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Update with Starfinder/Christina Penescu

I wanted to give a quick update regarding the issue I had with Starfinder/Astray/Kannos/Christina Penescu, previously posted two months ago here.

I updated that post saying that she had contacted me shortly after posting here, informing me that she'll send it out at the end of that week. This would have been the first or second week of December, latest. I haven't received it, so I sent her an e-mail asking about the matter (as instructed on her FA page, under the username Astray) two weeks ago, and then a note on FA five days ago. She hasn't opened by note and all her galleries on FA or DA haven't been touched. However, she's updated her Facebook page since, the latest update being January 26th. So, she has internet access.

I just wanted to say that the issue has not been resolved, and I doubt it'll ever be.

And please, since it was a problem last time, nobody contact her or her employers about the matter. I'm posting this here so that the community and others know to stay away from her (as if there wasn't ample reason already), not to make her life difficult. She'll do that herself.
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Feb. 1st, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
People were calling her job? That's not right at all. You'd think people would make the logical connection that if she lost her "day job", she'd just start doing even MORE grab-and-run commissions.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
I think gizagiza is referring to the other beware where an artist claimed someone from AB called her work?
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
That wasn't Astray?
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
o.0 It was? Someone asked me if I called an artist's place of work but I wasn't sure who the person was talking about.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it was. I read the journal and I'm pretty sure I remember seeing the big toothy dog icon which belongs to Astray.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Are you sure about that? I remember investigating her and only found she's been doing freelance/self-employed art related work for the past 10 years. Unless she has a job at Micky D's which she isn't telling anyone about.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
That could be the case, but it was definitely one of the chronic offenders.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
She said it to me in her reply via FA note. Quote: "...a's it caused people to attack my real world fine art life, including a publisher. I'm not in a terrible situation and may be out thousands of dollars if my contract gets f***ed."
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
She has stuff on a wild life art site that is "juried" to get in.

The owners of the site were contacted about her inability to follow through on promised/paid art work. Which is very much against the rules.

It doesn't seem that she has lost the contract with the company at this point nor does it seem that she has sold much through that venue either.

I have a feeling that her chestbeating about what she lost is rather inflated considering how the site works.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
pardon my ignorance, what is a juried art site?
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
It's like a juried art show. There is a panel of professionals with some cache in the field who decided if your art work is good enough for their gallery be it a physical gallery or a web site or a show.
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
It means that artists are only allowed on by jury, like a board of trustees.
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
It's like artistic American Idol.
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)

As others have said, it's anything that requires the work be judged and thereby accepted/rejected by editors/peers/artists. Sorta like American idol except each piece of artwork is judged for a place not the person doing it.

Noteable online examples are: Epilogue and Elfwood, quite frankly though both are not the best since epilogue's long outdated site build and moderator issues (some of their mods have actively harassed users and gotten away with it) and Elfwood's legendary lengthy waiting list for approval (Epilogues can randomly be just as bad).

There's also Conceptart which has galleries attached to which they only allow a small select few to upload work.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Astray is Starfinder.
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
I know. Sorry, I was using the names interchangeably because I think we know them all anyway.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Apparently someone (or maybe there was more than one) called her employer about the issue, maybe about others as well, I'm not sure. Either way, not cool.
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)

Starfinder alleged that someone did, however no proof of such happening seems to have been provided, my feeling is that since she does watch the comm, she probably saw the discussion as to whether spreading her reputation to the new areas she's moved onto would be a good idea and decided that complaining that someone had done that would be a good ploy for sympathy.

Personally I would not be surprised if her "job" (which isn't really a job so much as an art gallery she's managed to get to take her work) will eventually face many of the same issues with her as have been posted here.


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