A friend of mine is a well known comic book artist and she posted this on her FB wall yesterday. It’s very interesting seeing what artists involved in the industry have to say about it. (Including the extremely talented guy who’s photo was blatantly stolen.) Apparently this artist (Arthur Suydam) is well known for this kind of thing and has been caught doing it before. Basically what has happened is a cosplayer took a photo of himself as a DC character and then an artist stole that photo and used it in his own commissioned artwork that was sold to a DC affiliate. The consensus is it will be settled pretty quick since DC is affected by it and the artists assume DC will remove the commissioned image immediately. It’s an interesting look at copyright and it’ll be fascinating to see how it plays out.
In nutshell, this artist (Suydam) was commissioned by DC for a DCeased (zombie) recreation of the famous “Killing Joker” cover. (He’s a famous zombie /comic artists and DC owns the Joker.) The artist claims he used other work as general “reference” only and his new image is a one-of-the kind painting. Actually all he did is steal a photo, change a few things and add some photoshop filters to it and it’s clearly an exact copy of the photo down to the stitches in the clothing. The photo belongs to a cosplayer (A.Misiano) who is getting pretty well known for his Joker photographs. (My friend knows the cosplayer and says his photos can take weeks of preparation.) Since originally being called out, Suydam acknowledge he “referenced” the photo and is willing to give the photographer a modeling fee.
Adding the page of the cosplayer “Harley’s Joker” so you can see his work