T-shirt maker Todd Goldman found out recently that selling $90 million worth of t-shirts a year doesn’t exactly shield you from your own hackery. At a recent gallery show, Goldman included an ‘original’ painting which was just short of a tracing of a Dave “Shmorky” Kelly webcomic (Kelly’s original is on the left, with Goldman’s painting on the right).
Apparently Goldman didn’t realize that pissing off a particularly well established webcomic artists (and member of the particularly angry and motivated Something Awful forum Goons) is pretty much a one-way ticket to bad publicity town. After Kelly’s post in the SA forums, Scott Kurtz, Comicbook Resources, Penny Arcade, , and the art mag Juxtapoz have chimed in on the matter. And that’s not to mention the bevy of sites that have popped up solely to point out Goldman’s history of appropriation.
I waiting on posting about this because I wanted to see what Goldman’s reaction would be, and I was not disappointed. Speaking through a publicist, Goldman’s official position comes down to:
“My intention was not to copy Mr. Kelly. I have never seen his work before and would never intentionally knock-off someone else’s idea.”
Kinda astounding, as it leads one to believe that either Kelly is a particularly bad liar, or that someone else paints his work.