So my piece for this week's The Line It Is Drawn 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:
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.