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Columbus Dispatch editorial cartoonist resigns after plagiarism accusations

Jeff Stahler resigned from the Columbus Dispatch Friday, Editor Ben Marrison tells me via email. “That is all we will have to say on this unfortunate matter,” he wrote. 

The Dispatch suspended Jeff Stahler while it investigated why three of his cartoons, including one published Monday, looked so much like ones in The New Yorker magazine. Earlier this year, humorist Andy Borowitz asked why a Stahler cartoon was so similar to a fake headline he had written a few days before. (In that case, Marrison said, “It appears to be a coincidence.”) Stahler told The Daily Cartoonist that the similarity with his cartoon Monday also was a coincidence.

Syndicated cartoonist Chip Bok told Poynter.org that he thought a heavy workload could be to blame, saying, “Jeff doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to me who would deliberately plagiarize a cartoon.” New Yorker Cartoon Editor Robert Mankoff told The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna, “My guess is Stahler came up with the idea completely independently.… Read more

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Columbus Dispatch suspends cartoonist Jeff Stahler after learning of similarities to New Yorker cartoons

The Daily Cartoonist
Alan Gardner says Stahler’s cartoon in the Dispatch on Monday “has a striking similarity” to a David Sipress cartoon published in the New Yorker in 2009. Stahler tells Gardner that it’s a coincidence, but Gardner points out two other cases in which Stahler’s cartoons are conceptually identical to ones published in the New Yorker. (Gardner’s post includes all the cartoons in question.) “As a general rule, as long as the cartoonist isn’t light-boxing, I try to give them the benefit of the doubt,” Gardner writes. “Collectively, however, the matter gets harder to explain away.” Update: Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison tells me: “We take these allegations seriously. Given their serious nature, we have suspended Jeff Stahler’s cartoon indefinitely until an exhaustive investigation can be conducted.” || Earlier: Did Columbus Dispatch cartoonist lift from humorist Borowitz?Read more

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Mike Keefe’s buyout another sign of the future of editorial cartooning

The Washington Post
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe, who just took a buyout at The Denver Post, tells Michael Cavna, “It looks like nothing but a down escalator for the classic full-time newspaper cartoonist. … The digital realm is wide open and offers plenty of opportunities. Unfortunately, most don’t come with a pay check.” Cavna lists all the former staff cartoonists at Colorado papers and asks, “As Colorado goes for cartoonists, does so go the nation?” || Earlier: Despite winning the Pulitzer this year, Keefe says, “nobody came clamoring around my drawing board trying to dissuade me” from taking the buyout. (Cagle.com) || Related: The 19 journalists taking buyouts at the Post, including theater critic John Moore and transportation reporter Jeff Leib (Westword, The Denver Post) | A breakdown of the perfect New Yorker cartoon (The New Yorker)… Read more

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MacNelly widow on cartoon plagiarism: ‘Tulsa must be in a black hole with different journalistic ethics’

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Jeff MacNelly’s widow Susie tells Alan Gardner at The Daily Cartoonist that David Simpson’s editor asked her to write the retraction for Simpson’s plagiarism of an old cartoon drawn by her husband. “Tulsa must be in a black hole with different journalistic ethics because neither Simpson nor his editor/publisher seem repentant,” she writes. Simpson apologized to Susie MacNelly, explaining that he “accidentally stole the cartoon 25 years ago” and repurposed it recently after finding it in a box in his garage. Gardner points out that Simpson’s explanation implies that he ripped off the same cartoon twice. As for believing that it was his own, that’s the same explanation he gave in 2005 when he was fired from the Tulsa World for plagiarizing another cartoon.… Read more

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Tulsa cartoonist resigns after plagiarism uncovered

