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 News::Game cover artwork detective for hire
I was busy doing some site maintenance and posting docs yesterday, when I ran across the manual for a little shoot-em-up game called Lethal Xcess (Wings of Death II) from the Amiga/Atari ST era. I had never played nor heard of the game before, yet something struck me as oddly familiar about the cover, shown here:

Image: /e107_images/newspost_images/thumb_LethalXcess.jpg


As I stared at it, I reached for what memory that image could have possibly been triggering. Then it finally struck me. Does the image look familiar to anyone else?

Click "Read the rest" to see what I realized
It was an old book cover from Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey. As far as I can tell, Celal Kandemiroglu (the artist for the Lethal Xcess cover) pretty blatantly ripped off Michael Whelan's work on the Dragonflight cover:

Image: /e107_images/newspost_images/thumb_LethalXcess.jpg Image: /e107_images/newspost_images/thumb_Dragonflight.jpg


I always wonder how much of this kind of thing happens in the world of art. There was the modeling of the original Metal Gear cover after Reese from Terminator. There were all the Neverwinter Nights avatars that were modeled after pictures of celebrities. I guess it's hard to tell what really comes from someone's imagination and what is just copying something else.

I also wonder if this guy would've gotten sued if anybody realized this. I did some quick searching but couldn't find anyone else pointing out the similarity between these two pieces of art.

I feel like I should win some kind of prize for solving this mystery.

Read/Post Comment: 4bysleepyonWednesday 30 July 2008 - 08:09:39printer friendly
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SourceSeeker, first, the link in the FAQ is a dead link (the FAQ is pretty old and seems not to have been updated since it was first written).

Secondly, please do not downgrade the quality of your submission. You can split files larger than 7MB into sub-7MB files with zip or rar, and upload the smaller files. Please use a naming regime along the lines of "(game name)-(part number of total number).zip" so that the editors will know how many part files make up the whole and their order.
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anyone could upload the manual Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce for PS3?
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You might have to be a frequent contributor to see the pending uploads list. Anyone can search the uploads by setting the "search in" dropdown to uploads. If you see something in uploads you want, make a request in the forums.

For uploading large files, split into multiple zip files and use a naming convention that is obvious.
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hmm, when i click on "list of pending uploads" inside the FAQ an error pops up:
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it seems i can not upload my pdf. it is 7,8 MB in size & it is said that it should be max 7 MB. is that the reason? already compressed as high as possible... what can i do? quality already quite poor through compression.

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