“Client” posts an ad looking for a comic artist for a large scale job, maybe 70 fully-finished pages.
Me: Hi! I’d love to apply to your listing. Here are my rates.
Client: I love it! But I don’t have the money any more so I can’t pay you.
Me: That’s a shame! Well, let me know if you come into the money, I’d love to help.
Client: It was supposed to be a gift for my aunt. She has cancer, you know.
Me: I’m sorry to hear that.
Client: She just really wanted this, but I can’t afford to pay anyone. Why isn’t anyone charitable?
Me: Well, I’m asking for commissions to help support my family. Our grandma died a few days ago and she was the lynch-pin of our family.
She stopped messaging after that.
I’m not sure why her aunt needed 70 full pages.