Update: Jess Fink/Hot Topic and Rachel Nabors
Updating a pair of previous stories, developments in the rip-off scandal involving cartoonist Jess Fink and the Hot Topic clothing store seem to have moved in a satisfying direction for the artist, and the fundraising efforts for Rachel Nabors’ dental surgery are also on a positive trend.
The person who wrote me back was the lady who originally bought the shirts from the rip off artist/designer "NewBreedGirl" she had some very nice, apologetic words to say and she told me Hot Topic would like to make amends by removing the shirt from their website, and no longer selling it in their stores.
"I would like to first and foremost, appologize for this situation. It is very important to us to support artists and their ventures and it just makes my stomach turn when something like this happens. We in NO way would have written this artwork if we had known it was someone else’s design. We work with many vendors that sell us "generic" artwork and we put our faith in those vendors to not sell us stolen or immulated artwork."
On top of this she offered that they would like to buy some of my designs.
Also from what she said I have a feeling no one is going to be buying anything from "NewBreedGirl" for a long time.
Rachel Nabors also seems to be doing well:
It’s official. We’ve raised at least $5,000 toward my jaw surgery! Let’s see, that either covers the braces or half of the surgery (provided it doesn’t involve widening the roof of my mouth). Last I checked tonight, we were at $5,588.04 USD.