josh hoopes

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 […]

Now Josh Hoopes Targets Kickstarter Projects As ‘Samitra Banks’

Recently, Bleeding Cool exposed the latest identity of serial comics industry conman, Josh Hoopes, as one Samitra Banks. And, in the process, manages to save at least one person from commissioning work from this fictitious identity. Josh Hoopes poses as a single mother with a five year old daughter in need of work and showing […]

Comics Conman Josh Hoopes Returns, Posing As ‘Samitra Banks’

Josh Hoopes has been the bane of my life for well over a decade. Bring yourself up to speed here, but know this. He is a conman, based in Sacramento, California and Peru. With a juvenile criminal record, he began scamming the most vulnerable, comic book artist starting out, and small comic book publishers. The […]

Leverage Turns Josh Hoopes Into A Work Of Fiction

Leverage was a TV show, recently cancelled, that was basically a cross between The A-Team and Not A Penny More Not A Penny Less, Robin Hood meets Hustle, that kind of thing.  And created by John Rogers, also known for Blue Beetle and Dungeons and Dragons comics, as well as being the man behind the […]

Josh Hoopes From Scamming Comics To Scamming Games

Josh Hoopes is a con man operating in the comics industry. Over many years, we have covered his attempts to con publishers by taking assignments for small amounts of money, hire artists to do the work for him for large amounts of money and then disappear, leaving publishers believing they have work they have paid […]

Josh Hoopes Scams Two More On DeviantArt

Posing as Greg Garwood, Josh Hoopes has scammed two more people. Jessica writes; I posted on the DeviantArt forum job section enlisting a comic artist for a short story.  Many replied, but he was the most persistant and cordial.  I’d ask for character drawings as an audition and he was able to produce one, so […]

Wasting Josh Hoopes’ Time Over His Wizard Scam

Special thanks to Alistair, Bleeding Cool writer, who strung this along so much. Bleeding Cool had repeatedly covered the story that comic industry conman Josh Hoopes was scamming young creators for hundreds, thousands of dollars, by posing as a non-existing Wizard World executive called Greg Garwood. This time, however, we decided to go all the way. […]

Comics Conman Josh Hoopes Moves Wizard Scam To ConceptArt.Org

It was pulled from People Per Hour after Wizard Entertainment complained. Now it seems that Josh Hoopes has set up the same scam at, 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 […]

Josh Hoopes Tried The Wizard Scam Again, Posing As Greg G

The following piece was posted onto the Freelance site People Per Hour. Wizard Magazine seeking out new comic ideas for publication around Christmas As we are just starting to release info regarding this new event we won’t be advertising in Wizard Mag until the end of Nov to hopefully start getting getting the first set […]

When Josh Hoopes Stole From His Place Of Work… And From Artist Pasquale Qualano

In our many investigations of the comic indusry conman Josh Hoopes, we discovered that he was working at a saw mill in Sacramento, California, appropriately ACME Saw. However, it appears now that he is no longer working there, thought through no action of ours. Instead he was fired by the company for stealing tools from […]

The Todd McFarlane And Art Adams Fakes By Josh Hoopes

I had to be sure these were fakes. They were, but I had to be sure. And now I have confirmation from both Todd and Art that they are complete and utter forgeries. These are the so-called sketches by Todd McFarlane and Art Adams that one Gregory Garwood sold to major comics art dealer, Mike […]

“Greg Garwood” – The New Pseudonym Of Josh Hoopes

It’s the same old story, but it’s a new name. Josh Hoopes, famed comic industry conman, is using a new pseudonym, to accompany Ron Runstrom, Lalit Kumal and David Johnson, namely one Greg Garwood. I am aware of one specific individual who paid Greg a large sum in order to secure artwork only to find […]

Have You Been Screwed By Josh Hoopes? Get In Touch.

Have you been screwed buy Josh Hoopes? Did he pose as you to get commissioned work? Did you hire him, based on falsified credentials? Did he deliver art from another artist pretending it was his? Did he hire you as an artist, take some pages and then disappear, never paying you a penny? Then it […]

How Josh Hoopes Gets Away With It, Time After Time

Here’s the story on one man who is out the relatively small sum of $375 to comic industry conman Josh Hoopes. 1)Paypal sounded very helpful at first, then declined to refund our money. Apparently Hoopes convinced them that he provided the good/services he promised. 2) The Sacramento Police (where Hoopes lives) were worthless…told me to […]

The Josh Hoopes E-Mails

Here are some emails, from Gary Madden who has been trying to recruit an artist to do some character design work and storyboards for his company. He has been approached by infamous comics scam merchant, Josh Hoopes, using his Joshua John pseudonym. Unknowningly, Gary wrote back; From: Gary Madden Our home page shows product- interior […]

Josh Hoopes Strikes Again

For the last decade, I have been running stories about Josh Hoopes. A Sacramento man who has systematically conned big guys and little guys out of money. His standard scam is offer his art skills at a very  low price to writers and publishers, then hire artists to do the work at a very high […]