It has come to my attention that Matthew Christopher Nelson is the subject of allegations of intellectual property theft.These concerns have come to my attention in relation to this earlier interview with Mr. Nelson:
In response to the concerns other artist have bought to my page, I am including links to the blogs that discuss these allegations here:
I removed the still from the comic from my blog. I have also approved all of the related comments regarding these allegations. I have received a request to just delete the interview, but I think it is important for the readers of my blogs to be able to see these comments. I don’t want to delete the interview because I would just delete the comments with it. Instead, I am linking to the information provided in the comments regarding these allegations.
Here are another series of links from the comment section regarding these allegations:
“His deviantart, linked above by Amita also shows all of the photos, AND artwork that he has stolen, filtered, and reposted as his own. For example:
http://artistmattnelson.deviantart.com/art/Fyre-and-Ice-426143470 was stolen from
http://artistmattnelson.deviantart.com/art/Rise-and-Shine-428956951 was stolen from
As a journalist, it is my first inclination to report on both sides of this story, but it seems that not everyone things this is a good idea. Some people would just like to have me delete the interview and sweep everything under the rug.
I am being threatened with a lawsuit for even bringing this information to my readers:
“I am so angry I will see him in court and if u don’t pull this interview off I will also see u in court too! Or you should at least make a new one showing what a crook he is! – Connie D’Angelo”
I am confused and confounded as to why I would be receiving such threats for electing to report on the allegations instead of just blindly deleting the interview and wiping away any controversy or comments that accompany it. I do not wish to delete all of the comments and controversy (which would automatically occur if I were to delete the interview), because I think it is important for people to be able to read the comments, know about the controversy, and I think amending the interview so people can see the links to the sites and blogs with the allegations is fair and just.
I don’t think it would be fair or just to just delete everything and sweep everything under the rug just because I am being pressured to do so.
However, I don’t have any problem revising the interview to show all of the complaints against Matthew Christopher Nelson. That is what I intend to do, and what I will do.
Lucy Newman put together some side by sides of his edits with her original photographs (which are all up on deviant art; geekisthecolour.deviantart.com);