What exactly is it that you have an issue about?
Implying that a fan artist is anymore guilty of
copyright infringement than someone who takes
artbook scans, pastes them on t-shirts and then
sells them for incredible mark-up, is rather
ludicrous. I know for fact that there are a ton
of those on ebay. There are also, as you say, a
boatload of bootleg DVDs, as well as Taiwanese
CDs, bootleg posters, scrolls and various and
If you're going to point the finger, why
exclusively implicate fanartists? I get the
feeling that this has less to do with concern for
the legality of it all than with a sense of being
threatened. I'm sorry, but personally I'm not
impressed with how much people pay for cels.
That's a personal choice on the part of the buyer
and something they have to deal with, not an
exclusive right to 'lord it over' everyone else.
Animation belongs to everyone that sees it, if it
touches you deeply, if it excites you, then it is
a natural human reaction to want a memento. Of
course there is going to be a higher
concentration of people that connect with
particular moments and scenes. Given the highly
collectible nature of cels, it would be
impossible for everyone that wanted one to have
Fancels make it possible for anyone to have a
particular moment they love. I refuse to see
anything wrong with that. The owners of the
original cels still have something no one else
does. The original, the work of art into which
the heart and soul of the animator was breathed.
To begrudge others a mere shadow of that same
heart and soul seems petty and greedy.
How many times have thrifty, devoted collectors
of a particular show been thwarted when the
casual collector with deep pockets comes along
and buys a wish cel 'because it was pretty.' Why
is it wrong for someone in that situation to seek
a reproduction? Japanese studios plainly see
nothing wrong with it, because they regularly
release reproductions of their own cels.
Bottom line, if you're into cels to impress
others with the rarity of your cels, if you're in
it as an investment, then you're into cels for
the wrong reasons. I am so tired of seeing
tantrums over sellers pricing things down or
generally doing anything that might hurt
someone's chances of getting back the money on a
cel they overpaid for in the first place. I can
understand a desire to protect prospective buyers
from dishonest sellers, but as with any large
purchase, buyer beware.