OK, so sometimes stuff I did many years ago shows up on ebay, but I never thought to see work I did when I was a kid considered vintage and asking these kinds of prices.

Here is a piece entitled “Dark Warrior”, with a minimum bid of $449.99

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Now, I doubt this dude is going to get that kind of price, but if you can, rock on Guitar God. The minimum bid was $30, and there is no final bid info on this piece.

What’s interesting about it to me is this confirms a lot of things I wrote about in previous posts, such as how I had agents in my early career who hawked my work at shows for me. I rarely went to shows myself.

On the back of this piece, under “Agent” the name Wilma Fisher is written.

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She was one of several people who took my work and sold it at conventions.

When I ran into this forgery some time ago, I was amused by the tale the forger told dealer Denis Kitchen: that he met me when he was a young high schooler and I was older and snottier and not going to draw comics unless they gave me the X-men right out the gate! And we were in Artists Alley at a show, and he and I collaborated on this piece.

Didn’t happen, folks. In fact, the forger and I are the same age, and I never met him when I was in high school. In fact, when I was in high school, they didn’t have Artist Alleys were fans could get table space and sell their stuff. Only at bigger shows in places like New York did conventions have tables, and the few available went to pros: not schoolgirls.

The only shows where my art was sold were at conventions like this one, science fiction shows, where my work was sold by hanging it in a gallery section with bid sheets where people could bid against one another to buy it.

Here is a good shot of my signature on this piece.

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And here is a shot of my signature on the forged work.

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Looking sorta kinda like mine except totally not.

Anyway, I guess people used to get away with a lot of these porkies before the internet.

I never sold a convention character sketch until my art was actually published in comics after the age of 19. Even though I’d been working in comics for some time before that, I had no rep yet since nothing was out. And that post makes a total lie of this dude’s claim I was holding out for a shot at X-Men. What a maroon.

No one wanted – nor would they want – a sketch by a nobody kid of a popular comic book character. I did not get an Artist Alley table until after I was published, and I did sketches for free.

What sometimes happened back then (and still does,) is people will buy sketches from you, or get copies, then ink them themselves on a lightbox making multiples of your work, sell them as “collaborations”, and sign your name. Which is not very cool, but it happens. Of course, some people just make copies of your work, sign your name, skip the whole collaboration story, and try to pass off the forgery as an original, which is even less cool.

I never thought this would be a problem for an artist like me, since I wouldn’t have thought I’d be the artist someone would want to forge. But there you go.

So, you see my real signature from this time period, a look at what my art actually looked like from back then, how it was actually displayed and sold, and the proof that my work went to shows with agents, because as a kid, I would not be in a position to just run off and go to conventions whenever I wanted or get valuable Artist Alley space reserved for real pros. More importantly, back then, there simply weren’t many conventions to attend.

I doubt this dude will get $449.99 for this piece, but it’s fun to see it and see all the paperwork still attached to it.