If you haven’t heard of the Rob Granito situation, then you are missing out on one of the biggest fraud crackdowns we’ve seen in recent years. Sure there are those who go after the bastards who swipe legitimate artist’s work, tweak a few things, and them slap them on T-shirts to sell on line for a quick buck, but the Granito situation is much different than that. Rob has not only been accused of swiping others art, but has claimed that he has worked with and for everyone under the sun. And he’s been doing it for a decade, if not longer.
Things finally reached a boiling point this past weekend at MegaCon, when Ethan Van Scriver and Mark Waid confronted Granito at his booth.
Via Mark Waid’s Facebook and Twitter feeds:
Don’t give me too much credit for the co-smackdown, folks. It’s just that when I heard that he’d tried to capitalize off Dwayne’s death, that was the last straw for me. I saw red and stormed over with Ethan. We were both livid. I told Fraudboy in no uncertain terms that I will personally contact every convention there is and warn them… not to give him a table if they ever want to see me or MY friends there, EVER. I also screamed at him when he said “Well, truthfully–” that he is not allowed to use that word, ever, ever. That word means nothing coming from him.
I believe my exact endquote, two hours before the show closed, was, “Make your money here, because this is your last convention. Do you understand me? This is your last show.” That’s right, I was so pissed, I unilaterally appointed myself Sheriff of All Comicons. I should have a badge made.
I think my favorite moment was when this kid said to Ethan–after lying when asked if he’d actually claimed to have worked with Dwayne (a claim he ABSOLUTELY made)–”I just considered him a friend, same as I’d consider you a friend–” and E…than growled “Let’s make this clear: I am NOT YOUR FRIEND.”
Dear Fraudboy: When you have comics’ leading leftwing socialist hippiefreak AND comics’ leading rightwing Nazi teaming up to smack you down, YOU HAVE FUCKED UP.
Apparently word is spreading about this guy. According to Bleeding Cool, who broke the story and seems to have made it their mission to bring Granito to the ground, Wizard World has now banned Granito from all future shows, and Dragon*Con is considering doing the same.