A large, Steelmaster-brand beige metal cabinet contains jokes that comedienne Phyllis Diller used to create her unique solo stand-up comedy routines. Forty-eight drawers hold thousands of 3” x 5” x 5” white index cards, each bearing a typewritten joke. Drawers are labeled with topical headings and arranged in alphabetical order. Headings range from “Accessories” to “Washing.” Large segments of the file are devoted to material about the mythical characters of her husband “Fang” and neighbor “Mrs. Clean.” The “gag file” is a part of the Museum’s Phyllis Diller Collection, which also includes costumes, props, scripts from her TV appearances, photographs, recordings, and several of her trademark cigarette holders with wooden cigarettes.
Quite aside from the ethical question of the millions of dollars that were made without even the slightest acknowledgement of the debt owed to people like Abruzzo, Kubert, Novick and Kirby, I think my biggest problem with the widespread reverence of Roy Lichtenstein is that I have never seen a single one of his works in which the art was an improvement - either technically or aesthetically - over the original.
Perhaps I’d feel differently seeing one close-up, as I’m sure they hold power of their own as a painting on a wall; but even then, I still find the wider context, and the general lack of acknowledgement of it by critics and the public, deeply uncomfortable.
(I know this is old ground, but I was put in mind of it again by seeing posters on the tube for this hugely popular new Lichtenstein retrospective the Tate Modern are running)
Mucha’s work is definitely an inspiration to me. I like how he worked on image composition in a way that, although he added many elements to one work, it was still balanced and pleasing to the eye. In addition, I like the colours he used in the series above, and how he managed to give life to seasons, visually communicating what those seasons feel and look like.
Here’s my process for the new cover of House of Twelve #6, debuting at SPX next month. With only a day or two left until it had to go to the printer, the books interiors were complete, but I still lacked a cover. I needed something that reflected the nature of the book, which is a print collection of digital comics we did in 2010-2012 with some new material. I came up with the idea of scribes in the middle ages who would copy books by hand, creating new copies of previously created stories, I did a little research and found a great image that would suit my needs with a bit of tweaking (replacing one of his pens, or knives I think, with an iphone, and turning poor Edwine the scribe into myself). I imported the image into Manga Studio 5 EX and started the process of swiping a piece of art from a thousand years ago. The entire thing took about five hours, from concept to completion.
This time a very blatant and very public use of some of my illustrations without my permission. Here an ad agency printed several of my Dogs of the Marvel Universe pieces 10-15 feet wide and tiled the floor of one of their client’s booths for an event. They clearly went to some effort as I only upload these images at 1200 pixels wide intentionally so no one can print them large for profit. On top of that they apparently did some work to Photoshop elements out of the original illustrations including my signature.
This is incredibly disappointing, especially that an entire creative agency would swipe an artist’s work for profit. An Art Director or Creative Director saw this work and must have signed off on it. This means it went through the steps of assuring all licensing and rights had been obtained so it is likely that multiple people were involved. Again, this is never acceptable. Artists deal with this all the time and it must be called out when it happens. Much appreciation to the network of dedicated, caring, artists in our community who look out for one another.
Below is a link to the website of the company who stole this art and the video from their Facebook page I took the screenshots out of.
First of all, you may be asking “what is a swipe file”? Basically a swipe file is a journal of ideas, keywords, concepts, etc that you’ve taken from other sources which you may or may not use in your own business.
You might be thinking to yourself "that sounds kind of…. evil". Well, what can I say, it kind of is. But that’s not to say that you shouldn’t have one. I think every marketer out there should have a swipe file, and I’ll tell you why.
Good ideas are good ideas. It doesn’t matter who or where they come from. Just stealing an idea outright is probably not the best way to go, but if you think about it, you may have ways to improve on that concept. Then it really isn’t stealing is it? You may have a different way to implement that idea or concept, or maybe just thinking about the idea brings you another different idea that you otherwise wouldn’t have thought of.
As a copywriter, I think it’s okay to take certain keywords or phrases and use them yourself. We do this anyway whether we think about it or not. Every word in our vocabulary has come from someone that has come before. We don’t invent new words when we talk to each other. Therefore I don’t really think it’s wrong. It’s not the same as stealing someones essay or blog post.
Anyways, you get the idea. If you don’t already have one, go out and buy a composition book, a spiral, whatever, and start jotting down ideas from different sources. You may be surprised when those ideas may come in handy.
This short is very special to me. I love how weird and strange it looks, but how it can, at the same time, play with our imagination and creativity, and we just accept the fact that those unusual passengers are on a train together, a train called The Forever Train. I love the costumes and the make up, and how we don’t even need the characters to speak to know their personality based on what we see. Concerning plot, I love how the story is told, and how mysterious and tense it can get. Although the characters are incredibly strange and unusual, we can actually relate to some of them, developing a connection that makes us want to follow them and find out what happens next. I also really like the music and how it creates the atmosphere in the train.