Question by 8 Azure ∞: Whoever said you had to be talented to make bank?
Reading about Todd Goldman made me want to waste 5 points to complain and gather opinions on these two topics (Goldman, and art in general).
[Accusations of Plagiarism
In April 2007, Goldman was accused of plagiarism by web cartoonist Dave “Shmorky” Kelly, in a post on the Something Awful forums, saying that Goldman’s piece “Dear God Make Everyone Die” was traced directly from a 2001 Purple Pussy comic by Kelly. Mike Tyndall maintains a page which summarizes the original Something Awful thread, at which dozens of images are compared, with the claim that Goldman plagiarized many artists.
In an interview with Sense magazine, Goldman said, “I guess what happened was this: I have a whole design team that works back in Florida creating t-shirts for me. And then I take some of these images and make paintings out of them. If we do 50 t-shirts a month we probably create over 300 images to narrow down to those 50. Listen, I couldn’t paint in my lifetime the amount of stuff that we’ve done. I thought that image was created internally within ‘David and Goliath’. I guess the original idea came from that Kelly guy which one of my artists had seen. We changed it to “Please God Make All my Friends Fat,” because the Die wouldn’t sell on t-shirts. But I thought it’d make a great painting. So I painted two images from it. 5 months later it was hanging in this gallery and someone saw it and started this whole Internet thing. When I found out it wasn’t our image, I apologized to the guy and gave him the full proceeds for the sale of the paintings. They sold for ,000. So I didn’t profit from him. There was no lawsuit from it. But then a whole can of worms opens up and suddenly I’m knocking off everyone apparently.”
On May 3, 2007, Goldman’s publicity agent announced that Goldman (who initially dismissed the controversy as “false accusations and blogging” in the contact with the media) and Kelly had reached a settlement: Goldman would pay Kelly the money he earned from the paintings and Kelly would drop the case. Goldman’s art dealer said that several art galleries stopped showing Goldman’s work and the wholesalers who buy Goldman’s posters canceled their orders and asked for refunds for unsold stock. “I lost the three biggest poster distributors in America,” his art dealer, Jack Solomon, said. Goldman later reported that the poster distributors came back.]
This guy probably makes loads of more money than the [alleged] original artists.
I’ve seen samples of this guy’s art. IGNORING the (highly) suspected plagiarism, he sucks, plain and simple.
I noticed a decline in the popularity of skilled art in the past few decades of cartoons on television. It’s stupid, honestly. Completely, absolutely, totally ridiculous.
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