Rod-in-3D messaged me and we talked about the “art theft”. Yes, there were lots of similarities between our drawings. He claimed to have been unaware of my drawing at the time he made his, and I believe him.
Just this month I had an idea to redesign the parking signs in LA using timelines. Thankfully I’m so slow to start a piece that someone beat me to it. In fact, maybe someone already redesigned it and I had just seen it somewhere once, and that’s why I had my idea. I think that’s what happened with Rod. He must have seen my drawing in passing, it made an impact in the back of his mind, then months later it resurfaced as an idea. I don’t see why he would waste his time by intentionally re-drawing my comic. He drew it because the idea of “female fantasy armor vs. male” is something we have all thought about and he wanted to draw it. No malice behind it.
He didn’t try to make any money off of it. He didn’t try to erase my name. Sending him hate mail is completely unnecessary.