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From Elon James White Tuesday night.

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darkest-nightmares-and-erotica:

jamaligle:

eschergirls:

So yesterday I found out that Randy Queen (artist of DarkChylde) filed a bunch of DMCA takedown notices to Tumblr to remove posts of his covers on this blog (the entire posts, not just the images).  I’ve also gotten messages from other users that he’s had their stuff removed too (redraws, etc that have been featured here).  Non-critical Tumblr posts of his art/covers and those praising his work appear to be unaffected.
I’m writing this to let other people who run sites that might have criticized his work ( thehawkeyeinitiative, bikiniarmorbattledamage, boobsdontworkthatway, repair-her-armor, comicartcorrections etc) know that he seems to use DMCA takedowns to remove pages that are critical of his work.  And, to be prepared that he might have Tumblr remove your posts without warning (there was no prior communication of any kind, or conventional requests for removal).
Also, if you’ve submitted redraws of his stuff to these sites, you might want to ask them to put them private for now (if he complains about a submission you’ve made, Tumblr will count it as a complaint against your account).
To date, Mr. Queen is the only artist who has taken this kind of action - other artists and publishers seem to understand Escher Girls & other similar sites are fair use and criticism, and that fan discussion, positive or negative, is important and helpful to their business. (In fact, the creators I’ve interacted with are either fans of EG, or expressed disagreement but know that it’s fan criticism.)
If anybody is curious about what his DarkChylde art looked like and why they were featured on this blog you can find them here.
(Don’t harass him on his Facebook or Tumblr by the way.  I’m not interested in having a feud with him, just letting people know what’s going on.)
Update: He has now filed a DMCA takedown with Tumblr to remove this post.  This post is still up on Escher Girls, but every single reblog of it has been removed.

Marketing 101: This is not how you deal with critiques of your work, especially if there is no profit being made by the person you are filing against.Lenz V. Universal Music: A. Fair Use and 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(v). 
When interpreting a statute, a court must begin “with the language of the statute and ask
whether Congress has spoken on the subject before [it].” Norfolk and Western Ry. Co. v.
American Train Dispatchers Ass’n, 499 U.S. 117, 128 (1991). If “Congress has made its intent
clear, [the court] must give effect to that intent.” Miller v. French, 530 U.S. 327, 336 (2000). Here, the Court concludes that the plain meaning
of “authorized by law” is unambiguous. An activity or behavior “authorized by law” is one permitted by law or not contrary to law. Though Congress did not expressly mention the fair use doctrine in the DMCA, the Copyright Act provides explicitly that “the fair use of a copyrighted
The Supreme Court also has held consistently that fair use is not infringement of a work … is not an infringement of copyright.” 17 U.S.C. § 107. Even if Universal is correct that fair use only excuses infringement, the fact remains that fair use is a lawful use of a copyright.
4 group https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/lenz_v_universal/lenzorder082008.pdfhttp://www.wired.com/2008/08/judge-copyright/In the end , you look like a dick.

Randy Queen was and has been like that even at Conventions when he bothers to attend acting like he is as big an artist like Alex Ross or Jack Kirby.
I remember back in the 90’s he was at a signing and portfolio assessment for comic shop, Downtown comics in Indianapolis IN, back when Darkchyld came out years ago and he acted like a diva and was extremely harsh to this kid who could not have been maybe 7-8 years old who came with his dad and the kid put these drawings up on the table and said “Are these good?” and he did not even bother to look at the kid or the drawings the kid placed in front of him but instead looked up at the dad and said ” It’s 2.99 a copy, if you want it signed it is 9.99 or free with a action figure for 19.99. ” The dad looked at him and politely stated that his son asked him a question.  
Queen rolled his eyes and looked down at the boys art and said these words exactly. ” Artist’s don’t use lined paper, your person’a arms are not the same length. The faces look too round and the eyes look awful. If you ever want to get published  you have a very long way to go.  Now do you want a signature or not? “The father looked shocked and his son had tears in his eyes as he picked him and took his son’s  off the table and left. I remember standing there for a second before getting out of line and placing the two copies I had bought a couple of months before on the counter near the register. The guy who owned the shop and knew me asked if I was buying the new issue to go with them and I told him no and to take the title off my pull list. I turned and got ready to walk out the shop owner told me I forgot my books. I picked them back up and walked over to the table where they were signing and  asked if they could throw them in the trash for me. Queen looked at me like I had two heads for a second and thought I was joking. 
It was then I ripped the books in half and dropped them on the floor and walked out of the store. I never bought another Image / Wildstorm / Top cow book for almost 10 years and sold all of my Spawn and Witchblade issues the following week when I went back to the shop to apologize to which the owner said he had no idea that Randy Queen did that and understood why I or anyone would get mad about it. The father as far as I knew never came back to the shop not that anyone would had remotely blamed him  but to this day I am not surprised that some second rate artist like him would be such a dick and not want to share his art unless he is getting paid for it.  In another 20 years his work will be forgotten and no one will care.

