Added Value

Crossposted from Mimi & Eunice

Mimi & Eunice’s character designs evolved (barely) from this Copying Is Not Theft animation:

You’ll notice it starts off with the nose-stealing gag. I saw a similar gag over a decade ago in a brilliant Sam Henderson comic, the Magic Whistle, which made me laugh and laugh. Since Sam has made about a zillion such comics, I can’t find that one, but I did find this amusing one that relates to one of my favorite subjects, the First Amendment:

Eunice prices Mimi’s nose at $220,000. That was the bargain-basement low-budget-indie-film rate I was quoted to clear the songs I used in Sita Sings the Blues. Like Mimi’s nose, those songs were stolen – from the Public Domain. Although these comics are so simple they can mean anything to anyone – I like that about them – to me this one is about Intellectual Pooperty monopolists stealing our culture from us and then selling it back at ridiculous prices. And yes, Poopertists claim that nothing has value if it’s Free, a topic Mimi & Eunice have also touched on.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

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