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Heroes Con this past weekend was a bit of a mixed bag. The convention itself was nice...great organizers, a cool art auction, and the people that came by the table to chat, get their stacks of comics signed, and purchase stuff....are some of the most pleasant and courteous people I've ever come across on the con circuit.  Much thanks for everyone that stopped by, said hi, brought food, and offered smiles and hospitality!

The downside (and a kick in the guts if there ever was one).... during the taxi service from the airport to the Westin Hotel next to the convention center, my portfolio of original art was lost.

I am normally extremely careful when it comes to the possession and transportation of my artwork. But upon arrival at the hotel, I was immediately pounced upon by the hotel bellhop who kept talking and insisting on taking our bags, even when told not to. While explaining to him that his services weren't required and I was waiting for my roommate to finish paying the driver, he still proceeded to lift a container out of the trunk, resulting in the handle snapping off of it, which he sheepishly handed back to me, and he proceeded to close the trunk before I had a chance to make sure everything was out of the cab before it drove off. Since we had just arrived late in the evening, we checked into the hotel, grabbed a quick bite, and turned in for the night, only to find the next morning that I didn't have my portfolio and it had been left in the trunk. I ultimately take responsibility for my own item, but it wasn't without the distraction perpetrated by the bellhop.

During that weekend, I'd attempted multiple times to contact the cab service and the airport dispatch from where the cab originated, had been in contact with various phone numbers for drivers working around the time that it occured, as well as the hotel lost and found (in the offchance it ever got brought back), and nothing has turned up.

I've reported it with the Charlotte Police Department, and awaiting a case #. But am also getting the word out there to as many people as possible (including art dealers, shops, and anyone else).

You can go direct to the Missing Artwork here (for scans of each individual page):
www.comicartfans.com/GalleryRo…

Any help in the ultimate finding and recovering of artwork is greatly appreciated and rewarded.

- D
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:iconjudson8:
judson8 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Hope you find it :(
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
I lucked out and did! It was turned in and sent back after I got home :)

- D
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SoneaSandre Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
GRRR! I hate Bellhops, similar thing happened to us, the stupid man dropped the trunk broke parents vase and got water across sevral of my drawings. I was breathing fire!
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Ugh. I imagine this happens a lot. Frustrating to hear.

- D
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SoneaSandre Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
lol yea...
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NanoBotPrime Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   Filmographer
Hello Derek,
I am going to be in Charlotte a while longer and I will keep my eyes open for you. I had an incident similar to yours, except it was my camera instead of art work, in NYC. It was a breeze calling the Taxi company and tracking down the cab driver. I wonder why it's so difficult here. Strange. Did anybody manage to talk to the Bellhop? I imagine yes, but I am still asking.

Best,
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Thanks!

- D
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Damn Derek, that really sucks man, good thing though is that you were extremely thorough with trying to alert anyone and everyone you could, so hopefully you'll get the stuff back sooner than later.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thanks. Here's hoping!

- D
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:iconscribblebri:
scribblebri Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that sucks!
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christianosavio Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
I'm sorry to hear that. Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery of the artwork.
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TimeFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Good gracious, what a nightmare! D: I'll spread the word....:( Best of luck in finding your missing portfolio.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thanks!

- D
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TimeFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
:hug:
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gatchatom Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice meeting you Derek. I'll pass the word along about your portfolio. It will turn up somewhere.
I love your sketchbook by the way. Thanks again for the kick ass Snake-Eyes.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thanks for your help. Was great getting a chance to meet ya at the con. Great work too...was enjoying looking through your studio artbook on the trip home. Diggin all the GIJOE stuff. Hope they give you more work, cuz I'm diggin all those iconic covers.

- D
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:icongatchatom:
gatchatom Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
No worries Man! Great meeting you too. More covers are on the way!
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sdowner Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Man, I'm so sorry to hear this, Derek. It sucks to lose art, especially your whole portfolio, right before a con! I hope you find it.
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SlaterDies Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
F@ck! That sucks man. Keep your eye on craigslist for sales, did you try calling the taxi headquarters? You should call and speak of an award, they all talk to each other and I'm sure that would inspire your work coming back to you.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Yeah I'll be keeping my eyes open and have placed all sorts of calls over there up till now. Thanks!

