To quote Something Positive, where I read the news:
Have you heard of Todd Goldman? He also goes by Todd Goliath and he's the "genius" behind such shirt designs as the "Boys Are Dumb - Throw Rocks At Them" shirts from his company, David and Goliath Tees. He's also got a line of shirts called Goodbye Kitty, meant to be a parody of Hello Kitty, that is actually just an image that's been on the web since the mid-90s.
Yeah. Someone ELSE drew that cat first.
Oh, but that's not all. See, Todd is also a painter. The Jack Gallery in Los Angeles did a recent exhibition entitled Golddigger of his works. Amongst his paintings in their online selection was this piece:
[insert two images of cat praying next to a bed, "Dear God, Make Everyone Die." Goliath's is a simple line drawing with bold colors; David Kelly, who drew his in 2001, has a simple black & white line drawing. I'm not going to direct link them and it'll take too long for them to load onto my server (lazy!) but this link has more information and the images.]
See, the second image was a comic from the strip, Purple Pussy by Dave Kelly. In face, it was the September 19, 2001 strip. The dialogue is almost the same. The layout is EXACTLY the same. The tail is the same. So are the eyelashes. All that's missing is the bow on her head. Goldman barely changed the text.
This is not the first time Goldman's been accused of ripping other people off. His character, Eve L. bears an uncanny resemblance to Roman Dirge's Lenore. The idea of Goodbye Kitty was something I saw years ago in a Evan Dorkin comic book. Most of the shirts have slogans you've seen on other shirts for years.
In the past I've been very critical of some of Dave Kelly's work on KeenSpot. Some of his other projects, like Living in Greytown (no longer online) and his animation at Something Awful called the Flash Tub are pure genius (if severely NOT safe for work). But one thing is for sure: Dave is an amazing artist, one of the best who's touched webcomics, and this isn't right. Dave Kelly's art deserves to be respected, and slapping your own name on it and hanging it in a gallery isn't respect.
Why am I posting about this? Someone told Kelly about it after she'd seen the piece at the Wentworth Gallery and then he made it public. And Dave Kelly is known for shying away from the spotlight. Also, this is something everyone who does some form of art has to be concerned about. And honestly, anyone who takes someone ELSE'S hard work and tries to pass it off as their own deserves to be called out.
And the consumer deserves to know where art is coming from. And the real artist deserves the praise and support, whether it's criticial or financial, that the piece moves the consumer to offer. And I think everyone knows how enraging it is to work hard and have someone else take credit for it.
Well, maybe everyone except Todd Goldman. -R
Ugh. So until further evidence somehow proves that this is a BIG FAT understanding, David and Goliath is on THE LIST, joining such fine establishments like Wal-Mart (because they're evil, no reasons necessary) and that Union 76 on Redmond and Meridian (because the owner is a jerk who gave me 89 octane gas when I wanted 87). Urban Outfitters, also rather well known for their art-stealing habits AND a retail outlet for David and Goliath, also spends serious face time on the list, but once a year I break down and give them a chance. (Usually, they disappoint me.)