Shepard Fairey’s Attempt to Appropriate the Lawsuit Fails

Obama Hope

When you decide you are going to sue someone, rule numbah one, DON’T FUCKING LIE!

Angry Zen Minion Brendan Hong sends word that Shepard Fairey sued the AP under false pretense. The AP claimed he used a solo photo of Obama for his HOPE poster. In Fairey’s suit, he claims to have used a different photo that depicted Obama and George Clooney. Turns out the AP was correct and Fairey misremembered. To quote Fairey:

In an attempt to conceal my mistake, I submitted false images and deleted other images.

I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions which were mine alone. I am taking every step to correct the information and I regret I did not come forward sooner.

Let’s also get some quotage from papers filed by Fairey’s attorneys last Friday:

Mr. Fairey was apparently mistaken about the photograph he used when his original complaint for declaratory relief was filed on February 9, 2009.

After the original complaint was filed, Mr. Fairey realized his mistake. Instead of acknowledging that mistake, Mr. Fairey attempted to delete the electronic files he had used in creating the illustration at issue. He also created, and delivered to his counsel for production, new documents to make it appear as though he had used the Clooney photograph as his reference.

When you sue someone with false evidence, um, you’re doing it wrong! Regardless of whether or not you think Fairey’s work is straight up plagiarism or appropriation, he completely undermined any semblance of credibility he might have had by lying.

If you believe so much in your work, asshole, why lie? Tell the fucking truth and let the courts do their fucking job. The AP might have lost their suit! There are an awful lot of artists, fans, and copyright lawyers on your side, you big douche. Hell, the fucking administration fucking loves you! And what do you do? You fuck it up and slap them all in the face because you just had to show the AP you had a bigger dick. Ugh.

Fairey’s case could have helped define more clearly the bounds of fair use versus copyright. Now? It’s just a failed appropriation.

Source: CP24

Machinarium is So Pretty

AZM Ally Greg sent along this trailer for Machinarium, an illustrated puzzle game for Mac/PC that’s awful damn pretty. You can try a web demo over at the Machinarium site. I love the illustration style and how well each bit is animated. The environment animations are also quite nice and really help to draw you into the world (no pun intended). I would love to see a Machinamrium short movie in this style. I foresee losing many hours to this gorgeous looking game.

Source: Machinarium

Shenami Cutie

Shenami Cutie

At the behest of some friends, I put up a toy design on Patchtogether in the hopes to get it produced as an actual product. The hat comes off as a separate monster and reveals a hidden surprise. The arms are removable as well so you can design your own tattoo.

To get this into production, first it has to get enough votes on Patchtogether. If it gets enough votes, the Patchtogether crew figures out a price point and puts the toy up for pre-sale. Should it receive enough pre-orders, the toy goes in to production. Head on over to the site to put in your vote and to check out some other views of the cutie.

Reboot Rebooted as a Movie Trilogy

I’ve got no other information other than this trailer sent over by Angry Zen Minion Jeff Posey and that it will be a film trilogy. It may or may not follow the comic. I suppose I could get a little more vague, but fuck it, this is awesome news! Reboot is back!

Super Art Fight 5 Destroys Baltimore!

Admit it, this week has sucked a big hairy maggot infested donkey nipple. There’s only one possible cure. SUPER ART FIGHT! Tomorrow night, Super Art Fight invades the Metro Gallery in downtown Baltimore. Special guest Karmella’s Game will be cranking out the tunes.

First to battle is Super Art Fight co-founder Nick “Ghostfreehood” Borkowicz of Art Fight High School and Dead of Summer versus Lar DeSouza of Least I Could Do and Looking For Group. Lar is coming all the way from Canada to layeth the smacketh down upon Nick’s roody poo, candy ass! But rumor has it Nick is bringing along a secret weapon to even the odds. MUH HAH HA HAAAAA!

Second battle is an all-star tag team match with Bryan Prindiville of Hello With Cheese and Kelsey Wailes versus Jamie Baldwin of Sudden Valley and Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots. Turns out this is going to be quite a grudge match between Corsetto and Prindiville. The two of them have been shit talking each other all week.

Finally, for the Super Art Fight Championship Belt, Michael Bracco of Novo and Adam Wreck will defend his title against Chris “IMPACT” Impink of Fragile Gravity. No holds barred bitches!

Good god, I don’t think there’s any way Baltimore will survive this madness. If you’re over 21, doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

AZM Comics Soft Launch

Over the past three years, a number of people have been poking me about getting back to my own comics. This is something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I stopped AZM as a comic and turned it into a full fledged blog. Very soon, I will have more time than ever before to devote to my own projects which excites me greatly. I’ve been working on archiving all the old comics that I used to have up. I haven’t archived the posts that went along with them just yet. That will take a while. But eventually, I’ll have all the old stuff up the way it used to be. Mostly.

So if you’re interested, click on the big ugly comics button that is now working to see the latest. I did a little four page thing about the horrible things that happen when Audrey goes on a business trip and leaves me at home.

Small Press Expo Kicks My Ass

Yesterday, I hung out with Dern of “Yo’ Dern” and Hello With Cheese fame, Ananth and Yuko of Johnny Wander, and Ross from The System at the Small Press Expo which just happens to be right across the street from where I live. Apparently, this year SPX wanted to preserve the comic freshness of the attendees and exhibitors because the air conditioning in the hall was set to crispy and FREEZING. Even with hoodies and sweatshirts, comic creators and guests were shaking their booties like they were at a disco.

So. Fucking. Cold.

SPX is a difficult con for me to attend. On the one hand, it is filled with comics awesomeness. I didn’t plan on spending any money when I went, but somehow the greenies escaped the confines of my wallet and I came home with comic awesomeness. The sheer number of great comics even in these rough economic times tells me that there’s always room for comics. It’s great to see and it’s tremendously inspiring.

On the other hand, I was supremely annoyed with myself that I wasn’t a part of it. It’s not the day job that gets in the way (although, it really does get in the fucking way), it’s not all the other projects that get in the way, it’s not life that gets in the way, or any of a bajillion other fucking things that I can point to that get in my way. It’s me. I’m getting in my own fucking way. There are a fuck ton of people who are a fuck ton more busy than I am and they manage to crank out awesome indy comics of epic awesomeness. If they can level up and bring their A game to the SPX, so can I.

SPX was a great kick in the ass. Hopefully, this means you’ll be seeing more art work from me from now on. There’s a lot of shit that I want to get done and it’s been taking entirely too long for me to get to it. So fuck it, time to level up and art like a ninja.

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