Well this thing kind of blew out of proportions, so I'm going to fix this OP, for posteritys sake and for someone to make an easy wiki trivia post some day.
Who is Olly Moss and why should I care?
Olly Moss is an artist known for his remakes of movie posters in his pretty distinct style that mostly relies on silhouettes of key scenes and figures from the movies. On the games side, he did the pretty nice Resistance 3 cover. Well, nice until they did this to it.
Ok, so what happened?
First there was this tweet:
Referring to this inlay of the Borderlands 2 box art. Kind of seemed a little douchey, he didn't 'invent' the style and is himself inspired by the works of Saul Bass, so I made the thread. However, after a few tweets, it became clear he just meant he would have gladly made the insert himself and wished somebody had asked.
But then someone noticed this:
Which way too direct of a rip, and not ok. Shots fired!
And how was it resolved?To which Olly replied:
Also, the community manager at Gearbox had this to say:
Chris Faylor, Community Manager from Gearbox Software, here. Want to provide a bit more insight into this unfortunate situation.
First off, thanks to everyone that posted here or in any other way made an effort to bring this to our attention -- as a team that thrives on creative works, ensuring that fellow artists receives proper credit for their work is of utmost importance to us and without your vigilance this may have regrettably slipped by.
The art in question was intended to be an homage to the work of Olly Moss and Saul Bass as a gesture of the deep respect and appreciation the development team has for them and and their work, and was created by a contracted marketing artist. Taking inspiration from the things we love is a big part of our creative process, but the idea of things being outright lifted is not something we condone and the contracted marketing artist responsible for the piece will now be dealing with those consequences.
We have also been in touch with Olly Moss to discuss the matter, and, as part of that, the possibility of future collaborations between Olly Moss and Gearbox Software has come up. While both Olly and Gearbox are very busy at the moment, we're very excited about the possibilities and optimistic about a future collaboration effort.
And Kotaku has a pretty nice write up as well. So as you can see, Moss is not really a bad guy and I shouldn't make threads about tweets, all is well.
My original post: