If you look in the corner and see my avatar, you see a fierce looking, red eyed, mega afro'ed black amazon glaring at you. That's my Girl Urtha The Unstoppable. I make this point (and have done so in the past) because there has been some confusion over authorship. The talented and prolific Manic has used my character in several of his stories even naming his supergroup "The Unstoppables" This was done with my consent... after a few issues were ironed out. Still the confusions persist and I blame my own tardy ass for not being as prolific. This is going to change beginning this year, as I've finally upgraded my set up and with a new job and salary, managed to purchase a large format scanner for comic sized pages. So you will finally get to see Urtha as I intended her to be as well as other OC's that I'm developing. (FYI, "Woman" and "Wundabar" are a couple of OC's I hope to revisit.)
But to be clear Once And For All (I hope! ) here are the ground rules.
1.URTHA THE UNSTOPPABLE IS THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND CREATION OF BRIAN THOMAS (BTX) any use of this character and other OC's created by me needs to be cleared with me first. It's really that simple. You have my email link, or you can use the "Note" function on my homepage. So it's not hard at all. I'm pretty flexible with most things and will most likely say 'yes'. But this is a courtesy I would extend to any artist and their creation and that courtesy should be extended to us all.
2.GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. I've seen some wonderful work inspired by such character's as Dave Matthew's Tetsuko, Pumpmonger's Red, Jeb's Fisticuff to name a few. Proper credit is always given to them and I expect no less for Urtha or any other character I create. Place the acknowlegement "Urtha the Unstoppable created by BTX" or "Urtha created by Brian Thomas" at the bottom of the work or as a header to your story.
3.ANY USE OF URTHA OR OTHER OC'S IS STRICTLY NOT FOR PROFIT! This as absolute with me. Manic doesn't do Urtha commissions. I don't do Stellar commissions or Tetsuko or Fisticuff. Pumpmonger I think pays for commissions of his character Red but she's always credited to him. Manic will include Urtha because he likes the idea of the character. I don't pay him to do it. So if you want to do something out of love of the character, fine as long as you give credit to me and don't try to make a dime off her.
4.WHEN IN DOUBT... ASK. Look, I'm here to have fun like the rest of you. I'm not the police and will not relentlessly patrol the net for unauthorized use of Urtha or anyone else. In fact like other artists, I like to be pleasantly surprised and flattered by someone's interpretation of my creation. But if it's something that you think of as ifffy... or using Urtha in an unorthodox manner,(Fonzie just told me he uses Urtha as a character in an online game) Please ask, that's all. Because if I do have trouble with it, believe me I'll respond.
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