I went to the London Super Comic Con on Sunday. Holy cow, I’v never seen a con so quiet. I think the change of venue (from Excel to Business design Centre) and the fact that there were quite a few other thing on at the weekend didn’t help either.
Anyway, chatted to some cool people and bought a few bits.
Finished the Street Fighter mugshots with a Dhalsim from Dave Stokes and a Blanks from Sebastian Chow.
Got a new Doctor on my ‘Doctors’ mugshot grid by Mike Norton.
Stormtrooper & Evelyn by Dean Beattie
Wonder Woman & Wonder Evie by Tanya Roberts
I also have got some sketches in my Star wars doodle book.
Before and Afters:
And then the controversial one. As well as the previous WW piece, I had commissioned Tanya Roberts to do a Star Wars Clone villains line up piece. I initially asked about prices and was told it would be £100 for black and white inked and £200 for colour. I opted for black and white. When I got to the show I saw this:
To be honest, when I saw the colour I though she had added it as nice touch. I got out £150 to pay (£100 for the line up and £50 for the WW piece) and Tanya told me it was £250. I mentioned that I had asked for black and white and she said, “Yeah but I did it in colour.” Hmm, awkward. I said I didn’t really have that much money and she said I could get both for £200. I was completely flustered at this point and kind of agreed to it without thinking. I paid £150 and said I would send the extra £50 by paypal. I went to take the piece and she said she would like to leave it on the table during the con to generate business. I said okay.
As I walked away I started to think about it some more. I stopped by the table of some creators I know to get their view as I was now in two minds. I could a) pay her the extra £50 as planned (which was in essence me getting a £50 discount from her usual colour price of £200) or b) decline the piece in which case I would have had to ask for £100 cash back.
I actually spoke to about 5 other creators and they all said that if they were the artist and they had made that mistake they would have not attempted to charge extra or they would have offered to redo it in black and white. They also said that if I was happy with it being in colour then an extra £50 was probably a good deal. The thing was I was hung up on the fact that that the artist had either intentionally tried to up sell me or had forgotten what I’d ordered and made no attempt to acknowledge it.
One creator said if I was going to buy it it might be a good idea not to question the artist too much as he said I shouldn’t do anything to possibly taint the memory of the piece. He cited an example of a David Lloyd ‘V’ sketch that was part of his prized collection. Then on meeting David, who refused to sign some comics, and who was by all accounts, ‘a dick’, he said he doesn’t view that V sketch the same anymore.
In the end I decided to draw out some extra money and pay the £50 in cash. However I didn’t take my creator friend’s advice and mentioned to Tanya that I had specially asked for black and white. She said, “well, it was a big email chain wasn’t it and it all got a bit confusing.” Ummm, no it didn’t get confusing and you even confirmed that you would do a black and white for £100.
I now completely regret buying it and wish I had asked for my money back. I also think it was a rush job as she said she would email me progress scans, which might have stopped this from happening, but I got no such updates. Also, if you look at the character on the right you can see the height line goes through his head and the numbering for height says 4 when it should say 1. I think she left it until the last minute, panicked and rather than try and remember what I wanted just guessed.
Oh well. I paid £150 but if anyone wants it they can have it for £100 (freepost)