DUDE! Really?!? He did that to a Kid? WHAT AN ASSHOLE. 

darkest-nightmares-and-erotica:

jamaligle:

eschergirls:

So yesterday I found out that Randy Queen (artist of DarkChylde) filed a bunch of DMCA takedown notices to Tumblr to remove posts of his covers on this blog (the entire posts, not just the images).  I’ve also gotten messages from other users that he’s had their stuff removed too (redraws, etc that have been featured here).  Non-critical Tumblr posts of his art/covers and those praising his work appear to be unaffected.

I’m writing this to let other people who run sites that might have criticized his work ( thehawkeyeinitiative, bikiniarmorbattledamage, boobsdontworkthatway, repair-her-armor, comicartcorrections etc) know that he seems to use DMCA takedowns to remove pages that are critical of his work.  And, to be prepared that he might have Tumblr remove your posts without warning (there was no prior communication of any kind, or conventional requests for removal).

Also, if you’ve submitted redraws of his stuff to these sites, you might want to ask them to put them private for now (if he complains about a submission you’ve made, Tumblr will count it as a complaint against your account).

To date, Mr. Queen is the only artist who has taken this kind of action - other artists and publishers seem to understand Escher Girls & other similar sites are fair use and criticism, and that fan discussion, positive or negative, is important and helpful to their business. (In fact, the creators I’ve interacted with are either fans of EG, or expressed disagreement but know that it’s fan criticism.)

If anybody is curious about what his DarkChylde art looked like and why they were featured on this blog you can find them here.

(Don’t harass him on his Facebook or Tumblr by the way.  I’m not interested in having a feud with him, just letting people know what’s going on.)

Update: He has now filed a DMCA takedown with Tumblr to remove this post.  This post is still up on Escher Girls, but every single reblog of it has been removed.

Marketing 101: This is not how you deal with critiques of your work, especially if there is no profit being made by the person you are filing against.
Lenz V. Universal Music: A. Fair Use and 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A)(v). 

When interpreting a statute, a court must begin “with the language of the statute and ask

whether Congress has spoken on the subject before [it].” Norfolk and Western Ry. Co. v.

American Train Dispatchers Ass’n, 499 U.S. 117, 128 (1991). If “Congress has made its intent

clear, [the court] must give effect to that intent.” Miller v. French, 530 U.S. 327, 336 (2000). Here, the Court concludes that the plain meaning

of “authorized by law” is unambiguous. An activity or behavior “authorized by law” is one permitted by law or not contrary to law. Though Congress did not expressly mention the fair use doctrine in the DMCA, the Copyright Act provides explicitly that “the fair use of a copyrighted

The Supreme Court also has held consistently that fair use is not infringement of a work … is not an infringement of copyright.” 17 U.S.C. § 107. Even if Universal is correct that fair use only excuses infringement, the fact remains that fair use is a lawful use of a copyright.

4 group https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/lenz_v_universal/lenzorder082008.pdf
http://www.wired.com/2008/08/judge-copyright/

In the end , you look like a dick.

Randy Queen was and has been like that even at Conventions when he bothers to attend acting like he is as big an artist like Alex Ross or Jack Kirby.

I remember back in the 90’s he was at a signing and portfolio assessment for comic shop, Downtown comics in Indianapolis IN, back when Darkchyld came out years ago and he acted like a diva and was extremely harsh to this kid who could not have been maybe 7-8 years old who came with his dad and the kid put these drawings up on the table and said “Are these good?” and he did not even bother to look at the kid or the drawings the kid placed in front of him but instead looked up at the dad and said ” It’s 2.99 a copy, if you want it signed it is 9.99 or free with a action figure for 19.99. ” The dad looked at him and politely stated that his son asked him a question.  

