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Halfling and Wizard

Design by Cool Johnny

Say somethin' nice

No account?

syrupneko on Nov 12, 2012 at 22:53:45

the original image is so iconic, as well as the style, that most people instantly recognized it, even if they couldn't point where it came from.

This is essentially the same as the countless number of parodies of The Beatles' Abbey Road album cover, Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, or Edvard Munch's The Scream.

While this kind of direct lifting is more like something I'd see on some of the other t-shirt sites, there's really no problem here.

Solarmew on Nov 12, 2012 at 21:00:16

you people need to calm down ... this is not copied or traced, the characters were created by the artist ... just because it resembles something someone else drew doesn't mean you need to start bashing the person. A lot of designs on Threadless were either inspired by or are a parody of something someone else created, this is no different.
Great shirt design!

RunKenshi on Nov 12, 2012 at 17:04:32

Really!!! Reallyy like the print!! but i don't like the colour of the T-shirt :( will it be available in other colours?

summer-cat on Aug 22, 2012 at 22:56:05

One of the shirts I most crave from here. Reprint HUGELY desired.

limping2victory on Jun 30, 2012 at 18:34:49

Wow, combines my enduring fondness for Calvin and Hobbes with my obsession with the Lord of the Rings. Please reprint 2x.

aubrey048 on Jun 13, 2012 at 13:56:48

There's nothing wrong here, listen to weese747.
This is beautiful, and I will buy it soon.

get0ffthecouch on Jun 11, 2012 at 01:18:29

reprint xlarge!!!!! please!!!

weese747 on Jun 7, 2012 at 18:27:08

This is an awesome design! I'm hoping to get it for a friend who is always quoting C&H and is obsessed with LotR.

For those concerned about cooljohnny possibly plagiarizing Bill Watterson's style and scene, I believe that copyrights for art such as comics only apply when the person selling his or her artwork is interfering with the profits the original artist should receive (i.e. if I duplicated Watterson's comics exactly and then sold them thus taking a share of the profits he should have made had I not been offering my own version). When the item is not interfering with the sales of the original art (this t-shirt does not interfere with people buying other Calvin and Hobbes merchandise and no other comparable product exists), then it is generally not considered to be a copyright infringement. Parodies (I think this could be considered one) are also typically allowed by copyright law.

Hope that helps anyone concerned about being unfair to Watterson by buying this T-shirt. I think it's a great design.

itwastherussians on May 29, 2012 at 12:11:09

I LOVE THIS. I bought one for my dad (who introduced me to both C&H and LOTR) for Father's Day.

Yeliah Akre on May 28, 2012 at 11:15:05

meh... they hatin'. i think this is AWESOME!

therbear on May 28, 2012 at 10:37:10

I think this is a wonderful design, an awesome mashup and a tribute to the timeless art of Bill Watterson. I think the people in this thread need to relax, and realize that almost all great art is derivative of other great art.

Japanties on May 27, 2012 at 21:06:23 Since Threadless has (apparently) chosen to ignore me.

DorianOrange on May 27, 2012 at 19:50:52

I changed my mind about this print-there's definitely something wrong with this submission. I agree with chumpmagic and what others said; this is basically lifting Bill Waterson's illustrations off the page onto a t-shirt and making money off of it. Not only is the STYLE from another artist, but the IDEA is from another parody. Its would have been fine maybe on DeviantArt but its unfair and wrong to profit off it. This goes against what Threadless stands for. It's a site to help underground artists get discovered and have original, creative art printed, it is NOT a merchandising site where random people profit off other well-known, established artists's artwork. I still don't know what cooljohnny's intentions were, but whatever they were its 100 % wrong for him to be making money off this print. I emailed Threadless about this and hopefully they can do something about the issue, and also set up future design rules about plaigairism. Its great that more people spoke up about this piece-it made me realize how wrong it was for the design to get printed.

specialdave on May 27, 2012 at 10:21:56

This is right out of Calvin and Hobbes, just with different faces and clothes. Thanks for ripping off one of my favorite artists.

kristian.thy on May 27, 2012 at 09:57:43

This. Is. Horrible.

You're the reason we don't have C&H anymore. Hope this design bombs.

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