Dear Comic Art Fan,
I commissioned a piece from an artist way back in November of 2008 on the recommendation of a fellow collector. The artist emailed back enthusiastically about the subject and soon posted the finished commission on their deviantart page. Then things quickly went downhill. Instead of receiving the art, I got a Game Boy, a mix up in shipping on the artist’s part. Naturally I returned it, at my own cost, with assurances that I’d be sent the art once it too was returned. Months past and I inquired to the whereabouts of my art and was told it hadn’t turned up and the artist would re-do the commission. Many more months past again and, fed up, I asked for a refund plus reimbursement for the expense of sending back the Game Boy and was told that the artist couldn’t financially swing the reimbursement just then but would soon. That was when my emails stopped getting returned. Finally, I got an email out of the blue the other day saying that the art had turned up and will be in my hands soon. Until I can touch it I remain skeptical.
I’m sure every one of you who commissioned art has a similar story to tell. Mine isn’t even that bad and it wasn’t a large amount of money. But the incompetence and lack of professionalism in this case just infuriates me. I can understand having to wait for published work to get done before an artist gets to commissions but two full years to ship out a piece of art that’s completed is ridiculous. If anything this just cements my preference to get convention sketches where at least you’re dealing with an artist face-to-face.
Always remember: caveat emptor (buyer beware).
See you next Week!
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