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Update to the Rob Granito Story: Granito Sends Out Press Release and His Interview Fees

6 April 2011 34 Comments by

Back on March 28th, our very own Chriss Cornish posted a recap of a brewing controversy in the comics and conventions world, and that controversy was named Rob Granito. Over the past week, we here at The Convention Fans Blog have seen several “supporters” of Granito posting comments to Chriss’ article. While we cannot confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that these posts were from Granito, what we can say for certain is that despite using different names, all the comments on that article supporting Granito came from the same IP address and e-mail address (which our site records as a security measure).

The comments took an interesting turn when one commenter purported that Granito would be interested in interviews, but only for a fee.

We here at The Convention Fans Blog absolutely do not pay fees to interview anyone, much less someone who appeared to be making up several different identities on our own site in order to artificially bolster support for Granito.

What we did do is offer to consider an interview with Granito, but only without compensation involved, and only if he agreed to answer all of our questions. That offer was made yesterday, April 5, 2011.

We got our answer today, via a press release sent directly to us. The press release is copied here below.

Dear Comics News, Blogs, and Journalists:

March 2011 was a month that the comics industry, and comics fandom, was not expecting! A month where suddenly comics websites became ‘TMZ-like’, and scandal and tabloid excitement erupted. This was due to the controversial Rob Granito.

We ask you to consider looking past personal feelings and judgement to consider the following:

-A Facebook Group about Robert Granito had over 3,000 members in less than a week

-Websites such as comicsalliance, Wired, and many others made Rob Granito a major headline

-An entire convention panel is due to Rob Granito, called ‘How Should An Artist React To Being Granito’d'?

So, regardless of personal judgement you must admit that Rob Granito creates controversy- and controversy attracts attention. Rob Granito gets attention. Rob Granito gets people talking.

The Blog owner at All Things Geeky even explained how he had thousands of visitors to his site when he had never experienced that before. Rob Granito has gotten more attention and caused more talking amongst his detractors and his fans than any other comics professional!

Now is YOUR chance to take advantage of this red-hot story. As Charlie Sheen has proven in the mainstream media, controversy sells. It has been proven, and suggested by the convention fans blog that Rob Granito is the Charlie Sheen of Comics. And just like Charlie Sheen caused MAJOR headlines with his controversial 20/20 interview, now YOU can get Rob Granito to sit for an interview for your site or blog!

Rob Granito will live up to his image as the bad boy of comics, who admits he has made some mistakes (but who hasn’t?) but also points out that comics fandom at large does not know the WHOLE story. Find out how Rob Granito began as an artist. Discover what his experience was with the legendary Dave Stevens. Find out what REALLY went down with Mark Waid. Learn how Rob feels about the comics professionals who have derided his name in the past few weeks like Ty Templeton Jamar Igle, Al Rio, and more!

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 BleedingCool 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.

ALL WEBSITES: the following is a list of Rob’ interview fees

-e-mail interview (20 questions ONLY) $150.00 PayPal
-30 minute phone interview $200.00 PayPal
-1 Hour Phone or Skype interview $250.00 PayPal

Thank you for your time. We look forward to working with you.

Alison c/o
Robert Granito Art Services

As stated previously, we absolutely will not be paying Granito a fee for an interview. However, if Granito decides he’s willing to talk to us without a fee or other restrictions involved, we’ll still consider it.

So, what will it be Rob?



  • Dreams of Orpheus said:


    I don’t know what’s more amusing. The prices (does anyone actually pay for interviews anywhere? I admit I’m more than a little unknowledgeable in such things) or the fact that his rep presents herself as representing “Rob Granito Art Services”.

    Anyone think someone will pay?

  • R2 said:

    what an ego

  • Mark Stegbauer said:

    As a 20 year vet of the comic biz, I thought I had seen it all, until this joker came along. He gets caught ripping off other artists work, taking claim for other people’s credits, even saying he’s had relationships with well known creators, and now, he’s the victim.
    I’m sorry, but I call shenanigans.
    No one wants to pay you for more lies Rob, we can get those from you for free. You may think that you’re the bad boy of comics, unfortunately you’re only half right, and its not the ‘boy’ part.

    Right now you have about as much significance to this industry as page 30 would be to a 28 page book.

    Do yourself a favor, get a job that will support your family. But don’t use the work of others to do it.

  • JJ said:

    Maybe you can write him a bouncing cheque.

