Rob Liefeld chooses to pass on the release of an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) based on his new superhero characters due to unknown environmental concerns.
Rob Liefeld has decided against releasing an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) of his original artwork over environmental concerns.
“I was going to have an NFT drop this weekend. It was submitted and prepared weeks in advance. WAS. I pulled it. Too much unknown. Environmental concerns. Market concerns,” Liefeld wrote in a social media post. “There were a bunch of spin off pieces, additional ‘tokens’ highlighting each character. All these bold new characters will meet you a little later on down the road. Colors by the brilliant Jay David Ramos.”
Liefeld’s post includes seven new characters posing together with music playing in the background of the video animation. Some of the Facebook comments mention Liefeld sharing the early layouts of the art on social media, though fans will have to wait a little bit longer to find out where and when this superhero group will make its debut.
The rise of NFTs has become a controversial topic in the comic book and art communities. While some creators are taking advantage of the increased interest and monetary gain that can come from adapting their art to NFTs, others have raised concerns over the environmental toll that comes from the creation of NFTs.
Marvel and DC have both cracked down on artists selling NFTs of their characters, with artists claiming that they are being deprived of selling their original artwork. The majority of comic book companies have allowed artists to sell their physical art, however, NFTs are made digitally. Former Wonder Woman artist Jose Delbo sold Wonder Woman NFTs for $1.85 million, which reportedly led to DC’s letter forbidding artists from making money off its characters.
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