Art Theft: Sketcherjack (Jessica Rockeman) WinsA while back I posted about iconSketcherjak: stealing my artwork, namely my dinosaur tutorials, which she put in a book she sold on Createspace. (You can see all my proof here, for the most part: http://droemar.deviantart.com/journal/Art-Theft-Sketcherjack-Jessica-Rockeman-566458149
I randomly stumbled on her book again on Createspace, reinstated and for sale again. http://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-Dinosaurs-Everything-landscapes/dp/1477538747/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458749591&sr=1-1&keywords=How+to+Draw+Dinosaurs%3A+Everything+you+ever+wanted+to+know+about+drawing
It's pretty defeating. I contacted Createspace about what the hell was going on, and they said basically "yeah, we reviewed it and decided to reinstate." No reason given, just, you know, apparently whether something as plagiarized or not depends on the person looking at the situation.
I made a fuss, and have people due to call me back, but this is the reality of what art theft looks like. No one cares.
Here's the text from the entry, with links
"Inktober is upon us again and we will be doing weekly art draws , like last year, as well as offering our Inktober ink artwork for sale. Since there are two Gurukitties, there will be 62 images to pick from and two themes to pick from.
Guru is going to be doing Creepy Crypids! Cryptozoology is a legitimate science! Kitty will be doing Animals (Here and Gone) following the theme of extinct animals but including other cuties.
Each artwork will be 5×7 inches big and signed by the artist and will not contain watermarks. Originals will be mailed free of charge for draw winners. You must be willing to provide a mailing address.
Simply comment on this blog post (feel free to suggest cryptids or animals you would like to see when you do), you will be entered into a draw. A new draw will started each week and you will be able to see new images each day.
While we will be posting images on Instagram and Facebook, only comments on this post will count to the weekly draw.
If you aren’t interested in entering a draw and just want to purchase some of the artwork, they will be available in the shop (for a limited time) as well and any purchased will be removed from the draw immediately (being marked as SOLD in the gallery)."
Saturday 10-6, Sun 11-5
Selling prints and plaques of most of these new artworks (not fanart of course but all the others) as well as comics, tote bags and cellphone cases!
Hope to see you there
The artworks are by myself and Marker-Guru, we have each done 31 images which means you have 62 choices to pick from when you win the raffle.
Each artwork is 6"x6" on bristol using various inking pens and inks. and will be shipped to you for free if you win the raffle (no shipping charged)
All you have to do is go to the inktober post on my website ( which is right here: gurukitty.com/2014/09/30/inkto… ) and say something, anything, in the comments, even if it's just wishing everyone a scary halloween!
Hurry up though because today is the last chance you have!
Here are just a few samples of the images you'll be able to choose from, go to the article to see the entire collection
And by free we do mean 100% free, we aren't going to be charging shipping or anything.
Go here for more info and to enter the first weeks raffle: gurukitty.com/2014/09/30/inkto…
Lots of things have been happening...
One of my close family (favorite aunt) died of cancer.... slowly, yet suddenly. I was not prepared...
I'm working on several comic projects, which is why the hiatus on Daqueran, when i have these done, Daqueran will continue (I have been sketching pages between other work).
Mostly the work is for a couple of Anthologies, Our once upon a time anthology as well as an anthology for inkdwell and some Canadian Superhero stuff for cloudscape comics that I think is going to be a web anthology.... cant remember... too many things.
I'll be updating my website Gurukitty.com with updates on all those kinds of things. I don't have time to update 50 websites. Facebook and Gurukitty.com is where you can see new stuff.
I cant check DA often anymore, I just have been getting busier and busier.
So, please don't get annoyed if I don't reply or take forever to reply.
I leave you with this picture, and the message attached.
hee oops, I guess I should pay more attention to my DA account.
Truth is I've been so busy preparing for Fanexpo (which is now done) and Calgary Expo (which I leave for tomorrow) that I haven't even had a chance to come by and say there will be a delay in posting Daqueran for a little bit.
And now I see I got a DD like 22 days ago and didnt notice.
Okay well a wee update before I head to the Studio to finish preparing for Calgary Expo.
Daqueran is on wee Hiatus until after I get back and a Couple other mini works are done.
I have 3 Anthology submissions to work on before i can get back into Daqueran to finish it off.
Fanexpo was amazing and anyone in Vancouver will know, it's about freakin' time! It was crazy! I hope I got to meet some of you.
