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Copy & Paste Comic

I write a lot of code as a software developer. It is very common practice to copy code and paste it somewhere else for reuse. The preferred method is to put it in a common method or library that both places reference, but that doesn’t always work.

PvP by Scott KurtzI have been curious if comic artists ever did the same thing. I was reading one of my favorite comic’s PvP today and noticed that it appeared he copy and pasted one of the characters between two different day’s.

The the drawing for Jade in 3rd cell of the comic for yesterday, February 9th, and her appearance in the 1st cell for today, February 10th looked the same to me. I flipped back and forward a couple times and they seemed like a match to me.

Beyond Compare by Scooter SoftwareLuckily I have Beyond Compare from Scooter Software, one of my “can’t live without” utilities. It has a really cool image comparison plug-in. I put the two comics in to see how they matched up.

The first thing I noticed was the one from the 9th was 5 pixels bigger. I always assumed the comics were always the same size from day to day, with occasional exceptions for special format comics. I then slid the two pictures in the different cells so they lined up, and sure enough they were a match. There is some slight variations, which could be artifacts form resizing both of them down from larger originals, or scanning them in from paper copy. I don’t recall if Scott Kurtz creates his comics on paper first or not. It is within the realm of possibility that he drew both by hand and is just that good at recreating the same drawing from years of practice everyday.

I used Debugmode‘s Wink do a screen capture of the comparison process. Take a look.

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