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June 27, 2005

Political Cartoon Winner Plagiarized?



That's the winner on top and potential source copy below. The fine journalist Jeroen Mirck is on the story. This kind of thing fascinates me, because on the one hand, it's like "there you go" -- the cartoons look a lot alike. On the other hand, we're not talking about building a complex piece of art, and some imagery choices feel logical if not universal. Plus when you're writing gags with such frequency you can end up pulling the impression of an idea from somewhere while completely and honestly forgetting where you got it from, or you can believe you got it from a legitimate source -- something funny a friend said, perhaps -- and then later learn they swiped it from somewhere else. It's really tricky.
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