Ollie & Quentin Book

Ollie & Quentin Book
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Cartoon minds think alike


Cartoonists, doesn't it drive you mad when you've written a joke only to see it done by someone else before yours is released? This has happened 3 times recently. I've written a short series about Ollie's toe nails needing clipping only to see the fantastic Pooch cafe doing the same story last week. Then I did a joke about a slug visiting Ollie and Quentin (above) who accidentally dissolves himself whilst 'running with salt' only to discover the great Stephan Pastis has done a similar joke in Pearls Before Swine. Finally I saw another of my jokes in the fabulous Sherman's Lagoon recently. Damn!

4 comments:

hungrydog said...

Yes it does, but it happens and usually isn't the exact same thing. I console my fact that I'm not in every newspaper and the chances of someone reading my strip and the one the joke coincidentally appeared in are small!

Piers Baker said...

Very true. I think it's just the idea that I'm not being as original as I previously thought.

hungrydog said...

Everything is derivative, even if it just the formula for being funny. Did you see the video clip of Stephan Pastis (who is in 500+ newspapers) on Daily Cartoonist. He is frank about seeing what worked in Dilbert and copying that formula. Maybe not the joke, but certainly the way of telling a joke. Perhaps originality doesn't pay!

I'm off to go and copy some funny stuff....

Piers Baker said...

I did see it, yes. Very inspiring. I did a similar thing but for me it was Calvin and Hobbes. I'd read them to get the rhythm. I too, chucked in a lucrative career (in graphic design) to become a full time cartoonist.