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Killers album by Iron Maiden, Fiend Folio by TSR

 

In 1980 (ish) I got my hands on the original D&D game and played with my friends. Over the years, I fell in love with all of the books, especially the Fiend Folio. That COVER! Emmanuel's painting of the Githyanki! Man it is awesome.

Then, In high school, I used to charge a whopping 50 bucks to hand-paint denim jacket back-panels for all of the metalheads and rockers. My favorite ones to paint, of course, were Iron Maiden's album covers. Derek Riggs' amazing paintings of Eddie blew my high school kid mind.

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One day while painting a version of KILLERS by Iron Maiden, it struck me how similar it was to the old FIEND FOLIO cover. I thought that one day it would be fun to draw up a mix of the two. 

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The original painting was done on a denim jacket, which sold at an art show, just like the old days. Since then, lots of folks have asked me to put the design onto T-Shirts, so I figured this would be a good way to get them out there!

Boom.

SHIRT DETAILS

Shirt Brand and Material: This is an American Apparel T-shirt. It is black, 100 percent cotton on the sleeves and back, and soft poly on the front panel, The result is a vintage feel, super soft, medium-light weight shirt that feels great and shows bright colors. It is a slim fit, 4.4 oz., side-seamed t-shirt.

Sizes: The shirts are available in the standard "unisex" American Apparel sizes of Small through XXL.

Printing Method: These shirts are printed using a Dye-Sublimation process. It is an amazing process that gives photographic results while keeping the fabric incredibly soft. You have probably seen this printing method used on mousepads and game-mats. I did not want such a huge print to make the shirt feel like a plastic suit of armor, so silkscreening was not considered. The shirt printer has warned me that there may be small, white spots near the very edges of the art, in the underarms or edges. However, the sample that I ordered is perfect except when really stretched out, as you can see in the photos below.

The "all-over" printing process is done with the shirt flat & face up. Occasionally small white lines may appear along the outer seam. On the sample, a tiny white line is only visible when the shirt is stretched beyond normal amounts.

 

TWO WEEK PROJECT

Spread the word! If you know anyone that would be psyched for the shirt, pass along the link. The project is just a short, two week window.

ORDERING DETAILS

Backerkit: As with my past projects, I will be using Backerkit as a checkout system. This is a very flexible system that allows backers to order exactly what they want and lets us communicate after the project ends.

Ordering more than one? Multiple people have asked me how to buy more than one. This option will be available as an "add on" upon checkout within the backerkit that you receive as a backer.

Shipping Costs: We are using USPS priority shipping. 

Returns: These shirts will be custom printed-to-order. This means that I am not creating large quantities and selling from that stock. I will be making only the shirts that have been ordered and therefore will not be able to accept returns. Thank you for understanding.

*Please note that this project is not affiliated with Iron Maiden, TSR, Hasbro or Wizards of the Coast.

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Depends. Some mash ups are protected, depending on how far into parody or satire they go.

 

IP protection is not a matter of criminal law or immediate, as many people think. It is a matter for a judge or court to decide, and is often open to interpretation. And it depends heavily on precedent.

 

Iron Maiden's font, or logo, has a long history of being borrowed without any litigation that I am aware of. So that's one plus for this creator, should it ever go to court. This is closer to an homage, though, than to satire, which is a strike against, since homage is pretty much the same as copying.

 

Now, whether you as a person feel right about supporting something that strikes you as an infringement is another matter. If you don't, you shouldn't.

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I would guess the artist could enact "Fair Use" and categorize it under parodying of copyright material. If not, Woot T-shirts and it's ilk would never have had a chance to become the t-shirt companies they are now. Not a lawyer. :P

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I was getting ready to gamble on backing this, then decided to look into sublimation printing. It seems that cotton is one of the worst materials for this process. It's said that you can't even do sublimation printing on 100% cotton without serious color fading. 100% polyester is suggested as the best material, with 65/35 polyester/cotton blends occasionally used with hit and miss results.

 

The process almost sounds a little like using "fusion" spray paint on plastic, where the paint actually fuses to the material. Sublimation ink fuses to the polyester, so the color holds exceptionally well. That process doesn't work on cotton. 

 

There's another process called ChromaBlast that is very similar to sublimation and is said to work beautifully on cotton. I'm not sure I'll gamble on such a pricey shirt unless the material and printing process match. I'll PM the creator and ask if polyester is an option.

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Well, he says right there that it is; pardon my copy-paste quoting: "Shirt Brand and Material: This is an American Apparel T-shirt. It is black, 100 percent cotton on the sleeves and back, and soft poly on the front panel,"

 

That sounds like polyester to me.

I don't want one, but it's an interesting idea and I hope he doesn't get his pants sued off. ^^;

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20 hours ago, Bruunwald said:

IP protection is not a matter of criminal law or immediate, as many people think. It is a matter for a judge or court to decide, and is often open to interpretation. And it depends heavily on precedent.

 

it also depends on how much money the lawyer charges.

 

I've read plenty of crowdfunded projects where everyone discusses whether or not the defendant has a case. But defendants have to *pay* for their lawyers, and I think it's safe to say that anyone who needs money for a KS doesn't have the pockets necessary in case they're hit with legal action. Even CMON changed two of their sculpts when Miramax wrote them about these sculpts. Though not an IP case, a worst-case scenario was Up Front, where a back-of-the-envelope calculation said that the creator settled after spending an amount approximately equal to the funds they generated from backers (and, yes, backers didn't receive the game). GameZone had all sorts of controversy over their use of Hasbro's HeroQuest IP, although their later problems were more project-management related, rather than IP litigation. Cryptozoic settled with Wizards of the Coast for their Hex game, which seems to be successfully released (?).

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A quick update here... 

For those that requested larger-than 2XL shirts, good news! 3XL-5XL sizes are now available. Please read the project's main page for details as the shirt itself is a little different than the ORIGINAL shirt for the project. Still sweet, same art, still black... just a little different.

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They found a way to make these shirts in all sizes. Pretty sweet. Here's a link to the update.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ryanlesser/dungeons-and-dragons-iron-maiden-mashup-t-shirt/posts/1865869?ref=backer_project_update

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