A few days ago I wrote a blog in which I warned fellow artists about the real danger of selling unlicensed material at conventions and/or their websites, specifically prints wit characters from the "Big 2". Little did I know that the blog would go take off, and in a matter of a few hours; it went viral! (If you want to read the blog go to: http://www.theartofmanuelcarmona.com/blog/artists-stop-selling-unlicensed-prints) The reactions were mostly positive but of course, there had to be some detractors that refuse to accept the facts; either because they're engaging in the aforementioned illegal activities OR... they "flip" these illegal prints online.
Regardless, the most important thing was to spread the word out to artists that:
A. Were unaware of the situation.
B. Were on the fence about the situation.
C. Were not clear on what exactly is "fair use" of copyrighted material.
D. Had been fed a lie by people who didn't know what they were talking about.
E. Needed a bit of encouragement to pursue their own creations.
He also has a complete storyline on www.strawmancomics.com featuring the character. You can find him on Twitter at: @strawmancomics and his Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/strawmancomics. You can also check David's Deviant Art page at: http://strawmancomics.deviantart.com. I hope you all go check out his strip and show support to a very talented artist who's putting out quality work on a consistent basis. When you do go visit his page, let him know that you heard about Straw Man on this website; that way he'll know we're all in this together... like it should be!
It's easy to talk the talk and say "we need to produce our own creations and help each other promote them" and never actually doit, but it's harder to walk the walk and actually help each other out in any way we can; I choose the latter. I hope everyone reading this blog does the same and spread the word on that indie book you love or that indie creator you admire and think he could use your help in promoting his work. I think this might be the start of an indie revolution.