From vampire novels to Rob Granito

So just last night I heard a bit of commentary on Twitter about the notorious Rob Granito. I find it difficult to believe this guy got away with passing off other people’s work as his own for over a decade. Even in the pre-Internet world, a community as small as the professional comic artists scene should have spotted and dealt with this guy a long time ago.

I’ve had a few less than pleasant comments on my Webcomic Builder article about aping the art styles of artists you admire in order to develop your own artistic techniques but outright plagiarism? That is totally unacceptable. This guy should be prosecuted, plain and simple.

As for drawing in the style of others? I stand by my views on that one. You can’t perfect your own techniques if you are not comparing yourself to people who have already perfected their skills. Practice is great but practice when you know what you’re actually aiming for is better.

A potential cover for 'Unholy Crusade'
'Unholy Crusade' potential cover

In other news, I met a brilliant artist in Second Life last night. He’s a neighbour of mine in-world and we got to talking when he came ’round to ask me about a poster I had on the wall of my house. The poster is of the Doctor Nob episode of The Life of Nob T. Mouse, which lead to us discussing cartoons.

This is the reason I am in Second Life. There are so many creative people in the metaverse that you can’t help but run into someone who is doing something amazing; be it creating a painting, a sculpture, or even an entire television network. The possibilities are simply endless.

Anyway, that’s about all I’ve got to say right now. I have spent part of this morning laying out Unholy Crusade for a second edit and that’s going pretty well. I’m hoping to be able to release it as an eBook some time in April but that will, of course, depend on how quickly I can get it expanded and edited up.

There are a few plot threads that I really want to develop more compared to the first draft version that is available here on this website. Once those are done, I’ll edit it; get it proofread; edit it again and then release it.

In the mean time, here’s a potential cover image. I really like this one. It is a composite of my own Cactus Through Cleaning Fluid photograph from the 365 days of photography project and T’as d’beaux yeux tu sais? by amysphere on Flickr; which is an image released under Creative Commons. That means this cover image is also released under Creative Commons, so have fun with it. 🙂

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