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Sunday, 27 June 2010


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Looks like somebody has digitized Dilbert.
Too many fingers, maybe a hand me down?

No, it's from this morning's strip on the official website.


Too many fingers?
How about the fact that he has no mouth?

Mike - go have another cup of coffee. STRONG coffee. You need it.



"Too many fingers? How about the fact that he has no mouth?"

Didn't I say that?


Uhhhh...Mike? Maybe you should improve the ventilation in your new darkroom...

I'm just sayin'....



Never noticed that. They all are drawn with 5 fingers, except when holding a coffee mug, then only one.
Wally has a mouth, it's for putting coffee in

Back to my evening decaf :)

Mike, you must not be aware of the "comment first, read post later" technique, which is now standard operating procedure on the internet.

May all your problems be so small.

Not all characters in The Simpsons have four digits, though. God, when he's shown, has all five fingers.

FYI - The classic Daffy Duck cartoon "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery" contains has a character with four fingers (three fingers and a thumb) drawn realistically. See for yourself at the 44 second mark at the following location:
Now that's disconcerting!

Fingers? Sometimes I'm all thumbs, but I detect a theme here. Three fingers on cartoon hands, three legs on tripods. Except for Dilbert and Novoflex.

There are generally only three fingers on cartoon characters to avoid the 'bunch of bananas' look. I remember on The Simpsons Bart and Lisa discussing what it would be like to have an extra finger; four on each hand!

Brilliant! This is important!

You made me worry. i thought the M Mouse is the most sacred icon that it is not allowed to be even mention, let alone quote, here. I was even told that US law is changed to fit into its copyright. I am watching the pull down or else notice very soon.

Mike. You need to take a vacation. It's
long overdue. Get away from everything and
relax. Clear your mind. Recharge yourself.

Like Dennis I too understood that the Disney licensing and copyright cops were rather zealous.

Maybe you'll get Paul's vacation: there must be a lockup somewhere in one of those Disneylands?

Good luck - Ross

The great online cartoonist, John Allison (http://www.scarygoround.com/), once switched from drawing his characters with four total fingers to drawing them with five. He was crushed when, apparently, no one noticed the change.

Great, you told mike to go on vacation and now he's gone! I need my fix!
Dilberts hands do look kinda "unnatural" though...

Tintin has 5 fingers, 4 plus thumb. Almost all 'real people' in cartoon form have 5 fingers.

Not that Mike's really in a position to fight Disney's (or perhaps even Scott Adams') lawyers if they take against this, but if it was fought through by equally good lawyers on both sides, it's very likely that this would be judged "fair use". He's showing the image for the clear purpose of illustrating a critical comparison (of fingers).

The law says "Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work...for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."

This would appear to fall into "scholarship, or research", as well as "criticism" and "comment".

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