When you put yourself in the position of having to come up with a certain number of original jokes a week for several years, you are going to occasionally come up with an idea that is similar to an idea someone else had at some other point in time. This kind of accidental plagiarism is unavoidable. As such, I tend to try to keep an eye out for it when it happens, but I don’t tend to lose much sleep about it.
What does make me lose sleep is when I discover a bit of accidental plagiarism in my work, and find that it appeared earlier in a place that it’s very likely I would have seen it. For instance, the concept of a masking tape mummy came up on the show Phineas and Ferb, a show that I watched religiously for a while.
Anyway, I have no conscious memory of noticing Phineas and Ferb’s masking tape mummy bit until after this comic ran, and I named my third book “Curse of the Masking Tape Mummy.” I remember seeing it after that all too well.