So after yesterday's post, I've been having a time browsing Redbubble. Dark Horse's Editor-In-Chief Scott Allie writes,
If you love art, buy from the artists, not the thieves. Say no to Red Bubble. http://t.co/9eQhOq98AB
— Scott Allie (@ScottAllie) May 30, 2014
But is it that simple? This thing is, much of the work is being done on Redbubble is by original artists, some original, some transformative. Such as Miranda Sawyer's blurred and filtered comic characters. If the art isn't her own, it is arguably transformed into something that is.
Or Joe Harris' Super Manatees, created for DeviantArt but being sold by the same person on Redbubble. Original work featuring transformed IPs.
Or Almn's minimal Harley Quinn
Or this wonderful Frozen-inspired art by Megan Lara.
Emphasis on "inspired". And clearly this is a way that artists such as these make a living. But it's just not being policed. Such as…
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And on and on and on.
— Marco Garcia (@MARCUSPACK16) May 29, 2014
UPDATE: Redbubble have responded on twitter and on the redbubble blog.
— skottie young (@skottieyoung) May 30, 2014
Maybe we've helped start something?