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WILLAMETTE WEEK? PREDATORS? PROTECT YOURSELF!! TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN VOICE

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I just sent my two CEASE and DESIST ORDERS to Levi Hastings and WIllamette Week. Luckily, I had a chance to learn how the law works. But this is so wrong on so many levels.

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What he took were all my proportions, aka my Design, which is the worst kind of rip, and the courts recognize that. I am very attached to my design. I work many, many, many long hours to achieve what I do. I mess up sometimes, but I own it.

So own yours. Work for it. Then copyright it. But don’t copy like the dummy from Seattle. WHen you get caught it sucks. You hate yourself, which is the worst.

You can see the much larger evidence file here – about 7-8 slides, like the ones above. These are slides about the true source of the Willamette Week cover.

SO WHAT DOES AN HONEST ARTIST HAVE TO DO?

Step One – Do your homework. Don’t believe any blog on the law or copyright. Those are all amateur pulling out their ass with zero oversight. No repsonsiblity for what they say. Go to Wikipedia and study up there. That is the best source of “uncorrupt” information we have.

And then?

Beat up your rough draft with an axe handle, be honest, think of the readers. OK, that’s a Final Draft. Go to copyright.gov. You can register your story online very easily. Then you mail in the final draft printed or upload it as a digital file.

But you need a final draft first. The one ready to go public. comes with ISBN numer and everything. writing or art.

I  also follow what I call the Bendis Rules –
1) if you don’t take yourself seriously, nobody will
2) if you don’t pimp yourself, nobody will
3) be honest with yourself
4) if you do what everyone else does, it will be old hat in six months.
5) do what feels real to you, or, what are you trying to say? what is the message for the reader? you can copyright self indulgence but nobody will buy it. Be you. Be authentic. Fear doesn’t work in this process.

And write, every, every, every day. That’s the best rule to keep your work safe. In my case, its my best protection, and the axe handle of my lawsuit – you can copy a copy, but you can’t copy an original and beat it court.

NOTE – I’ve been trying to capture in writing what Brian Michael Bendis said (very quickly) in a Word Baloon podcast of the Bendis Tapes, with John Siuntres for six years. It just flew by so fast, grabbed me completely, and I didn’t have a pen in sight. There are many Bendis Tapes that are hours long in brown paper wrappers.

John puts out a lot of interviews, but it stayed with me. I tried for years, got it about right in 2010. I finally nailed it on OKCupid (30 minutes ago). When a handsome young gentleman asked me how to protect his first novel, it just fell into place, six years later. He had a nice smile.

To learn more about creative industries and the creators – you should check out John Siuntres yourself at his Word Balloon Site (in his words, better than mine).

The Weekly Pop Culture Audio Podcast Featuring In-Depth One On One Interviews and Discussions From The Entertainment Worlds Of Genre Fiction- Comic Books, Novels, Television, Film, Video Games And More. Created In 2005 By Chicago Radio/TV Host John Siuntres”

So you should check it out!! John talks to a lot of the top creators at Marvel, DC,  Image, Darkhouse, and many others. I learned a ton as a visiting student from iFanboyU. I can’t believe I know how to spell his name from memory. He has a very, hrrrmmmr… own voice, but more Larry King, or Terry Gross style. Bendis Tapes. Where is that quote?

(MEANWHILE, IN THE DOGHOUSE)

This is the state of things at WILLAMETTE WEEK (STILL IN VIOLATION)
I am setting this here to keep an independent recored. You have to protect yourself or nobody else will. Have to step up to the plate.
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WARNING -(WILLIMETTE WEEK) THIS IS A COPYRIGHT PROTECTED ZONE. WELCOME, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS MY HOME.

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PROOF THAT I WAS RIPPED OFF BY WILLAMETTE WEEK.

So this happened to me.

EVIDENCE: See these images, and take the free survey question. No obligation. Be the fair jury. I have more scanner evidence like Exhibit D, to be posted tomorrow. He left a lot of fingerprints. I will seek punitive damages against anyone that infringes on my copyright. Period. Imagine you’re the guy who scanned my work for this newpaper, or his editor. Look at these exhibits. Do you want to be that guy? Enjoy the art. But don’t steal it.

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More Slides to follow in the next few days. The Copyright Thief used not one single line, and did not draw any part of this face. He just scanned my face, scanned the lines, and pushed them around a little. I have seen his work. It is boring tedium with a side dish of just plain Yawn.

I have figured out the eyes. Same eyes as my original, select with box, Transform, push the top handle down just a little. That is why the eyes appear too deeply set in the skull on the cover. And very weird.  Try it at home!!!

That face on the cover is deeply weird. It looks creepy.

BUT my KENTARO KANEMICHI NEVER LOOKED BETTER!!!!!!

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Tarpe vs. Brian: Miss Fury Side by Side

Side by Side Comparison of my work with Tarpe Mills,
(Her original strip for Sunday Newspapers is now public domain).

I would say its pretty much 50/50 Mills/Brian on story, style, same vs. different panels. As you can see the story veers off in a quite a different direction (before coming back around, lots of fun turns), and the dialog is a lot more me than Mills. Mills is known as a brilliant storyteller but also a writer of clunkly dialog common to most comic writers of the time. I gave the dialog a much hipper, charming edge that matches the rest of what she did, restoring her spirit to the words. It’s really about what comes after page one…. I love Mill’s Miss Fury, and true love is a 50/50 propostion!!

ORIGINAL MISS FURY/BLACK FURY by TARPE MILLS, 1941.
 that appeared in the Sunday papers. These are black and white versions of the originals in color. Left to right. Original (like mine) was done on a 12 panel grid.
These pages were formated for reprint by Timely Comics later in the 40s and 50s.
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Brian’s Version of MISS FURY, Same Page (MISS FURY: LIBERATED, 1939)
50/50 her and me. I think of Tarpe MIlls as my teacher. Female form and style, design, and oh those Clothes!! Taste of the era of great taste! Best stuff yet to come. For atmosphere, I used gray to suggest an old movie from the period. I just saw “Mad Love.” My dialog is rather Ernst Lubitsch (?) – hip, style, fresh, fun, but suddenly serious at times. Love the light and shadows of those films, like this:
click to enlarge. Its 11×17 or 1000 pixels wide, about 1.5 MB.
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