Monday, March 15, 2010

Just a thank you

Here's a little ethical question for you. I would love to know what you think. I have been following a locally-drawn cartoon in the newspaper for months now - I love it. Before Christmas, I contacted the cartoonist with an idea of a cartoon. I heard nothing back. Fair enough, I thought, he's not interested. That's his perogative. He's the artist, afterall. It's his cartoon strip. But a couple of weeks ago, I saw the cartoon in the paper. He'd drawn it, using my text almost word for word. But still no emails from him. Just a 'thank you' would have sufficed. As my grandma would have said...courtesy costs nothing!


  1. Not only wold you deserve a "thank-you" but a share of the royalties if he gets them. When two parties work on a cartoon, a writer and an artist, both share the revenue.
    Not replying to you but just using your script is theft, nothing else.
    You should recontact him and make your position clear.

  2. I think Diana is right. Tell him he surely wont become the Australian Helene Hegemann ;-)

    But I would do it in a funny way with a raised eyebrow ;-)


  3. Yes, I think I might contact him. And yes, keep it light-hearted but just say, "Um, excuse me, but..." It just seemed really kind of crappy and rude to me.