Earlier this week, Ami Angelwings posted that Randy Queen, the comic artist and creator of Darkchylde, updated the internet/media on the situation in Escher Girls. (The topic was covered here and here on this site.)
If you're a media outlet that's been following this story, please update that he has apologized to me personally & withdrawn the takedowns.— Ami Angelwings (@ami_angelwings) August 7, 2014
According Ami, Queen has pulled the DMCAs off Tumblr, accepted his personal apology and considers "the situation resolved."
Pointing out that the story usually gets play, and then dropped is not something she wants to happen here. "People miss the retraction/resolution, and I don’t want that to happen here," so I'm following her request.
I consider the matter over, and I wish Randy Queen well. Please spread this around if you also spread the initial controversy.— Ami Angelwings (@ami_angelwings) August 7, 2014
The full text is located here on the blog, but here's the part about the apology.
Since yesterday evening, I have had private email communication with Mr. Queen. He’s personally apologized to me, and I’ve accepted it He is also withdrawing the DMCA takedown complaints against this blog.
I consider this situation resolved with the restoration of the removed content, and I wish Mr. Queen well. :)
She also discovered spam filters are evil, and ate some information from Tumblr. The site automatically processed the DMCA, resolved the error quickly, but it's “assumed the reblogs were lost.”
As Aug 8, Tumblr has "restored all content removed." And she's actively doing her part by "checking with [Tumblr] that the now-retracted DMCA complaints will not be counted against Escher Girls or the Tumblr users who submitted content to Escher Girls that was removed." That’s a really important feature since most sites have a strikes rule.
But she also encourages those affected “to check with Tumblr that no mark will be held against your account for this incident."
Personally, I do know the controversy peaked my interest enough to buy a few new superhero comics when looking at the artwork on Comixology. Critiquing what is wrong has another effect since it also highlights those who do understand, and makes them shine. And with obviously solid stories, I’m an active fan again.
Hopefully, the problem is officially resolved without further incident, and Ami's Escher Girls will continue to create a better art community.