"Artist" Rob Granito is making waves again this week. As Kevin noted last week, he's the guy who "for several years has traced other artist’s work — everyone from Ty Templeton to David Finch to Arthur Adams — and passed it off as his own on eBay and at conventions. In addition, his list of fake credits includes everything from Calvin & Hobbes to Batman to Iron Man 2." Check out Legit-o-mite for a very thorough list of the guy's offensive behavior.
You'd think after all the negative publicity he's received, the guy would want to find the nearest rock, crawl under it and hope that maybe someday the comics industry and the internet would forget about him. But, no.
As artist Ty Templeton, Bleeding Cool and The Comics Cube report, his agent/wife is sending out an email comparing Granito to Charlie Sheen, saying he "has gotten more attention and caused more talking amongst his detractors and his fans than any other comics professional!" She's also offering him up for interviews, if ... the price is right. For $150, he'll do a 20-question email interview; for $200, he'll do a phone interview; and for the bargain price of $250, you can get him for an hour on the phone or Skype:
We assure you Rob Granito will live up to his interview commitments. We guarantee candid, explanatory revelations. Rob Granito proved he shook up the world in March 2011! Now watch him light up the Spring comics schedule. “I will keep going to conventions”, he says. Also, why did Bleeding Cool decide to break the Rob Granito story out of nowhere? Why was it pursued with such a fever? “There is more there that you dont know about”, says Rob.
In the words of one of my Robot 6 peers, "That's some freaking impressive filth."