Queen rolled his eyes and looked down at the boys art and said these words exactly. ” Artist’s don’t use lined paper, your person’a arms are not the same length. The faces look too round and the eyes look awful. If you ever want to get published  you have a very long way to go.  Now do you want a signature or not? “The father looked shocked and his son had tears in his eyes as he picked him and took his son’s  off the table and left. I remember standing there for a second before getting out of line and placing the two copies I had bought a couple of months before on the counter near the register. The guy who owned the shop and knew me asked if I was buying the new issue to go with them and I told him no and to take the title off my pull list. I turned and got ready to walk out the shop owner told me I forgot my books. I picked them back up and walked over to the table where they were signing and  asked if they could throw them in the trash for me. Queen looked at me like I had two heads for a second and thought I was joking. 

It was then I ripped the books in half and dropped them on the floor and walked out of the store. I never bought another Image / Wildstorm / Top cow book for almost 10 years and sold all of my Spawn and Witchblade issues the following week when I went back to the shop to apologize to which the owner said he had no idea that Randy Queen did that and understood why I or anyone would get mad about it. The father as far as I knew never came back to the shop not that anyone would had remotely blamed him  but to this day I am not surprised that some second rate artist like him would be such a dick and not want to share his art unless he is getting paid for it.  In another 20 years his work will be forgotten and no one will care.

DUDE! Really?!? He did that to a Kid? WHAT AN ASSHOLE. 

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wolfbad:

“I would like Martin Scorsese to be interested in a female character once in a while, but I don’t know if I’ll live that long.”

— Meryl Streep pulling weeds (via tarntino)

(Source: tarntino)

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artvandelay420 said: Thank you, chuck, for standing up for male writers, a desperately marginalized group.

sashayed:

doskapozora:

chuckpalahniuk:

Consider that reading has become a mostly female pastime and that males are being better served by other media:  the web, film, gaming.  Of course publishers will skew toward the most profitable audience.  Otherwise the world is still chasing the golden demographic of the ‘young male.’  If male writers could better serve that readership it would explode. 

We’re only marginalized if we accept that status.  What troubles me is the seemingly high number of younger male suicides:  David Foster Wallace, Alexander McQueen, plus older men such as Spalding Grey and Hunter S. Thompson, not to mention ‘accidental’ deaths like Heath Ledger and Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

e m b a r r a s s i n g

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danedavenport:

oh-totoro:

STUDIO GHIBLI ANNOUNCES CLOSURE

Toshio Suzuki has announced the closure of Studio Ghibli. Here’s a translated version of the news article:

"Just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on the TV show of the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku chain effectively as announced as sources close to the studio, Studio Ghibli will close and production studio anime, leaving himself only as a company that will manage its trademarks. As stated in the program’s producer, "the production department of anime will be dismantled," which coincides with the data that we gave in our previous post on this decision had been taken from spring after the poor reception at the box office of Kaguya-hime no Monogatari.

In the interview, Suzuki has also admitted that it was a major setback for the study progress Hayao Miyazaki, one of the reasons already unveiled the portal Rakuten Woman. Once we have access to the full TV interview, adding more data. No doubt that this is a very sad news for Japanese animation, of which we are all fans, because it is undeniable everything Studio Ghibli has given the anime. Please remember that what will be his last film, Omoide no Marnie, premiered at the Japanese box office on 19 July.”

This is a sad day.

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. 

(Source: ghibli-collector)

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Can you imagine if Gates McFadden’s cheekbones & Matt Smith’s cheekbones got together & made hybrid super cheekbones? My God. Unstoppable.

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Reading Facebook Comments Because You Can’t Look Away

Did you ever read a friend’s Facebook post with over 150 comments on it, and the post was mostly every single person in the comments all coming to the realization that yes, actually, this one solitary commenter that nobody knows (besides the OP) is actually a total DOUCHECANOE? 

And then you all bond over how terrible this person is, and on the one hand, you are all united and this is absurd and hilarious!

But on the other hand, this person is not putting on an act, they are convinced that they are right and everyone is wrong, they are in fact the worst kind of internet troll: the kind of troll that truly believes in the shit that they spout. 

So, upside: what a fucking asswipe, ha ha, that was entertaining! But, downside: Jeeez, this guy is for real, he proudly declares that he treats women like objects because they are obsessed with money and looks and status and have impossible standards, even though he admits he is also these things, that misandry is real but misogyny and the patriarchy are fake fake, and to top it all off, he actually calls himself Mister Hollywood, unironically.

I mean… ouch.

Just.

Ouch.

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