What do you do when Hollywood ruins your IP?

Back in 2017, I spent weeks working on a comic book called ‘Show Dogs’.

I’d released most of the comics online via Instagram, and my followers were really starting to identify with either Brenda or Susan, even sending me memes along with messages like "oh my God, this is so Susan!"

Show Dogs Fashion
After a month or two of raising my little cartoon pups, I decided to do another Google search to make sure everything was trucking along nicely. To my absolute horror, I found a link to this movie trailer:

Wow. Not only did this film look atrocious, the title was the same as my freshly released comic series! Ugh! I researched online extensively and made sure there was nothing else called ‘Show Dogs’ before I named my beloved comic, and for Hollywood to just come and step on me (at least that's how I felt), was really quite crap. 

Susan Outraged

Worst of all, the film came under fire after being released due to inappropriate on screen behaviour.

This whole experience has totally ruined Will Arnett for me, who I loved in ‘Arrested Development’.

I really don’t want to have to go into a legal battle just because they released their trailer a month or two after I’d released my comics. Especially seeing as it could be argued that I have nothing to protect. I intended the furry friends to be participating in Miss Universe style beauty pageants, but as this story arch wasn't addressed as such in the released comics (aside from the last page), taking this idea to the page in graphic novel format is going to be difficult without the title. 

'Show Dogs' is my most successful comic book, but if I want to continue it, in any form, I’m most likely going to have to change the name. 'The Brenda and Susan Show?'

Show Dogs Exercise

I suppose the silver lining here is that it means that Brenda and Susan don’t actually have to go along with my original plans of making them compete in beauty pageants. Perhaps that could be one episode.

 My intention all along has been for ‘Show Dogs’ to be sold to a media company like Adult Swim or Netflix to be made into an animated series, which is what my heart ultimately desires for my doggy duo.

In the meantime, I don't know. I'm sure this kind of thing has happened to other people, but I have no idea if I could actually fight it, if 'Show Dogs' the film actually has been trademarked, or if waiting to release anything else until the ghastly film is all but a disastrous memory in the eyes of the public will fix anything for me.

Or maybe the general public will just identify that my comics are the more superior 'Show Dogs'?! Lol.

Okay, that's about it from me for now. If you have any ideas for me on what to do or what I could change the name of the comic series to, please let me know!

God bless and stay fancy xoxox