Help nominate me for the RINGO Awards! Click here and use the list below as a guide!
•Best Writer: Aaron Lindenthaler-RETRO
•Best artist: Don Nguyen-RETRO, Battle Grapple Rebel, Cthulhu Invades Wonderland, Holiday Spirits 2
•Best Inker: Don Nguyen-RETRO
•Best Letterer: Jérôme Gagnon -RETRO
•Best Colorist: Ellie Wright -RETRO
•Best Cover Artist- Don Nguyen-RETRO, Athena the Undying, Holiday Spirits 2
•Best single issue or story- RETRO
•Best presentation in design- RETRO
•Favorite hero- RETRO
•Favorite villain- RETRO
•Favorite new talent- Don Nguyen, Aaron Lindenthaler
If you’ve been following this blog, you know my activity on it has been very infrequent. I’ve been concentrating on work and other platforms more. I hope you’ll join me. I’m easy to find : @NguyeningIt on the most social media platforms.
I wanted to thank those checking in time to time & those here since the beginning. I went from doing daily sketches & wanting to be in comics to having some really wild experiences in comics.
One of the things I love doing is sketchcards and I’ve had the honor of being part of the inaugural Marvel Anime trading card set from Upper Deck. This year’s release is WandaVision. Check out this TikTok video for the entire set or visit my website to see all the randomly inserted sketchcards. I have 3 AP (Artist Proof) cards waiting for approval. I’m also into my next set but we can’t talk about that yet 🤫😉
I’ll be at a few events this year. Here are some coming up:
LatinX Comic Arts Festival in Modesto, CA 3/17-18
If you’ve followed this blog, you’ll know RETRO was started quite a while back. We began with storyboards. Aaron animated those into a motion comic short. We’ve now created a shortfilm featuring actor Reno Wilson (Mikev& Molly, Good Girls, Transformers movies) and a full comic book. The regular cover and the live-action variant look killer (I am biased though).
I hope you can join us this Wednesday at the Comic Bug in Culver City from 12-3 as we sign & promote. We’ll then head to the Manhattan Beach location to do the same from 4-7P!
You may remember how Retro started out as storyboards on this very blog in or around 2016. Aaron Lindenthaler had an idea and asked if I wanted to be involved. In 2019, he animated those boards into a short film that premiered at the famous TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, California as part
We are now expanding that into a comic book series & live-action short film featuring Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly, Good Girls). Check out the trailer below!
If you like comics by Ed Brubaker or David Lapham or enjoyed the Jason Bourne movies, Looper, Taken or Memento, this project is for you! Ellie Wright (Immortal Red Sonja, Batman the Shadow) is helping on color. Jerome Gagnon (Holiday Spirits, Orange Cone productions) is handling letters. Hope we can count on your support! Simply visit WhoisRetro.com to bring this project to life!
If you’re a fan of Wrestling & like things like Star Wars, Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, then Battle Grapple: Rebel is for you! As I type this, Battle Grapple Rebel is over 100% funded and working to hit 100 backers to get the interior pages colored. Click here to tag in!
I also did a movie poster homage for David Schrader & Tony Donley ‘s latest project called Cannibals on Mars. If you’re a fan of The Thing from John Carpenter or George Romero flicks, I think you’ll dig this comic!
Retro (yes, the one where I posted storyboards!) is coming back in full force as a comic book and live-action short film!
Visit us on Facebook or Instagram to follow & when we launch. Aaron Lindenthaler writes, I do pencils & inks, Ellie Wright (Immortal Red Sonja, Batman the Shadow) colors & Jerome Gagnon (Holiday Spirits, Cthulhu Invades Wonderland) letters. Actor Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly, Good Girls) plays our titular character in the short film!
Pablo the Gorilla #2: Dropping the Deuce is in its way. I’m working on getting over 30 pages roughed out & I’m currently at 32. I’m working on the ending and then I’ll be heading to fine pencils next. So keep an eye out!
I had the honor of being invited to join Ed Dukeshire’s Digital Webbing Presents 3. these 2 pages were originally looking to be released 2020/2021 as an interim short/prelude for Pablo #2. DWP is deferred to its anniversary year and I’m currently working on Pablo #2. So, I thought it’d be nice for anyone in Pablo’s troop to catch up a bit. 😉🦍🍕
This Saturday & Sunday will be Free Comic Book Day (s) 😁. Saturday at the Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach will see appearances by TV’s Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Stray Dogs creator Tony Fleecs and my fellow Sketchy Bugs.
