Updates at bottom of post.

You may have heard of this dude Rob Granito. He plagiarizes art, fakes his resume, makes unauthorized prints of IP he doesn’t own, slanders and libels top creators by pretending he’s their ghost artist, is accused of forging celebrity signatures on his art, and manages to weasel his way into special guest status at conventions via all of the above. It’s actually kind of funny if you aren’t directly involved. If you are, I pity you.

Via Bleeding Cool, a handy one stop shop to keep up with all the weird.

The only “official” work I could find from this guy was as a sketch card artist for Upper Deck (and the jury is out on that credit: some of his cards appear to be printed). It does not appear he has ever worked for Marvel or DC Comics, or on any of the famous comic books he claims to have drawn. If his birthdate of 1975 is correct, he would have to be a kid in high school drawing mainstream comics, which is pretty rare. If true, everyone would have heard of this guy. He claims to have ghosted an impressive list of artists from Brian Stelfreeze to George Perez.

According to Clydene Nee of the San Diego Comic Con, when they attempted to verify his professional status, no one in the DC Comics accounting department heard of him. Neither had anyone in editorial. His excuse?

His super sekrit ghost artist status!

DC and Marvel Comics do not hire ghost artists. Individual artists hire assistants, publishers don’t.

I’ve had a couple of nasty experiences with people who did minor assistant work for me, then bragged that they were my “ghost artists”, or inkers, or that they did all the heavy lifting on my technical drawing (girls can’t draw machines, apparently). These vast contributions to my catalog of work were limited entirely to cutting tone sheets, taking out the trash, packing and shipping orders, spotting blacks, and in one notable case back in 1987, doing very bad limited background inks which had to be extensively redrawn by me at a later date because the work sucked.

This is why, except for my mom, I haven’t hired an assistant in nearly 20 years. I can trust my mother not to claim she secretly writes and draws all my work for me, but I can’t trust some guy I met at a convention hoping to use me as his stepping stone.

Since Rob Granito bubbled up from the oubliette, almost every artist I know had cause to grouse about some dude they used to know who spotted blacks and spent years running around after claiming to be their inker.

If you really want to piss off an artist, claim you did creative work on their stuff when you just did minor craftsman labor. I was so happy when Cully Hamner told me this happened to him I nearly cried. Nice to know you’re not alone.

Granito takes resume inflation a step further by claiming he was assistant to artists he never met. Granito got away with this scam for more than a decade.

The uber-ire directed at him from the creative community is the primal scream of every artist who ever had to deal with one of these bottom dwellers, who from here on in will always be known to me as a Granito.

His big break as an official sketch card artist, which he has conflated into credit for drawing Iron Man and other Marvel Comics – well, OK, let’s examine this.

The sketch card art thing is not exactly a prestige gig. Take a look at Rob’s efforts:

He managed to get some of his sketch card finals rejected by the client. If you have seen some of the stuff that made it into those packs, you know how hard that is to do.

Every collector knows that there are some real gems to be found, but truth is, the trading card companies hire low rent “talent” to fill sketch card quota. You get a few from top quality artists, and then you get Rob Granito. Someone’s got to hack out those 10,000 card quotas.

Unfortunately, people like Granito conflate this minor credit into major bragging rights. Rob Granito didn’t merely draw a very bad She Hulk on an Iron Man II sketch card, he worked on Iron Man II !

By way of contrast, here’s one of my full color Marvel cards:

Pretty. I know.

I did not then conflate this credit into a run as John Byrne’s ghost artist on the X-Men way back in 1983.

Legit artists could not get space at Megacon this weekend, but Rob Granito finagled his way into featured artist status. Proving yet again that you really can fake it ’til you make it.

That is, until you get caught.

Moving right along…

Dilbert creator Scott Adams posted a bizarre screed about women,
which he later deleted due to the unpleasant public reaction from his public comments.

We take for granted that men should hold doors for women, and women should be served first in restaurants. Can you even imagine that situation in reverse???…The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar.

In the words of James Urbaniak:

Shorter Scott Adams: I deleted my post on the emotional superiority of men because I couldn’t handle the criticism.

Just because there is a certain amount of gender-focused role-playing in society (i.e. man- holds-open-door-for-lady), that does not mean my being charmed at a moment of old fashioned gallantry should come at the cost of a lifetime of diminished income, and personal – or public – autonomy.

I will gallantly refrain from airing my personal opinions about Mr. Adams’s draughtsmanship skills.

Because, you know, a woman only digs in for the good fight on the few issues that matter to her.

Update 2-26: Ty Templeton smackdown

UPDATE: I posted this on the Rob Granito is a Fraud FB page this morning. I spent a couple of hours taking screenshots of Granito’s FB page before he blocked it last night. Here’s the one that got me:

Rob Granito did not work with Dawyne McDuffie. To imply otherwise is not just low, it’s subterranean.

UPDATE 3-28:
From Bleeding Cool, Mark Waid and Ethan Van Sciver deliver the uber-smackdown.

I spent about 8 hours tooling around taking screenshots of his stuff before he could whitewash his reputation, and now I’m really behind schedule. But I’m glad I did it anyway. Shortly after I grabbed the Dwayne McDuffie quote above, Granito removed his FB page.

I need to turn off the internet for awhile.