Hi brothers and sisters !
So, here is a little story about how editors can go wrong and have so little manners regarding to their fan. I didn't want to make noise about that at first, but they handle my case like a bunch of ass and it's worth and worse, so fuck it.
ARC Europe organized a contest on the cool gaming board NeoGAF ([link]
. The goal is to ask artists there to do a boxart for the european release of BlazeBlue. They stipulate that the entries can be used on some form of promotional thing, or in the manual of the game. Ok, no problem with that!
I finish 4th in the contest, with my two portrait entry, that you can see in my gallery. I discover later that they did an European official site. It has the RadiantDreamer (the winner) cool art on the first page, ok. Then it has one of my art on the second page, as total layout to the page, AND my second entry on the third page, as background and base to the level design to. So they didn't put some of the runners up on the site to be cool, no, they clearly designed 70% of their site with my art cause they thought it was cool for their product.
It's cool for me you must think, some sort of recognition.
Only problem is that they never contacted me to do so, to just... tell me, or even ask me for some advice on how to crop (and they broke one of the picture by the way) the picture or design the page with my art. Better, they didn't credit me, my name or anything on the site. So no little mail, thx, credit, contact..Nothing at all.
At this point i wasn't so pissed, and i reacted on the Neogaf board on a cool tone. I was just saying that it wasn't really cool of them to do things like that, and a little weird... But the simple fact of crediting me on the site would have obviously fix the error really simply.Except they didn't do that. They removed my art from the site, without having credited me at any point, then, they added RadiantDreamer's credit under the site, as they should have done since the beginning with me.
I was just asking for some gesture from them. I wasn't asking for money or anything, i was asking for some logical and simple manners and respect of my work, that they used massively cause they thought it was good for their game.
In all this story, i never had the least mail from them, just a pm to tell me they "should have tell me that they were using the art in first place" and that they were about to remove them now... The fact that RadiantDreamer, who won the contest, has been commissioned to do an other art (cause the one GAF voted for was not what ARC wanted for, lol), and in direct contact with their team, just make the thing a little more bitter to me.
I have nothing to ask anymore now, and basically, i've been "punished" cause i asked for credit by having my work completely removed. People will say i bitch and whine and etc, but i finally tell that cause well... they don't want to acknowledge me or speak directly to me. They are absolutely not professional in any way, nor even.. human and polite, or simply nice. I just wanted to make this public. It's not that big of a deal, and there are certainly more dramatic things going right now in the world, but i can't just shut my mouth and act like it never happened.A simple mail to tell me "sorry, we used your art cause it was cool on the site and we will credit you or find something to value your work" would have fix everything really simply. But here i'm treated like a piece of shit.
Classy ARC, classy !