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Josh Hoopes Alert At RED &#8211 Beware Of Joshua John

Josh Hoopes Alert At RED – Beware Of "Joshua John"

Josh Hoopes is again trying to launch a series of scams across the comics industry, to try and rip off both new artists and small publishers Over the years he has easily scammed a six figure sum, though I have managed to stop a number of people from being conned.He is currently advertising for work[...]

Josh Hoopes Looking For A Job In Customer Services

Josh Hoopes is the most infamous con man in comics, who has, it seems, conducted scam after scam upon young artists, writers and publishers, such as TokyoPop, Com.X and Desperado He has repeatedly fraudulently commissioned artwork, fraudulently taken payments for artwork that was not his, and pretending to be both the famous artist Art Adams[...]

Is Josh Hoopes Back At His Old Game On DeviantArt

Is Josh Hoopes Back At His Old Game On DeviantArt?

But he's also a victim of repeat comic book industry conman Josh Hoopes or Joshua Hoopes.Hoopes "hired" him to draw a comic book from a script he provided Lalit drew a numbar of pages but was never paid It later transpired that Josh was not the writer, another creator was, who had paid Josh to[...]

What Josh Hoopes Looks Like Today

What Josh Hoopes Looks Like Today

Over the years, I've had a few messages from those who have met comics conman Josh Hoopes to say that he doesn't actually look that much like the common photograph of him And that I should probably find something a little more recent.Well, here you go Gaze upon the face of Hoopes!And hey, you remember[...]

Can Sacramento's Superheroes Catch Josh Hoopes?

The home of comics' most nefarious villain, Josh Hoopes Known for committing many acts of fraud against publishers and creators alike, from Art Adams to Joe Pruitt to TokyoPop, conning the most vulnerable of work and funds, he seems to flit from Sacramento in California to South America Last heard of, he was collaborating with[...]

Rob Granito Relaunch: 14 New Comic Titles With Josh Hoopes

creative partner Josh Hoopes But not quite yet His wife Alison tells me "rather than self-publish a comic outright, Rob and his partner are going to make some prints showcasing the many characters and storylines they are dreaming up, to encite fan interest and suggestions Here are the titles being presented!"She then told me about[...]

Bleeding Cool Asks Rob Granito Ten Questions. And He Answers.

Bleeding Cool Asks Rob Granito Ten Questions. And He Answers.

You are now working with Josh Hoopes, who has a far worse reputation that you, for conning artists, writers and publishers out of hundred of thousands of dollars, and their work Why do you trust him so, when there is so much evidence that he has repeatedly conned people, people who[...]

How Josh Hoopes Is Trying To Scam Rob Granito

But no one deserves this.Talking to Alison Granito, wife of Rob Granito, the scam has been uncovered.I already told you that Josh Hoopes had been talking to Rob Granito, helping him, sympathising with him, joining with him as painting me as their mutual nemesis And I wondered what his angle was Now I know.Josh has[...]

Rob Granito Story Gets The Most Bizarre Twist Possible

Rob Granito Story Gets The Most Bizarre Twist Possible

The name of this man?Josh.My ears pricked up.Josh Hoopes.And here's the thing My original article about Rob Granito, was because he's misrepresented himself to customers, giving provenance to his work that wasn't justified, conning customers out of their money, even if they didn't know they were being conned and went away happy[...]

More Fun With Rob Granito Before MegaCon

More Fun With Rob Granito Before MegaCon

He seems to be the con artist who keeps giving and giving. Yesterday's article looking at Rob Granito's bogus credits that have gained him Guest status at Wizard World Toronto and upcoming shows, touched upon his swipe filery, but further research and information provided by you, the Little Bleeders who read this site, have painted […]

The Return Of Josh Hoopes, Posing As Lalit Kumar

Okay, this is shocking.Josh Hoopes is one of the biggest con artists in comics Although to call him an artist is a bit of a joke in itself I've followed his career for a while now and he seems to have a modus operandi that he rarely deviates from.He solicits for work on varous forums,[...]

Josh Hoopes Warning Raised To Severe – Ron Runstroms The Name

Josh Hoopes Warning Raised To Severe – Ron Runstrom's The Name

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[...]

Uncovering Another Victim Of Josh Hoopes

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[...]

The Facebooking Of Josh Hoopes

The Facebooking Of Josh Hoopes

Before Josh Hoopes closed his Facebook account (though accounts from his family members are still active) he added a bunch of his comic book artwork, clearly to impress his family and friends.Much of it seems familiar, Robbi Rodriguez' Tek Jensen artwork and the like, but I reckon some of it is actually genuine That sort[...]

When Josh Hoopes Conned Com.X

When Josh Hoopes Conned Com.X

Wired to Peru to the name "Josh Hoopes".Shortly afterwards, a bell rang somewhere One google search later, and a closer examination of Robert's portfolio, Robert/Josh was asked to explain himself; I am trying to explain things to you, Andi, this began long ago, over a jealous rival and had nothing to do with money.Why do you[...]

Catching Josh Hoopes

Catching Josh Hoopes

One of the most frustrating aspects of the Josh Hoopes affair is his constant repeated ability to go to ground and to return, often with the same phone number, address and contact details Despite repeated attempts to pass information to the relevant authorities, he seems to act without interference All I've been able to do[...]

Josh Hoopes &#8211 On Tape A New Name A New Alias&#8230

Josh Hoopes – On Tape, A New Name, A New Alias…

"The most important thing is I want people to see the work that I do" - Josh Hoopes.If you are commissioning or thinking of commissioning work from one Joseph Jenkins, think again.Bleeding Cool and Lying In the Gutters before it have run a number of articles on the notorious comics industry scam artist Josh Hoopes[...]

Happy Birthday Rick Olney Happy Birthday To You

Happy Birthday Rick Olney, Happy Birthday To You!

Before Josh Hoopes, before Pat Lee before Wowio, Rick was the poster boy for not paying comic book creators And, more importantly, while other people who owed money generally ran off and shut up, Rick didn't try to avoid the situation or hide from public scrutiny He positively revelled in it, threatening legal cases, insulting[...]

The JP Silva PBS/History Channel Scamp

The JP Silva PBS/History Channel Scamp

A comics scamp not involving Josh Hoopes? It feels wrong, doesn't it?Right now a man calling himself JP Silva is working his way through the comic store phone book.He calls store owners purporting to be a producer working on a series called Myths, Legends, & Supermen, to be hosted by Hugh Downs and appear on[...]

Josh Hoopes: Hes Not The Messiah Hes A Very Naughty Boy

Josh Hoopes: He's Not The Messiah He's A Very Naughty Boy

I've managed to tie up two strands from differing Josh Hoopes scams together.One is that of Joe Pruett of Desperado, one of a number of well known publishers who paid "Art Adams" in advance for a book called Messiah, through the agent "Jeff Henzel." He received a cover and some sketches, but paid a substantial[...]