"Deadalus Cosplay" (Joe Knoll)
Going by Daedalus Cosplay. His name is Joe Knoll. I, with my brother, commissioned him about two years ago for a mask to help complete my Skyrim cosplay I was working on. I've left this unfinished, as I had been banking on the guy to be trustworthy enough to deliver his promised goods in a reasonable time frame. Be very careful with this guy. He has shown that he's not only able, but willing to scam and cheat people out of their money.
And it's a shame, because the way the props and armor come out are pretty nice, but the problem is that it's a swindle. He claimed about a couple to a few months... two to four, if I recall. It's been two years and I have no product, nor refunded payment.
I've contacted him regularly over this time, roughly in 2-4 month intervals, to check on progress, or updates about our commission. We've been met with everything from "the mold broke", to "it's being shipped", to "it hasn't shipped", to "I'm quitting prop making, so I'll refund your money.".
In this time, we've watched him complete costumes, as well as commissions for others, including those commissioned after - well after - the initial commission for us was allegedly underway. Please bear in mind, that I really, really don't like confrontation, and so I've been unfathomably patient, and speaking very politely and patiently with him whenever I've made contact. Unfortunately, it seems that he has no intention of ever giving us our product, nor of giving us a refund of the money we paid him.
In short, Joe Knoll is apparently little more than a swindler. Taking money, and offering the promised product or compensation if it fits his mood or convenience. I'm extremely irritated that we're out money that we'll likely never see again after so long. I guess I just want people to be aware that this guy is heinously unreliable, and should not be trusted to take on a commission. Please spare yourself the unnecessary wait and stress that my brother and I have had to deal with.
EDIT AND UPDATE: My brother made contact with him again, and he's claiming that he's 3D printing a new mask for us. After two years and countless similar claims, I'm not getting my hopes up. I will update this thread with relevant information if any comes, for better or worse.
UPDATE May 2015: It's now broken past the two year bench mark by over a month, and he STILL has not made good on the deal. The worst part is that he set his paypal to private, not commercial, so we can't file a claim.
Ave Dominus Nox!
-15th Prestige Cosplay-
AX2015 Planned List:
* Chaos Space Marine (WH40K)
* Pokemon Surpise
* King Sombra
Last edited by Bloodthirstking : 05-14-2015 at 02:19 AM.
Reason: Additional contact made with the guy. Alleged resolution coming. Will keep updating.