EDIT: Editing this to include quote tags for Alison's comments.
I apologize for passing full judgment based on a handful of videos, but I think I can have the right to pass judgment based on his/their actions, or partially at least.
I'm not sure if it's more of Alison making the complaints, or Adam, but what I can do is comment on what I read, which were supposedly quoted from her comments via the yahoo group.
Here’s how things will work going forward. Adam was only able to get 3 sketches done this past weekend- and was was for the S.O.B. that turned around and eBayed it. So now Adam will eBay one sketch per convention day. If its a 2-day show, there will be 2 auctions. 3-day show, there will be three auctions. No more $200 and $400 sketches. Sorry. But if Adam has to kill himself drawing so that some lying slime ball can go home and make a profit off of his hard work, then forget
No personal offense is meant or directed to Mason, Saph or Greg but ... How can he be upset for someone doing something that is not only commonly known to happen but EXPECTED to happen? That's the thing with doing art for someone and SELLING it, you take the risk of the person re-selling it. It's going to happen at least 30% if not 50% of the time. He/They chose to "sell" a sketch to this guy, it WAS their choice, they had to have known there was a chance of him selling it on eBAY and that goes for ALL of their fans who "wanted" one for years. The fact is he sold the art for money he received in return, he should not be complaining about that. You don't hear the other millions of artists complaining about it happening, at least not to the degree Adam has.
Adam will eBay one sketch per convention day. No more $200 and $400 sketches.
Are you sure it's not about the money?, because it sure sounds like it based on that quote. If he wasn't wanting more money for his art, he'd offer to sale them on his website, for $5 a piece and then donate the money earned to charity. Yet, this isn't what's happening. To me this is the "If I can't have her, no one will!" attitude. One person sales his five to fifteen minutes worth of work for a profit, and that's why he is upset. It's because the person made a profit that upset him. So it really is about the money, otherwise this situation wouldn't have been a problem for him, much less a big deal.
So the compromise is if eBay is where they will end up, then eBay is where they will start.
Alison basically said that ALL of his sketches end up on eBAY, which isn't true at all, just because a handful of them do end up there doesn't mean that they ALL end up there. It's an unfair justification.
I’m sorry for all those people to whom we said "everyone gets one sooner or later", because now that probably won’t be the case.
Yeah, no duh. Which is what I don't understand. If this was all about ONE of the other fans whom really wanted one but, didn't get one because they opted to give this guy one; then why stop doing sketches and thus preventing those caring fans from having a chance to get said art? Basically they are saying that from here on out the fans don't matter, and NO one will get a sketch now. Instead he would rather reap more profit by selling the art himself. ... which brings me back to why I do think it's all about the money. Why is he saying no more than $300-$400 for those sketches? If it wasn't about money or making a profit, he wouldn't and shouldn't even put said art up on eBAY. After all, it's only fair that if con goers can't obtain a sketch, neither should the people who buy art on eBAY.
What bothers me most is how annoyingly persistent the guy was. He lingered, hovered, and made all sorts of stories up about how much he really wanted his sketch. Essentially, he lied and he lied a lot, at the expense of real fans. Adam could have spent that time drawing for someone on the list that really DID want the sketch. I hope this guy chokes.
First off, that's a piss poor attitude to say that you hope the guy chokes. Secondly, I'm going back to what I said before. He SOLD the art, and they CHOSE to give him said art... the choice was theirs to make and they made it. Punishing everyone else for their poor decision making isn't fair to the very fans they claim to care about. He or they could have told the guy no, apologized for it and then offer to put him in the "list," but they didn't. They have no right to be upset for his actions. If they need to blame anyone, it's themselves.
Via Bleeding Cool: "Some art buyers asked about the rights of a commissioner to sell the work they’d gained. Alison clarified further."
I have always said selling art is the owner’s perogative. However, to set out to buy one of these pieces with the sole intention of selling it- that’s “flipping” and not “life happening”. A member of the Yahoo group here is selling his Black Queen sketch that he won as an guaranteed ebay Auction last year or the year before- life happens: he is getting married and wants to surprise his bride to be with an amazing honeymoon trip. Heck- I myself have had to sell art in the past to make my rent. But I didn’t say to myself “If I buy this sketch that is severely underpriced, I could take it home and sell it and pay my rent for four months."
BAM! She summed it up and admitted it right there... She admits that she thinks that selling art is the "owner's" prerogative. Again, it's a con sketch, not an Alex Ross hand painted cover that he spent weeks on, it was a five to fifteen minute sketch... SKETCH. It's not even like it was a cover illustration, or interior comic pages, no... it was sketch. I think they are blowing this situation out of proportion. They claim to care about the fans and then shun them flat out, which is childish.
You can't blame the whole world's actions for one person's mistake... when they were the ones who allowed it to happen. If the guy wasn't on the list to get one, then she /Adam should not have allowed him to get one, plain and simple.
I'm sorry but, "... buy this sketch that is severely underpriced," If that is the case then they should be charging what they think they deserve for the art, and not complain when no one buys any, or give them away for FREE because they really do "care" about their fans.
As for sketch cards: when we draw sketch cards, we know we are drawing them so that people can buy cases, break them, re-sell the cards and try and at least make their money back, and at best make a killing. We go into the deal knowing that- even Adam. When Adam does sketch cards, we know that a very small percentage of people actually keep their pulls. And knowing it, he chooses to still do sketch cards. That’s his choice. If people in line said “I’m going to buy this drawing to flip it” then Adam could make an educated decision about doing the drawing. But this is deceitful, where as sketch cards are all about trading and selling, and almost always have been.
So with sketch cards they draw them knowing that they are drawing them so that people can buy cases, break them, re-sell the cards and try and at least make their money back, how is that different than the sketches? It seems to me that if they know people will sell the cards to gain profit--and they still do them, they can't complain when someone does the same thing with sketch. It is after all the same concept. Once more, it is common it happens ALL the time.
Finally, he doesn't own any of the rights to any of the characters he draws and yet charges money for them. Isn't that technically illegal, yeah everyone does it but to me how can he complain about someone selling some art of his that he sold, when he himself doesn't even own the rights to profit off the sales of those characters!
He is no better than any other artist out there, but based on their actions and the things they have been quoted as saying, it sure seems like they have an attitude problem. Please note that I am not saying it's true, just that it appears that they do. Treat your fans with respect and dignity, don't complain about the trouble makers and you will go far. Once you start mistreating them, prepare for a loss of reputation.
Am I being judgmental, perhaps a tiny bit, but I usually base my judgment on people's actions. Actions speak louder than words, and these actions are screaming.