Cartoonist David Simpson has resigned his contract position with the Urban Tulsa Weekly, after it was revealed he plagiarized last week. A second plagiarized cartoon appeared this week because that issue had already gone to print, said Urban Tulsa Weekly Creative Director Gavin Elliott. Simpson had been on contract with the Weekly since 2005. “I’m disappointed,” Elliott told me by phone. “He’s a good cartoonist as far as the actual work goes.” Elliott joined the Weekly this past August, after working in marketing at the Tulsa Zoo. He said the publication will probably get another contract cartoonist and will put safeguards in place as a result of this, though they are still reviewing what those protections might be.… Read more

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Daily Cartoonist says it has caught Tulsa cartoonist plagiarizing for third time

The Daily Cartoonist
A week after calling out “the most blatant plagiarism example I’ve ever seen,” in which Urban Tulsa Weekly’s David Simpson redrew a cartoon from the late Jeff MacNelly, Alan Gardner says Simpson has done it again. Gardner writes that the similarities between Simpson’s cartoon and one by MacNelly indicate that Simpson again redrew the cartoon rather than trace it. Urban Tulsa Weekly, meanwhile, hasn’t responded to questions about last week’s cartoon, Gardner writes. Publisher Keith Skrzypczak tells me there will be something in the next issue about the plagiarism accusation, which should be online Wednesday. Update: Simpson has resigned his position with Urban Tulsa Weekly. Simpson lost his job at the Tulsa World in 2005 for plagiarism. || Related: Simpson loses place in Oklahoma Cartoonist Hall of FameEarlier: Could Tulsa cartoonist be a two-time plagiarist?Read more

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Syrian political cartoonist brutally beaten after mocking president

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Syria’s leading political cartoonist was hospitalized with multiple bone fractures after masked gunmen abducted and beat him, then dumped him on the side of a road. The Times notes that the attack on Ali Farzat came days after he published a cartoon showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “hitching a ride out of town with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, who was toppled from power this week.” Farzat has been critical of Assad since the start of the Syrian uprising in March. The Times quotes a friend, Ayad Sharbaji, who visited Farzat in the hospital:

“They told him as they were burning his beard, ‘We’ll see what you will draw from now on,’ ” Mr. Sharbaji said. “ ‘How dare you disobey your masters?’ ”

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Sixty of the best cartoonists to be featured in new documentary

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It’s titled “Stripped.” Creators Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder interviewed cartoonists ranging from the veteran artists behind “Garfield” and “Family Circus” to creators of such new strips as “Cul de Sac” for their “love-letter to the art form.” They hope to raise post-production expenses ($58,000) on Kickstarter by Sept. 22; at last check they’d received $16,686 from 447 backers. Michael Cavna says the filmmakers “have come along just in time” because “this is, most certainly, a seismic time for comics.”

I have watched this unfold for two decades from the various perches of being a syndicated comic-strip creator (and among the first wave of cartoonists online); of being a newspaper feature-section editor combing through new comics and talking with syndicate sales reps; of being a comics journalist documenting the decimation of some of those syndicates and the evisceration of some of those comics sections.

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Did Columbus Dispatch cartoonist lift from humorist Borowitz?

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Andy Borowitz reminds his Facebook fans that he wrote a piece last Thursday headlined, “New Study Finds iPad is Cure for Adultery; Owners ‘Stop Noticing Other People Altogether.” He then points to Columbus Dispatch editorial cartoonist Jeff Stahler‘s drawing three days later that shows a group of people staring at their phones and has this caption: “New study: Smart phone users are less likely to commit adultery, since they’ve stopped noticing others around them.”

I’ve emailed Stahler and Dispatch editor Ben Marrison for comment and will post what they have to say. || UPDATE: Marrison says the paper’s investigation found that the similarity “appears to be a coincidence.” [This post was modified to remove a comment from a Borowitz fan on Facebook.]Read more

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Who will win the Pulitzer for editorial cartooning?

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Michael Cavna‘s list of contenders includes Mike Thompson (Detroit Free Press); Steve Breen (San Diego Union-Tribune); Matt Wuerker (Politico); Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”); Gary Varvel (Indianapolis Star); and Nate Beeler (Washington Examiner).… Read more

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