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March 7, 2013


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Here's an update about the royalties situation:

John English over at TAD stepped up and did the right thing by sending me a check for my royalties, which I have already received and banked.
He also gave me his word that he would be taking care of the other artists royalties who were wronged as well.

Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but he called me not long after I made my post wanting to know what he could do.

John said he didn't think people should get credit for doing the right thing and I agreed. But I still want to take the time to flesh this out a little because I want to keep my side of the street clean and because there's a lot of confused, angry, hurt, people.
Justified or not; dropping this nuke hurt TAD and TAD isn't only populated by the people who wronged me; it's comprised of people *just like me* trying to make a living in art.
I was wronged, but TAD isn't some cartoon villain plotting to suck the life-force from hapless artists; no one goes into business just to screw over as many people as possible and then rolls the dice to see if they can get away with it.

I don't think it's my responsibility to explain all the behind scenes details of how TAD or Conceptart.Org were or weren't co-mingled at the time my tutorial was owned as an asset, I'll let the respective owners do that.
What it boils down to is that my contract for the tutorial was initially with Conceptart.Org and that TAD was later on the hook for my royalties.

I think what *is* my responsibility is to make clear is that TAD is no longer affiliated with Conceptart.Org/Manley anymore.
I don't know the exact details of that.

I'm not attempting to re-write history, I stand by every single word I wrote in my previous blog post, because it's true based on what I knew; it's not my business to know the inner mechanics of my clients assets; I just know who cuts the checks and who signed the contracts.
John answered some tough questions on the phone yesterday and was honest.
Then he offered to make it right and he *alone* made it right.

All documented.

Boom, case closed on my end.

Let's see how the other artists do next, I'd like to think that everyone will get squared away and that TAD will overcome this.
That is my hope, anyway.

Rest assured there is much more to this that explains exactly why I didn't get my money in the first place.
Maybe those who can prove that will have the courage to bring it into the light?
Your guess is as good as mine.

So, what's next?

Well for starters I'm going to go pay some bills and then take my kids to ChuckECheese; where they will eat inhuman amounts of pizza and play skee-ball until they throw up tokens.

The rest of the royalty money will go to charity, because this stopped being about "getting my money back" a long time ago.
Sure, it's great to finally have it after so much heartache and I'm definitely going to use some of it to pay bills; but there's an aspect to all this that feels very slimy and hollow, I'll be able to put my finger on it later but for now I think I need to make some more lemonade, if you catch my drift.

After that I'll descend back into my little cave and draw; where it is only night and 80's metal rules the universe from beyond the grave.

I hope that I continue to earn your support, love and respect; my family and I have been completely overwhelmed by it the past several days - thank you.

Best wishes,

  • Mood: Zeal
  • Listening to: Raining Blood by Slayer
  • Reading: Art Director Notes
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SayaXXana Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
TAD is now closed. There is a court case starting fairly soon with TAD versus Jason Manley which cites unpaid artist royalties as one of the major issues.

John English Letter: sourced from: (don't know the expiration on this page)

The Art Department website:…

The Lawsuit's Petition:…

Skeevy TAD hijacked domain:
zookiii Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I'm glad it all worked out for you (and hopefully for other artists out there).
telthona Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this story, it could be a warning for all of us. Glad the situation has good ending after all. Cheers man.
OMGaMOOSE Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Hey Brad, I'm glad this got cleared up. I wanted to let you know that if a situation like this ever came up again, where a client refused to pay you and counted on you not to take any legal action because the costs wouldn't justify the gains, a Small Claims Court(usually they deal with anything under ~$5000) would probably be able to take care of it.

The nice thing about it is that you don't need a lawyer so there are minimal expenses. I hope you and your family are doing well :) later.
BrentonWright Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Man, Slayer will ease the tension for sure... Somebody asked me just the other day, Reign in Blood or South of Heaven...any thoughts? It aint an easy one :) All the best mate.
JaimeGervais Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What an amazing story to hear that one person out of many stepped up and made amends. There can be little else in the art world that is more hurtful and hollowing than to meet with such adversity when having to fight trusted colleagues for money that has already been legitimately earned and owed. Thank you so much for sharing this and the issue itself with all of us. Much respect to you and your family for being so strong and to have such support in your community. You continue to amaze, dear Mr. Rigney.

Cheers, J :heart: :heart: :heart:
Painrinya Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Glad to here it work out.

Im your fan since watch that TAD tutorial too I watch it like a hundred times already. Im still remember one part of video you talk highly respect for Manley and To here this problem happening to you must be really upset and lost.

You are now great artist. You can grow further without them for sure. I will be one of first people to buy another tutorial if you made another one.

Wish you all the best.
stantausan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   General Artist
Love your art buddy. Glad to see some of the wrongs to you were made right. Nothing burns me more than an employer or company trying to extort it's talent. Looking forward to more of your amazing art for Magic the Gathering & your other ventures. Take care!
OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
i'd totally take a vacation with the money instead of giving it to charity.
awesome, happy everything worked out
dankelby Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Glad to see it has all been sorted for you now, Brad. I hope you release another tutorial in the future through a better avenue as I didn't manage to pick up the Hostile Takeover one before it was pulled and I understand it's not available anywhere now (even directly from you). Best of luck with everything, you continue to post mind-blowing work! Thanks.
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