Calgary Expo we are going to have a booth in the small press/indy area. S06 I think is our booth number, so stop by and say hi if you have the time.
Thank you everyone who commented on my Christmas 2011 Daily Deviation I got, after all the convention craziness is over (or perhaps if I have a quiet hotel room moment) I'll try and reply to everyone and thank you all properly.
coincidentally, I will be selling 13x19 limited edition, pigment ink, signed prints of this and other works at CALGARY EXPO. I had the prints made before i realized this was a DD.
Hope I see you at Calgary!
Thanks everyone for your support, and especially thank you elicoronel16 and dust-bite for the unexpected DD.
My moms sweet little, less than a year old, cuddly as hell adorable kitten got blown off her 13 story balcony today and died.
The Building manager apparently found her on the ground outside dead today.
It seems so ridiculous that a kitten could get blown off a balcony and die.
So much bad happening at once, it feels like there should be an end somewhere because there is only so much a family can take.
(Aunts bone cancer has moved to her liver too btw)
I cant help picturing how scared she must have been falling so far.
We have a cute new logo, it'll be popping up on twitters, websites and journal headers soon.
We need some con table money fast (as in ... this week)!
if you've had a look at the side bar on our website gurukitty.com lately you'll see we've got quite a lineup for 2012. It's good, we want to get Ghost Tales and Daqueran out there and earn back some of our Gurukitty Money that we spent publishing Ghost Tales but it's spreading us a bit thin financially.
So, I need to open limited commissions to get some paypal money (If you don't want a commission but want to help out, we accept paypal Donations to email@example.com )
I'm going to keep these commissions simple but with bonus!
Also people, I can draw other things other than comic characters, if you want flowers or something, I can do that too.
Inked Sketchcard (2.5x3.5) on bristol
no revisions - portrait/bust - one character
5$ + shipping
add 5$ each additional characters
Inked Bust on 12x12 bristol
no revisions - portrait/bust (waist up) - One character
$20 + shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
Inked Full Body on 12x12 bristol
no revisions - one character - full body
$30 + shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
Watercolour bust on Watercolour paper (9x12)
1 revision at sketch stage - portrait/bust - One character
$45 + Shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
Watercolour full body on Watercolour paper (9x12)
$55 + shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
BONUS: All commissions will come with a free 1" button of the commission (How cute!)
Payment methods: Paypal
Use this form to commission me.
So, I have an actual studio now, where i can do all my art! So I spend a couple hours there each day after work and every friday. I'm a little screwed this week because i have people in the house all week fixing the bathroom, but most weeks I spend many hours there.
So Im hoping i can motor through the rest of Daqueran, get my Once Upon a Time submission done and get The Bachelors and the Python going (which is now called the Gourd wife)
I'll be getting to comiclist soon to add up the last couple months of submissions.
I dont think things can get any crazier.
I have to take another daqueran break to get Christmas shopping done on my weekends. Theres also work xmas parties and staffmeetings that take up all my draw time. But I want to make a Chrismtas art so thats what Im going to do today bettween Dishes and housework and wrapping presents.
Have awesome holiday everyone!
In case anyone noticed I haven't been doing anything for a month or so.
I just posted a Daqueran update.
Ghost Tales is all done (more or less) we are just waiting for our large shipment of books to mail out for the preorders and comp copies.
We have a bit of background work to do on it still but it's done. If you watched our blog you would have seen some photos of the finished book.
The indiegogo perk mail outs will be happening soon and we are just getting ready to gather the commission info from people who donated to get commissions.
The campaign didn't get us anywhere NEAR what we needed to go to Calgary Expo, but we bought a booth anyway... we will just have to...
make it work somehow.
So, we will be at Calgary Expo for sure!
If you ever want to know what cons we are going to be at, we have a widget on our website no gurukitty.com with all locations and stuff.
Yes, I haven't been here much, I've been so busy with comics and anthologies and meetings and then m y day job.
So here are some updates on the various projects you may be following:
I put a wee notice on the Daqueran Tagboad saying that Daqueran is on Hiatus until I have the ghost tales anthology rolling and my own comic for the anthology is complete. Daqueran has less than 10 pages left, so yeah I will totally get it done as soon as I can! It will be very satisfying to get it done!
