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Is C-Kennel copying Pooch Cafe?
The question of plagiarism in comics is always a tricky one especially in strips working in a similar space. A fan of Pooch Cafe sent Paul Gilligan a cartoon from the newly launched Dogs of C Kennel that was similar to one of his. Paul found a couple others and posted them on his blog.
When reached for comment, Mick Mastroianni, co-creator of Dogs of C-Kennel, stated in an email, “Any cartoonist will tell you, this happens all the time in our industry. Gag writers come up with similar ideas, especially when working within the confines of one particular theme – ‘dogs,’ in this instance. The old adage ‘great minds think alike’ more often than not rings true.”
Paul has posted an updated response on his blog – part of an email sent to Mick and Mason which reads, “We all wear our influences openly on the comics page. I’m sure Poncho wouldn’t be drinking from the toilet if Grimmy hadn’t done it first, and who can do a snowman gag without bowing to Calvin? I totally understand that we’re all pouring from the same kettle, so similarities are bound to happen, and I guess that’s just what happened here. There are no hard feelings, being a daily cartoonist is a tough haul, and I respect anyone who’s doing it.”