Thursday, May 28, 2009

Two for the Price of One

Today's installment includes two gags that are variations on a theme. First, here's the gag the New Era published:

Next is the gag I included in my book Mormon Life:

I've got two questions for you:
  • Which one is funnier?
  • Is it plagiarism if you steal from yourself?


  1. I like the second one the best. And the guy's t-shirt is a nice touch. :) It's not plagiarism, is it? Just variations on a theme, like you said.

  2. The second one is obviously funnier because the shirt says, "Where's the Beef?" Hilarious! It is plagiarism to steal from yourself. I don't know why, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

  3. I like the first one. I mean think how embarrassed that poor guy will be when he gets into the dance. Also, the problem with plagiarizing yourself is that you will have to hire two attorneys. One to defend you and one to sue you. It could get pretty expensive and plus since you are just taking your own money I don't think you will actually gain much. But you certainly would learn a valuable lesson in ethics.

  4. As a starving cartoonist, perhaps my lawyers would be willing to represent me pro bono.

  5. I think the second one is better, although the single balloon decorating the stake dance is a nice touch. That seems to be what I remember about stake dances: 5 minutes' worth of decoration with a couple balloons hung from the basketball nets.

    As far as plagiarizing . . . I think you should embrace it and try to come up with a third gag on the theme.

    "Before we start our Stake Conference we'd like to tempt you with a short Mashed-Potato-with-a-side-of-Green-Beans-in-Hollandaise Conference.

  6. Second one. As an artist you are constantly reworking a previous idea. Cow 1, 2, 3...this is just stake/steak joke 1, 2, ...good laughs!

  7. The second picture is how my dad joined the church, at first he thought there was steak. But then he saw how happy people seemed and how the kids and teenagers were reverant

    1. Wow. I love that story. Thanks for sharing!

  8. The second one is better. I love your blog so much!