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So my piece for this week's The Line It Is Drawn LIID 106: Reboots of Future Past! by johntrumbull seems to be spreading around the internet.  As of this writing, my initial posting of it on Facebook has been shared 139 times (probably more than that when you factor in the folks who are sharing it second and third-hand), I've gotten over a dozen FB friend requests, 74 favorites here on DA, and an interview request from a website.

Comic book artist Phil Jimenez said it was one of the funniest things he's seen in years.  This morning I was told that even DC head honcho Dan DiDio commented on it on Facebook!  (He apparently said, "Ummm sorry, can't place the faces.")  I didn't get to see the comment myself, but I'm working on getting a screencap of it.

I also want to say hello and a big "THANK YOU" to anyone who saw my piece online, and came here to follow me.  I really appreciate it, and I hope that you enjoy what you see here.  Please head over to Comics Should Be Good! every Thursday goodcomics.comicbookresources.… to see my latest pieces for The Line It Is Drawn.  And be sure to track down all the other great LIID artists here on DA!

I'm glad folks are liking it so much, but I also recognize that it doesn't have a great deal to do with me, I based it on the classic cover of UNCANNY X-MEN #141 by John Byrne & Terry Austin (Visible Here: images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__c…, and I obviously touched a nerve with other comic fans who have strong reactions to the New 52 from DC (And for the record, although I'm not personally a fan of a lot of the changes that DC's made to their books recently, I am regularly reading and enjoying FLASH and AQUAMAN right now & sampling other DC books).

Unfortunately, having your art circulate around the web also has a downside: People who post your work without any credit to the artist who created it or to the website that first posted it.  About 20 minutes ago I saw this on the John Byrne forum, Byrne Robotics:
www.byrnerobotics.com/forum/fo…

As you can see, someone went to the trouble of blacking out the URL of my DeviantArt page, and then reposted it online.  The ONLY reasons that anyone would do this is to either deny me credit or try to take it for themselves.  As an artist, I love that so many people are enjoying my work, but I HATE that someone is trying to deny me credit for something that I worked very hard on.  If anyone out there has the ear of William Roberge of the Byrne Robotics site, could you PLEASE let him know that my website address was deliberately removed from the art that he posted?  And if you see it posted elsewhere without attribution, please bring it to my attention and let the posters know to credit me.  Thanks!

EDIT: It's been brought to my attention that the person who posted my art on the Byrne site probably thought that my URL was in violation of the "Do not post any self-promotional material" rule over there.  This seems plausible to me, so I'm thinking that it was done without malicious intent.  Still, I made sure to give John Byrne, Terry Austin and Neal Adams due credit when I posted the piece online, so you'd think the least this person could do is return the favor & say exactly WHO drew the piece he posted there.
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LucasPuryear Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You went viral and I got infected.. +Watch
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tamaranorbust Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Amendment to my comment below *I hope you do a few more of these comics tributes/spoofs* ...
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I gotcha. :)
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tamaranorbust Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
John, man, let me put it this way. If the fans could *elect* the positions of DC Comics Publisher and/or EIC I would nominate and vote for you for both positions on the basis of this one tribute. I have the original Xmen 141 in my collection. This was a witty tribute, but it went beyond that and tapped a nerve. I hope you do a few more of these comics, like say when Trinity War blows DC's stack in 8 months from now or whatever it is.
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, that's very nice of you to say, but I doubt I'd want either job. I have no real affinity for the business side of those positions, and I'm sure that's well over 50% of what they do.

As to who I'd RATHER have in those positions than the fellows in them now... That's a very interesting question I don't have an answer to right now. I generally liked what was being done back when Jenette Kahn and Paul Levitz were running the show, so someone like them.

And I'll only do more of this type of thing every once in a while. I don't want to just be some comic book curmudgeon, constantly complaining how everything today is crap and things were better back in MY day. There's still good stuff out there. It just bugs me that there isn't more of it.
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tamaranorbust Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Well put. There is good stuff out there. The treatment of the Titans at DC particularly bugs me because it shows a change in exec vision that misses why the Titans franchise became important.
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No argument there. It's a shame they just chose to totally squander the younger audience the Teen Titans and Young Justice cartoon shows got them.
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beccablast Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I posted it from your deviant art to FB and tumblr -- but made sure your name was featured prominently each time...

If the industry is talking -- I wonder what Mr. Liefeld has to say?
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm sure he's heard worse. :)
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HanselTheLost Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I posted it on face book and credited TLIID, I'll correct that now. Also that touching Kubert tribute.
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