On your second to last page of #25 in the first panel to the right of Mother’s true form I can make out “OCB” in the glyphs on the machinery. There are several glyphs; this part of the machine is the only part in 2 colors with writing. It says something, then a line, then “OCB” and then something else. Or I’ve been staring at this so long that I’m seeing things. Thanks for being awesome. Keep up the amazing work. -email redacted-
There you go, guys — both of the hidden OCB’s in Prophets 25 and 27 have been found. Thanks to everyone who played along! Keep an eye out for hidden stuff in later issues…
While drawing issues #25 and #27 of PROPHET, I hid a couple of tiny OCB references in their pages for fun. Find them and have a custom drawing sent to your place! I’m separating these so that each issue has its own venue for the hunt — Tumblr is for issue #25, twitter is for #27. Get your magnifying glasses out!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
PROPHET#25 — TUMBLR: Once you’ve found it, send me a detailed description of where the reference is hidden, by using the ASK feature here on tumblr. You can be Anonymous if you like, but be sure to leave your email address, too.
EDIT: The hidden OCB in Prophet#27 has already been found!
[In the interest of spreading the love, I’d like the gifts to go to two separate readers— so the first two people to find each one will get a drawing. And yeah, I totally made this more complicated than it needed to be.]
Hey Giannis, thanks for helping out with the copyright/trademarking stuff. Just to clear this us, even if you don't have a C/TM and take it to a publisher, they'll help you write up a C/TM AFTER they sign you? Also, really loved the Rival Schools fan-art. Do you have anymore Rival Schools or any Masamune fan-art?
Yeah, to be honest it just seems like publishers don’t really mind about that stuff as much as the actual book. If you give them an amazing pitch, they’ll probably jump through a few hoops to help put your book out.
And thanks — I don’t have much Rival Schools or Shirow fanart! Just the couple of stuff that’s gone on here. I’m planning on playing RS again, maybe it’ll make me want to draw some more of it.
Hey, Giannis. I really respect your Old City Blues; have both Archaia gn versions. I'm a comics creator myself, currently wrapping up art for my personal work, but I have a quick question for you. I know most publications ask for creator-owned work to be copyrighted/trademarked prior to publishing, so how did you file for copyrights and trademark rights [for Old City Blues and your websites]? What was the process? It would help me greatly if you can help a comic dude out.
Thanks for getting OCB! And no worries, I know that stuff can be crazy — I’m really mostly in the dark with this myself, and this info is just from my personal experience.
As far as I know, comics publishers (unlike other publishing houses) won’t really bother with copyrights or trademarks before they sign you, and it’s very likely they’ll trademark the name of your book after you’ve agreed to publish through them.
Your work is copyrighted the moment you create it — whatever in the world that might mean — but from what I understand actually filing for copyright is just an additional safety measure in case you want to sue somebody. Here’s what the US Copyright office says:
If there’s anybody here who is knowledgeable in this matter, feel free to weigh in and I’ll update the post. The US Copyright office has some helpful FAQ’s on the subject, which include the ever-pressing matters “How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?” and “Can I get a star named after me and claim copyright to it?”
Hey, I love your art. My new ritual every night is listening to the new Pilotpriest album and reading a few pages of Private Enemy. Anyway, my question is this - what art/manga/comics are inspiring you at the moment?
Thank you, it’s nice to know there’s people out there reading OCB — hope you dig the later issues as well! Currently I’m really into Mamoru Nagano’s Five Star Stories, anything by Tetsuro Ueyama, a while ago I was really into the Xenosaga artbooks. The past few months have been heavy on Japanese stuff.