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Scamwatch: OctoPDF And The Download Comics That Arent

Scamwatch: OctoPDF And The Download Comics That Aren't

Bleeding Cool has received a number of people grateful for this article, that stopped them being scammed in a similar fashion. Well, this next one should be an obvious one, as ever, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.OctoPDF offers the chance to download graphic novels and other books for free, via[...]

Scamwatch &#8211 Beware Swiss Bearing Orders

Scamwatch – Beware Swiss Bearing Orders

You are a small press comic book creator. Someone from Switzerland gets in touch. They want to make a big order but insist on using a particular courier service. They will pay you by credit card in full  including shipping if you will pay the (rather large) shipping charge to this firm by direct debit after […]

Scam Of The Year &#8211 The 14th Annual Rumour Awards

Scam Of The Year – The 14th Annual Rumour Awards

Scam Of The Year So who has been left out of pocket by the work of ne'er-do-wells this year?The year began with UK toy and merchandise store Mother's Basement ceasing trading, leaving hundreds of people out of pocket of hundreds, even thousands of dollars each But before making it official, the company registered itself as a[...]

Full Refunds Offered Over Last Unicorn Lateness Connor Cochran To Sue (UPDATE)

Full Refunds Offered Over Last Unicorn Lateness, Connor Cochran To Sue (UPDATE)

Over the weekend, we ran a piece highlighting claims made by the Fans Against Fraud website regarding Connor Cochran and Conran Press over the Last Unicorn project. Conran claims that the site is run by ex-employee of Conan Press, Michael Bolger (author of posts such as this). In contact with the site, however, the writer  denies this, and states that Bolger is […]

Scamwatch Followup: Tunnels And Trolls Publisher Speaks About Outlaw Press

Scamwatch Followup: Tunnels And Trolls Publisher Speaks About Outlaw Press

This makes the recent Scamwatch piece published by this site an even more shameful situation than it already is.One of the dirty little secrets of the Tunnels & Trolls community is James Shipman and Outlaw Press At one point an official licensor and third party publisher of the game, when it turned out that he[...]

Scamwatch: James L Shipman II And Outlaw Press

Scamwatch: James L Shipman II And Outlaw Press

On June 3rd, a small indie role playing game company called Rarr I'm A Monster Publishing posted a a new RPG book, Monster Menagerie, for sale here. It featured the over art of one Jon Towers. On September 8th, the publisher informed Towers that a competitor of theirs, Outlaw Press Inc had downloaded the book and were […]

El Pasos Mayhem Toyz &#038 Games Points Blame At Los Angeles Frank And Son

El Paso's Mayhem Toyz & Games Points Blame At Los Angeles' Frank And Son

This weekend, the Facebook page of El Paso comic store Mayhem Toyz & Games came under attack as a number of on-line artists discovered their private artwork was being sold as prints in the store. And some of their customers discovered it too… There's a picture of me on BleedingCool unknowingly buying stolen artwork. Awkward. […]

More Free ComiXology Comics &#8211 And A Hundred For Ten Bucks

More Free ComiXology Comics – And A Hundred For Ten Bucks

1 Kung Fu Skratch! #1 Armarauders #1 The Antler Boy and Other Stories Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter: Digital Omnibus Scam #1 Anathema #1 The Mire Deadhorse Vol 1: Dead Birds Super! #1 Rockstar Scientists #1 Afterlife Inc Vol 1: Dying To Tell: Tales From The Afterlife Dumbing of Age Vol 1: This Campus Is A Friggin' Escher Print Diskordia #1 Doc Unknown #1 The Infidel, featuring Pigman #1 Orphans #1 The Accelerators[...]

Preaching On About Advertising and Comics – Some Strategies

Preaching On About Advertising and Comics – Some Strategies

I also write ads for one of the largest agencies in the world – so it wasn’t a huge surprise when Joe Mulvey called me to get my take on advertising and comics, for his article on Bleeding Cool last week.It was even less of a surprise taking into account that Joe was kind enough[...]

