That's such a shame, but ultimately understandable.
About a decade ago I waited for Adam to show up at Dragon*Con for two days, basically camped out at his table because I so desperately wanted a sketch from him. When he did show up, I was the first one on his sketch list, and despite the fact that he was only doing pencil sketches that weekend, I was able to convince him to do a marker sketch for me.
It cost me $100, which at that time was a pretty steep price, but it was totally worth it and barring some major tradgedy, it will never leave my collection. I feel bad for his fans who will no longer be able to buy something of his for their collection at a reasonable price thanks to the actions of this D-bag.
I guess my suggestion to Adam would be to whip up half a dozen con sketches before each show and sell them for the going rate at the show. This would still hurt the fans who can't afford $1000+ for a sketch, or possibly people like me who collect art of a specific character, but at least Adam would be able to chat with fans and have a good time at the show, and pocket the money that would otherwise be going to a scalper.
Lastly I read the auction for that sketch was up to $2000 before it was pulled. Seriously? $2000 for that sketch? It's beautiful and all, but it's not worth $2000 IMO.
--- On Wed, 5/4/11, BIG_BOOTE@... <BIG_BOOTE@...> wrote:
From: BIG_BOOTE@... <BIG_BOOTE@...>
Subject: Re: [pittscomicon] Adam Hughes CEASES commisions at shows....
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 12:17 AM
I've been following this on Adams yahoo group since day one, and even part of the article involving sketch cards, was a response from Allison Sohn to me. Sad that this had to happen.
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From: "Donnie" <wildstorm3@...>
Date: Wed, 04 May 2011 04:06:45 -0000
Subject: [pittscomicon] Adam Hughes CEASES commisions at shows....