The Outlaw Press shenanigans are still ONGOING and I think, given that he took the name of the company a little too seriously we can all be thankful it wasn't called Buggery Press - though it might as well have been given how they've treated some people. A brief recap for people who haven't kept up on this is that Outlaw Press have thieved a huge amount of artwork from all sorts of sources and used it in their products without permission and without the artists getting a cent. There's also implications that whole adventures and chunks of writing have been ripped off as well.
Writers get ripped off a lot as well, though not quite so blatantly as this usually (the worst cases are usually 'payment on publication' for products that never get published. I feel a great deal of sympathy for the artists ripped off in this case due to getting screwed around myself a few times.
I always try to treat the artists that do work for me as well as I can. I can't afford even half as much art as I'd like and I try to make things up to the artists that do, do work for me by allowing them to keep rights, paying them in advance and other things to show mutual respect as creators. When someone like this steps in and rips people off, using fabulous art without paying for it, small publishers like me are made to look like chumps and small press as a whole gets painted with a bad brush.
So I just want to put a shout of appreciation out to the hard working, and low paid, artists out there who don't deserve to get treated so badly. In particular the artists I've worked with the most:
- Brad McDevitt
- Toby Gregory
- Gavin Hargest
- Raven Morrison