Mmmm they sure seem to be taking the easy route , by pilfering from PC Paul.Allegedly. Shouldn’t someone be having a little word with them. Surely this isn’t the done thing in the Cartoonist brotherhood.
Wow, Paul. If that isn’t outright thievery I don’t know what is. you’re a good soul. If that was my copyrighted material somebody else was profiting from I’d use the legalese form of martial arts on ‘em – it’s known as “sosue’em”.
Gosh, they are so similar, it would be hard to believe they didn’t downright take them but the devil’s advocate/pollyanna in me has some questions:
1) Could it be outright praise in doing your strip in their way? Like would they say, “Yeah, we totally did that bc we love PC!”
2) Is it possible that they simply had the same idea since the one was a standard, the other a known dog fact and the last from popular culture? Once I thought of “drive-by fruiting” and then I saw it in Mrs. Doubtfire! I also thought of Feces Pieces (I know, gross) for the “treats” dogs find in a litter box then heard it on the radio.
3) They want attention for their strip and hoped their hero (Paul) would notice them?
Ok, ok, I know, I’m doing the cup half full thingy, but the alternative is really depressing, to think someone would do this for personal gain and not have one iota of dignity or qualms about stealing it.
If in fact they did steal it and want the publicity, I imagine they are reading these comments now. If they are stand up ppl and have a good defense, they should respond here for all to see.
Paul,that’s a little TOO similar to your strips to be a coincidence.
Maybe you and John Glynn and some hired muscle should pay them a little visit some dark,rainy night and see if you can pump some info out of them.
I started reading this strip probably 2 years ago…I remember the strips that so *ahem* closely resembled yours, mainly the one about color blindness. Since it was in developmental stage and was gestating, I figured they were just running laps to get accustomed to drawing the characters and the strip format. Since they went thru a period of changing the charactes about 5 times, and kept rerunning the same jokes, I thought ‘Meh, they’re just building it, give it time.’ Then it went ‘live’ so to speak this month and lo and behold,….the same jokes. Some they’ve told already 2 or 3 times.
This bugs the living heck out of a wannabe like me that a strip this lazy, sloppy, derivative and plageristic can make it, when tons of great, original strips are out there waiting to be discovered that aren’t ‘sampling’ from current strips – “Scary Gary” comes to mind (a great freakin’ strip!).
Anyway, sorry you got bigfooted just because someone’s famous comic strip artist grandpop died and his name got used to get a grandkid into the biz…the world sucks sometimes…
Anyway, if they’re going to steal dog cartoons, at least they’re stealing from the best one!
Paul, even though I don’t have a mega-lot of comics posted at the place that sells them for me, I noticed a certain gag comic used a dozen or so ideas of mine in about a three month period. When you see a dragon asking if a knight’s armor is recyclable, it makes one think there might be a little shanaigans going on. There was another the other day about an idea forming before the light bulb that I had done years ago.
It is one thing to search websites and pilfer unknowns ideas but to actually pilfer from a known and beloved cartoonist such as yourself is pushing blasphemy!! If one of the dogs has elective nose surgery, we all grab the pitch forks and storm the castle!
I try because I believe there is good in most everyone. Sometimes it just takes a while to find it.
It’s sad to think ppl are walking around so unhappy in this world when they don’t have to be but what is worse is when they bring you down with them. That’s why I fight that. Life is tough, but beautiful too. I consider myself a realistic pollyanna.
[...] to the New York Times.) Much like Gurewitch, “Pooch Cafe” creator Paul Gilligan took to his blog to air his concerns about a sense of having been plagiarized. Gilligan, who is syndicated by [...]