Since the results for Project: Rooftop’s Storm: All-Weather Wear redesign contest were posted, we’ve been made aware that one of the Runner-Ups, Daniel Agbodjo, based his figure in his illustration on the artwork of another artist, Jace Wallace. Agbodjo gave no credit to basing his work off Wallace’s previous work, which violates one of P:R’s guidelines and key principles of both P:R founders. P:R has since removed Mr. Agbodjo’s entry from the contest results, and we publicly apologize to Jace Wallace for hosting the uncredited swipe of his artwork.
Swiping is common in our industry. Too common. And those who do it rarely realize how offensive, obnoxious, and often OBVIOUS, this practice is. Project: Rooftop is a site dedicated to featuring the specific skill of superhero costume redesigning, but we have always used this platform to promote indie and professional artists with clear talent deserving of wider recognition in the comics community. Swiped art has always been banned from this site, and we apologize for allowing this piece to damage our record. It’s easier to spot when entrants swipe from art by established creators, but this time, we were had by someone who searched DeviantArt for an elegant drawing to pass off as their own, with changes. We might have considered it an honest mistake in understanding the rules here, but Mr. Agbodjo also flipped the image, a common swiping technique to avoid detection.
This is a notice to everyone. We will not always be able to spot swiped entries. We really are pretty good at it. But this time we failed, and the entrant is no longer welcome to participate here at P:R. Don’t swipe from other artists, and definitely don’t bother us with them.
Chris Arrant and Dean Trippe,
Co-Founders and Editors of Project: Rooftop