This past weekend at MegaCon, comic book writer Mark Waid and comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver confronted pretend comic book artist Rob Granito. They took exception to a comment he made about comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie, who died late last month. Granito posted a statement on Facebook claiming that he had worked with McDuffie, and he implied that the two men were friends.
Granito never worked with McDuffie, nor were they ever friends. He made it up to help give himself credibility as a professional comic book artist.
Granito makes money by claiming to be a professional comic book artist and then charging people money for original comic book themed art. Granito creates art by tracing the work of others. He’s been doing this for years. If you’ve been to a comic book convention in the past several years, you’ve probably seen Granito sitting at a booth, peddling his awful-looking fakes.
Mark Waid posted about the encounter on Facebook:
Rob Granito, you’ve been served
So there you have it. Rob Granito has officially had his funny book convention privileges revoked. When someone as prominent as Sheriff of All Comicons Mark Waid tells you it’s your last comic book convention, it’s your last comic book convention.
Wizard World has already announced they banned Rob Granito from their shows. You can expect other comic conventions to follow suit.
Do not be a douchebag
Let this be a lesson to douchebags everywhere. While it’s acceptable to go to a comic book convention and pretend to be Spider-Man or Darth Vader, it’s not OK to pretend you’re a real-life comic book artist. Mark Waid and Ethan Van Sciver won’t yell at you if you pretend to be a Klingon, but they will yell at you if you pretend to be a comic book artist.
I think it’s funny that when Mark Waid wanted to confront Rob Granito, he grabbed Ethan Van Sciver first. Mark Waid may be loud, but he’s not very physically intimidating. Rob Granito could probably easily kick Mark Waid’s ass. The same cannot be said about Ethan Van Sciver. How does Waid reward Sciver for his help? By referring to him later on Facebook as a Nazi.
That’s classic Mark Waid.