My order for Shilin’s Carciphona book 4 arrived today! I’m excited to see what happens next. The packaging is so pretty, I don’t want to take the book or card out yet.
Carciphona Vol. 4 by Shilin Huang
I’ve purchased and read the first three volumes and I like the flow of the stories and art. Shilin has developed a great sense for presentation. I’ve always admired her perseverance and style. It…
aw thank you for your super nice comment! I’m glad that you like my work and that it motivates your own :D GO GO GO
Am I the only one who feels like it’s a terrible, exploitative thing to get 30+ guest artists for a book that’s being sold for personal gains?
There is no mention of a charity and about 80% of the work is guest art, meaning the guest artists are the selling point. I am willing to bet that the guests didn’t realize this would be the case. I personally have nothing against having guests, but only if they’re an added bonus and not the bulk of the book. Moreover, the guest artists weren’t paid (aside from a copy of the book/goodies) and profits probably aren’t going to be divvy’d amongst these 30+ artists.
Essentially, the “main artist” is going to make thousands of dollars off these artists.
The most frustrating part of this is that the contributing artists are likely going to let it slide on the basis of preserving the relationship with the “main artist.” To them, it’s not worth the scuffle since they only contributed 1 piece each. In fact, I expect some backlash from the contributors for even bringing this to light. But I don’t care at this point, even if the artists I respect hate me for this.
This is such a blatant manipulation of the artist culture I love so much. I can’t support this project because I support the contributing artists.
If this were committed by a random entrepreneur, it would NEVER be considered okay, so why is it okay if it’s a popular artist?
if I could get a dollar for every time someone tells me “oh I didn’t know YOU were the artist! I just took your art off google and used it for my phonecase/sticker/stream/whatever”
it really boggles my mind that people try to sell my art as their own too… like wtf dude. i can’t imagine what its like at a convention, do people just seriously nod and say “yeah I drew that”???
thats why in a lot of conventions, especially conventions that care less about the authenticity of who they put in the artist alley, people have to ask repeatedly “you’re the artist? you drew it? you drew the whole thing?” And let’s not even talk about what the actual merchants in dealer’s room do
I’ve overheard enough conversation of people walking pass the alley saying “these are just all merchants” or people looking at stuff on my table thinking I’m just the cashier, or more outrageously when people ask if I’m the artist, then ask me about the medium, and when I say computer they’d just assume it means taking stuff off the internet and putting it together, forcing me to actually say yes I PAINTED this on the computer with a tablet pen
it depends on the con though cus most anime cons are airtight about only allowing in artists they can verify. Some bigger, non anime cons just take your name and your money and doesn’t care who actually uses your badge and sits behind your table