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Looked into it. Fair use rules allow it. This is how commissions are done in the first place. Claiming it as one's own outside of the material being what you've made, however, is illegal. The difference between selling a fan game and selling a commission, for example, is that a commission is a part of your art portfolio, and a fan game treats itself as its own intellectual property. Plus, Sega sells Sonic games and that wouldn't be allowed because it'd technically be a much cheaper competition.

 

Many other websites sell Sonic and other video game based shirts; in fact Redbubble itself has lots of search results for that (some of which ARE infringing laws due to them being actual Sonic promo art officially made by Sega and slapped onto their own designs with no changes, but yeah..). I'm pretty sure I'm good..? tongue.png

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No, it is generally not covered under fair use (which is a case by case basis anyway as the properties of each product would need to be reviewed). Most of the time fair use is generally granted to pieces of work that are appropriating content for the use in parody or criticism, though not always - but would have to be reviewed by a judge first I do believe. It just means that if someone wanted to take you to court over it they could but the piece would be either determined as infringement or fair use there.. I just went on google and found this: http://lexxercise.tumblr.com/post/5965105973/intellectual-property-copyright-law-and-fan-art and I think it explains it a lot better than I am. This link as well: http://kirara-teh-love.deviantart.com/art/The-Truth-About-Selling-Fanart-212570726.

 

People (including the creator of Ghost Rider for example) have been dinged before for selling unauthorized work. It isn't an every day occurrence  and I am not saying anyone is going to go after you, but they can if they want to. The companies don't give a crap about whether or not its going in your portfolio. However like I said its unlikely that they go after a majority of fanartists selling merchandise they have made because it isn't worth their time to do so. Technically, using your example of fan games, Sega also sells Sonic branded T-shirts and your selling a t-shirt which = competition and if it really irked them they could go after you.

Like I said before though, not trying to rain on your parade because the t-shirt is really nice and all but I am simply answering the question on whether or not you are legally in the right or not. Had do a bit of research myself though considering our copyright laws are a bit different.

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Yeah like I said I don't think they're going to go after you for it : D haha. It's just good to know generally what your rights/ their rights are, and copyright issues sometimes are in such a grey area it's hard.

Also you should make some original shirts too! I bet they'd be wicked as well.

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Yes, go with original works. I've seen plenty of webcomics become fairly popular and make a pretty penny off their associated merchandise, and it actually is a viable business model if you've got the work ethic, writing and artistic abilities to pursue it. You definitely have art skills down, so really it all just comes down to your ability to write an entertaining story (whether just a bunch of gags or something more interconnected is at your discretion) and how much time you're willing to sink into it.

 

I wish you luck with whatever choice you roll with. :)

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That's look pretty good! You've definitely got a solid art style down, which really is the key point; people respond more to artwork than writing, likely because of the sight dependence of the species.

 

Have you uploaded any of the pages, perchance?

 

Either way, should be interesting to see the final result; with enough promotion, you could build a solid fanbase and make merchandise based off of it... it's a long way ahead, but hey, the journey of a thousand miles...

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Tried out my characters with these new brushes I have. I kinda made them look a bit more big-head-tiny-body'd in their proportions but its almost unnoticeable. I'm gonna make them have the same proportions as before, but keep this style cuz I like this brush fdhsjfds.

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It happens!

I personally keep a reference of characters next to me at all times when drawing a strip. After enough times you'll get a consistent design down and you won't need the reference anymore. Learning a new character's design is actually a very fun challenge; I'd imagine doubly or triply so if it's your own creation! smile.png

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Oh mang thanks! I really like Awkward Zombie comics and I can see the way she does art at times resembles what I do and stuff. 

 

Also I think I'm almost there, regarding the style for my characters. Last thing I post of my characters before the comic I SWEAR THIS TIME (this won't be the last time I'm sure)

 

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