Opening of the year
oH MY GOD YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH I WANTED THIS
/bRB cRYING iN HEAVEn
SERIOUSLY? THIS PUMPS ME UP MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL
OH MY GOD I COULD RIP A WHALE IN HALF. A BLUE WHALE
THIS Is AMA ZING
This comic I made over a year ago, but I’ve touched it up since and I’m happy to share it on tumblr C: while I’ve improved immensely since I made this, I’m still really proud of myself for making it.
ps. this was during a stage in my art where I was a little texture heavy, heh heh
You remember that post about the homestuck t-shirt design contest collaborating with hot topic? And how Hot Topic are the biggest art thieves? This is recent. As you can see above, I stumbled upon Hot Topic’s website and they are selling a very popular fan art put on a t-shirt, and did not ask permission from the original artist (rismo).
This shows Hot Topic still continues their art thievery. Hot Topic are still taking art from artists without their permission. This is disrespectful and appalling.
EXCEPT YOU DID GIVE THEM YOUR PERMISSION.
BY AGREEING TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON DEVIANT ART.
THEY SOLD IT TO A THIRD PARTY ROYALTY-FREE.
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We assure you that we had no involvement of any kind in this incident. Again, we appreciate the passion with which the art community has come together regarding these circumstances, but as with all things, we’re always on the side of the artist.Guys. Please circulate the response from deviantART.
Good Guy Deviantart
Douchebag Hot Topic