Con Artist Alley: The Saga of Rob Granito
Since Thursday, when Bleeding Cool posted the article “Who On Earth is Rob Granito?“, the internet has been buzzing with discussion of convention staple Rob Granito, called out for swiping artwork done by other artists and making false claims about his credits in the comic book and animation industries. Heightening the attention this received was the fact that Rob was attending the MegaCon convention in Orlando this past weekend as a “Featured Artist, ” and many waited with anticipation online to see if Rob would show up, and if so, would be confronted about all this and possibly tossed out of the convention. While I believe Rob did make it through the convention (I saw him myself there on Saturday), he was indeed confronted by such attendees as artist Ethan Van Sciver and writer Mark Waid. On YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, Rob became a hot topic of conversation, and people’s awareness of him has increased tenfold, but not in a way he would have desired, I’m sure.
Rob’s artwork has been exposed as a series of typically poorly-done swipes of other artists. That in and of itself could be a reason for condemnation, but how Rob made things much worse for himself was by inflating his published credits, claiming to work on various comics and animated series, when no one has been able to confirm any of his claims. The latest allegations against him include him paying other artists for commissions that he in turn sold at conventions, claiming that he was the artist of them.
Convention promoters are beginning to respond to all of the attention with the Chiller Theatre Expo apparently removing Rob from the guest list for their upcoming show, and Wizard World allegedly banning him from attending future cons.
A Facebook page called Robert Granito Is A Fraud went from nothing to over 2,000 fans in the past few days and is a good place to keep up with the latest on the story.
Here are also are some videos taken at Rob’s table at MegaCon: