Convention Drama…

Posted by Spat on March 27, 2011 in Conventions, Rant |

With Con Season under way, the first bit of juicy con gossip has already hit the fan!

Bleeding Cool reports that Artist Alley regular, Rob Granito is not all that he seems.

Rob Granito

Rob Granito


Rob, who has been attending conventions as a guest artist since at least 2006 has now had his credits list questioned.  It seems that all the comics and companies that he claims to have worked for have never actually heard of him!  Not only that, but it seems that most of his artwork is copies of other artist’s work, with some extra paint slapped on it.

I remember Rob from a few conventions I attended back in the ‘Aughts (is that officially what we’re calling the years of 2000-2009?), and never thought anything of his claims.  I mean, who would lie about this kind of stuff?

I’m really curious to see what this does to the world of conventions and Artist Alley in particular.  The shake-up could knock loose other grifters in the midst, and make cons really go in and check more thoroughly for references of their artists.

And the other issue is that some of the publishers and artists may start seeking damages.

This is definitely a story to watch, and between Bleeding Cool, Facebook, and all the other blogs out there, there’s plenty of fuel for the fire!


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