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Sleepbringer 11-18-2008 01:25 AM

Recognize this artwork?
I put an ad out for a project we have written, looking for a penciler to draw a few pages. One of the people replying was a Jeff Henzel. This is the note he sent and a link he gave me to look at his stuff:

Hi there I noticed your posting and wanted to see if the job is still open
,please take a look at a few of my Illustrations, I only do
and inks however, no color.
Any questions, let me know.

and another piece he said he had done recently.

Does anybody recognize this artwork? It looks like either Michael Turner stuff or someone with a very good similar style. Jeff insisted that he be paid %50 up front for the work i needed, which got me wondering if this was legit. I asked to see some sketchwork of my characters, ya know, just to see his designs so far, and he refused. I canceled the deal. This was a month or so ago.

Yesterday on CBR, I found this column by a Brit in which there was a guy named Jeff Henzel pretending to be Art Adams' agent. Read it for yourself:

When you look at Jeff's other posts here on DW, you see he is advertising the fact that he has actual Turner sketchwork and what not.

Anyone else been nearly scammed or actually scammed?

Scott Story 11-18-2008 11:44 AM

Looks like it's traced from Carlos Pacheco, to me.

Justice41 11-18-2008 11:48 AM

Or Francis Manupal or Andy Parks.

MARS 11-18-2008 11:49 AM

I would say Mike Choi over @ TopCow/Marvel.


Scribbly 11-18-2008 12:10 PM

I don't know who he is but he is dammed good...

Wait! Got it:

Mike Choi from X23: Target X from Marvel.

Eva1 11-18-2008 12:11 PM

I recognized one of those drawings immediately as a rip/trace of this:

secret-identity 11-18-2008 12:59 PM

what a douche!! :sure:
Glad you caught this guy.

Eliseu Gouveia 11-18-2008 01:05 PM

It really boggles the mind.

There´s only six bazilion legit, hardworking artists in these forums and yet you guys insist in hiring these douches.

Do you really hate your money that much?

Justice41 11-18-2008 01:15 PM

Looks more like he got a hold of the original pencil scans and just posted that as his own. Just look at this finished drawing.

jimmybott 11-18-2008 01:27 PM

Yep, Definately Mike Choi's work.

JMan 11-18-2008 01:41 PM

I like where he says that people don't treat him professionally once they realize he's not Art Adams.

MARS 11-18-2008 02:52 PM

This is where i say all of you cats (writers/creators) looking and perusing for talent on DW and the internet in general need to get your asses up and out and go do some conventions so you can actually MEET and SEE people who can actually DRAW for a living that you indeed to court and hire.

As a freelance talent i personally want to meet my employers because i have the same fears that all of you do with getting the "burn". And i am not talking about an STD.

It's insane comedy at it's finest. If anyone buys into this dude's nonsense they are indeed a sucker and deserve to be hustled.

But with all that said...This dude needs a serious throat punch.


The DarkMind 11-18-2008 03:00 PM


Originally Posted by Eliseu Gouveia
It really boggles the mind.

There´s only six bazilion legit, hardworking artists in these forums and yet you guys insist in hiring these douches.

Do you really hate your money that much?

I think its more like people falling for the idea of having "someone that draws like Mike Choi" working on their book for the price that's quoted.

Ya know, that whole "too good to be true" saying ;)

Those that bought into the whole scam of dealing with Art Adams' agent and not thinking of following up through other routes to verify the legitimacy before sending any money... well they are just plain dense and deserve to be smacked. :slap:

NickGuy 11-18-2008 03:39 PM

hahaha i love it when guys like this get caught.

mattchee 11-18-2008 05:26 PM

The whole sting operation... was pretty shocking to see that Rich could take it that far without the guy having a clue.

But, by far, my favorite moment was when he said

"Oh and by the way, your way to obvious with your offers so we won´t be doing any bussiness.

That´s why I gave you any old address I could come up with.

Nice try."


The really scummy part, too, was when he admitted to lying about being Art Adams, but his excuse was that it's tough to get ahead without a name. So... somehow that makes it okay to take a name that someone worked their asses off to make, and use it for yourself? I mean. That's totally devils advocate there, I'm pretty sure the dude's motives were pure scam. But his whole defense was "I'm not THIS kind of jerk, I'm THAT kind of jerk."

Sad that this stuff goes on.

By the way... I'm Jack Kirby... no really, the REAL Jack Kirby-- maybe you've heard of me. No matter. Anyway, I'm sorta between gigs, looking for some side work. Yeah. But, I'm going to need all the money 100% up front...

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