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Does This Mean I've "Made It"? (In My Pants)

10/20/2006 - 12:48 AM

I got my first cease and desist letter today! Sure, it was dated last July and the physical copy was sent to an old address about fifty miles away, but it's the thought that counts. Horrible, horrible thoughts.

I'm not sure how to handle something like this, but here's what I'm thinking: The image shirts they mention are highly stylized abstractions of a helpful trash can and a Space Invaders style monster. (A Robot Jesus and Space Demon, if you must use their proper names) The "Chewie is my Co-Pilot" shirt they mention is actually a joke combining "Jesus Is My Co-Pilot" with the fact that "Chewie" is an affectionate Spanish nickname for men named Jesus. (Eight year-olds, dude)

I'll need to speak to folks more knowledgeable than I am, but my hope is that I fall under coincidence and/or fair use. If we live in a world where you can't create little pixel monsters and make puns about names, then I worry about whether or not this is still even a slightly "free" country.

Since these three shirts are simply jokes that I don't think use actual Star Wars trademarks or artwork, I'm hoping we can ride out this galactic storm without much of a problem. I'm pretty much a one-man show without a lot of cash to mount a legal fight, so if they decide to drop a hammer on me it will probably land on my head. The only sane way to deal with this is to be optimistic, but also be prepared for a worst-case scenario. That scenario being the end of these cute little t-shirts which never harmed a living soul.

I have no idea how this is going to turn out, so if you want one of these shirts, I'd recommend you grab it while I am under no obligation not to sell it to you. This is not how I wanted to start my weekend, but it beats getting my hand cut off by my laser-sword wielding cyborg deadbeat dad.

Please share this moment with me in all its glory:

Alternatives to Fighting

10/24/2006 - 10:32 PM

You know what? I don't want to become one of those poor jerks more famous for getting sued than making comics. To this end, I'll be pulling the Space Demon, Robot Jesus, Chewie is my Co-Pilot and GONK GONK shirts on Friday.

Whether or not I'm right or wrong to make these, if it went to court, I'd be one dude with a barely middle-class income up against a multi-billion dollar corporation. I don't have that kind of time or energy to fight over some t-shirts. I actually learned some lessons from Star Wars as a kid- the main one being when you can't win, you find alternatives to fighting.

I could waste my time bickering over parodying 30-year-old ideas or I could invent some new ones. I've got enough shirt designs in my to-do list to give you a new one every week for a year.

To that end, I'll see you next week with some new stuff!

PS: Do me a favor and read the post below if you like Halloween comics...


There Ain't No Explosions in Space

10/23/2006 - 12:48 PM

The general impression I'm getting from folks is to not push my luck on the Space Demon and Robot Jesus shirts. I'm gonna yank them from the site on Friday. Chewie is my Co-Pilot seems a lot more defensible, so I'm gonna hang tight on that one unless stuff escalates.

<-- I put this image on my livejournal and a few folks wrote in asking for it on a shirt. My self-destructive side wants one, but my superego says not to bother. I'm going to make the artwork freely downloadable for personal use once I clean it up a bit.

I guess I'll just take this as swat on the ass to get some new, non-parody shirt designs up on the site over the next couple weeks.

Thanks to everyone who's been writing in on both sides of the issue! You folks are awesome.


Digga The Hutt

10/25/2006 - 2:16 PM

Some kind Solo posted about my Lucas Woes on Digg- feel free to pass the link around, it would be pretty awesome for spreading the word.

(I know there's a typo, but them's the breaks with user-submitted content)



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