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  6. I speak to the Geeks…

    I speak now to the Geek. My people. Those with whom I share a cultural heritage. Over the years I have heard you, many times, complain about the output of Hollywood when it comes to our beloved franchises. They do the same thing over and over again. Another soulless reboot. Once again, someone has destroyed a once-beloved childhood property.

    And these complaints are not without merit. The thing is, Hollywood keeps making these movies because YOU KEEP GOING TO THEM. Movie execs speak one language: money. If you want them to do something DIFFERENT, you have to stop spending money on things you DON’T LIKE.

    So if anything I’m saying sounds familiar, guys, I have a solution for you. Oh, it won’t fix everything, but it will be a start. You want them to stop trashing old franchises? You want them to take a chance on something different? You want something weird and cool instead of empty and derivative?

    Then next weekend, take whatever money you were going to spend on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and instead, go to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” for a second time.

     
  7. eschergirls:

    So yesterday I found out that Randy Queen (artist of DarkChylde) filed a bunch of DMCA takedown notices to Tumblr to remove posts of his covers on this blog (the entire posts, not just the images).  I’ve also gotten messages from other users that he’s had their stuff removed too (redraws, etc that have been featured here).  Non-critical Tumblr posts of his art/covers and those praising his work appear to be unaffected.

    I’m writing this to let other people who run sites that might have criticized his work ( thehawkeyeinitiative, bikiniarmorbattledamage, boobsdontworkthatway, repair-her-armor, comicartcorrections etc) know that he seems to use DMCA takedowns to remove pages that are critical of his work.  And, to be prepared that he might have Tumblr remove your posts without warning (there was no prior communication of any kind, or conventional requests for removal).

    Also, if you’ve submitted redraws of his stuff to these sites, you might want to ask them to put them private for now (if he complains about a submission you’ve made, Tumblr will count it as a complaint against your account).

    To date, Mr. Queen is the only artist who has taken this kind of action - other artists and publishers seem to understand Escher Girls & other similar sites are fair use and criticism, and that fan discussion, positive or negative, is important and helpful to their business. (In fact, the creators I’ve interacted with are either fans of EG, or expressed disagreement but know that it’s fan criticism.)

    If anybody is curious about what his DarkChylde art looked like and why they were featured on this blog you can find them here.

    (Don’t harass him on his Facebook or Tumblr by the way.  I’m not interested in having a feud with him, just letting people know what’s going on.)

    Update: He has now filed a DMCA takedown with Tumblr to remove this post.  This post is still up on Escher Girls, but every single reblog of it has been removed.

    Just thought I would share…

     
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  10. Showcase at the Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy

    Showcase at the Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy Movie PosterIn this week’s Showcase podcast, my wife Erin and I talk about the newest comic book movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Erin tackles it from the viewpoint of someone completely unfamiliar with the franchise, whereas I examine it as a longtime fan of the characters. We talk spoiler-free for a while, then put up a warning before we get spoiler-ful.

    Gotta admit, it was hard to prevent this from just…

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