    Sounds like he plans no apologies, thinks that there’s been some form of conspiracy against him, and that he still claims to have worked with Dave Stevens (R.I.P)…

    What a ghastly, grubby man. But at least he knows someone who can write and spell.

  • Lizzy Lou said:

    Yeah, ol’ Rob messed up and posted here in the Convention Fan Blog’s original story as “Dave Call” saying his, er, Of course I mean “Rob’s” wife & manager was helping construct his press release. I’m sure it was her OBVIOUSLY superior brain that came up with the idea to try to sell “buzzwords” like “bad boy of comics” and “Charlie Sheen of comics” after getting drunk and watching a 2 1/2 Men marathon.

  • Matt said:

    “Rob Granito has gotten more attention and caused more talking amongst his detractors and his fans than any other comics professional!” [citation needed]

  • Britt W. said:

    I am speechless. At least Granito the grifter got someone else (someone with a more than third grade command of grammar and spelling) to wirte the press release.

    They just announced Glenn Beck is losing his show. I can only hope that this is a harbinger of the past few months’ “crazy is the new cool” fad coming to an end. Yes, people were interested in the story… like a train wreck. Nobody could believe that anyone was so shameless in their theft of others’ hard work. And it is particularly offensive that he would imply some personal connection with the late Dave Stevens, who sat at the opposite end of the creative spectrum… doing original work of painstaking quality. Of course, he already tried to imply that he worked with Dwayne McDuffie, so I guess that threshhold of bad taste is well trod at this point.

    If someone out there wants to besmirch their own name by having anything further to do with this detestable thief, then that’s on them. I for one hope that Granito gets the day of reckoning in a courtroom that he so greatly deserves.

  • shah said:

    Dear Mr Granito and company…

    No one in their right mind will pay to listen to more lies. By now you should know that the majority of the comic world is prepared to take you to court. One way or another you will get to tell your side of the story either on blogs/forums/websites or in the court of law.

    I think most will wait for the latter. Keep cool guys even as we want to hear him defend himself. It will come, let not waste good money on a piece of trash like his so called work.

    Again Rob take up the offer of all the blogs/webs/forum to tell your side of story with no fee. At least by doing that you are a little less then a weasel. Cause right now you are the much much worst then a weasel.

    PS I am sorry is I offended any weasel lover out dare and ROB GRANITO you are an a**hole….

  • editor001 said:

    It was like watching clowns on fire…funny…disgusting…and sad all in one skit. I have to say, I must thank him for being such a tool, because with out this controversy, I would have never met so many folks who are truly talented, and amazing artist. Nor would I have decided to get the whip cracking on my own projects.

    Thankfully he’ll be long gone b the time my ink dries from the pages of my own work.

    Kids…this should be a lesson to you. Cheaters never prosper…for long.

  • David LeVack said:

    If this guy put as much work into actually WORKING.

  • RR said:

    “Find out how Rob Granito began as an artist.”

    LOL. First he needs to prove that he can even draw anything on his own. And I would need to see video (with no editing tricks) to even humor the idea that he can.

  • Admin said:

    I’m sure people like Angelina Jolie and her ilk get paid for exclusive interviews, but that’s about it.

  • Fred Chamberlain said:

    Hmm…. I am not seeing any “controversy anywhere. It appears that there is universal agreement that the guy is a theif and an ass.
    When I first used “Granito = WINNING” on the first day of the controversy, I’d never have expected that the guy would twist this into somehow trying to see it as a compliment. *No, to the best of my knowledge, I haven’t Granitoed this truth.*

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  • Ron Bary said:

    hey this was a good news story ! you should do the interview i would definately bookmarked this blog if you did because i am very curious to what this guy has to say i come to your site everytime their is a new story on him looks interesting !

  • Admin said:

    Dear “Ron Bary”: This is the same IP address and e-mail as all the other fake commenters from the other post. I seriously fail to understand why you continue to post using the same exact computer and e-mail when I’ve told you before that we track that information for every comment, and can see that it is the same person each time, no matter what the “name” says.

    We will not, under ANY circumstances, pay Granito (i.e., you) for an interview or anything else.

    P.S. We get plenty of traffic on our own without this Granito story. We don’t need it and definitely won’t buy it.

  • JJ said:

    I <3 the Admin.