Sunday I will have the honor of joining Tony Fleecs at the Culver City Comic Bug. You can then find me (if the Delta variant doesn’t put the kibosh on things) at Rose City Comic Con, Fan X Salt Lake City, Baltimore Comic-Con and Comic-Con Ontario.
San Diego Comic-Con is a special event to many a fellow geek and nerd. As a fan and creator, it’s been a particularly magical place. For those that have been with me on this journey of making comics and breaking into comics, I appreciate you; especially, if you’ve been with the daily doodle blog since the early days.
Like last year, SDCC is taking place online as #ComicConAtHome. That means we don’t get to congregate in person. One of my favorite things is attending panels and winning original art from my favorite creators (I know, I’m still and always a fan). It’s also attending panels to support friends. Although I’m not in a panel, I am in the Virtual Artist Alley and I am giving away original art again to celebrate SDCC &, hopefully, bring back a little of the joy of receiving art when attending a panel.
So, entering is simple. If you missed how, here’s a screengrab from Twitter:
Now for the bonus entry details! If your screenshot is from any of these panels, you get an additional entry:
Gaming in Graphic Novels: A Programming Match Made in Heaven!
Jet Off with the Orcs in Space Crew
Slaying Real Monsters & Building Communities Through Role Playing Games
Abolishing Traditional Ideas of Latinas through Latina Superheroes
For every dollar spent at my etsy shop or Bonfire store, that’s an entry. Just be sure to add a note with your social media handle so I know who you are!
Crazy how time flies! It was just a few years ago that I posted work-in-progress storyboard art for Retro. Now Aaron Lindenthaler and I are working toward finishing the first issue of the comic! Here is the regular cover for the first issue.
Check out the trailer for the original short release!
Some amazing comic book legends are up today at the EXP Expo! We’re talking about Dan Jurgens, Jim Starlin, Mark Bagley, John Romita Jr., Ron Lim, Brian Haberlin & more! That’s a lot of characters covered between Marvel, DC & Image!
Check the schedule below. Also, find me on the indie creator panel starting at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. I’ll be with Travis Gibb, Cory De La Guardia, William K. Holland, & Nicole Fernandez!
This event runs through tomorrow so don’t miss out.
I’m writing this in hopes that it may help someone else but also to document the tedious process which I’m sure I’ll be revisiting. The process of what? The process of taking down images/ products that infringe on your copyright.
As you may know, I created this BLM Skull Fist design for Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway and his Skulls for Justice campaign to reclaim the Punisher logo from law enforcement’s misguided use & fundraise for Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. Due to the popularity of the image, several sites decided to steal it while the campaign was being run. How low do you have to be steal from a fundraiser?
This started my foray into issuing DMCA takedown requests. What is the DMCA? The Digital Millennium Content Act basically helps to protect people’s copyrights online. How do I know if a work I made is copyrighted? In the U.S., as seen as you make a work (unless you plagiarized), you own the copyright. Filing a copyright is a formality that grants you specific privilege of having that copyright officially recognized. Thankfully, when I created this logo it was widely publicized: as seen in The Guardian. This actually helped establish my copyright (I have also since filed officially). I also wrote about it on the blog and added it to my website, both which incorporate a copyright claim statement for original content. So if you’re making stuff and document it online, not a bad idea to add a copyright statement to your about/info page.
The other thing I have working for me is lawyers. It’s nice to have counsel on retainer. This was advice I learned early on. If you’re thinking, how much is a lawyer? I use Counsel for Creators. The service is $95 a month and they have a flexible scheduling appointment system. I can easily set up calls to discuss my issues and receive advice as well as send emails!
You may or may have seen these jokers (Rageon, Teepublic, Prideearth) who stole my design during the BLM fundraiser. I was able to take to get them to take down the design within 48 hours- which takes us to the process of doing a DMCA request. I was lucky enough to have publicity, lawyers & Gerry Conway on my side but what if I was just an indie creator without those things? I’d still follow the same method.
