A few months ago, I swore I’d never mention Granito’s name in public again, mostly as a favor to his wife, who got caught up in the mess against her will, and got vilified by fandom when she didn’t deserve it. I was a part of that, and have personally apologized to her, because the Bunny is nothing if not willing to admit when he’s wrong. Also: Not mentioning Rob helped make him go away.
But today, there’s a good reason to mention the “He Who Is Nameless”, and it’s all for the HERO INITIATIVE.
At a convention a few months back, I was presented with a Granito Hockey Jersey as a gift by Kevin Boyd-convention organizer and all around good guy. The thought was that I could do what I wanted with it, perhaps as some sort of catharsis or something, as Kevin didn’t want it any more. My first idea was to put it in a toilet and let convention-goers pee on it for five bucks each and give the money to HERO, but that would have excluded women from participating in the fun, as I wasn’t going to fish it out of one toilet and transport it to another.
But a much better idea was offered up (I think it was my wife’s idea, or Ethan Van Sciver’s, and she’ll correct me if I’m wrong)…”why not let all the guests at this convention do sketches on the shirt, and have them, in true Granito fashion, sign EACH OTHER’S WORK?” and then auction it off on ebay.
Richard Pace. Writer and/or artist for Pitt Crew, New Warriors, and other stuff, sketches on the back and signs on the front. I signed his sketch.
So…the list of illustrations, and signings of work we didn’t do goes as follows…
Scarlet Witch by Khoi Pham (signed by Chris Sprouse)
Hulk by Ethan van Sciver (signed by Khoi Pham)
Wonder Woman by Agnes Garbowska (signed by Leonard Kirk)
Evil Ernie by Dale Keown (signed by Richard Pace)
Spider-Man by Ty Templeton (signed by Agnes Garbowska
Sandman by Richard Pace (signed by Ty Templeton)
Gorilla-Man by Leonard Kirk (signed by Ethan van Sciver)
Tom Strong by Chris Sprouse (signed by Dale Keown)
…and a hearty “Sit the @#?!!@ down!” by Ethan van Sciver (this one properly attributed!)
Ethan (Sit the #$@)(#@ down) Van Sciver does his part for charity.
The shirt was donated to HERO, and the ebay auction started up today. There’s no better souvenir of the whole meshuga than this shirt, and you get some pretty cool artists’ work to boot.
Remember, HERO is the organization that aids aging comic book creators in need. This group helps with medical expenses for the people that made our childhood dreams come true, and it’s one of my favorite charities, and should be yours.
Pull together and give back to the biz that gave so much to us, toss in a bid, and maybe win one of the more interesting collectibles you’ll ever find.
Ty the Guy OUT!
If you haven’t figured out the links yet…the auction is HERE.
Here now, your BONUS HERO INITIATIVE MOMENT
This hardcover collection (one of ten copies for sale of only five hundred printed) is ALSO on auction for HERO at ebay. This collection is probably the best set of covers ever done for Hero, and well worth having. Ignore that I’m here, you HAVE to see the Steve Epting cover, the John Byrne cover, and so many others…