UPDATED 4.4.17 -- updates in Blue. This post is a recap of the con... and an outreach for educating fans and indie artists. If you find this post helpful, please share it. We're all in this together to protect indie art life!
WOW has WonderCon grown!
Here's a peek at the attendee crowd gathered at the entrance....
STUART NG BOOKS http://stuartngbooks.com/
booth at space 1509
Art theft is an updated topic here on the blog: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2016/09/combat-art-theft-case-studies-and.html
Some thoughts on Fan Art:
Copyright Info for artists and fans:
Artists have the strongest position to protect their rights when they create original characters and content. Fight anonymous art. Brand your work with your name and contact information. Help your art help your fans find you... so you can get more work!
Below are examples of some indie artists who are branding their art.. building their careers...
and making their art WORK!
"STUPIDFOX" character by artist EMILY CHAN .http://stupidfox.net/about
"THE LITTLE RED HOUSE" decor brand by artist AGGIE CHEUNG
SHO MURASE .http://shomurase.com/work/
Moving fans from "liking" free on-line art to supporting artists is essential to artist success. Patreon is a platform that allows artists to connect with many fans. Sheer numbers mean that even minimal contributions can help support the art and artists they "like" and want to see more from!
Indie artist and instructor.
SIGNED COPIES now in stock at Stuart Ng Books!
I met her last year, after she was a panelist at a convention I attended. It was a panel where the guests encouraged attendees to visit their table space after the talk... so I went over to Joie's table after the talk to hear more from her about her new projects. http://heyjoiecomics.com/
Corgi buttons by Joie....
Here's the always busy table of character designer and comics artist Sean "Cheeks" Galloway....http://tabletaffy.bigcartel.com/products
CASEY ROBIN http://caseyrobin.com/
Charming card art always catches my eye...
CHRISTIE SHINN http://www.horatorastudios.com/
Quick Tarot Card readings are just one of the offerings at the table for this indie artist. This option is a brilliant way to engage convention attendees. Easy social interactions can be challenging for artists.. but they are a vital skill for indie artist life!
I met Christie because she's the cover artist of the book I consider a MUST READ prior to any Kickstarter campaign...http://stuartngbooks.com/kickstarter-for-the-independent-creator-a-practical-and-informative-guide-to-crowdfunding.html
Madeline has also been a guest on The Business of Art podcast: http://thebusinessofart.us/episode-33-succeeding-on-kickstarter-with-madeleine-holly-rosing/
Indie publisher and author at Wannabe Press http://www.wannabepress.com/
and host of the podcast that "demystifies business for the artist."
His most recent Kickstarter project surpassed funding goals and is an anthology
ALINA CHAU http://alinachau.com/
Another artist I follow who is expanding her brand! Alina is a well-known illustrator. She's also used Kickstarter to launch her art book... and she has illustrated childrens books.
Copyright exists from the moment of creation..... but artists must learn to take the extra steps: register their copyright for the images you create! This legal step gives greater protection. It helps the fight against art theft. Creating a trademark has to do with goods and services. Trademarks must be more aggressively protected, to help maintain clarity in the market and avoid confusion for consumers. Learning about these artist rights is an important part of artist life.
The Graphic Artists Guild has several website pages with general info that is an excellent starting point .https://graphicartistsguild.org/tools_resources/browse
Here's a great article on Brand Building that was recently shared on the Graphic Artists Guild Facebook page:
This link to website legal services website "Upcounsel" article on Copyright, Trademark, and how they protect IP assets:
Conventions offer panels on Copyright for artists. Fans benefit from attending these as well. Make time for your education... and there are chairs in the panel halls if you need a break from schlepping around the show...
Protecting artist rights is not just for artists..., but for fans too!
Fans are the superheroes -- alerting artists to online theft of artist owned images.
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