We have been getting submissions almost daily for this anthology and we expect a bit of a pile to come in on the 15th at say around midnight, HAHA. We will try and have all the candidates chosen and announced by August 20th and that announcement will be made on Gurukitty.com Second and First, through the mailing list we set up for GT news and releases.
We hope to have the entire book ready for a Halloween release of online sales, so we are granting some minor extensions (like a DAY or two), for individuals.
The second issue of Bad Kitties was released, and they will continue to be released at random intervals, you can watch the gurukitty Website or blog for updates on them.
In case you haven't been there in a while, the Gurukitty Website was completely overhauled, go have a look if you haven't already.
Oh, also our Calgary Expo fundraising thingy is still going. We have some fantastic perks for donation levels including pre-order of Ghost Tales and Hello Albertosaurus. You can donate any amount you like, even 1$ if thats all you got. If you have nothing, sharing it on your social media sites like twitter and tumblr help increase our GOGO factor and keep our campaign visual.
Only 43 days left!
See the full article for links
"The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund is available to assist any Canadian comic book retailer, distributor, publisher or creator who find themselves victims of Canadas unique obscenity laws.
The CLLDF was formed in 1987 by Derek McCulloch and Paul Stockton to raise money for the defense of Comic Legends, a Calgary, Alberta comic shop whose owners were charged with selling obscene materials. The CLLDF paid the cost of Comic Legends initial court case, which ended with their conviction and a fine of $5500. Subsequently, the CLLDF paid for an appeal, which did not overturn the conviction, but did result in a reduction of the fine to $3000.
Since then, the Fund has been maintained to provide financial succor for those fighting the suppression of comic book material. Most recently, the Fund has made several donations to the Little Sisters lawsuit against Canada Customs, and paid the expenses of expert witnesses brought in to testify on behalf of Marc Laliberte, a fanzine publisher in Windsor. Laliberte was acquitted on all charges.
In order to raise money for the fight, the CLLDF has produced two TRUE NORTH comic book anthologies, containing stories by many of the top Canadian and international comic book creators. They have also produced a Cerebus poster by Dave Sim and Gerhard, reproducing the cover of the first TRUE NORTH.
For more information on the CLLDF, please contact the Administrators at the addresses below.
In Eastern Canada: Paul Stockton, 183 Woodycrest Ave., Toronto, Ont, M4J 3C2
In Western Canada: Leonard S Wong, P.O. Box 48873, Bentall Station, Vancouver, B.C., V7X 1A8 (604) 322-6412 (phone/fax)
The American fund is the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. They have a much heavier caseload than we do, and are also deserving of your support. To visit their web page, hit here.
To see a partial list of comics banned or seized by Canada Customs, hit here.
Find out a whole lot more about censorship in Canada by visiting the Chronicle of Freedom of Expression in Canada site."
Spring is here
The only down side to that is Summer is on it's way and I dislike summer. Dislikes not quite a strong enough word.. the word is hate.
Spring is nice because it's mild and bright with cool breezes and neat downpours of rain.
I chopped my hair all off, thinking it would alleviate some of the constant headaches I get due to allergies and stress. Now my hair looks weird and creepy.
Thats the other downside to spring and Summer is the allergies, and they are SO BAD this year.
My Daqueran pages are kind of on a 2 week schedule at the moment, not intentionally, lifes been just to weird and drawing has been so difficult. I;m trying very hard to get back on track, especially since I am so close to the end and I cant start work on "The Bachelors and the Python"!
Also, I'm trying to get to do some little on the side projects (like I need more work) to help reignight my comic passions..
OOH OOH! Opus (the artstore I work at) FINALLY got comic board, Manga board and Layout paper in stock! How long did I beg for that?!
The layout paper is something I never used, but I bought a pad of it and now I'm addicted! It's so convenient, and I'm all about the convenience.
So, now I don't have to make stupid trips way out of my way to buy from Desserres to get my board. I almost resorted to bluelining my own board but GEEEZ, I have a hard enough time fitting drawing into my ay, and bluelining is time consuming and tedious.
Anyway, enough blather, I have a comic page to scann and letter!
OH and BTW all FCBD orders have been shipped!
today is free comic book day! Im going to be making some rounds in Surrey and white Rock today, traveling ever farther from my home base in search of awesome comic shops.
Also, we will be giving away free comics again this year.
to collect your free comic, simply visit Gurukitty.com and fill out the form.
Hope everyone has an awesome FCBD!