Perhaps you’ve been following the story of Rob Granito at Bleeding Cool and via various Twitter accounts. In short, don’t pass off the work of others as your own.
Longer form: Rich Johnston began a series of posts last week that began with issues regardings Granito’s credits and became bent on exposing Rob Granito for appropriating work and selling it as his own. The movement gathered momentum, including a Facebook page, and hit a high point at MegaCon when writer Mark Waid and artist Ethan Van Sciver confronted Granito directly.
There’s no doubt that Rich performed a service here. But, as Torsten Adair (an active, intelligent poster whom also works for Barnes & Noble, Inc. in data analysis) noted at the Facebook page, it does seem that there needs to be some organizing in order to police the Arist Alleys of other conventions. Granted, Granito is now banned from future Wizard World conventions and other shows, but it’s probably safe to say that he’s not the only person indulging in this kind of behavior.
It can’t always be up to Rich (though I’m sure he’ll give it a good effort if he uncovers similiar cases), and one (or groups) would need to be careful in the future. This one was, safe to say, pretty obvious. That’s why I think that Adair’s take is a positive one: form a group, establish some criteria, and educate young artists in terms of what constitutes a legitimate homage or “After” image.
On the (large) upside, people that do this frequently are going to think twice going forward. How this plays out when future perpetrators are caught in the act remains to be seen.