Hoffman is an artist who has strong opinions. Unfortunately
most of what he posts are attacks on other artists that
he considers hacks, no-talents, etc. Hoffman
has been ranting about many of the biggest name artists
in the comic business for several months now. Not
only does he denegrate their talents, but at the
same time he puffs up his own.
And it's not that Hoffman lacks talent. He's very
good at what he does. And what he does is paint and draw
in the style of Frazetta. That in and of itself is
not a bad thing. Like anything, it is what it is.
Hoffman's style has stirred up a lot of debate
among fans and pros alike. Some love it,
some hate it. At any rate, everyone has an opinion. And
you know how opinionated Big Beatty is. Well, it
seems that at some point in the last ten or fifteen years,
Beatty said something that got under Hoffman's
skin. Well... it finally worked its way out in a a
recent rant posted on his
And then there's "Big" John Beatty, who went
into a blind fury over my artwork way back in the 1990s.
I'd post a pic of this moron here, but a Google search turns
up almost nothing on this clown. Great career as an "inker"
ya got going there, John!
got wind of Hoffman's comments and responded:
I've had a great career as an "inker" and
enjoyed it for many years...now I've moved on to doing other
work, which is of no interest to you, or many others so,
I'll leave it at that.
You're a scary talent that comics and illustration
will lose, but I'm sure your life, as mine, will continue
on and hopefully for the better, as I can see staying in
the business you are in is making your life practically
unbearable...according to what I read in your weblog.
Your a great humorist and I enjoy your rants very
much...really...I figure you are working towards a new career
goal in commentary, instead of art for your future?
Anyway...big "ups" for the mention and
for the memory that I must have left on you since you've
been stewing about it since 1990. Finally got the balls
to come out and say something in 2005?
I know that someone must scan all of your email due
to the fact that you must have thin skin or something, so
if this never does reach you, that's fine too.
Have a great life outside of the USA and I hope this
means that there really will be a "Hoffman International"
once you and the family are outside of the country?
That is if you ever really leave instead of just
talking a lot about it?
I wonder what Beatty said that's been bugging Hoffman
for all these years...
I wonder if this is the last we've heard from the two of
But most of all I wonder if this means that I'll never
get a Hoffman Stallone sketch for my gallery.