Art theft: Pix Posters

yubishines:

Hey guys, I have a huge migraine right now and I may be handling this a bit stupid, so I’m throwing myself on the collective for help

I just received independent confirmation that a company called Pix Posters has been selling prints of my Homestuck fanart, specifically this picture I did four years ago. They are not authorized by me; I don’t sell fanart prints personally, but that doesn’t mean other people can profit off those pieces. That is art theft.

I had suspicions about them a while back, but eventually gave up trying to track them down because I thought it was maybe the wrong company or a one-off, and, vitally, there is no contact information to be found anywhere. Their homepage (pixposters.com) doesn’t have working links, company profile sites have the bare minimum of info, and if you google “pix posters convention vendor” you’ll find that they’re present in almost any dealer’s room list you can see, but include no website link or name or anything. And apparently the WHOIS info for pixposters.com is all obfuscated too.

I can’t yell at someone if I can’t find them!

So, um, if someone whose brain isn’t killing them right now could find an email or contact form or… anything I would be in your debt.

Incidentally, any convention worth their salt should have a “no bootleg/stolen material for sale” policy, so the fact that they have a dealer’s table, like, everywhere is mind-boggling. 

For those curious on what the story with this is, on the 26th and 28th of September, I was at Pittsburgh Comicon. While attending, I came across a booth, Pix Posters, that was selling movie posters, tv posters, and the like. There were boxes containing smaller, laminated posters and in the box labeled “anime”, I came across this piece. I contacted the artist and went to notify staff, to which they told me that they’d keep an eye on the booth. Later that night I got confirmation from the artist that the vendor did not have permission to sell the art so I emailed staff and sent them an image of the art in question along with a screen shot of the confirmation from Yubishines and this is the answer I received…

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Pix Posters was selling tv posters and anime posters along with movie posters, a majority of which were pixelated and of poor quality. This lead me to believe that the staff was unaware of what this vendor was selling. Not only that, but the vendor’s site is full of broken links.

On Sunday, the 28th, I went right to the booth, scanned through their things, found the art, and went right to staff with the confirmation from the artist as well as telling them about the site. The staff member was quick to find the booth and discard the art. The guy running the booth said that they received their things from a distributor and really didn’t seem to care that he was selling stolen art and posters with poor quality images. The staff let them stay and continue to sell the work they had.

As an added message from Yubishines: “PSA to anyone going to conventions: If you see the Pix Posters booth in the vendor’s/exhibitor’s room, do not buy their prints. If you notice fanart prints at their booth — not just my poker night drawing, not just Homestuck fanart but from any fandom — please, take five minutes of your time to ask convention staff to investigate. 

To convention staff: I know I’m just one person, and I know the rules about selling derivative work are a bit different in cons, but there’s a big difference between artists making unique commissions or limited print runs, and some rando company grabbing images off the internet and profiting off them without asking the creator first. This is not how a reputable business works. 

Just… reconsider letting Pix Posters be associated with your con. That’s all I ask.”

You can see some of the cons this vendor sells at by googling “Pix Posters convention vendor”. If you do see this vendor at a con you attend, go through what they are selling and if you recognize anything, please notify staff!

(I reblogged this one instead since my phone decided to re-correct a few words after I had sent the message on the other post. You’d think after typing “cons” so many times it would recognize it. And I don’t know how the heck it messed up “distributor”)


beanclam:

The book is out! Here it is on Amazon.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the past two books, thanks for the suggestions and ideas for this book, and I hope you guys enjoy all the fun stuff I drew in there!

beanclam:

The book is out! Here it is on Amazon.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the past two books, thanks for the suggestions and ideas for this book, and I hope you guys enjoy all the fun stuff I drew in there!


epicukulelesolo:

Gene makes terrible dad jokes. My evidence to support this is this voice line.

Fun fact, this is an actual joke my best friends dad actually said. Revel in its beauty.


stormbornvalkyrie:

In honour of Steve Irwin. — "Yeah, I’m a thrill seeker, but crikey, education’s the most important thing."

Stephen Robert ”SteveIrwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter”.

"If there’s one thing that I, Steve Irwin, would wanna be remembered for, it’s be remembered for passion and enthusiasm. Conservation is my job, my life, my whole persona.

Please help continue Steve’s legacy and find out more about his passion here. [Inspired by this post and this video.] 


bandicoot88:

Fact: This is a first person shooter.



blaqkforest:

the-pietriarchy:

cosplay that makes you go "holy shit" by Rick Boer

holy shit


Reblog / posted 4 days ago with 53 notes
I picked one of these up at the Level Up Studios booth at Pgh Comicon and now I have a BLU Scout c:
These things are adorable! And has anyone taken a look at what is on the box? “Beware of back injury when lifting” (because the box is designed to look like a crate haha) and a “Do not feed” sign with Pyro? Pyro, what have you done?

I picked one of these up at the Level Up Studios booth at Pgh Comicon and now I have a BLU Scout c:

These things are adorable! And has anyone taken a look at what is on the box? “Beware of back injury when lifting” (because the box is designed to look like a crate haha) and a “Do not feed” sign with Pyro? Pyro, what have you done?


lisaninja98:

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lewdfruitington:

DEFECT_ [Saxxy 2014 Drama]