- D
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mhunt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Very sorry to hear about that, don't forget to keep your eye on eBay, that's a likely place to sell individual pages.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Yep I'll be checking regularly. Thanks.

- D
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:iconrosshughes:
RossHughes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Man, that sucks Derek. I hope you can recover the artwork. Damn.....
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POPSTATA Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Derek, I'm so sorry to hear about you losing your art. Damn and after I talked up this show too. I hope and pray that you get your art back man. GOOD LUCK!
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
It wasn't the show's fault of course, as ultimately it was my own responsibility. I'm not holding out much hope but stranger things have happened.

- D
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POPSTATA Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Still sucks either way.... good luck man i hope it turns up
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Gah, I hate those overzealous bellhops at the Westin. They grab your bags, refuse to leave you alone, and then expect a huge tip for doing something that you could have done yourself that they would not allow you to do. Best of luck in recovering your items, Derek.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
I can understand if you're helping the elderly. But I'm healthy and had no trouble getting it out of my house to begin with. But ultimately it's still my fault that I let myself get distracted. We'll see what happens.

- D
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I hear ya' man but those guys will, simply put, refuse to let you carry your own luggage. Had they left you alone you wouldn't have been distracted and forgotten it. Stupid stupid bellhops.
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jasonhohoho Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional
arg... sorry man, that sucks.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
It's just as much embarasing as it is frustrating, since ultimately I got distracted. Lesson learned.

- D
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:iconthefranchize:
theFranchize Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Oh my god! I had no idea... Good luck finding your pages. I'm sure they'll turn up
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Yeah it's been a crazy weekend.

- D
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MazAdamsArt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish you the best man, Im really sorry to hear about it. I hope everyhting works out.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thanks. Crossing fingers.

- D
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Blasterkid Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
I am so sorry man.

that really sucks.

I hope it all works out.

man that is awful to hear. I hope you get everything back as soon as possible.

ricH.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thanks man. I know these things are usually a lost cause. But here's hoping!

- D
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Blasterkid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
yeah that's tough...whoever found it is screwed it's not like you can sell that stuff anywhere but really e bay....I doubt they know about the CAF and comicart-l....so either a pawn shop will get it, they will sit on the art for a few years and try and sell it down the road.

I'd REALLY keep an eye on e bay every 3 to 5 days basically from here on out if you really want to follow up on this. I can almost guarantee eventually some of it will hit there....people are really dumb about this stuff and it's almost like they don't think people move around online.

so it was left in a cab then?

Did you know the cab company...because (as I am sure many people have said)they track all their cabs and normally if yo got a hold of the company they are going to know who picked you up.

I am sure the cabbie will be like "no, I never saw it in the cab...."

which is bullsh*t...the chances of another fair taking it I think are really slim. Most people wouldn't have the balls and might even think it's the cab drivers portfolio or something.

hopefully something in this message might help.

best of luck with it man...I really feel for you.

ricH.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thanks man! Yeah I'll be keeping my eyes on ebay from here on out. And yeah, I contacted the cab company basically the whole time I was at the con trying to track it down and the driver/time it happened. And it continues.

- D
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integralsmatic Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
time to take a pitchfork and stab that bellhop. Ill keep an eye too for the portfolio. Man that sucks Derek.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
It's been frustrating. Thanks!

- D
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:iconintegralsmatic:
integralsmatic Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
time to take a pitchfork and stab that bellhop. Ill keep an eye too for the portfolio. Man that sucks Derek.
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:iconkidchuckle:
kidchuckle Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow sorry to hear about your portfolio. Hope to someone out there is able to find it for you or it turns up.
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TedKimArt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That sucks! Sorry to hear that dude.
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:iconfig:
fig Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry to hear about losing your original art. I hope you find it soon as someone comes to their senses and realizes that they have your hard work and effort. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Here's hoping :)

- D
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student Artist
fucked up luck man. i don't do any original art buying so keeping my eyes peeled would be meaningless but i will anyways. best of luck, sir.
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AceofSpades704 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Sorry to hear the bad news, man. I'll be doing what little I can to help get the word out and get your art recovered.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Very cool of you. Thanks!

- D
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:iconfqtt:
fqtt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you did a great job, contacting the taxi service as well as the hotel and the police... I hope it shows up :(
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