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So I got scammed.

Yep.
I don’t know how else to put it. For the past 4 years I’ve been calmly trying not to lose my cool over this but honestly I think 4 years is just about enough time for me to just accept that I will never see the $300 I gave to a cosplayer known as “Jim Logan” (whose real name is actually David Eugene Winant Jr.)

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There’s a link to my entire Facebook conversation with the guy from start to finish. (It’s REALLY long and includes 2012 Nick whining a bunch towards the middle… so be warned.)


But for those of you who I’m sure will say “TL;DR” I’ll give you a little summary.

Y’see a LONG time ago I went to Philadelphia Wizard World and met this really amazing Wolverine cosplayer! He was great so I befriended him on Facebook. At the time his name was “Iam Logan” and I saw that he had made some absolutely amazing things! Including a perfect Nightwing cosplay.
I had been wanting to cosplay Nightwing for a while so I inquired about his prices and I was pretty willing to shoot him the funds to make it happen. Now… at the time I was workin for Starbucks and had very VERY little money… so I opted to pay half up front and half when I was ready.

Now Jim had made it perfectly clear to me that he wasn’t going to start work on the outfit until he had the full payment. So I paid him his $130 up front.

Now… a crazy expensive root canal came up for me a month later and I needed as much money as I could get. So I messaged Jim Logan, knowing that he wouldn’t start on the project until he had the full payment, and asked if I could cancel the order and get a refund for the $130.

Unfortunately he let me know (a little too late) that he doesn’t do refunds. Not even for down payments. 

So after a bunch of drama and having him block me, I had my girlfriend at the time talk to him and convince him to re-friend me on facebook to talk things over civilly. That was when I made the stupid mistake of giving him the remaining money.

So years went by, time after time after time after time I would ask him about the progress. I got little to no responses and when i did he stayed kinda vague. Told me that things were busy even though most of what I saw him posting was him making a bunch of cosplays for himself and then going to parties and hosting events. I knew I was getting scammed but honestly after all the drama from 2012 I figured I would be as careful with him as possible and just hope that I would see my money goto my actual commission.

Well. Come 2014 I found that…. not only was I not the only person that he’s scammed money off of…. but there were TONS of people that had the same experiences with him:
-Here’s one
-And another
-Oh look. Another.
-AND ANOTHER ONE.
-Another
-AAAAAAAND another
-Here’s +45 pages of people he’s conned.
-A 4chan post about him
-There’s even a replica blacklist group that he’s been mentioned on a number of times.

-Honestly All you have to do is google this and you’ll find a plethora of results. (Wish 2012 me had thought of that! THIS IS WHY I HAVE TRUST ISSUES!!)

You can read this whole article for more about ALL of it…….

Fact is…. there came a point where he pissed off the wrong chick. That chick had a GRAND social media presence and wrote quite the article about her experience. Which was eye-opening for a lot of people.

Now… at the time there was some stuff that went around. An internet radio show hosted where they called him out to address everyone. He never showed up and made a post scoffing at the whole thing. Later he would post a picture of a bulletin board of the GOBS of commissions that he was behind on. 

In the end, the internet radio show racked up a total of over $6,000 worth (not including myself and countless others, I’m sure) of commissions that never went through. (There were even a bunch of women that claimed that he sexually assaulted them. He claimed that he were just riding the wave of crap towards him so honestly I have no idea what is true in that regard…..)

The fact remains. After 4 years of putting up with this crap I’m finally putting my foot down on the matter.

DO NOT BUY FROM JIM LOGAN/SNIKT SHOP/IAMYOURHEROES.COM/DAVID EUGENE WINANT JR.
AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!!!
You guys are absolutely lovely and I know I can count on all of you to pass this around and make sure that no one else has to deal with this crap!!!

Here’s his main Facebook. (which I’m blocked from because he deletes any bad press he gets.)
Here’s his Instagram
His one Facebook
His other Facebook
His OTHER Facebook (Seriously dude…. if you have this many different company Facebook pages…….)
His Youtube

PLEASE BE ALERT AND ALWAYS DO YOUR RESEARCH.

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I really like cosplaying disney/dreamworks guys :D

In order: Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians), Hiccup (How to train your Dragon), Hiro and Tadashi (Big Hero 6)

who should I cospplay next? maybe Flynn Rider…?

COSPLAY WARNING: Don’t order from Jim Logan Props!

(SOURCE: I Like Comics Too)

Hello, Internet! I’m here with a very important public service announcement regarding one of the most notorious con artists in the cosplay community, “Jim Logan” of Logan Props and I Am Your Heroes. So, if you’re a cosplayer, aspiring cosplayer, cosplay admirer, photographer, entertainer, comic book fan or any combination of the afore-mentioned, please read the post below in its entirety. I’ll be talking about who this man is, why he’s built such a bad reputation, how he scammed me out of half a grand and the personal experiences of countless others. Here we go!

Arrest and reputation

So, who’s Jim Logan? Well, he’s a cosplay prop-maker most known for dressing up like Wolverine. Obviously, Jim Logan isn’t his real name—it’s a take on “James Howlett” and “Logan,” aliases of the Wolverine character. No, no, Jim’s real name is David Eugene Winant Jr., and the reason he doesn’t want you to know that is because, if you look him up, you find this as publicly available information.

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David was arrested on a charge of theft, which comes as no surprise if you keep reading. See, David, like Wolverine, has a number of aliases—Jim Logan, Snikt Shop, Logan Props, iamyourheroes, Dave Produx, Outlaw Produx or Productions, etc. He keeps changing his name and business title because people keep catching on to his con. So whenever he finds himself in a bind, he erases his existence from the Internet and starts over to prey on cosplay newbies. Classy, right?

