Sunday, April 8, 2007

T-Shirt Artists and Painters making money off of your hard work? Expose the hacks now!

May Todd Goldman be blackballed in the art community for life.
Click the picture to see the forum thread that basically started it all. Read the rest of my post for a summary.

Dave Kelly, the creator of the webcomic "Purple Pussy" and one hell of an artist, had his work noticably stolen by Goldman. Not only did the bastard traced Kelly's well known work, he had it in a LA art gallery not long ago. Someone who is familiar with Dave Kelly's work emailed him to alert him about the theft. Now everyone who's knows about it and has webspace to spare is posting about this injustice, making sure to get the word out.

I can't express enough about how disgusted I am for seeing thieves like t-shirt artists get away with copying someone's work, not crediting or even contacting the original artist(s) for permission, and making money off of the artists' hard work. Not to mention getting the recognition for the work too. Everyone who creates anything is at one time or another influenced by another artist. There's nothing wrong with that. It's hard to be completely original. But I'll be damned if it isn't obvious when someone's work is being ripped off.

I found out this bit of news at Zap in Space, a webcomic I regularly read. Don't ignore art thieves. Doing so lets them believe that they can get away with it. Doing so lets them make money off of work that was never their's to begin with. Do as I have and help spread the word! Come on, y'all! Let's blackball this bastard until he learns his lesson.

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