Hi everyone. I guess I should have made this post sometime ago, or I could be overreacting...
But anyhow. An account on Instagram going as “almost.magical.star” and other related accounts (almost.magical.xana / almost.magical.ran / anything that starts with “almost.magical.”) has been using my content without my permission and without crediting me.
UPDATE: account is currently named “princess.staar._” )
(Please spread the word.)
I was told by my friend to do something about it. But- I wanted to give the person/s creating the accounts the benefit of the doubt, knowing that this was made for their enjoyment. I also had a good laugh at the edits. It’s obviously- not my work. But I’ll get to my point.
It was when someone asked me on Tumblr if I had changed the title of Star’s magic that I began to worry about my comic’s integrity and the spread of false information(?). I know my comic is just fanfiction, guys. But I don’t want people spreading false stories.
So I approached the biggest account (almost.magical.star) in Instagram and tried to talk to her about placing credit.
I sent her a lengthy and strict message. But after waiting less than an hour or so, I couldn’t comment anymore. And then the user was no longer found. Evidently, it seemed I was blocked. :V Girl, I was shooketh. My friend said she also deleted my comment there.
Maybe my long words had her shooketh, but I wanted her to know I meant business. The right thing to do was to credit me. I had no intention of taking her down. But she blocked me right away. Which is.... ouch.
Regardless,I am NOT encouraging you to attack these accounts- but to be vigilant of whatever stories and false information people are spreading.
It’s a sad day when an artist worked so hard on her project and it’s taken, and then you’re BLOCKED for speaking up.
I know, I’m on hiatus guys, and I’m sorry.
The circumstances surrounding my comic make it hard for me to come out on top of this situation. Fanfiction vs fanfiction. I don’t find it fair to tear down fan accounts when Almost Magical is essentially just that. My current situation is... complicated.. :/
Thank you guys for your comments.
I know I don’t reply to all of them but I love you all.UPDATE: after reading your comments as well as discussing with a friend who has proof that artists like BrokenAmylee and DragonShinyFlame have had there works used in the same manner as mine, I’ve decided to file a report. (If they see fit, I encourage these artists to do the same)This is not cool and I should have done something sooner for those in the same situation. Getting blocked was a red flag. OOF.
I am attaching an image of the account after I was blocked.