To anyone who might be able to help: About a month ago, I paid an FA artist to draw a short comic sequence for me. He provided a few early sketches, but then, suddenly, he stopped communicating with me altogether. No notes, no emails, no correspondences on FA, nothing. No matter how many times I tried to get in touch with him, all I got back was dead silence. So, I sent him another note setting down a deadline. If he didn't (at the very least) notify me about what was going on, I was going to warn as many people as possible online that he was a thief and a swindler. That deadline has passed, and he still hasn't replied. I hate conflict, and smearing an artist's reputation isn't something I enjoy at all, but I feel like I'm out of options. I don't want to name the artist yet, as I want to see if other alternatives are available before I burn any bridges, so to speak.