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I hate posting this sort of stuff, but felt I should in light of some things coming my way...

For everyone's general information, I was part of a massive layoff at UD. Well over half of the company was laid off, including almost the entire Entertainment division. We were told that this was the only way that the company could reconcile their debt, as well as resurrect their sports card business. So for anyone thinking I was personally laid off for non-payment to artists or mishandling of my duties, that's nonsense. I have nothing to do with getting artists paid- I am actually not involved in that area at all, though I do constantly make a nuisance of myself with Finance trying to fight for those artist payments.

For 20 years now, I have prided myself on being an art director who has always had the artists' best interests at heart, being that I am an artist myself, and just about all my friends are artists too. So I really take it to heart hearing that rumors are being spread about my separation from the company. Especially when they're spread by people who not only have never worked with me or the company, but also have no knowledge of the impossible situation I was put in there.

Literally the only thing that kept me at Upper Deck over the last year were my continued attempts to make sure artists, photographers and sculptors were paid what they were owed. Being that the vast majority of those vendors were my own contacts that I brought to UD, I wanted to make sure they were paid and treated fairly, as best as I could.

Even now, I am still working with people at UD to keep the pressure on and get my vendors paid. It's all I can do.

Just wanted to use this as a forum to get that out there; with all the hard work I've put in over my career in getting artists treated fairly with multiple companies that felt artists and art itself are throwaway things, it was really burning me up hearing that anyone would think otherwise of me.
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
keep doing what you do, those who have seen you or paid attention to how you've handled things 9even as remotely as through DA) have faith in you and what you're doing.
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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britbrakdown Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
To be honest, I didn't speculate as to why the lay off occurred, I just got pissed off. You've always been super awesome, so whatever happened had to necessarily involve the company and not your work for the company. So yeah, I got angry at them, but then calmed down and thought about how productive and positive you are and how this couldn't possibly slow you down.

Continue to kick ass dude. I know you know how. ;)
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thanks! Yeah, they lost a lot of good people... But we all move on!
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britbrakdown Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
A completely nonreligious amen to that, brother.
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kellistrator Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Hey man, late to the party but good luck with your new endeavors. From what little I know on DA here you have always been a gentleman and extremely professional, I'm sure anyone saying differently has career envy. Look forward to seeing where you land next and by then perhaps I can weasle my way into working with such a solid art director ;-)

Cheers and best of luck.

Kelly
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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riq Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Mark..

I was laid off my my art director position at the end of 08, and life's actually be pretty exciting since..

With your talent you should have no problems moving onto the next adventure..

And I think anyone spreading info that you've mishandled your duties is misinformed and wrong.

I've had the privilege of working with you more than once, and I will emphatically say you've been nothing short of extremely professional and classy.

You even took the time to hook me up with other creatives when I was looking for opportunities.. Thanks! You're the kind of art director myself strive to be myself.. You have an eye for talent and a flair for business.

And you're a great inker on top of that! I really enjoyed working with you and I look forward to crossing paths with you in the future.

Good luck in your next adventure.

riq.
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey man, thanks! I am looking forward to the next adventure! Hopefully, it'll be stuff I can share here! Stay in touch Tariq!
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JPMartin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Their loss. You're a good [and talented] man!
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks sir!
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johnbeatty Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
I just heard this, Mark. Very sorry to read it also.

You are one of the *good guys* in a business of creeps.

Best wishes!
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks John; on to bigger and better things!
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Denise-Vasquez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
We LOVE you Mark! People who spread rumors are negative, miserable, gossipers that have no lives! Some people just love hearing themselves talk without even knowing what they're talking about! Looking forward to seeing & hearing about more of your greatness!!!
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol! Thanks Denise; much appreciated!
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Denise-Vasquez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
(^.^)
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ryanorosco Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Goodluck to whatever you bumped in to the future. Man.. We surely miss you!!!
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Ryan; please stay in touch. I plan on being around long after UD isn't!:)
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ryanorosco Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
We will:D Glad to hear that:D
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gmckee Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Dude, EVERYONE i know that knows you thinks highly of you. (And we know a lot of the same dudes as it turns out.) Don't sweat any of the naysayers. ANY OF THEM.
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man- it was a bummer to hear anything negative about myself due to the fact that I worked for a bad company. But it's part of the gig I guess. Thanks for understanding!
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daikkenaurora Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Man that sucks. So is UD stopping there sketchcard line? Because I dont see how they could continue without you. Glad to hear that you are working on other projects.
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Who knows what they're doing? At this point, I have no idea... Hopefully, they do...
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daikkenaurora Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
I'm sure they will.
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
DUDE!!!! Sorry to hear that! You were the only person I liked working for up there! lol
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man; it was time for a change. Wish it had been of my own accord, but it will all work out!
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jasonpaz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Sorry to hear that man. But honestly, I thought you're a full time inker and your position at UD is on the side(?)
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope- I am a part time inker (since 2000- I was full time before that), and have been full time at UD since 2000.
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dsoloud Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional
Sorry to hear about the job, best wishes to you!!! :shamrock:
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks- it will be for the best!
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dsoloud Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional
Definitely! Loving your positive attitude!!! :iconcheerplz:
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Love being positive- life's too short not to be!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Said the surfer to the shark. lol
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha!
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dsoloud Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional
Too true!! :)
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ARTurkel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
awww crapers, sorry man. That sucks. If I can help in any way obviously let me know. If I hear of any openings for amazingly talented art directors I will certainly forward them your way.
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks much Autumn! Hopefully, things will work out for the best! And of course keep me in mind!
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fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sorry to hear that, but on the other side that brings more time for personal projects...
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not too sure about that, but we'll see...:)
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Bloodzilla-Billy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional
Sorry to hear that...I know a lot of people enjoyed working with you, myself included. Good things will come..
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man- great working with you too! Excited and open to new possibilities!
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Heard about this the other night Mark. Very sorry to hear. In all, it's probably for the best and you'll be able to find that opportunity knock probably already, by now. lol

Keep yer stick on the ice bub.
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You got it, thanks!
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MazAdamsArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Im sorry to hear that man. I certainly wish you the best!
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks; all is well!
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EricaHesse Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
So sorry to hear that Mark! It only means that good things are going to be coming around the corner for you. :)
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope so too, thanks Erica!
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:iconryanwong:
ryanwong Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Sorry to hear the news. Good luck man.
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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cyberpunq Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Didn't think they'd actually let you of all people go. I thought they moved you UP, not down.

Well, in any case, sorry this happened Mark. Thank you for having me on your sets, and I'll guess you're already on your way to something better, but take care of yourself man.
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