vinndemiatrix (vinndemiatrix) wrote in artists_beware,

Beware: MangaX/AniPopGam 2

Hello all. It's been brought to my attention (and many others on the DeviantART community) about a store called "MangaX," also known as "AniPopGam 2" at anime conventions. The mentioned distributers have stolen artwork from more than a couple artists on DA, printed the work, and sold them as posters at this year's Japan Expo (and we're still getting word from people about seeing the same company at other conventions, again selling stolen work). Some photos below:

Their booth. Pretty much 99% of the stuff they sold was stolen: 

Another photo of their booth, with the name displayed:

There's already been a few cases through social-art websites from artists making posts about their art being stolen by these people and sold as posters. If you are going to any upcoming anime conventions, please keep an eye out for a booth called AniPopGam 2, or their store name "MangaX." If you do, please report them for the convention organizers or staff and see if something can be done about it. And I know that even if you report them, there's pretty much nothing that can be done since there's really no way for you to prove on the spot that the artwork as stolen, but if that happens, then at least avoid buying anything from them. Though, I have heard that if you look close enough, you can still see watermarks on some of the pieces of artwork from the original artists.

I can continue to update on this with more info as I find it out. But, if you would like more detailed information, please visit these artists' journals from DA whose artwork was stolen and printed illegally by this shop -->

(And sorry if that is hard to read/if anything is confusing, English is not my native tongue.)
Tags: beware, company-mangax/anipopgam2

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