TL;DR: An artist traced (!) my cosplay photo without permission, gave me
zero credits, sold the prints at a con and denied she’s ever seen my
First, both of us, the cosplayer and the photographer,
want to say that it would never have come to this if the artist would
have immediately apologized to us in person, instead of being extremely
rude to us and letting things escalate. A simple sorry and taking down
the prints would’ve sufficed.
In the beginning of January, being
hyped with the new SU episodes, I immediately fell in love with Blue
Diamond and cosplayed her. Two months ago, a friend let me know that an
artist she saw drew a fanart based on my photo. I was extremely
flattered and happy, but also kinda sad the artist gave me zero credits.
Us cosplayers and photographers work really hard to get a nice result,
and everyone is happy when their photo serves as an inspiration for
another artwork. I wrote a letter to her stating that I love her art,
but I’d like her to credit me as a source of inspiration (adding the
For two months, there was silence. I tried it again a few weeks ago, but again, no response. Okay, what can you do…
weekend we had a big con in Germany with a huge artist alley and both
of us, the photographer and the cosplayer, attended. Suddenly, a friend
came to us and said that there’s a girl selling this exact drawing. We
were puzzled and decided to go to her booth and look at it ourselves.
I’ve only been a part of this community for a short time now (I think about half a year). There is a couple of other fandoms that have done this for me, but I have never felt more included in a fandom, in a community, in a friendship group. The impact you’ve had on my life alone in this past few months is phenomenal. Words can’t explain how excited I was that I was able to experience this year with you, from start to end and back again. And now to be a part of another big celebration and milestone (7 million was a blast!) is amazing.
To @therealjacksepticeye, thank you. Thank you for absolutely everything. I know you always say that we don’t have to thank you. But I want to. You’ve improved my life, and I’m looking forward to lots of new and exciting things, just because of you.
To the community, you’re amazing. Thank you all as well. Thank you for making me feel like I’m one of you; like I’m part of this amazing, wonderful, loud team. I look forward to forging friendships with you,
I’m not a good artist, or musican/singer, or skilled with Photoshop by any means. But I wanted to create something. Cause it’s not every day you reach this milestone.
CONGRATULATIONS ON EIGHT MILLION! AND HERE’S TO NINE!