportunities from the deposed Nigerian minister of finance.

  10. Plumbob Wilson commented on Doonesbury 3 days ago

    Speaking of lost, the audio amp in the foreground loses a VU meter and a potentiometer knob in panel 4.