First I get snow in April, and now THIS crap..
I usually don't get in to any drama in the webcomic world, but something
happened a few days ago that really pissed me off. There is this
cartoonist/painter/graphic-designer, Todd Goldman, who owns a pretty popular
t-shirt company called "David & Goliath." During one of his art shows it
has been discovered that he put up a painting that was actually copied off a
well-known web comic, "Purple Pussy." This cartoon, picturing a little cute
animal praying next to a bed, was originally drawn and published about five
years ago by Dave Kelly (a.k.a. Shmorky). To see the two images, click
here, or here for Goldman's other version.
So basically Todd Goldman found Dave Kelly's cartoon, and thinking he'd get
away with it, Goldman copied it and started selling it as his own. This is
a guy that sells his lithographs for at least $300 each. He also sells posters,
t-shirts, "original" paintings, and other products as "his" art.
Just for the record, I do remember seeing that comic online a few years ago, though I was never an active fan of Dave Kelly's work.
Anyway, this discovery set off an "internet rage." Hundreds of webcomic
fans became rabidly upset. Online blogs, forums, and webcomics flared up
with the story. Todd Goldman's inbox became flooded with angry emails, for
which he and/or his associates created an auto-response where he said he was
simply stealing work from a pedophile. To see the email replies from
Goldman, click here.
Finally, Kelly and Goldman spoke to a reporter, resulting in
Sounds like bullsh!t to me. Goldman claims that one of his associates
brought Kelly's comic as a design idea. How does it change the fact that
the cartoon was COPIED? How does it change the fact that Goldman uses
someone else's ideas in his products?
Amidst the whole internet rage, many other examples of Goldman's plagiarisms
Click here to view them. Many of those examples are actually
copyright free, and some of them are a little too far-fetched. However, the
fact remains that Goldman copies what others have previously created.
What pisses me the most about the entire thing is the idea too many people
seem to have that whatever is up on the internet, must be copyright free. I
came across this notion a few many times before, even at my own workplace.
This isn't right. It's plagiarism. It's taking credit for someone else's
blood and sweat. More people need to understand that. An example should be
made of Todd Goldman for all to see. He should not get away from what he
and his company have been doing. It is not enough that he claims he is
going to give Kelly all the money he has made from using his image. This
travesty should not be so easily forgotten or forgiven.
I hope more newspapers will pick up this story. Meanwhile -- pass it along.
Boycott Todd Goldman!
-AleX- said AleX