We’ve seen our jokes show up on The Simpsons, The New Yorker, Saturday Night Live and other places. I don’t think that anything was stolen—ideas are in the ether and anyone can grab them*. It’s just frustrating to have had The New Yorker reject dozens of submissions when an almost exact duplicate of our idea shows up in an issue (The New Yorker’s version said “We’ll always have that time we went to the mall”).
If you share our frustration over this issue, feel free to contact The New Yorker and tell them to get in touch. Some suggested text:
I would be somewhat more inclined to subscribe to the New Yorker / not cancel my subscription to the New Yorker if All Is Well cartoons were included in your pages.
* It’s interesting to see that the duplicated ideas are all fairly simple plays on words (”Just Got Marred” instead of “Just Got Married” or “Oh, The Hilarity” instead of “Oh, The Humanity”). If any of the ideas that weren’t plays on words, like this one, got copied, then it would seem a bit fishy.