Earlier today, I posted a blurb about New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas who is being criticized by some for running essentially the same cartoon twice – merely altering the drawing, or redrawing (tracing) it from a previous cartoon of his.
Rob Tornoe, who was the first to point out Sean’s re-drawings, now alleges that today’s cartoon by Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial cartoonist David Horsey is a rework of a cartoon that was originally drawn/published back in 2001.
The Bad Cartoonist railed on Jeff Stahler back in February for redrawing the same cartoon (different dialog balloons) within a months time of each printing. Back then he wrote:
It appears that most of the cartoon was simply redrawn, so at least he didnâ??t trace himself, but the lines on his wife look suspicious. In either case, he was so short on ideas he took a cartoon that he did LESS THAN A MONTH AGO, changed the text and clocked in for a full days work. What? Has drawing yourself become too time consuming that you have to borrow a cartoon from yourself? Most cartoonists wait at least a quarter before they start to rehash their old ideas, but one month is pushing it. At least he remembered the mug
What is the standard when it comes to reworking one’s own cartoons. Is it laziness as the Bad Cartoonist suggests? Time-Efficiency? Acceptable practice? Would George Will get away with re-running a former column, with slightly word changes to address a different topic – or the even the same subject.
What do you think?
UPDATE: David Horsey, in addition to the comments below, has written a blog post on his blog regarding the matter.
However, I wasn’t trying to deceive anyone. I assumed plenty of folks would remember the cartoon. It was reprinted in the book Tornoe has on his shelf, From Hanging Chad to Baghdad, and I’ve used it over and over again in public presentations. When I read that Pres. Bush was closing his term in office having tea with Queen Elizabeth, I thought it would be fun to revisit the image I had drawn of their first tea time, to give it a new spin and, for online readers, present it in color. It didn’t seem like such a controversial idea. Apparently, I was mistaken.