For years, many cartoonists would do store appearances or conventions and spend many hours drawing for their fans. What a wonderful time that could be had by all. Years ago, I got free sketches by several top artists that now reside on my office walls, the walls of my comic store or in one of my sketchbooks. Love'em. Absolutely love them. They are not only nice drawings but memories of time spent with someone you admire and whose work you admire. I would never sell them. They were gifts, for crying out loud!
At Free Comic Book Day, Strange Adventures goes all out and I've played host to Steve McNiven, Andy Runton, J. Bone, and of course, Darwyn Cooke at these events. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like any of those cartoonists will be coming this year as doorknobs like this guy take the free sketch and try to sell it for profit. Nice. Thanks for ruining the fun, dude.
sorry to rant on so, but a few thoughtless people can spoil things for many.
a more positive note, Darwyn will be appearing at the Calgary expo April 25-26 and in case you forgot, here's an illustration he did for the event.