Uncovering Another Victim Of Josh Hoopes

We haven't heard from the Sacremento-living comics con man Josh Hoopes for quite some time. But we have tracked down another of his victims. Indian artist Lalit Kumar Sharma.

In March 2008, when I was writing for Lying In The Gutters, I printed these pages supposedly drawn for Ibrahim Amin by Hoopes before Hoopes disappeared. Ibrahim paid Josh for those pages then heard nothing. Well, the identity of the artist has been discovered, and it is unlikely that Lalit was paid a thing.

Uncovering Another Victim Of Josh HoopesUncovering Another Victim Of Josh HoopesUncovering Another Victim Of Josh HoopesUncovering Another Victim Of Josh HoopesUncovering Another Victim Of Josh Hoopes

It's worth bringing this up because there is evidence that Josh Hoopes is operating his scams again, using the alias Ron Runstrom. Publishers, writers, artists, be warned. Make sure you know who you ar dealing with. And that it's not Hoopes running a scam, outsourcing work that never gets paid for then disappearing mid-job. Or posing as Art Adams.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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