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.
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.
Listening to: Raining Blood by Slayer
Reading: Art Director Notes