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Boston Globe Staff Photo / Matthew J. Lee

Boston Globe Staff Photo / Matthew J. Lee

The angle of the head is a little off, but perhaps LJ just got a photo a few frames off from this one…or maybe he actually drew Ellsbury’s head. In any event, he made sure to include the fan with the outstretched arms in the background…

  • Guntfather of Sports Radio

    Has Larry ever given a reason for this tracing?

    • PwopahPawspective

      God wants him to

    • NASCL

      He hides behind the fact that his GIS result is the “inspiration” for his tracing, ugh, “free-handed drawing.”

  • Yeah

    Yeah, he learned how to trace while ignoring the 50-cent words that Craig Mustard was using during their weekend show.

  • Adam

    I absolutely love this segment, please keep it up.

  • HamLah

    yes! keep this going Bruce!

    LJ is a large joke!

  • MDA

    I am no particular fan of LJ one way or the other, but I do know a cartoonists and several illustrators for books. This approach is not uncommon, although maybe a bit more blatant.

    Does LJ pass his work off as wholly original?

  • Bullock

    Rather than just pile on, I would like to pose a slightly different question:

    Aren’t cartoons supposed to be either funny or ironic or something? Or fantastical like Calvin & Hobbs or absurdist non-sequitors like The Far Side? Or cute and sweet like Peanuts was?

    What’s the point of paying a guy to sit at a desk and trace pictures he found on Google?

  • Classless

    terrible. An insult to artists everywhere.

  • Bob

    agreed, keep it up

  • Mitch

    Artists typically require some type of subject from which to work…be it an actual model, a live setting or a photograph.

    Converting a photo into a cartoon is likely a lot more challenging than one might first presume.

    • Tim

      Right…if you convert a photo to a cartoon, it’s tough.

      I have no artistic ability and I can print a picture off of a GIS result and trace it.

  • Rick Mc

    Converting a photo into a cartoon is likely a lot more challenging than one might first presume.

    Serious? The issue is that Fat F****** Larry Johnson cannot provide a single unique insight and is left to tracing other artists’ photographs.

    “ZZZZZZ” is the caption that should be provided for every LJ cartoon.

  • Sean

    I don’t get what the big deal is here. He takes a news image and adds a little spin to it (like the “zzzz”). I don’t find it particularly entertaining, but I’m certainly not offended by it, and I don’t thinks that LJ thinks he’s fooling anyone. Quite the opposite, it’s part of his style apparently. If you are trying to draw a parallel to a Ron Borges/Mike Barnicle plagiarism issue, I think that’s just plain incorrect and way off base.

  • Steve

    I love it when Bruce exposes the media frauds in Boston. Larry Johnson is the Milli Vanilli of cartoonists.

  • Tony

    Larry probably can get away with this as “fair use”, which is fine. But doesn’t it bother anyone at WEEI that he isn’t even trying?

  • MDA

    “WEEI” and “Really Trying” don’t often crop up in the same sentence.

  • Pip


    I love it, and this series.

    How do you guys find the images?