PSA: Stolen Art Sold by "Vendors" on Amazon: If You See Something, Tweet Something

Dear Friends: 

Many of us know that in the internet age, it’s very easy for thieves to steal our art and sell it as their own on different platforms. We have submitted multiple copyright infringement complaints to Amazon about the repeated theft of our Multinational Patriot Flag designs by the same vendors. A sample of our flag designs are shown below:

We sell our flags on three platforms only: REDBUBBLECAFEPRESS & STICKER MULE.

In addition to filing complaints, we’ve completed our own due diligence to find and contact other artists who’s art was also stolen by these vendors. Many of these artists sell their art on Redbubble hence were fairly easy to track down to notify.

The “vendors” (thieves) on Amazon we’ve identified sell under the following usernames:


This is just a PSA to fellow artists & friends to please try and buy from the artist and not these opportunistic thieves or inform a fellow artist if you come across this scam. One way to tell if the art was created by the seller… look at the overall portfolio. If it doesn’t look like the same artist created the different designs, chances are the “vendor” stole them from multiple artists (this does not apply in all cases such as artist collectives)… but, to be sure, do a quick internet search on the image to see if it is a part of someone else’s portfolio.

While Amazon was initially helpful in removing some of the products featuring our designs, the “vendors” know it’s a cat and mouse “catch me if you can” game and just upload the stolen designs on new products (with slightly modified product URLs) with the hopes that they won’t be caught again. Something should be done about these repeat offenders! I’m still waiting on an answer from Amazon about their policy on these repeat offenders (As stated above, we’ve identified & contacted 6 different artists who’s art was stolen in addition to ours). We are also waiting on an answer to our question about money collected by Amazon on stolen art/works, especially after they’ve been notified of the stolen art/work. Hmmm….

The one thing working in our favor is that these “vendors” are also using the same titles to leverage the SEO work we’ve done. While this makes it easier to find stolen work, it’s a double-edged sword as a buyer may purchase your art from the thief and not you. So check if the same vendor has stolen other pieces of your work or if other vendors (may be the same vendor under different usernames) have also stolen your work. We're focused on Amazon since they have the largest platform but these principles apply to any platform. 

Lesson? Stay vigilant. If you see something fishy, speak up and we’ll continue to do the same.

Thanks for reading! Stay creative! And please share!

~ Onjena Yo
Carbon-Fibre Media ::

P.S. You can connect with us on twitter at any of our handles: @carbonfibreme@MultiPATRIOT,@greyrevealed or @onjena

EXHIBIT: KROMA Miami Presents: THE FORCE: A Visual Exploration of State-Sanctioned Violence: Oct 1 - Nov 5: Miami

KROMA Miami Presents:

THE FORCE: A Visual Exploration of State-Sanctioned Violence

Featured Artists: Caiphus | Grey Williamson | Jedi Diah Carmichael | R. Jackson | Santiago Restrepo

Exhibit: Oct 1st - Nov 5th, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 1st, 6 - 9 PM

3670 Grand Avenue, Miami, Florida 33133


KROMA is a new collective art space located on Grand Avenue in the heart of Coconut Grove consisting of 18 artists studios and a communal gallery space. KROMA’s mission is to serve as an affordable, contemporary space for artists, whose creative output will contribute to connecting the spirits of Coconut Grove’s rich past, present and future.

As a premiere arts incubator and the latest initiative of the Collaborative Development Corporation in partnership with the Barlington Group, KROMA will host exhibits showcasing the myriad of perspectives that are a result of the African diaspora and beyond. KROMA looks to advance the knowledge and practice of the arts through education and programming, which will not only enrich the lives of the community, but further develop the careers of resident artists.

KROMA is currently accepting applicants to be resident artists. If you are interested, please send an inquiry to: Only serious artists who are passionate about their craft need to apply.

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WRITTEN WORD: Fallen Sun: The Great War by Sci-Fi Writer Harule Stokes

I am working hard to carve out time to sit and read FALLEN SUN: THE GREAT WAR by Harule Stokes. After the overwhelming experience of the first book of this series, SECTORS, I am expecting nothing less than to be truly affected.

