Some of you may be curious as to why I was upset at Otakon on Saturday. I just need to get this out and clear the air. Yea, I am still hurt and I feel betrayed by this and it’s been feeding my growing distrust of fellow artists. I understand that my post may result in a public backlash but I can’t…
My good friend shattered-earth was recently a victim of, what I strongly consider to be, art theft. As you can read in her post, the artist in question received this print from shattered-earth and then stole the concept and turned it into his own print. (and never sent her the prints she PAID for as part of the trade).
Fan art is bound to be similar, and he didn’t steal the character from her- but he certainly took her beautiful concept and ideas, and is passing it off as his own, and making money off of if.
When I saw coeykuhn's print at Otakon I immediately thought “wait..that's Susan's print. Why does he have it at his table?!” Looking at both prints side by side, there are stylistic differences, but the concept and idea is a blatant copy.
If he can steal one persons concept, he can steal many. Who knows how many artists he’s taken ideas from? It’s not a legal concern, but a moral concern. You just don’t stab other artists in the back like this. It’s not right.
Keep in mind, she has been trying to contact him for almost a year. And he has completely ignored her. Going public is Susan’s best way to warn other artists about this scammer. We don’t want this to happen to any other artists!
I’m really not trying to start anything(definitely not that kind of person), and I’ve read Coey’s reply to this and it seems like they had absolutely no intention of doing something like this.
Unfortunately the misunderstanding and hurtful feelings are real and I really hope that this is sorted out, really! It’s definitely not right and seems very fishy, but I know Coey through a few friends (even close friends that went to school with him) and I can honestly say that they would NEVER outright do this on purpose.
I DO NOT support Art Theft!! I’m just trying to sort out the situation based on my knowledge of the artist in question.
As a person that is also a scatter brain at times, life gets in way and unfortunately people get forgotten about, and it’s not the nicest feeling in the world, but it does happen. Even if it’s not intended.
Yes, this had to go public to get recognition of the artist, but I hope that this stays between them now and gets sorted out between them.
Cheers~ ; v ;
Definitely agreeing with vanduobones.
I have personally met Shy and Coey. I have also bought several things from them, and had a similar experience where they were out of a print I wanted, so they agreed to ship it to me. Yes, it took much longer than I had expected, but I knew better than to just send one email and leave them be. I ended up receiving my print after a couple months, and let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
I highly doubt anybody was “ignored.” It isn’t fair to point fingers at people and assume things, especially when there weren’t answers in the first place. Emails get lost, people forget things, Coey is only human.
I love these artists more than anybody can imagine. They are my inspiration to keep doing art at a young age. They are nothing but sweet, and kind, and I couldn’t ever imagine Coey being responsible for art theft.
I do not think it’s fair to start a public uprising that could ruin somebody’s reputation because of a simple misunderstanding. Let these artists keep it to themselves. None of us know what the entire story is, so be fair, and keep an open mind.
"I could never imagine Coey being responsible for art theft"
Other artists have already come out since this post telling their stories about how Coey has stolen their art too. Also several people have contributed talking about how they’ve paid for prints never received, paid for commissions and never received, etc. The entire situation is sketchy and is certainly not looking good in his favor. It’s hard to accept that someone you look up to may not be the person you expected- but it’s clear here that there is a lot of truth coming out of this situation. It’s worth it for you to keep an open mind.