Fans of Sunday Comics rejoice, we’ve been served! Turns out Tribune Media, which distributes the comic created by Harry Bliss, doesn’t think our rampantly offensive comics are funny and has had a lawyer contact us on the matter.
Now it’s a sticky wicket of an issue, because we’re all idiots here and don’t want to deal with lawyers. On the other hand, lawyers know that and that’s why they’re dicks.
The most entertaining aspect of this entire issue is, of course, that Harry Bliss is arguably most notable for helping the New Yorker magazine pioneer its own cartoon plagiarism, after Bliss lifted some Jack Kirby art in 2008 for a cartoon with no credit, which the magazine then had to explain in a later issue after everyone raised a stink. Bliss’ defense was that it was an overt reference meant as a tribute which might be true, but makes no sense for the New Yorker audience, very few of whom likely had any 60′s era Tales to Astonish on hand. But anyway, in about a week we’re going to publish an article that says the same thing about our comics.
Anyone who remembers paper may remember that the Dysfunctional Family Circus, which we also apparently rip off, faced the same issue a few years back when Bil Keane became unhappy with their hilarious parodies. That strip ended however, not after lawyers had hissy fits, but after the DFC creator spoke to Bil Keane on the phone and reached an understanding, because they were both able to act as decent human beings. So the question is should Holy Taco wait for a decent human being to talk to us?
GIFs still aren’t coming back. Sorry.