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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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judson8 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Hope you find it :(
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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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scribblebri Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that sucks!
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