Original vs. Replica
(or Paxton vs. Pullman)
(or Paxton vs. Pullman)
OK, this is a little strange and could almost qualify as shameless self-promotion if it weren't for the fact that, apparently, I've unknowingly become a minor headache to comic art legend, Brian Bolland...
While checking stats for this Blog, I noticed there were several links from an article on the La Covacha website:
After hitting the "Translate to English" option in my Chrome browser (hey, I barely read and write in English, let alone another language), I read through the article "WTF | THE "COVER" OF THE KILLING JOKE IS NOT OF BRIAN BOLLAND" by Alberto Calvo. It talked about how, many times, my replica of Brian Bolland's "Killing Joke" cover is used on websites in place of original Bolland's work.
He lays out the basic, obvious reasons for this:
1. It is not obscured by logos (mostly because I dislike lettering so much)
2. The images are both online and larger in size than most
I'm also sure a lot of it has to do with some one doing a Google Image Search, seeing my picture, thinking they've found it, and grabbing the wrong one. Y'know, like how people confuse Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman all the time. Then, some one else sees that picture labelled as Brian Bolland's on their website, grabs it for their own, and the confusion compounds itself, (Although, I've seen some examples where my signature is rather obvious in the picture, so that's kinds strange... You'd think they'd ask "Who the heck is this 'John Douglas' guy signing his name to Brian Bolland's cover?)
Here is a section from the article (and I will blame any quirkiness in grammar on the translation software, not Mr. Calvo):
When Brian Bolland came to Mexico a couple of years ago as a guest of La Mole Comic Con, he who made me realize that, apparently very popular, image was not its cover, but a recreation was. Some fans who have made use of services bound for filling their volumes of paperback used that image as cover, which no longer wryly funny, because some of them took to sign a copy on the cover of the original artist was replaced by a copy.
While I understand it, I also find the confusion a little embarrassing in the "My version doesn't match nearly enough" kind of way. I shot the finished painting with a sub-par camera, so the picture is a little blurry in a couple spots, the color is slightly shifted and washed out, and there is even a spot on the top-left where the light from the lamp reflected into the picture. Sure, I could go back and color correct everything, but that would even cause more confusion, methinks.
I do have to admit, though, when I do stumble across my artwork out in the wilds of the internet, regardless of the context, I'm one step from clutching an imaginary Oscar and saying "You like me! You really like me!"
All that said, it's kinda weird to read an article about yourself, especially since I had no idea it was being written. WEIRD! The world is a funny place, sometimes...
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Here's a link to the Original Post featuring the creation of the "Killing Joke" Cover Replica.