Preaching Outside The Choir: Why Comics Need To Advertise

Preaching Outside The Choir: Why Comics Need To Advertise

In 2012, I first published my creator owned book SCAM, through ComixTribe SCAM is a story about super powered conmen on a revenge heist in Las Vegas (Think Oceans Eleven meets the X-Men.) Initially, we took a page out of Sam Humphries’Our Love is Real playbook, and did a targeted micro-distribution print run of just[...]

Listen To: Scams Radio Ad Kevin ONeill On Life And League And Anonymous Addresses The Nation

Listen To: Scam's Radio Ad, Kevin O'Neill On Life And League And Anonymous Addresses The Nation

Here's the thirty second radio ad for ComixTribe's Kickstarter appeal for the SCAM: Ultimate Collection volume, currently running on the WFAN sports station in New York, KROQ in Los Angeles and WAAF and WKAG in Boston and more...[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5041898/SCAM%20by%20Joe%20Mulvey_30Radio_Kickstarter%20PreOrder_VerA.mp3]And South London Hardcore talks to Kevin O'Neill about his life, his loves and the new League Of[...]

Now We Get Charlie Adlard Faked Sketches With Forged Certificates Of Authenticity

Now We Get Charlie Adlard Faked Sketches With Forged Certificates Of Authenticity

We've covered the story of the sketch scammers of Detroit, who fakes a seris of sketches from Fiona Staples, Robert Kirkman, Rob Guillory and Norm Breyfogle, as well as signed products, backed them up with forged Certificates Of Authenticity and either sold them or traded them for high value items that they could then sell[...]

Sketch Scammers Return Stock To Stores After Seeing Their Faces On Bleeding Cool

Sketch Scammers Return Stock To Stores After Seeing Their Faces On Bleeding Cool

For the last few days, we've been running stories on the sketch scammers of Detroit, con men selling and trading faked sketches and signed books, with forged Certifcates Of Authenticity exploiting the names of Robert Kirkman, Rob Guillory, Fiona Staples and Norm Breyfogle On eBay, through CraigsList and directly at stores.A number of comic retailers[...]


The Comic Book Retailer VISA Gift Card Scam

The Comic Book Retailer VISA Gift Card Scam

Several comic book retailers have reported lately being hit by a "Visa gift card scam" Here's one account from a retailer who wishes to remain anonymous.We recently were the victims of credit card fraud.  What happened was someone came into the store on a Sat when we were very busy and picked out several high[...]

Comics Conman Josh Hoopes Moves Wizard Scam To ConceptArt.Org

Comics Conman Josh Hoopes Moves Wizard Scam To ConceptArt.Org

Now it seems that Josh Hoopes has set up the same scam at ConceptArt.org, again posing as someone called Greg Garwood and providing an e-mail address too...Remember, this is not Wizard, none of this is true, he is just trying to scam people or their work and money... It was pulled from People Per Hour[...]

The Josh Hoopes E-Mails

He has been approached by infamous comics scam merchant, Josh Hoopes, using his Joshua John pseudonym Unknowningly, Gary wrote back; From: Gary MaddenOur home page shows product- interior shots and briefly explains in  text what we do and how.[long details of the company offerings, including company video]So my initial thoughts Can you do it? I'll need[...]


The 48 Foot Las Vegas Strip Billboard For A Comic Book

The 48 Foot Las Vegas Strip Billboard For A Comic Book

Bleeding Cool first featured the micro-distributed comic book Scam from Comix Tribe at the beginning of the year Since then it's been picked up by Diamond and gone all macro-distributed and is available in many more shops in two weeks time.And to help it on the way, the producers have booked 48 sheet billboard ads[...]

Finding Gossamyr To Micro-Distribute Retailer Variant Covers

Finding Gossamyr To Micro-Distribute Retailer Variant Covers

And that, for the estimated 2000 Diamond accounts, maybe 200 of those may represent the vast majority of those comics' sales.Recently, books like Sacrifice, Our Love Is Real and Scam have specialised in micro-distribution, high profile, high concept, very professional looking books that have circumnavigated Diamond and distributed directly to select stores Although the books[...]