4th Dimension wrote:He is going to conventions and I doubt he is going there not to sell merchandise and stuff, and since his main thing is this he is definitely using the likeness of DC characters for money. I'm really not sure what is his thinking on this. So far the only reason he is not getting stomped on is that he is below their radar.
And yes, if DC had any sense and the author was agreeable this would make a nice alt-universe book. The only problem that might present itself is how punctual is this guy when it comes to delivering comics on time, and weather he would stand the eventual executive meddling.
He creates a professional comic that he owns the IP to, so when he goes to conventions he could be selling the merch for that.
Saying that he does images like this for commissionhttp://yalestewart.tumblr.com/image/126707757041
Now technically he could be doing commission for free... but I doubt that's whats going on. So he's actually just very directly making money out of drawing and selling pictures of DC characters? The only way he can be getting away with this is if DC just don't know he's doing it right? And yet he attends some pretty big conventions. I didn't think DC was allowed
to just let things like this slide.
It would be pretty cool if DC were to have published and officialised his work though. I bet it would sell well. But he stresses that his non-JL8 comic is a creator-owned which makes me think he might have some ideological problems working for DC.
Incidentally, the person who owns and runs Limbero.com is not
the author of JL8 so part of me wants to imagine that someone else decided to just steal Yale Stewarts work because he knows Yale Stewart can't do a thing about it considering he's already basically doing the same thing to DC
Read Henchgirl, and it is good. The main issue is that it seems to update only weekly which is painful.
I really wish it was already finished. There's so much I want to see happen and it's going to take forever with weekly updates
EDIT: Definitely sells JL8 merc at his conventionshttps://www.facebook.com/jl8comiclol/ph ... 00/?type=3
The convention owners even ask him to make exclusive prints for them. So everyone must know what he's doing and be cool with it right?
All our questions are answered in the FAQ which I finally found after looking without luck
Q: Do you have a blog/website anything where I can possibly buy some artwork? Are you planning on ever putting the comic strip into a book or collection? I realize that may not be possible since they are owned by DC.
A: As it stands, I’m still pretty fuzzy on a lot of the legalities surrounding any kind of profit I could possibly make via JL8. It should be noted that I’m nothing more than an ASPIRING comic book artist at this point, and certainly wouldn’t want to obliterate any chance I have of becoming a professional by illegally making money using someone else’s properties.
That being the case, original art, prints, and collections are unavailable until I can sort out what is and isn’t allowable. However, I do know that commissioned work IS legal, as artists are commissioned to draw pictures of copyrighted characters at cons all the time without legal repercussion. Therefore, I can happily accept and provide commissioned work of JL8 characters (or any other), but that will likely be the extent of available art for some time.
Finally, I’m becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of actually presenting this comic to DC as a pitch. I don’t know exactly how they’d see it, but it’s safe to say it’s being fairly well-received by the reading public thus far. The only catch is that currently, my followers and “notes” are relatively low, and I imagine if they were higher, it would provide me with a degree of leverage in getting the strip picked up. It can’t be understated how important reblogs and word-of-mouth are to the growth of independent comics of all kinds, and any and all of it is certainly appreciated. Personally, I’m content with this being something I do when I get home from work and leaving it at that, but if you really like the comic, and would like more updates per week and who knows what else, getting the word out and driving traffic is a great way to help provide support.
So it looks like he wants DC to publish it too
Others twists in the tale
1) It seems like he got hired to write some legal stories about Superman etc for kids
2) The FAQ must be out of date because he has sold original artwork and apparently he got away with it because DC liked him as a person and liked the reception JL8 got. However when he got some bad press DC started to consider actually suing him (rumoured).
3) He has got cease and desisted... by the Baseball Association because JL8 was originally called 'Little League'