YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerJan 6, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If this is all true, you should make a Face Book page for your work, with an explanation about how you wrote these comics. Then go to where others have posted your work on Face Book, and comment. Post links to that page, and your website, you DA page, whatever, so people know who made it. I really think artists should be recognized for their work. If all those people knew you made those comics, I think at least a few would stop by to let you know that they appreciate your work.
Anyway, that's what I'd do, if people were passing around my art without giving me credit (unlikely).
I do have to admit I have put a few of your comics on fb, I left your name on them and provided a link to your deviantart, but when I put myself in your position I think permission should have been asked.... sorry bro, my bad
Anyway, I haven't seen them before, but then again I try to stay faaaaar away from sites like 9gag because they are rotten and evil and stupid and turn people into weird-talking idiots.
Perhaps something that you can do is make sure that with your future projects you'll put your signature or something on it in such a way that it becomes harder to remove without making it obvious something was removed from there?
What I'd do is just forget about it. I'd take it as a compliment. But if it bothers you so much, use a more difficult-to-remove watermark or try to decrease or increase your target market (i.e. make it seem less or more funny than it actually is).
I agree with the people who suggest using a more difficult to remove watermark. And there's something else you could try...post them to 9gag etc yourself with the link back to your blog! If other people are posting them on various sites and the audience is responding really well, take advantage of it and use it as an opportunity for self-promotion
Actually, the spread of your comics on facebook is why I know you exist to watch you on DA. Jusy putting your name on shit is actually helping you out, Broseph. You should just sneak 'em in to places it isn't so easy to just edit out.
For someone who acts like such a smart-ass, you sure aren't that smart. You can still right-click and save pictures from dA even when downloads and sharing ARE disabled. Besides there's always printscreening.
If the thieves were that lazy, would you suppose they'd still remove the name/signature/link? This is a honest question now, as I am having difficulties estimating how realistic that would be... and you do seem to kind of start to have a point now.
It depends. Some art thieves do it out of ignorance--they honestly don't understand that it's wrong to repost an image they found on google without crediting the original artist. Other art thieves act out of malice and a need for attention, and they're the ones more likely to spend time removing any watermarks from the work.
Mmm, alright, there's a good point. Though, I still think that in the case they would actually go to the length of removing the watermark, they wouldn't mind hitting the right-click button of the mouse and then 'save as' or 'save'.
Still, I'm at least happy to see you did think about the matter. Wish your original post would have reflected that some more.
Oh geez, yeah I've just been sharing your comics through the link leading to your DA. I see FunnyMama and 9gag and some other site share em, now looking at em and they don't have your sig. So messed up :\
Your comics are humorous and clever, and also drawn much better than I could ever do. It would make sense that people would want to steal 'em.
I know many others have already said this, but add a watermark... unless you're not going to post 'em on the Internet, then I highly recommend doing so. Signatures on the bottom of the page can be edited out, especially if the background behind it is white, so I don't really think this would be a good solution to your problem.
But this is all I have to give that could qualify as "advice", so... I have no better answer.