Taral Wayne posted about the unwonted notoriety he’s gained thanks to the internet scavengers at Betascript. Since then he’s corresponded with them:
In response to my email they claim they have used no copyrighted art of mine in the publication. I can’t tell if this is true or not… I can only say one online service described it as “b/w, 68 pages, illustrations.” But it might have been generic stuff, similar to the “cover.” In any case, the only way I could find out is spend $45 to buy the book.
Taral wondered how this outfit gets away with cluttering up booksellers’ databases:
Who’s going to buy a book about me, the guy who invented the pretzel, or the second monkey on the right in a Planet of the Apes sequel? Makes it harder for customers to find what they’re really looking for. I’m expecting the dealers will eventually refuse to list crap by outfits like Betascript.
Robert Lichtman hopes to accelerate that outcome with KTF reviews of Betascript’s Taral book on Amazon Canada, UK and Germany, plus Blackwells, Alibris and the DEA Store (Italy):
Don’t buy this book. Betascript Publishing is a pirate organization, and stole writing and artwork *copyrighted* by Taral Wayne for their sleazy little overpriced efforts. Yes, per the production description he is a well-known and honored artist, but please don’t support his hard work being ripped off by this disreputable publish-on-demand gang of thieves! Thank you.