Now note I said "merchandise", as opposed to first fan money-making endeavour,... in which case THAT title goes to the venerable
for his awesome Sun-Dried Cherries cover art:
He was the first to put his amazing SDC fanart on sale as a high-res purchasable download, and rather than go the typical route I've seen of storming over there and beating-my-chest-all-indignant-about-art-theft-and-profiteering-off-all-my-hard-work-and-how-dare-you-and-all-that-jazz,... instead, I actually became his first customer.
(and hopefully not the last... if you haven't purchased your copy, do so now cause the high-res is to die for!) ^.^
After all, please remember that Sun-Dried Cherries is zero-copyrighted
(or practically public domain), and as such it's free of many of the copyright restrictions that we usually work with in our art creations, even with liberally-licensed models such as Creative Commons licenses. Attribution is not required (although gladly appreciated), and of course commercial use is not only allowed, but actually celebrated!
Now why would I intentionally lose control of my own IP? Am I crazy or just insanely generous?
Well I am a little bit of both -- and to be honest, I am partially inspired by Hasbro's laissez-faire approach to its own MLP-FiM IP, and how that liberty has done so much to expand and enrich the fandom with the amazing speed that it has. I'd like to see if we can jumpstart the same thing but with a truly free, homebrewed franchise -- and for that to happen, I have to let it run wild and free!
The main reason, though, is that I have BIG plans in store in case my little thought experiment is a success -- plans of such magnitude, that greedily hoarding over the SDC IP strikes me as petty and short-sighted. In short, I'm an artist so brazenly confident in my long-term abilities and creativity, that I'm perfectly willing to share at least one of those ideas with the world... cause ultimately there's plenty more where that came from! ^^
So precedent being established, now it's time to celebrate this next wonderful milestone in the 4 weeks that SDC has been around!
Today is a historic day... the first time ever an artist has created SDC-based merchandise to sell! AND IT'S FREAKIN' CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!
My friend and legendary pony crafter
made a plushie of DD,... and not just any plushie, but (in the spirit of SDC), an ultra-low-cost "pocket plushie" that's cheap and quick to manufacture, but full of wonderous joy and love! It is impossibly cute, and as such it's a great advertising medium for SDC as people will undoubtedly ask who that adorable micro plushie pony is and where she comes from!
I hope Sarah continues to make more of these cuties and is able to sell lots of them too -- for SDC ponies to be commercially viable (without the risk of getting shut down a la WhiteDove) would be, in my opinion, a sign of success for this mini franchise I'm hoping to create!
And yes, CC is in the works, and from what I gather is going to completely blow your mind in the cute department!
And WOW, that was FAST!
CC is ready to grace your eyes with her epic adorableness! And yes, you can pose her cowlick, w00t!