Mark Frauenfelder at 12:55 pm Wed, May 8, 2013
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I enjoyed meeting artist Rob Reger last year at Baby Tattoovile. He's making an animated music video of Emily the Strange. He's very close to meeting his Kickstarter goal of $55k.
Had the same thought.
thanks big ryan – that is EXACTLY what i was going to post – CANNOT support a plagiarist!!!!!!!
i don’t claim to know for sure if its plagiarism or not, i just thought it was funny to see mark posting about the same character again: in 2008 possibly against the character? in 2013 possibly for the character?
The interested parties in this issue have both publicly stated that they are happy and satisfied with the arrangement that’s been made regarding Emily.
From you thought we wouldn’t notice:
Dear Emily the Strange Friends and Foes,
I’ve been made aware of this blog and some similar ones with inquiries regarding the origination and creation of the Emily the Strange character. As you may be aware by what has been noted in many interviews and on Wikipedia, Nathan Carrico first conceived of and used Emily as a character for a skateboard design back in 1991. After seeing a sticker of the design, I thought the quirky “looks strange” design was in line with other tees Cosmic Debris was doing, and that it might resonate well with the crew I was selling to. I asked and received permission to use the design from Nathan. We then began creating Emily’s gothic, nonconformist, dark world by using a variety of original expressions (”I want you to leave me alone”, “Teacher’s Pest”, “Emily doesn’t search to belong…” etc.) and unique Emily designs on our t-shirts and other products. Several years thereafter, the character of Rosamond from the children’s book series Nate the Great was brought to my attention for the first time.
Although the designs and worlds of Rosamond and Emily are different and readily distinguishable, and although we never received any complaints from the author, the artist, or the publisher, we phased out the original skateboard design upon learning of the Rosamond character, and worked with the creative team to further distinguish Emily and her universe. Regarding copyright law, there is legally nothing wrong with sharing or implementing a unique variation on a concept. I have never drawn inspiration from the Nate the Great series or Rosamond. In fact, we at Cosmic Debris have always moved to individualize the idea of Emily the Strange and her universe, which are original to Cosmic Debris.
Today Cosmic Debris prides itself on what it has become over the years: the creative design house that is responsible for providing consumers with strong messages about feminism, empowerment and individualism. Through years of development, Emily the Strange has grown from simple graphics into a concept that reaches far beyond design. Through our fan forum, I have learned that Emily has comforted the suicidal, helped people accept their sexuality, and get through very taxing personal situations. This is all in addition to making everyone know it is okay, and even better, to be different. I am very proud of this, because that was and is my goal: to make the world feel more comfortable in its own skin.
We applaud your interest and hope you continue to stand up for what you believe— that’s what Emily would do.
I’ve always felt ashamed for plagiarizing Clifford the Big Red Dog for a school assignment in the 2nd grade. But thanks to Emily the Strange, I’ve learned to stop beating myself up over it. It is ok to be different, or the same, or whatever, as long as I get paid.
It surprises and offends me that you’d post this kickstarter for someone who is widely known to have stolen artwork and imposed upon it his own copystink. You’re usually a pro-artist writer. What’s gotten into you?
On August 12, 2009, creator of Emily the Strange and the creators of Nate the Great jointly announced an agreement resolving all disputes between them. Each side agreed to give up all claims against the other as part of their settlement. “We recognize that Emily and Rosamond are both unique and original characters, and we are pleased that we were able to resolve this dispute,” said Marjorie Sharmat and Marc Simont. “We wish Rob, Cosmic Debris, Emily and her fans all the very best.”
If they’re happy, I’m happy.
If I steal your car, then get caught, and you decide not to pursue charges as long as I wash the car and fill the tank, does that mean I’m not a car thief?
Fragments of animation begin showing up at 3:09 if anyone’s curious how it looks. The actual animation’s being done by Ghostbot, who are responsible for those cool Esurance commercials, so it may well end up looking pretty good.
(And while I’m talking about Ghostbot, I’d like to direct your attention to Joe Paradise, a dialup-era spy thriller cartoon created by Ghostbotter Roque Ballestros.)
Joe Paradise looks a lot like the opening credits of Reel Wild Cinema.
Seems that my comments objecting to this post have disappeared down the ol’ censorship memory hole, despite being completely civil and completely relevant. Interesting, isn’t it?
Sounds a bit like The Veronicas, a bit like the Rogue Traders…. a whole lot like some good ol’ Australian electro-pop!
Yeah, I like that. :-)
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