Randy Queen, aside from having a rather hilarious name to Brtish folk with a mental age of twelve, is the creator of comic book series Darkchylde which, once upon a time, sold lots and lots. And looked a bit like this.
[Darkchylde image by Randy Queen taken from Amazon.]
Naturally, this is prime material for the Escher Girls Tumblr, which examines some of the extremes in comic book art regarding the portrayal of women. By mocking them. Such as running this:
So naturally Randy Queen was prime for the ribbing. Except he didn’t want to play along.
So yesterday I found out that Randy Queen (artist ofDarkChylde) filed a bunch of DMCA takedown notices to Tumblr to remove posts of his covers on this blog (the entire posts, not just the images). I’ve also gotten messages from other users that he’s had their stuff removed too (redraws, etc that have been featured here). Non-critical Tumblr posts of his art/covers and those praising his work appear to be unaffected.
Ridiculous yes? It gets worse…
He has now filed a DMCA takedown with Tumblr to remove this post. This post is still up on Escher Girls, but every single reblog of it has been removed.
So now you can’t use work in an editorial fashion to criticise something, and now you can’t even mention that this is what’s happening?
Randy, you are in the wrong. This is exactly the kind of situation that “fair use” is intended to protect.
As well as getting those Tumblr posts removed, he’s even managed to get the images removed from the Wayback Machine and Google cache.
But not, it seems, from this content grabber…
And there you go, Randy, As a result of your actions, the articles you wished to suppress are now listed on the front of Bleeding Cool…