A Little Bleeder writes;
Just wanted to say thanks for your articles on Josh Hoopes/Ron Runstrom. Whenever I get a new artist apply I check out not only the links they send me to their portfolio but also run their name through google (and possible add a couple of other key words) to check more info about them.
I put out an open call for artists earlier today on a number of Forums (including Deviant Art) and I got a guy called Ron Runstrom reply as follows:
Hey there , just caught your posting and wanted to include a link to some
of my work. not much work now a day's but wanted to put out my feelers to see what projects are out there.
So below is a link to my work, and my prices are negotiable at this
Hope to be working with you soon. E-Mail if interested email@example.com
That's our boy Josh. His methods are to show off other people's work as his own, then offer very low page rates to publishers. Once hired, he will then hire other artists on very high page rates to do the work.
Those artists will never get paid. Eventually they will stop producing work and the publisher will be stuck with whatever page they have. They may even publish those pages, only to discover the are from a different, unpaid artist.
I have run a number of exposes on his methods. I've passed what information I've had to legal authorities in America. But, for whatever reason, Josh still seems free to scam the most vulnerable.