New York-based illustrator Adam Ellis has created quite a stir on Twitter after calling out Shopee Malaysia for stealing his comic
On Thursday, 12 December, the former Buzzfeed employee tweeted a screenshot of his comic which was allegedly edited and posted by Shopee without any credit.
"When are brands gonna realise that 'memes' aren't free clip art for them to use in advertisements?" he wrote.
Here is his original comic:
And this is what it was edited into:
The cartoonist, who is famous for his relatable webcomics, had illustrated a comic of a woman looking at her phone and tearing up over a gay relationship between Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna.
However, the e-commerce site had edited 'Shopee Midnight Madness 12.12' onto his original illustration.
"Anyway @ShopeeMY, lemme know where to send an invoice," Ellis commented in a following tweet.
SAYS reached out to Shopee for comment and here is their response
"We greatly respect the hard work by artists, and appreciate the value of the artwork. We have reached out to Mr Adam Ellis to make this right," a Shopee spokesperson said in a statement to SAYS.