The Fake Darwyn Cooke Original Art Scams Have Begun (UPDATE)

This is an original sketch by Darwyn Cooke, who died three days ago, from cancer. The artwork is, naturally, spectacular. The crisp, minimal, perfectly judged and weighted lines… unmistakeable. And this is a trace job being sold as a Darwyn Cooke original on eBay, current for $91 with 19 bids and 4 hours to go.   And this […]

‘Fake’ Calvin & Hobbes Strip Sells For Over $14,000 On eBay

Bill Watterson brought Calvin & Hobbes to an end, on New Year’s Eve 1995. Awww… But there were rumours of a final unpublished strip. Which appeared in a number of forms. And it’s a version of that one that recently popped up on eBay.   Supposedly signed by Bill Watterson, though all eyes on the […]

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 […]

Fake Brendan McCarthy Paradax Art On eBay

Found on eBay Brendan McCarthy: ”I really put my greatest effort into making sure that the Paradax comic was going to look amazing. It’s a great personal favourite of mine. Paradax 1 and Strange Days 2 I think aresome of my best works.“ Paradax first appeared in the three issues of Strange Days (1984-1985). This […]

Has Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli Just Outed Catfish As A Fake?

The film Catfish purports to be a real documentary, recounting a strange and twisted story about a young man starting a relationship with a young woman on the internet, then setting off to meet her, face to face. A great many people don’t believe, however, that the film is in fact a documentary, but instead […]

Josh Hoopes Scam Artist Returns, This Time Using Stephen Colbert

There is a young man called Josh Hoopes. I think that’s his real name. It’s hard to tell as he has been caught out using a number of names, aliases, identities, email addresses and street addresses. But there enough common threads to tie them together. I first exposed Josh when he began using certain creators […]