Shia LaBeouf’s New Short Plagiarizes Daniel Clowes' Comic "Justin M. Damiano"

Today, Shia LaBeouf ("Transformers") released his critically acclaimed short, HowardCantour.com, onto the internet. Too bad much of the material was plagiarized from 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano, written and illustrated by Daniel Clowes ("Ghost World").

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By nailbiter111 - 12/16/2013

Today should've been a day to celebrate for Shia LaBeouf. His new short, HowardCantour.com starring Jim Gaffigan (King of Bacon & Ketchup jokes), which debuted at the May 2012 Cannes Film Festival was finally released online this morning. The short is about aimed at online film critics. Shia told Short of the Week, "As I tried to empathize with the sort of man who might earn a living taking potshots at me and the people I’ve worked with, a small script developed." Now we know the only thing that developed was thievery.

At this moment, you can't view Shia's short. It became password protected shortly after word spread of Shia's plagiarism. I was lucky enough to actually watch it, and I can tell you that HowardCantour.com is basically a word-for-word, scene-for-scene copy of Daniel Clowes' comic. Below, you can read comments from Daniel Clowes and his editor, Eric Reynolds.

“The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf,” Clowes told BuzzFeed. “I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.” -


“My first reaction, before I even watched it, was basically that as much as the plot sounded like the Justin M. Damiano,” Eric Reynolds, of Clowes’ publisher Fantagraphics, told WIRED. “I presumed that LaBeouf would be smart enough to change everything just enough to make it his own thing and shield himself from any legal liability, even if it didn’t excuse him from being a weasel. Which is why, when I actually started watching it, I almost spit out my coffee when I realized he lifted the script, word for word.”


Click on image below to watch Shia's short (bottom of page)


Justin M. Damiano by Daniel Clowes




HowardCantour.com Trailer (Film by Shia LaBeouf) from Short of the Week on Vimeo.

Source: buzzfeed
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SuperCat - 12/16/2013, 6:14 PM
He's a little d@ck.
Jollem - 12/16/2013, 6:16 PM
hey, the iron man trilogy copied the dark knight trilogy. these things happen
JoeMomma29 - 12/16/2013, 6:18 PM
@ Jollem

LOL! What are you trying to start a another Flame War?????
Jollem - 12/16/2013, 6:22 PM
@Joe - that one comment is nothing compared to what happens on a daily basis. and it's actually based in truth. if people want to get their panties in a bunch...whatevs
npamusic - 12/16/2013, 6:27 PM
LOL, the actual video can't even be viewed now without a password. Stinks.
npamusic - 12/16/2013, 6:27 PM
Like Jim Gaffigan though
MrCBM56 - 12/16/2013, 6:37 PM
Jollem

Let me go on a MoS article and say that it was basically a rehash of Batman Begins, you'll rage. Stop the bullshit. It's not funny anymore, quite annoying.

BANE5000 - 12/16/2013, 6:38 PM
HA, he probably thought he came up with something clever and original, someone needs to get him out of this fiasco quick...OPTIMUS!!! lol
Jollem - 12/16/2013, 6:46 PM
and mrcbm56 is the first one to get his panties all bunched up. you are wrong. i've read so much bullshit over the years. day after day after day. i ignore it or debate with someone if i feel like it. so quit your crying and stop being a bitch
nailbiter111 - 12/16/2013, 6:49 PM
What's wrong with some of you? This isn't Iron Man 3/Batman trilogy. This is a word-for-word, scene-for-scene ripoff. Geezus, get your heads straight.
Jollem - 12/16/2013, 6:56 PM
@nail - the first comment was just playing around. i thought that was obvious
McMeatFace - 12/16/2013, 6:59 PM
Shia deserves all of the crap that he heaps onto himself. He seems like a major douchebag.
MrCBM56 - 12/16/2013, 7:01 PM
jollem

LMAO. I can't take you serious. Panties in a bunch? No. I'm telling you, it's not funny anymore. You are annoying. If I ask you to give me logical reasons, and when i say logic I mean use your brain and give me reasonable answers on how the Iron Man trilogy is a ripof-

I'm going to stop now. I'm wasting my time.
nailbiter111 - 12/16/2013, 7:02 PM
SlaveMasterFlexXx - "I don't know if Shia knowingly ripped off this guy"

HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO REPEAT THIS? IT WAS A WORD-FOR-WORD RIPOFF. WHAT'S NOT TO KNOW? THERE IS NO SHADE OF GRAY TO THIS. COME ON.
@MrCBM56, jollem must have hit a nerve.
@ nailbiter111, what do you expect from fanboys to keep on topic?
Jollem - 12/16/2013, 7:05 PM
wow
nailbiter111 - 12/16/2013, 7:05 PM
Think about this, since 2012 Shia has been going to one film festival after another showing this short, and doing interviews and at NO time did he ever give credit to Clowes. Cause he couldn't, since he stole Clowes material verbatim. The fact that he pulled off this theft for this long is ridiculous.
nailbiter111 - 12/16/2013, 7:06 PM
Normally I love to joke around, but plagiarism should be taken VERY seriously.
SuperioR23SupermaN - 12/16/2013, 7:10 PM
It's one thing to use other material as inspiration but to plagiarize someone else's material word for word is just being a dick
MrCBM56 - 12/16/2013, 7:10 PM
Yeah, Shia is a dick.

Funny thing is, I actually enjoy him as an actor. Respect=Lost
marcel - 12/16/2013, 7:12 PM
Hard to believe the guy could be that stupid.
ElBicho - 12/16/2013, 7:13 PM
Eff Shia in his LaBeouf
titansupes - 12/16/2013, 7:13 PM
[frick]ing LaBeouf. Has the author made any suggestion of suing?
CampBlood - 12/16/2013, 7:13 PM
how could he do this? did he really not think he was going to get caught
RorMachine - 12/16/2013, 7:15 PM
Didn't get a chance to watch the short but I'm amazed that he thought he'd get away with it! Surely there's more to this..
Jollem - 12/16/2013, 7:19 PM
plagiarism does suck. i know what it's like to get my swagger jacked
DudeGuyMan - 12/16/2013, 7:19 PM
It's available to watch on buzzfeed. Password-free.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/shia-labeouf-rip-off-daniel-clowes-howard-cantour
chubbybubby - 12/16/2013, 7:21 PM
Just watched it. I have never come across something so plagiarized in my life. Aside from changing the names of the characters, it's word for word. What a hack.
RamonSuarez - 12/16/2013, 7:22 PM
Haha. Jollem's level of buttsore is epic.

He has to come into a non-Marvel and non-DC thread to start shit because his ass is still sore about the fact that people shat all over the third installment of Nolan's crime trilogy.


Sad, really.
RamonSuarez - 12/16/2013, 7:23 PM
But anyway, this seems like a totally dickish move by LaBouf. Always thought he was a real no talent hack. So its no surprise to see that he's extended that to writing comics.
Sentry - 12/16/2013, 7:26 PM
I just watched the first minute of the short and it is pretty much, exactly the same, a shameless knockoff, waiting for Shia to release a statement saying, 'I didn't know', just like Suzanne Collins.

For shame, Shia, for shame...
TheDemonsHead - 12/16/2013, 7:27 PM
Sad
Jollem - 12/16/2013, 7:28 PM
hi ramon
norseman79 - 12/16/2013, 7:29 PM
lol...

What did Shia think would happen? This reeks of utter stupidity.
metropolisman - 12/16/2013, 7:33 PM
Maybe this will finally get him out of movies!!!! I can't stand that guy....by the way i only read some of the comments but i agree...the iron man films were like cheap knockoffs of the dark knight trilogy...Pretty much everything marvel is a cheap knockoff of the DC universe tho, so you can't really just put it on iron man.
0bstreperous - 12/16/2013, 7:33 PM
Someone presented it to him as an original piece of work to prove he's an idiot but then how could he have known
KingEmperor - 12/16/2013, 7:41 PM
Enough LaBeouf.
RorMachine - 12/16/2013, 7:46 PM
Not defending THIS, but the dude can act..seriously. Watch Lawless.
tvor03 - 12/16/2013, 7:47 PM
A few years ago, Shia starred in Disturbia which was an admitted ripoff of Rear Window. The filmmakers wanted to remake Hitchcock's classic but couldn't acquire the rights, so they changed it just enough so they wouldn't have to pay anything. So it's no surprise to me that Shia would pull something like this. He's been party to it before.
DoubleDion - 12/16/2013, 7:49 PM
Yea i could care less if he plagiarized some irrelvant comic no one cares about.
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