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Activision/Infinity Ward Appropriates BCM/BPRE Promotional Imagery for Latest Call of Duty Release

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Back in 2013, prior to the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, a beta for the game featured a slightly-altered version of the Mil-Spec Monkey logo as an in-game player customization icon.

Needless to say, this was not an authorized use of that copyrighted material. And, it looks like Activision and Infinity Ward are at it again:


This is a loading screen for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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And this is promotional imagery for BCM and BPRE. Strikingly similar, aren’t they?

For the curious, this image was featured in promotional materials for BCM’s line of .300 Blackout carbines, among other uses.

Not to excuse the use of this imagery, but it’s worth mentioning that the new Modern Warfare is currently in a pre-release state, and it’s possible that this is being used as placeholder art until the game launches later this year. Still, you’d figure that a big corporation like Activision would be a bit more cautious when it comes to potential intellectual property violations for their multi-billion dollar franchise.

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Garand Thumb Checks Out The BPRE Cold Harbor Special Projects Group Carbine

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Black Powder, Red Earth” fans rejoice. Internet sensation Garand Thumb checked out the Cold Harbor Special Projects Group Carbine and produced this video. Cold Harbor is the fictional PMC featured in BPRE.

Black Powder Red Earth Yemen

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

That’s right. The Black Powder Red Earth story is transitioning to Yemen. Current mock ups have it at around 340 pages and in the past, the creative team of Jon Chang and Josh Taylor have consistently added an additional 5-10% of content during execution. 

The creation of these comics has been/is a labor of love. They never signed a publisher deal in part because of the lead times involved (typically 12-16 months before the title goes live) but also in part because of editorial concerns. Consequently, they are crowdfunding the graphic novel via Patreon.

BPRE has always tried to depict things as they are or will be. The character voices are based on the ground truth as conveyed to Jon Chang in countless interviews by people who work/worked there. The story isn’t “rah, rah war”, but conversely, BPRE has also never been an anti-war narrative either. What they have always done is to depict conflicts with multiple competing/overlapping interests across multiple interested parties without the need for Russian separatists with nukes behind it all.

They’ve come a long way both as a writer and artist and they think that BPRE Yemen is their most mature story to date.

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