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Similarities and Transformations

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013 by Pat

Blah. This morning a friend pointed out that my comic from last week is waaaaay too similar to a Perry Bible Fellowship comic.

I agree.


The Worst.

I can feel my guts twisting and calcifying, it’s the worst.

Did I read that PBF comic at some point? Probably.

I love The Perry Bible Fellowship. Nicholas Gurewitch has made some of my favorite comics and I’m certainly influenced by his humor and work. I remember seeing one of his originals at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and it was gorgeous.

I have no problem arriving at a similar idea as someone else but this is more likely a case of cryptomnesia, the act of creating something from a forgotten memory that I believed to be original.

I don’t think cryptomnesia is uncommon in creative fields, all art is transformative to some extent and when we aren’t careful about knowing our sources and influences, it’s possible to digest and spit out work that is nearly identical to the original.

Know your Sources of Inspiration.

We’re all fishing in the same zeitgeist soup and occasionally lines get tangled. I’ll be more careful in the future and I’ll try to better understand where my ideas are sourced.

I don’t feel bad about the work I did on my adaptation of “The Great Wave.” I knew exactly what I was trying to do with that piece and was really happy with the results but it probably would have felt awful if I’d discovered that it unintentionally looked identical to a famous print.

the great wave sm

The challenge, as always, is to create with intent, to go beyond the obvious and create something new… something so good other people will accidentally copy it.


I’ve removed the above comic from my archives, although people can still see it here in the context of this article. Many apologies to Nicholas Gurewitch and his fans, it was not my intent to create something so similar.


Update: I got a Tweet from Nicholas Gurewitch about this.

I can’t judge, man. When I published that comic, someone told me that the “Clerks” cartoon show had already done it.

I guess the joke has been done by a bunch of people. I don’t know if that makes it any better or worse but I do *feel* a lot better.

I’m done over thinking this. People are going to come up with similar jokes and ideas. It happens.

Juneau Fashion

Sunday, August 23rd 2009 by Lou


The Animal

Wednesday, May 27th 2009 by Pat

The American auto giants are toppling, General Motors is flailing and Chrysler has already gone into bankruptcy. If we’re going to save the American automotive industry we need creative solutions. I propose — claw tires!!

Nothing can stop the animal.

Ice Cream Stan

Monday, May 25th 2009 by Pat

Ice Cream Stan
I was wading through our photos from the World Beard and Moustache Championships and found this nugget. I picture Stan as a relentless chain smoker from Eagle River who hates kids and doesn’t serve strawberry.

Best (Worst) Fight Scenes Ever, Part II

Monday, December 15th 2008 by Lou

Pat has quite the impressive list of bad fights, but no list is complete without Gymkata!  In this impressive epic, a Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver) look-a-like hold back a whole herd of rabblerousing ragamuffins with whip cracking gymnastic kicks.  Luckily for him, even the poorest of hamlets can afford a pommel horse placed conviently in the town’s center.

Faux MacGyver vs Angry Feudal Citizens

Funny Sticker

Wednesday, November 5th 2008 by Lou

I’m not saying girls are bad drivers.  Most are probably better than me, but I wouldn’t have a sticker like this on my vehicle with a big self-inflicted dent in the tailgate.  It’s like some guy saying, “silly girls, politics are for boys”, and then accidentally becoming a convicted felon.

Babies on eBay

Friday, September 5th 2008 by Lou

Tortured baby

I bought a new power cable for a laptop computer on eBay.  When I opened the package there were two photos of a kid in a Mickey Mouse outfit.  This wasn’t one of the items listed in the description.  I asked the seller why the photos were sent and they replied with a single character, “?”.  Secondly, who would ever want to dress up their kid like this?  Now he may never become successful because I can blackmail him with embarrassing photos at anytime.