Mexi Restaurant Uses ¡Ask a Mexican! Logo for Ad in Dana Point Paper, No One Asks for Permission
Not the first time it's happened--I've seen unauthorized uses of the logo on phone cards, club promotions, beer billboards, and other restaurants. I guess the drawing by Mark Dancey is so damn spot-on in creating an Eternal Mexican that people assume it's been around forever, just like the illustration of Alfred E. Neuman existed in various ads before MAD took it for themselves. But those thieving businesses were mostly out of the state; did this Mexican restaurant (which I won't name but looks like the type of place a Javier's fan would enjoy) and the Dana Point Times really think they'd get away with using my column's logo and making money off of it without me eventually finding out and throwing barbs back at them? Especially considering it's a Mexican restaurant?
But it gets worse.
Moral of the story? If you're a business looking to make money, DO NOT USE ASK A MEXICAN'S LOGO UNLESS YOU CLEAR IT BY ME, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE A COMPETITOR. My readers have the eyes of an eagle for these things, and I, the tolerance of a Know Nothing...