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Well, guys, I did it. I actually beat a deadline.

In fact, I was basically done on Sunday the 20th, and just put in a few tweaks and finishing touches over the following few days. Since then, I've been making decent progress on panel 2. All in all, I'm feeling pretty good.

Panel 2 is a mid-shot of the nobleman and his escort, so I can no longer put off their designs. I'm not going back to getting bogged down in model sheets and concept art, though. I'm just going straight to drawing the characters on the page based on the work I've already done, doing any additional research and designing as I go.

As things stand, I basically have the escort/squire guy figured out. There are some details I still need to tighten up, but it's pretty much just a matter of drawing him now. The nobleman, though, is a work in progress. I more or less have the face figured out, but the costume is still completely up in the air.

I'm also becoming re-acquainted with my inability to draw two eyes the same shape, the same size, and pointed in the same direction. Gotta work on that.

Goal for February 2019: Finish pencils for page 1, panel 2.

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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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SimonSoys Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for coming by the stream the other day! I thought that was your name I saw pass through! Hope you can join us again sometime. :D
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thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah. It was fun! But then I noticed the clock and since I had to get up the next morning... :( But I'd sure love to drop in again, Internet permitting.
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0rangeleaves Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
here's a petition to bring your favorite characters, like sally acorn and the freedom fighter in the IDW comic series. would you like to put your support on petition, to bring back the freedom fighters into the IDW comic series, by any chance?

www.change.org/p/save-the-free…
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cactix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday, may the ate of your birth be enjoyable
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thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks so much! 
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SimonSoys Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank goodness, you have no idea how genuinely secretly very concerned I was that you would retreat into the void of the internet forever. D:
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thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Nah. Just for a few months or years at a time. I'm, uh...not good at posting stuff regularly. Planning to work on that this year. (Though my vanishing from BumbleKing was more an issue with not getting my comics and wanting to avoid spoilers...I'm kinda over it now, but it's a bit late for that.)

Thanks so much for caring!
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NitroactiveStudios Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Regarding some posts in a certain thread you made, I must ask this.

If fan-fiction is illegal, the why do we have people on deviantART who make fan-fiction? 

Also, we even have this website: www.fanfiction.net/ So why is that website still up if fan-fiction is illegal?

Also, Ian said that the plans he's going to release will not be used by Archie Comics Publications at all, so they really won't be involved.
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thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Fanfic is illegal to begin with, because it's taking other people's copyrighted material and using it to make derivative works without their permission.

However, it's not illegal if (a) it's Fair Use or (b) there's some permission (even implicit permission) from the copyright holder.

When it comes to Sonic, I think it's generally pretty safe. We know for a fact that fan art is okay because Sega (and officially licensed outlets like Archie) occasionally come right out and ask for it. Fanfic is a bit less clear-cut, but Sega has a reputation for being pretty cool with fan works generally, so there's a good chance there is implicit permission.

Parody stories are a textbook example of fair use, so something like Endlame (wow, I need to get a more recent example) would probably be perfectly legal regardless of how Sega felt about fanfic.

As for sites like fanfiction.net, they can stay up even if the content is illegal because the infringing content was posted by users, not the site operators. In the U.S., at least, there's a special provision in copyright law that says (roughly) that Web sites aren't generally responsible for copyright infringement committed by their users. However, the site does have to take down infringing content when the copyright owner points it out to them. This is, for instance, why YouTube can exist even though people upload music and movies illegally, but those illegal videos get taken down sooner or later. Look up DMCA notice and takedown for more info.

If fanfic were always and everywhere illegal, fanfiction.net couldn't exist, because the point of it would obviously be to encourage its users to engage in copyright infringement. However, since some fanfic is legal, fanfiction.net can get by with notice and takedown. There is one common mistake you should be aware of: Notice and takedown only protects the folks that run the site; it doesn't mean everything on the site is OK. It may be that material is illegal but hasn't been caught yet.

When it comes to Ian Flynn's unused plans, it doesn't really matter if Archie is involved or not. Really, they don't have any rights to the Sonic material anyway: They apparently never got the rights to Ken Penders' (and possibly other writers' and artists') stuff in the first place, and anything they did get they signed over to Sega. But it doesn't look like Ian is actually writing the stories. He's just making a public statement about the kinds of stories he would have written if things hadn't changed. I'd run this past a lawyer first to be sure, but as far as I can tell it's a reasonably clear-cut case of fair use. If he were making his own Mobius: 35 Years Later comics on the side, he'd be in big trouble, but for what he plans on doing, I think he'll be fine.

As usual, keep in mind that I'm not a lawyer and am only repeating what I've learned from various things I've read online. You can get better information by going straight to the source: The U.S. Copyright Office has lots of material. And since this stuff is so tricky, even for lawyers, I recommend you make an appointment to talk to a lawyer who specializes in copyright issues rather than relying heavily on anything I've written or even what you read on the Copyright Office's site.

At any rate, the short answer to "If fan-fiction is illegal, the why do we have people on deviantART who make fan-fiction?" is that we have people on deviantArt who don't really care whether what they do is legal or not. Fortunately, dA also has a Q&A video with an actual real-life lawyer-type guy discussing the legallity of fan art. Some of that probably won't apply to fan fiction, but it's an interesting video anyway.
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