You can see in the arrest record above that his alias is “Logan.” Here’s some proof that all these businesses are connected to him, too: the WHOIS for Outlaw FX/Produx and iamyourheroes route right back to “Jim Logan.”

My personal experience

I was one of the cosplayers he preyed on. Let me preface this by saying: I know I messed up! I broke the golden rule of Internet transactions and failed to adequately research this person before I invested in his product. That’s my bad and I take full responsibility for it. That said, I feel it’s also my responsibility to ensure others avoid enduring the same experience, particularly because his penchant for changing names means he might be hard to keep track of or research in the future. So, as embarrassing as this is to admit, here’s what happened to me (click the tab below):

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Complaints from other customers

To give you a better sense of his character, along with being formally arrested for theft and conning me, “Jim Logan” has also ripped off a number of other folks. If you search “Logan Props” online, some of the very first results are complaints from past customers who never received the items they’d commissioned or received them last minute and in poor shape. Here are just a handful of them.

The first is a warning from deviantArt:

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There are even more bad reviews from that thread:

An entire post on Tumblr from a costumer named Phillip who was stiffed on several items.

Someone else owed pieces for a Scarlet Witch costume.

Identity Shift has been waiting for his Red Hood helmet for fifteen months and has only received snarky replies from “Jim.” Meanwhile, “Jim” is actually making new Red Hood helmets… but only to sell in his online shop, rather than for a customer who paid for it in advance over a year ago.

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He’s repeatedly appeared on the Replica Prop Blacklist group.

There exists an entire forum thread of more than 45 pages dedicated to his practices, full of a ton of customer complaints.

Even 4Chan warns against this guy!

Then there’s Christopher, who has been struggling to get the Iron Man gauntlet owed to him for some time now:

If that’s not enough, you can just visit the Jim Logan Etsy (edit: his Etsy has since been deleted either because he didn’t want the negative review to be public or because Etsy finally caught on to his scam– are you surprised?), where a very recent review shows the exact same trend of “goods not delivered.”

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As you can probably tell, the situations are all very similar—a person commissions “Jim,” “Jim” agrees and promises delivery usually by a specific date, customer pays, “Jim” fails to deliver and conveniently disappears or stops answering messages entirely. Brilliant.

I mean, “Jim”/David even has complaints filed against him in the Better Business Bureau, though you’ll have trouble finding ‘em because he was clever enough to move from Florida to California this year, thus scrubbing traces of his previous incarnations from Florida records.

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His reputation is so bad that he was removed from the Geekie Awards, a huge ceremony honoring creators where he was scheduled to act as a judge. They did their research regarding his business practices and nicked him from the panel:

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He’s been accused of recasting, as well, one of the worst things you can do as a prop-maker. To clarify, recasting involves taking another artist’s work—say, a prop sword—and making a mold of it, then using that mold to produce identical copies that you subsequently sell off as your own original work. I’m not a prop-maker (or I wouldn’t be in this situation!) so I can’t verify the truth of this claim, but given the many pages worth of discussion and evidence against him, collected by other actual professionals (some of whom claim he attempts to poach customers), I’m inclined to believe he does so.

On top of it all, he overcharges for these alleged recasts, and the person from the following clip even claims he stole photos for his website in an attempt to bully.

What you can do

Bottom line: AVOID THIS PERSON. Do not do business with “Jim Logan” / David Eugene Winant Jr. / Snikt Shop / Logan Props / I Am Your Heroes / Dave Produx / Outlaw Produx or Productions or any other name he cooks up. Most importantly, share this post so that your friends and the cosplay community can hear the warning. Post this PSA on his Facebook as many times as you can so that potential clients can make informed decisions. He’s going to try to fight back because, as is obvious by the screenshots and Christopher’s video above, he has a habit of getting rather rude and publicly passive aggressive when called out with the truth… but that’s a hurdle I’m willing to face because people need to know.

“JIM LOGAN” SITES:

This is a man who willingly steals from people who save their pennies to cosplay superheroes—figures that are supposed to embody righteousness. He’s the antithesis of everything that the community stands for and he does not deserve the right kind of attention.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below and I’ll try my best to answer. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share. PSA over!

(SOURCE: I Like Comics Too)

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This video/song takes place before Cecil and Carlos become a couple. Carlos still has no idea of Cecil’s feelings for him. 

//Cecil Palmer//

//Carlos the Scientist//

Alex and I were having dinner yesterday and suddenly this song happened. So we wrote it up, and sang it a few times. This is the end result.

This song is a parody of Love is an Open Door from Disney’s Hit Movie: Frozen © Disney. Content property of Disney, 2013.

We used this karaoke version of Love is an Open Door http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_SnMFx2RBk

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So a few months ago Jim wanted to do a Jake/Jane photoshoot but neither of us had actual proper cosplays (I mean I did, kinda) but so we threw together some outfits and just went for it. they ended up being kinda greaser-esque. maybe we will elaborate on it at later times? uw o

i found these again when i was going through my pictures looking for some to use as my backgrounds for my phone backgrounds and Jim wanted me to post them, so here you go

we will definitely be doing more shoots at some point when we have actual cosplays put together ow o

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“Hello listeners! I’m very excited today because we are going to have an exclusive interview with none other than Carlos!– the beautiful, perfect, scientist who happens to be my boyfriend! Did I mention him and I have a date later today?”

//Cecil // Carlos // Photographer //