  • Rob Granito's Ghost Artist said:

    “hey this was a good news story ! you should do the interview i would definately bookmarked this blog if you did because i am very curious to what this guy has to say i come to your site everytime their is a new story on him looks interesting !”

    Rob, you ass-hat, get real. Everyone here knows that’s you. For crying out loud, dude. Have some self-respect.

  • Rob Granito's Ghost Artist said:

    Admin, you are my hero.

  • Rob Granito's Ghost Artist said:

    “Right now you have about as much significance to this industry as page 30 would be to a 28 page book.”

    Mark: Brilliant!

  • C Doublewe said:

    “but also points out that comics fandom at large does not know the WHOLE story”

    Um…you copied/traced/painted over other famous peoples artwork, claimed the art as your art AND got proven you were a hoax with side by side comparissons. Can’t get much more ‘WHOLE’ than that.

  • Crartist24 said:

    Seriously though I would like to hear his side of things.

  • Ron Bary Dave Dan Steve ROB. said:

    AAAARRRGHH!! It makes my brains hurt. How can anyone be that stupid. It defies explanation. Maybe a few years in a federal prison will smarten him up, that is if the judge is smart enough to see through his many cunning guises. or maybe when hes in court he’ll say, ‘look over there!’ and when everybody has turned around he’ll escape. Or maybe he wont go to court because the legal system wont pay his appearance fee. Ive seen plenty of people use the Dunning–Kruger effect to explain his incompetence with comics. But I think it extends to his incompetence as a human being. Hes to stupid to understand how not stupid everybody else is.

    Rob, you’ve got all this attention because people can not believe what an asshat you are and its fascinating to watch someone being such an unapologetic asshat. No one wants to listen to you feeding off the corpses of dead people with actual talent. You had no more relationship with Dave Stevens than you had a career as a comic artist. Its all in your head. you gimp.

  • shah said:

    Rob u must be stupider than an idiot……Admin has already said they can see ur IP address not only that u used the same email even a half wit would know how to change the email address when they want to post using an alias….. god u r making people stupider every time u post….

    or r u one of those so called “Room-mates” again ASSHOLE….

  • Tim Dorr said:

    wow gets better and better anyways you should sign him up for an interview rob granito is money

  • Admin said:

    ATTENTION ROB AND ALISON: If you continue to post on this blog using fake names, I will BAN YOUR IP ADDRESS. Although you were “smart” enough to change e-mail addresses, you’re still using the same IP address. Also, maybe you forgot, but the e-mail “Tim Dorr” just used to post a comment is the same one Alison used to send us the press release.

  • JJ said:

    Wow. Just wow. *is speechless*

  • Rob Granito's Ghost Artist said:

    Rob Granito wrote: “wow gets better and better anyways you should sign him up for an interview rob granito is money”

    Dude. Seriously? Go pump some gas.

  • shah said:

    ok genius Rob how is the blogs gonna make money by giving u $150 for an interview pack with lies…..Again ASSHOLE….

    Seriously man u r making the world so stupid,,,

  • otinarg bor said:

    wow this granito guy sonds reel innteristeng mabee yoo guys shoold pey for an innterveew wit heem. mabee even foor or fiev innterveews, eet wood reely be wurth the monie i thinkin. I wood be glood to yur sight fur shure. he sonds like the reel “bad bouy of comics” fur shur. he is like the charlie sheen of the comic wurld. i herd it wus also roomerd that he ded sum goast woork with stann lee and jak kerby back in the late 60s on the exmen fantastical foor aveenjers spyderman and thore.

  • Chuck said:

    Admin, please don’t ban their IP address. They fill my life with so much lulz, and I’m really curious to see how far Alison/Rob/Steve/Dave/Tim/Ron/etc are willing to take this.

    There is a river in Egypt and it is overflowing!

  • nando said:

    looks like he’s still using his nigerian email writers to edit his comments.

    anyways, i’m not sure what i can add to this but i would like to point out how much i laugh at this guy’s stupidity.

  • Fushichou said:

    otinarg bor (rob granito) is a troller, and I am betting not from the same IP. Seriously kid, troll silly things on other forums, but this is a legal matter. Rob Granito is hitting into the big time (as in this could be a federal matter if some other claims are proven), so I would not associate yourself with this, or people may come after you as being part of the scam.

    Now you wouldn’t want that, now would you?

  • otinarg bor said:

    LOL! yur funnie.