An excellent outcome and major kudos to Archie McPhee for do-right in this situation. Apparently, a freelancer did the dead with the art director none the wiser. Miss Monster posted this in her FB page: “So good news on the Archie McPhee/ Krampus thing! The art director immediately emailed me the same day i posted that link. Not only will they be compensating me, there may be plans for us to work together on some goodies next year. They were extremely attentive and understanding with that situation and im pretty impressed. A great ending! :)”

Well done!

UPDATE! While Archie McPhee does the do-right, Enchanted Witchery, not so much. Check out this stone cold lift of Miss Monster’s art, appearing on several products at this shop, which claims all work is created in house. I’m thinking…not.

Naughty Naughty, Enchanted Witchery!

Pay the Artist.

Now, back to our original tale…

Melita Curphey AKA Miss Monster is a terrific artist who specializes in monster illustration and sculpture.

Archie McPhee and Co like her work so much, it appears they have appropriated her designs for a holiday line of product featuring Miss Monster’s illo of Krampus, a traditional European boogieman who delivers bummer gifts, bad tidings, and a sound thrashing to bad boys and girls at Christmas.

Here’s Miss Monster’s original illo on a t-shirt legally licensed by Woot!

And here’s a closer look at the scary creature from the imagination of Miss Monster.

Me Skeerdy! I hope I don’t see him this Christmas!

But I bet whoever ripped off the image at Archie McPhee and Co., will.

Here’s their Krampus Christmas stocking.

Here’s their Krampus gift wrap paper.

And here’s their Krampus sweater.

What a remarkable resemblance!

Krampus gets his big day on December 6, when grownups drink a lot and dress as this icky devil to scare the goodness into children.

I think the internet needs to pay a visit to the folks at Archie McPhee and Co, and convince them to fork over some dough to Miss Monster to pay her for the illegal use of her work.

Because creator rights didn’t evaporate the day they invented the internet.