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A reader caught me using the same joke twice. See today's Dilbert:  http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2009-02-04


Then check out the comic I drew way back on 3/13/95.



I never repeat intentionally, but I often get a nagging feeling that something looks vaguely familiar. That's probably because the human mind is tuned to recognize patterns, and almost everything you see reminds you of something you already saw.

I suppose I'm most prone to repeating a line spoken by Dogbert because his voice is the one that plays in my mind all day. He says the things I am thinking but could never say in polite company. When someone tells me they got a "new position" at work, what I say aloud is "Congratulations!" But what I think in the deepest Dogbert part of my brain is "Grabbing your ankles?"

Okay, that's three times I've used that same joke. Ithink it's out of my system now.

 
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Feb 11, 2009
I only caught this because I got back into Dilbert and went through all the books again recently. I doubt many other people noticed it.
 
 
Feb 6, 2009
Reminds me of a NYT comic (may have been New Yorker) where the boss is sitting at a desk interviewing a potential candidate and says to the job candidate: "Of course, there will be other duties as required" and the boss is sitting on the back of an underling, who is on his hands and knees...
 
 
Feb 5, 2009
Finding a quick excuse when your trick gets busted- isn't that part of your Dogbert voice too?
 
 
Feb 5, 2009
Keep them coming. My wife frequently points out that I'm telling the same story again, and I probably bore many others in a similar fashion. At least your stuff is funny.

I find there is a positive side to having a poor memory (for things I don't NEED to remember) - especially films that I've watched before.
 
 
Feb 5, 2009
You do draw them better now though. Think of it as a HD upgrade.
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
i also thought of that cartoon. 'position' has become a pretty heavily weighted word.
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
There is nothing wrong on telling the same joke all over again. But, of course, it tell us something to ourselves why that particular joke stick to our minds
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
Scott, you should do what I do: take that DVD you recently put out, and click through a year's worth of cartoons in a sitting every day or so.
Oh, wait, you have a life! I forgot. How's that going for you?

Condolences on your cat's passing, by the way. I have a few cats waiting for me by the bridge to Wherever, and I miss them. The two that are waiting over there on the sofa do offer some solace.
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
I used to send out a lot of links to these cartoons... lately, most of my old co-workers (in IT) are out of work and wouldn't appreciate them so much.
I do, though.
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
The solution is searchable comics. You can ask United Media to look into it, or just wait for Google to get around to it. It might take a lot longer waiting for Google, but it's a safe bet that it would be spookily good.
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
Both you and Dilbert were the subject of the XM portion of the Opie & Anthony show (alas, they were not very flattering) today for over an hour. As much as I enjoy them, they DO repeat certain stories, jokes, and themes, although not in exactly the same way each time. This allows new listeners to "get up to speed" with what's happening. To your newer readers, this is a brand new joke, so take it easy and keep up the great work.
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
Dogbert's voice from the early animated series was different. I like the new voice on the mini-clips, but now hulu.com disturbs me because I suspect Dogbert might own it.
 
 
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Feb 4, 2009
I mean, how many times has Dogbert bought the company? It comes up in the strip from 1995, and it happened recently when he bought it back from the Elbonians. How many times in between 1995 and 2008?
 
 
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Feb 4, 2009
I highly doubt that this joke is out of your system after just three uses. I am thinking double, perhaps triple digits of usage before it wears thin...

Also, office life repeats itself over and over again (I can't tell you how many times I have had some of the same conversations in the last 20 years) so why shouldn't jokes about office life repeat over and over again. They're still topical...
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
Well, Scott, I guess you could look at it this way. Either this person is a really big fan, who has been reading Dilbert comics since the beginning and remembers them all, which is bordering on stalkerish. Or, he is one of the many people who bought Dilbert 2.0 and just finished reading the March of 1995 comics yesterday when they saw this comic today and it was just a coincidence. Since I'm not a big believer in coincidences, why don't you offer to send this person a signed mug or something to get their address to see if it is worth getting a restraining order. If it turns out they live in California, buy yourself a big dog and install an alarm system in your nice new home. Oh, and instruct your windmill to puree on sight.
 
 
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Feb 4, 2009
I have bought several compilations of Dilbert comics through Amazon (by mistake - back then thinking they would be 'real books' like The Way of Weasel). From my experience I can thumb them once a year or so and look at half of comics as a new jokes.

So what's wrong in reusing a joke once in 12 years?
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
Off topic, but here's an interesting article about hypnotism and a high school basketball team:

http://www.kansas.com/news/state/story/687562.html
 
 
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Feb 4, 2009
Understandable that you wouldn't remember which of your ideas and thoughts you'd turned into a comic, but it's not like you're the only person who sees these. Is there no oversight by your syndicator?

You should get someone to vet your strips for redundancy. You already have hordes of fans that jump all over you whenever you repeat a joke, why not feed some of them the strips in advance? They'd probably do it for free if you gave them signed strips and health insurance.

You could even have a contest...
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
I've been myself reading the comic strips from the beggining. With enough people reading them you should expect someone stumbled upon that strip recently enough to remember. End of story.
 
 
Feb 4, 2009
Why does this craptastic system forget half the time that I told it to save my login info? Very annoying.

My question is, do you get paid for creating the same joke? I hope your only earning 50%, because your using old material. This isn't TV, you know.


 
 
 
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