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Gerry Turnbull
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 2:13pm | IP Logged | 1  

hope this OT thread is ok?

thru his agent,Renee Witterstaetter, i commissioned a piece from Michael Golden last October.i was promised in writing a delivery date of a month and a half.Since then ive received another 4 promised delivery dates all of which have failed to materialise.Since finding out that there was a lot of us in the same boat,a few of us got together and as a united front we were all given firm promises of a delivery date.my art came today.to say im annoyed is an understatement.This cost me $537 . . . (and he cant even spell virtue)

i phoned renee today, who got quite heated,stating she hadnt seen the art as Golden had shipped it himself.Its her signature on the customs declaration !

any thoughts or comments on this? is there anything i can do to get my money back?



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Andrew Hess
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 2:18pm | IP Logged | 2  

wow, that's pretty unprofessional. I'm stunned
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Trevor Giberson
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 2:47pm | IP Logged | 3  

Horribly unprofessional.  Stuff like this is why people are scared to purchase commissions.
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Aric Shapiro
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 2:48pm | IP Logged | 4  

I am shocked and angered Gerry....I just can't believe this.
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George Peter Gatsis
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 2:57pm | IP Logged | 5  

I'm sad to hear this shit go down... especially from an artist I admire too...

That, in my opinion is not a commission... it is a message from an unprofessional attitude...
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Kevin Hagerman
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 2:59pm | IP Logged | 6  

Wow.  Unbelievable.  If I read this correctly, you've been anticipating this for at least all of this year, and you get a lecture on patience?

I can only imagine how disappointed you must be, Gerry.  That's just asinine.

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Bradley Dean
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:04pm | IP Logged | 7  

Is it just me or does it look like Dr. Strange is sucking his thumb?

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Gerry Turnbull
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:04pm | IP Logged | 8  

hes blowing me a raspberry Bradley
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William Roberge
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:05pm | IP Logged | 9  

The voice in my head is saying " he didn't even fill the page with the insult". Sorry this happened Gerry.

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Mark Matthewman
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 10  

Sadly Gerry, This kind of thing can happen when you're dealing with "artistes" I went trhough somehting similar with some custom swords I had made. I can sympathise.
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Aaron Smith
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 11  

That sucks, Gerry. I hope you find a way to make this all work out in your favor (such as getting your money back).
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John Byrne
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:08pm | IP Logged | 12  

I'm stunned.

If you like, email your address to
byrnejlb@optonline.net and I'll send you something
actually worth $500.
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Juan Jose Colin Arciniega
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:08pm | IP Logged | 13  

"Patience is a Virue"???
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Marc Foxx
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:10pm | IP Logged | 14  

Un-fucking-believable.

That really sucks, Gerry...how did you pay?  If you used a credit card, you may be able to get them involved, by complaining that you didn't receive the goods you contracted for.

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William Roberge
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:13pm | IP Logged | 15  

JB you are the MAN...thats truly a nice thing to do. (and from a guy who hates his fans!)

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Bradley Dean
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hes blowing me a raspberry Bradley

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Wow, I would be very sad to have received that, from someone I am sure you used to respect. What are you going to do with it Gerry? Its not a picture I would be very proud to show off.

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Aaron Smith
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:14pm | IP Logged | 17  

JB, your generosity is truly amazing.
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Bradley Dean
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:15pm | IP Logged | 18  

I knew there was a reason JB was my favorite artist in the comic industry :-p
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Trevor Giberson
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:15pm | IP Logged | 19  

Make this as public as possible.

JB, that's damn fine of you.
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David Whiteley
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:17pm | IP Logged | 20  

JB, way to go! That is a great thing to do for Gerry.
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Trevor Krysak
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:17pm | IP Logged | 21  

 Michael Golden sure is set on making a bad name for himself. Nice gesture on your part, JB. 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 22  

Thanks for posting this, Gerry. I'm now removing Michael Golden from my list of artists I plan on getting commissions from if I ever get the money to do so.

If you can't get your money back or he won't send you what you actually asked for, best thing you can do is hit him in the wallet by posting what happened everywhere you can think of, which will make a lot of people think twice about dealing with him.
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Aric Shapiro
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 23  

Very generous of you JB.  Hope the story of your generosity gets made as public as possible as well
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Fabrice Renault
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 24  

Unbelievable.

I wonder what the other customers received.

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Robbie Cook
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 3:20pm | IP Logged | 25  

OUCH!  That isn't too cool.  I would think you could dispute these charges if you paid through a credit card.  In this case it is sometimes better not to have any contact with ones heroes.  
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