First things first, there are bots that apparently troll social media & campaign sites like Custom Ink or Bonfire, looking to steal popular designs. So, caveat emptor if you’re looking to sell your designs online. When this design hit, I was hoping it would do well, but the response has been overwhelming. So thanks to all that supported!
When thieves like this pop up, your first line of defense is to search for a mechanism to submit a DMCA takedown request. Usually, you can find it under the “Contact Us” or “legal” link. In some cases, you may have to issue a request yourself through a basic contact form. If you don’t see any of these options, search for “legal@” or “dmca@” the web address.
Filing the request, whether by form or email submission, generally needs to contain the same info. You need to state that you’re the copyright holder of the design and that the site/a user on the site does not have permission to use that design and is infringing on your copyright. You will then have to establish your ownership over the copyright: case number of your copyright filing, your intellectual property (IP) appearing somewhere officially with a date. The date is important as it establishes provenance. (Things I learn watching American Pickers, amirite?). This is also where having a lawyer comes in handy because you can inform the site/user that your lawyers are copied and/or are aware of the matter. You will have to attest to all the facts being true. Sites like ebay have a very specific email format and codes to use.
The DMCA takedown request doesn’t stop there. You should screengrab the offender a) to document and b) to publicly denounce their actions. Post about them everywhere. Tag them. Then go in and message them a DMCA takedown request on every social media platform they exist on with screengrabs. It sounds a bit scorched- earth but persistence is key…and annoyance. You mean business.
Google and Microsoft (Bing search) also have reporting mechanisms for copyright infringement. Be sure to file those as well.
I ran a new campaign at Bonfire for the design and it got stolen again. This new round of thieves was interesting. As mentioned before, ebay is very specific about their NOCI/ Notice of Copyright infringement. They rejected me twice. However, I personally reached out to the seller and they removed my design. Kind of a “Thanks for nothing, eBay. ” That’s coming from a buyer/ seller with 100% feedback after 20+ years.
This group of offenders was tougher to deal with and included Teechip, Moteefe and knock-off Moteefeshirts and Tumblrshirt. Teechip/goteeshirt/Simi Tee/Reddit Tee responded after a couple tries.
Now let’s talk about scorched earth (funny yet sad because I’m Vietnamese and so are some of the people that stole from me). This all happened around Thanksgiving weekend and just resolved today. Moteefeshirt & Tumblrshirt (same company as far as I can tell and based in Vietnam) process their transactions through Checkoutshirt (based in the U.S. as payment processor with the page also hosted in Vietnam). As you can tell by the screengrabs, I had already gone through the aforementioned processes.
However, Moteefeshirt & Tumblrshirt offered no valid means of communication by which to submit DMCA takedown requests. So I dug.
Doing a Whois/Icann search allowed me to track down domain registrars and ISP hosts. Through the screengrabs, you can see I tracked down GMO Internet, Tenten, Hostingrocket and Cloudflare as all tied in by usage. Cloudflare and Hostingrocket are American companies so that helps. Tenten doesn’t host, but they could forward messages to their client. GMO never responded. I recall they claim to be one of Japan’s largest ISP/ domain retailers, so maybe one day they’ll face a whale instead of a guppy like me.
My friend, Anthony Pollock of Sodaandtelepaths.com, suggested I look to see whether Moteefeshirt & Tumblrshirt accepted Paypal as it would be a violation of their terms. I never thought to click to buy shirts to check card processing services. Anthony told me, hit ’em where it hurts as these overseas companies rely on payment processing. Thank the stars for people way more knowledgeable than me.
Sure enough, Paypal was an option and they did indeed have a reporting mechanism. Find it here. In fact, it appears most credit card companies do this as well. I only had to add Visa and American Express to the mix.
The bad faith operators that Moteefeshirt and/or Tumblrshirt process their payments through Checkoutshirt which uses Hostingrocket. If these sites have infringed on your copyrights, here are the email addresses I used to contact them: email@example.com (I added firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com to see if they might work), firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Stephanie@hostingrocket.com (which I discovered through this post), firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, & firstname.lastname@example.org. Just as a heads up, I also informed tumblr that their name (which I imagine is trademarked) was being used.
Here’s where I’m at now. I hope this was a good resource for anyone out there that has to deal with copyright infringement; especially, if it’s with these sites I’ve documented in particular.