When discovering sci-fi novels as a child, I enjoyed being swept away to different worlds and escaping into lives much more interesting than my own. The education and the emotional effect carried me through my less than glamorous life, book after book, making growing into adulthood a wonderful experience... sometimes in direct contrast to being overwhelmed by real life, in the real world.

Now I am an adult and the truths of this world are more profound to me than what I ran away into earlier...

And something got lost in the process.

Harule Stokes with SECTORS gave me back what I missed, what had fueled me during the down days... the lows...

To know that there is more, that it continues and goes even deeper into that place... well... that deserves the real time investment... the real sit down.

It might happen this weekend.

I can't wait.

~ Grey

SPOTLIGHT: TAO OF OTAKU: You Got to Coordinate with Kugali: Geek Diaspora


Discover culturally diverse Sci-Fi & fantasy in Kugali Media's online library. Kugali curates books, games, movies, TV shows, comics from Africa, Asia, Australia...the Geek Diaspora. Their mission is to help people find and share the best African Narratives by uniting African storytellers and fans alike on one storytelling platform.

Kugali is the parent company of the Tao of Otaku, a podcast where Ziki, Demi & Tolu share their perspective on the world of comics, videogames & all things geeky every Sunday.

The team stays busy. Below are a few spotlights produced by the Kugali/Tao of Otaku team. We were honored to be included as one of their highlights from the Geek Diaspora.  

Connect with them on twitter @KugaliMedia & @TaoofOtaku


Kugali shines a spotlight on founders, Grey Williamson & Onjena Yo of Carbon Fibre media, and their independent entertainment properties, Val-Mar: Gifted and CursedThe Legend of Apollo and O'BOTs. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interview of Grey Williamson here

Kugali shines a spotlight on founder of Midas Monkee, Paul Louise-Julie who has spent nearly a decade developing the world of Aya. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interviews of Paul Louise-Julie here:(1), (2) (3)

Kugali shines a spotlight on Roye Okupe, the founder of YouNeek Studios and creator of EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams, which has gathered a cult following across the African diaspora. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interviewing Roye here.

Kugali shines a spotlight on Jide Martins, the founder of Comic Republic. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interview of Jide Martins here.

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WORDS AND PICTURES: To My Comic Book Heads From Grey Williamson: New Talk of "Diversity"

To My Comic Book Heads:

All this "new" talk of "diversity"...
How "The Big Two" are "tryin'"...
What "they" are finally doin' for "us"...
And then the public celebration that follows...

Do you hear yourselves?

What does it say about companies that are finally forced to "diversify"? What were they doing before? What white-supremacist agenda did they have to be economically forced to momentarily deviate from... that we were investing in all along...?

After all these years, why new... why now?

... and who are "they" doin' this for?

I place diversification references in quotes because of the multilevel conflicts inherent in the terminology.

If you have to force placement of human beings into your productions about human experiences, than your work is intensely problematic.

In a world that is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-national with constant migration around it that has existed longer than our recorded history of travel... your company has to struggle to include anything outside of Aryan archetypes within its purposefully structured and manipulated heroic mythology...
Your problem is beyond disfunction but is rather something else...

I mean, who does that?

What Jesse-Owensian moment had to happen to force a change in approach?

Why do we care so much?

There is nothing about my world that requires diversification.

Instead, what we have is a constant struggle against twisted extremists who have been attempting to shift the world toward their self-serving ideologies for as long as modern civilization has existed... with various degrees of success...

All because the real world was too difficult to compete in without cheating...

All because of deep-rooted inferiority complexes that could not be fully cured by endless acquisition.

Comic books are small enough to fly in under the radar.

How much nastiness can be hidden within a sub-culture before people begin to notice, much less take of import?

As I endeavor to continue to create and produce within this Industry, the labels and terminology become like cages erupting to contain and limit my art...

trying to force it into places that it can be limited and ultimately hidden away.

That is the fight of the "free" comics creator... to connect with a readership in a place where ridiculous yet insidious terminology like "diversity", and the insane "minority", can't stop us from communicating like real people.

Just stories... just art... just "comics".

The struggle continues...

~ Grey