A bizarre, but interesting bit of fan film news. It seems that Dark Horse comics published a Serenity comic book that contained images based on a model from a fan film called the Bellflower Project. The artist of the comic book, Patrick Reynolds, mistakenly made reference to the model thinking it to be Serenity canon. After a premature threat of legal action from the original designer and the people behind the fan film, Dark Horse released the following statement:
“Recently, we made a truly unfortunate mistake regarding the use of art from a fan film in one of our comics. We would like to make an apology to the artists and the filmmaker who were affected by our error.
While preparing to draw Serenity: Float Out, artist Patric Reynolds researched ships from the ’Verse online, and mistook some ships designed for the fan film Bellflower for canonical ships. The ships were designed by John Douglass, S. E. O’Brien, Sam Osbourne, and filmmaker Mark James. Their work is terrific, and completely professional, like so much of what the Browncoats do, so no one realized the mistake.
We understand that this was a serious oversight on our part. We want to assure everyone that this is not a usual occurance, and we will make sure to be more careful in the future.
Please accept my most sincere apologies, on behalf of Dark Horse and artist Patric Reynolds.”