After I posted news that Bill Day had allegedly used an image from Deviant Art in one of his cartoons without attribution, a reader posted a link in the comments to a Tumblr blog called That Cartoon Critic and it isn’t very kind to Bill. It’s like The Bad Cartoonist is back.
Whomever this Cartoon Critic is, he or she has amassed a collection of cartoons by Bill that appear to be mere Photoshop copies of themselves. The great thing about cartooning with lots of labels is it’s very easy to change the label and pass it off as new. It’s the epitome of lazy cartooning.
I don’t know how many of these examples represent the totality of Bill’s career. I’m sure Bill has done excellent cartooning over the years and has won over many fans and friends, but when I see stuff like this, I know I’ll never look at a Bill Day cartoon again without wondering if it’s an original.
So the lingering question in my mind is the value of the Indiegogo campaign to raise money to keep Bill drawing (Photoshopping?) for another year. Isn’t it ironic that one of the cartoons posted on the Indiegogo site to showcase Bill’s “important, progressive voice” is a rework of an earlier cartoon he did when he was syndicated through United Features Syndicate? See cartoons below.
Cartoon syndicated through Cagle Cartoons featured on Indiegogo:
Cartoon that was syndicated through United Features Syndicate:
The plea in the campaign is to “save Bill and keep an important, progressive voice in the public debate.” There are 731 donors to the campaign so far. It makes me wonder how many would still feel like his voice is as important after today’s revelations.