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David Simpson loses OKlahoma Cartoonist Hall of Fame honor

In light of the recent cases of David Simpson’s plagiarism in the Urban Tulsa, the Toy & Action Figure Museum has retracted Simpson’s 2005 induction into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame.

Here is the statement in full by Musuem Director Lisa Driskill:

Due to the recent revelation of another apparent incidence of plagiarism on the part of David Simpson, who had been inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2005, before he had been terminated by the Tulsa World for plagiarizing another cartoonist’s work, the Oklahoma Cartoonists committee now hereby announces the formal retraction of that honor.

Community Comments

#1 Howard Tayler
November/1/2011
@ 8:45 am

Next up: his job.

#2 Keith Brwon
November/1/2011
@ 9:08 am

Hey all. After e-mailing UTW Editor Gavin Elliot, this is the response I got:
“Hi Keith ? I can appreciate your being upset about Simpson?s plagiarism. As soon as it was brought to our attention, Simpson was let go. We had already gone to press with the last one before it was brought to our attention, which is why it ran.”

He went on to say in a follow-up e-mail that Simpson was a contract cartoonist and not on staff.

#3 Stephen Beals
November/1/2011
@ 9:37 am

On the plus side, this has caused me to revisit Jeff MacNelly’s work. The world just isn’t as fun without him in it.

#4 Dan Bielinski
November/1/2011
@ 9:52 am

@Stephen- ditto that. He was awesome.

#5 Charles Brubaker
November/1/2011
@ 10:06 am

Well, hopefully this will put an end to his 30+ years of cartoon plagiarizing.

In another news, there’s an Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame!?

#6 Ron Warnick
November/1/2011
@ 10:43 am

Indeed, there is a Cartoonists Hall of Fame, a small wing of the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Okla.

I’m not impressed in general by museums, but this one is pretty awesome. http://www.actionfiguremuseum.com/site/

#7 Jeff Knurek
November/1/2011
@ 11:57 am

This was at the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame’s website…

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ? 10/31/11: Due to the recent revelation of another apparent incidence of plagiarism on the part of David Simpson, who had been inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2005, before he had been terminated by the Tulsa World for plagiarizing another cartoonist?s work, the Oklahoma Cartoonists committee now hereby announces the formal retraction of that honor.

#8 Jeff Knurek
November/1/2011
@ 11:59 am

Oops. I thought this was the thread with the second case of plagiarism. Sorry. My bad.

#9 Dave Stephens
November/1/2011
@ 2:41 pm

Mr. David Simpson,
His reputation is unraveling,
Caught definitely Stealing,
Plagiarizing everything,
Xeroxing other’s drawings,
He won’t respect them in the morning…

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