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"Oh, the Places You'll Go!" is 27 years old. Did you do that thing that old people like us do where we think 1990 is 17 years ago instead of 27?

I recall that Ruben Bolling has a day job as an attorney, so he probably knows exactly where to draw the line between parody and copyright infringement.

I think the Comicmix parody should be allowed, although they could have been a little less lazy and altered the backgrounds in the artwork a bit more. They look less "inspired by" and more "scanned directly from the book."

Mike Peterson

Oops. Yeah, I'm trying to stay young. Corrected, thanks, and still within what I think is fair copyright timing.

I'd also agree that if they had used more imagination and less photocopying, they'd be on stronger ground, though, again, I kind of question whether it will sustain for its full length. (Probably not an issue for Trekkies)

sean martin

The Seuss thing isnt a parody, sorry. It's just a lame little attempt at getting some attention and doing it in the Seuss style. If I were the Seuss estate, I'd be after them as well.

I know, parody and satire can be tricky things. But this isnt even trying all that hard.

Hank G.

Still, the fact that they can assign artists to draw their characters doesn't mean you can draw and sell them yourself.

Mike, what do you make of this?


I actually like this quite a lot, and think that it is quite clever, but it seems to be a blatant rip-off of DC’s intellectual property.

The artist has been doing it for six years now, so either he is below DC’s radar, or they are tacitly approving. Is “they haven’t complained in over six years” a defense if they eventually come after him?

What they ought to do, IMO, is hire him to put out a JL8 comic.

Mike Peterson

I think I agree with you across the board -- it's a rip off and they ought to hire him.

They must know he's around. I suspect if he began making serious $$$, they'd do something.

And if they ever decided that comics were something kids liked -- never mind the audience Raina Telgemeier et al have amassed -- they might decide to add a gentle kiddie version. But they seem pretty fixated on their core group.


In a triumph of pure dumb luck I was in the Last Gasp offices in 1972 showing some cartoons to Gary Arlington when Kim Deitch walked in and said, "We lost." Gary reached over and took the last copies of Air Pirates off the display rack, handed them to me and said, "Here kid, you might as well take these, Disney's just gonna burn 'em anyway."
I'd love to be back there again...or at least have somebody call me "kid" again.
And Happy Shortest Day of the Year to all y'all.

Mary McNeil

Question : How does your buddy Ces get away with his f**king parodies of Peanuts all the time ? (He doesn't use the asterisks.)

Mike Peterson

You said the magic word: They're parodies.

Also, Jeanne Schulz has a sense of humor and Ces isn't making a lot of money -- perhaps none -- from them.

Mary McNeil

Jean Schulz may have a sense of humor, but given how her husband insisted on including Linus' soliloquy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, I question how tolerant he'd be of all the f**king being infused into the parodies. Unless it's the use of that word alone that makes them funny ?

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