Yesterday Bleeding Cool told you about a new comic, Rock Thrower, about a Palestinian rock thrower-turned-baseball player. It did have a familiar ring...
From Dork #8 by Evan Dorkin
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That is a major difference? Obviously the people who made Rock Thrower had to have seen Dork #8 at one time or another. It isn't like superheroes where while they are obviously trying to duplicate Superman but could mix and match any number of mythical or literary elements to change up the character to make it unique. The story in this sounds like a direct riff off the Dork comic. They may have altered the tone and altered the scout character to add another level to him and make him more two dimensional. It still sounds like too specific a type of story that changing one character's background makes it something completely new.
If the creators claim they came up with such a specific and similar idea out of nowhere, I think they are not being truthful. All the more power to them. I think telling similar stories from different tones and perspectives can lead to powerful tales being made. But it is not an idea they came up with in a vacuum.
Now how long before Adam Sandler steals the idea for a crappy motion picture?