Last week, we reported on a new X-Men fan cartoon - X-Men: Danger Room Protocols - created by animator Joel Furtado, and how it was likely to really piss off deranged Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, who hates the X-Men because his company willingly sold their movie rights to Fox after nearly bankrupting themselves through 90s excess. Shortly after, we reported on the cartoon being yanked from YouTube due to a copyright claim from Marvel. Now, Furtado has taken to YouTube to announce the cancellation of the project and explain his position.
In the video, Furtado demonstrates a proliferation of X-Men fan art, including pornographic, freely available for free and for sale online, seemingly unchallenged by Marvel. Though Furtado did attempt to sell prints from the cartoon, he notes that the videos themselves were not being monetized by YouTube, and he did not intend to undercut Marvel's business. Additionally, Furtado says that he spent a year and his entire savings making the cartoon, and expresses sadness about his interaction with Marvel:
The most heartbreaking thing is that this company that I've idolized my entire life, and I'm finally meeting for the first time professionally, and this is the experience that we've gone through, where now Marvel's looking at me like I'm an enemy to them. And that's never what I wanted.
Ironically, it may be the success the cartoon achieved through coverage in the comics press that brought it to Marvel's attention, while all of that erotic X-Men fan-art remains safely hidden in Tom Brevoort's browser history, away from the bean-counters' prying eyes, where the only thing being "yanked" is... well, let's just say it's not a video from YouTube and leave it at that.
At the end of his video, Furtado mentions that he is now looking for a job, so if anyone is looking for an animator who can conceive and execute an animated project from start to completion, consider contacting him on Twitter with an offer.