Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Josh Hoopes still scamming you for your hard earned money!

"     Recently, Bleeding Cool exposed the latest identity of serial comics industry conman, Josh Hoopes, as one Samitra Banks. And, in the process, manages to save at least one person from commissioning work from this fictitious identity.

Josh Hoopes poses as a single mother with a five year old daughter in need of work and showing plenty of artistic skills – even if those artistic skills are taken from other people’s websites. Hoopes’ modus operandi is, if commissioned for work, to commission others to do that work, not pay them, keep the money and disappear."

 Read the whole artical here:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tanriel/ Vilania tracing art for commissions!

I just wanted to bring to everyone’s attention a very serious matter. An “artist" from WoW who goes by Tanriel/Vilania (used to be on Moon Guard, moved to Wyrmrest Accord) has been accepting money from people for art. These people are commissioning what they believe to be original art of their characters, when we’ve recently discovered most of her art is traced/stolen. 

Read the article here: http://victoriavai.tumblr.com/post/55132960225/signal-boost-stolen-art

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rick Olney dies @ 58

This caught me by surprize, after checking my stats I found a link to his obituary on a comic fansite, Rick Olney died 12-28-2012. This is the first I'm hearing of it, he left quietly that's for sure, my sympathy goes out to the family.


It's sad to see him go before he could change things for the better.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Interesting story about DC Editorial

The Bullying Of Creators – Paul Jenkins Talks About Leaving DC And Marvel For Boom

Posted by Rich Johnson in Bleedingcool.com

"Why am I willing to describe certain specific events during my brief encounter with them for the New 52? Because I am appalled at the way in which creators are being bullied, and somewhat freaked out at the things I saw in my own time there. I encountered more lies and veiled threats – more attempts to justify dysfunctional behavior and systems – than I have ever encountered in my career." 
                                                                                                          - Paul Jenkins

Read the full interview here -  http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/06/05/the-bullying-of-creators-paul-jenkins-talks-about-leaving-dc-and-marvel-for-boom/

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Rich Johnston gathers INTEL on Josh Hoopes for FBI INVESTIGATION!

 This news is brilliant and I am mirroring his article here, hopefully there will be justice for the victims of this scam artist [JOSH HOOPES]

Have you been screwed buy Josh Hoopes?

Did he pose as you to get commissioned work?

Did you hire him, based on falsified credentials?

Did he deliver art from another artist pretending it was his?

Did he hire you as an artist, take some pages and then disappear, never paying you a penny?

Then it is time to get in touch. Things are happening. Legal people are being consulted in and around
Sacremento, California as well as the FBI.

Email your details and your case study to comicartjustice@gmail.com.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Josh Hoopes steals art to promote himself-

Here is a link to Josh Hoopes gallery on Photobucket http://s1164.photobucket.com/albums/q577/joshuajohn987/?start=all

I spent a good deal of time searching the net for the art he has stolen to represent his work and here are my findings:

First here is an anonymous blog where Josh goes by the user name Lilat  http://lalitart.blogspot.com/  the fist 5 images in his gallery are displayed in this blog. And I imagine the next 5 images are from the same timeframe. I doubt STRONGLY Josh Hoopes drew these pages but I could not find the original artist.

This was next in his gallery and I found the real artist Kleea

The next 3 images are by an Illustrator named Bengal

The next image is of a Map from a children's book by Alexis Tapp

Art by Jeff Zugale

Art by SPLASH!

Art by Mike Debalfo

Special thanks to Bleedingcool.com for providing links to his gallery and keeping us up to date on his attempts at fraud and criminal activity.