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As everyone has probably already heard (just scroll down the page), Rob Granito is a plagiarizing conman. He claimed to have done work for DC and Marvel, been the secret hand behind Brian Stelfreeze and, hilariously, to have worked on Calvin and Hobbes, and sold direct copies of other people’s work with a few scribbles on top for hundreds of dollars. Not the usual pose tracing for a different use or character, but direct copies, with perhaps an arm moved slightly. And he did it for years.
Artists known to have been plagiarized includes Jan Duursema, Tim Sale, Bruce Timm, Mark Bagley and Ivan Reis among others. As a response to this, the website Legit-o-mite.com has been started as a clearinghouse for evidence of direct plagiarism and fraud like this, on the part of Granito or any other artist.
During C2E2, I discovered some old issues of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld in the quarter bins. I knew of this series, but had not read any comics of the character. I have an eight-year-old niece who loves Wonder Woman, and thought she might enjoy another super-powered princess.
The comics community is an accepting one–perhaps the most accepting. The greatest masters feel a kinship with someone who makes mini-comics, and will make time for them. It’s a giving, friendly group of people who share a passion for comics and a collegial sense of belonging.
But then there’s Rob Granito.
Programming maven Brian Heater has posted the 2011 MoCCA panel lineup. There will be TWO tracks of programming this year, with lots of spotlights — Al Jaffee, Jerry Robinson, Gahan Wilson, Dash Shaw, Peter Bagge, Pizza Island, Will Eisner — a Carousel, an animation panel, and looks at most every genre of contemporary indie/alt comix. It’s in some kind of table, so we can’t reproduce it here, but check it out.
From Edel Rodriguez, some nice photos of last week’s R. Crumb art opening at the Society of Illustrators.
Uh oh, when The Beatdips into the Cover Browser you know it’s one of those “I’m all stressed out!” posts. Indeed, I’m finishing a VERY big and vital project and just can’t keep up with everything going on. (Yes yes, Ron Granito, I know.) I’m very sorry. There are times I jut sit staring into space and wish I had a day where I could do nothing but read email, accept Facebook requests and drink coffee. That day is as likely as a day where I do nothing but shop at Prada and Bottega Veneta, but…you never know!
Friday night’s opening fro the R. Crumb exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in NYC, was — no surprise — jammed to the rafters with the who’s who of the local scene. The man himself was on the premises but the notoriously shy cartoonist sat with Aline at a back table where only a few came to pay homage.
Regular Reason magazine contributor Peter Bagge does this month’s cover, featuring education reformer Michelle Rhee. Pete was kind enough to send us the cover sans type.