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Hello, fellow artists! Today I come to you regarding the issue of a fake studio that goes by the name “Swamp Ape Studios” being ran by a notorious scam artist by the name of O’neal Pignani, or better known as Von Kreep.

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Please follow this link to learn more. For a more in depth thread of those sharing their experiences with this guy, go here.
Now, before I go on any further I’d like to mention that I worked for this guy. It wasn’t long before I heard the horror stories from others who worked for O’Neal. Things usually follow the same pattern. Kreep hires a team of animators to do his bidding, and when he receives compensation, no one on the team sees the money. Besides him, of course. This is something that he’s done for well over five years. Everyone knows that once you’re a scam artist, you’re always a scam artist.
Artists, be aware of Von Kreep’s recent project “Monstroville.”

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Or at least I would say “recent” had it not been for the fact he’s been scamming people with this very project for over five years!
O’neal told me to pay no mind to anyone warning me about him. He claimed that people did not pay “him” for “his” services, when it’s the other way around.
There’s so much proof against this guy, it doesn’t even make sense how people choose to believe him over those he’s abused.
Now, how can you help?
SPREAD THIS AROUND!
There are tons of artists, animators, voice actors and only one O’Neal! If we could spread this around enough, he wouldn’t be able to use anyone else again!
Don’t let something like this get swept under the rug. If you know anyone working for O’neal Pignani or you are working for him yourself, please warn them or get out of there! If you think that he would never take advantage of you, you’re wrong! So many others thought the same too. You’re not special to him. You’re just part of his sick game.
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crystachick Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
OH and I'm quite sure he has an account here on DA and basically uses other artists works, claiming them as his own.
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nicolemhamilton Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Any information on the name? Thanks again.  
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crystachick Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Sent you an email. 
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crystachick Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
He now also goes by Spookhouse Industries, Monster Shindig and I'm sure there are a few others as well. Still pulling the same cons on artists...Now I think he's selling a book called Cereal Killers that is comprised of other artists works...not sure if he has the rights to them or not but just so you guys know.
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nicolemhamilton Featured By Owner Edited Nov 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hi, thanks for this. Its been a while since we've updated the website.  I wrote and am the editor of the blogstpot you linked started by someone who actually warned ME originally whose pleas I ignored/struggled believing for the SAME EXACT REASONS you listed.  Man did I end up screwing the pooch.  Von is so good at playing the bullshit sympathy card (a situation he put himself in).  I actually started up a new email, could you possibly message any details you had with your experience at screwedbyvon@gmail.com ?   Thanks Crystal.  Anything helps in this situation, seriously.   
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deerwood11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I dont mean this in a bad way or anything, but do you have proof that he scams people? I know that i got completely ripped off by someone that hired me to do graphic design once and then he spread rumours that i was the one in the wrong, so now i just am a bit more skeptical about what people say about others without proof. 
If you could give me a bit more info that would be super great! 
I dont like jumping to conclusions :/
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KrystalFleming Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Did you click the links? He's scammed many, many artists. I would not lie about this, dude. I was in the middle of this shit fighting tooth and nail to protect young animators from working with this guy. Anyway, since you just joined today and this journal is the only thing you commented on...I find you a bit suspicious. You don't just randomly find this journal.
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deerwood11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
No dude i totally believe you now after doing more research through the interwebs! Its just so crap though that people act like that. I was actually asking because he had approached me and asked me to help with some work and luckily i hadnt done anything before finding these
I actually just joined so that i could ask that qt, but after posting it and doing my own research i found that the qt wasnt even necessary. 
Glad i dodged that bullet!
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KrystalFleming Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Man, he's still trying to beg people to do free work? Last time I heard, he was going under the name "phantasmagoria entertainment" or something stupid like that.
I'm glad you actually did research. I was stupid and excited to work on a cartoon at last, and was majorly disappointed and scared when I heard what this dude was really like.
Sorry for the suspicion! He's just tried his hardest to get me to remove all my posts concerning him, so he can continue getting away with being fucking scum!
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deerwood11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Kudos dude for putting it out there. Ive now learnt to research anyone you are thinking of working with before doing anything, but its disappointing that something like that needs to be done
The art world is full of amazing people, but also some full arses!

I hope you found better work after that stint where you can actually display your talent and be aptly rewarded for it :)
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