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Convention report from Fan Appreciation Day

Every year in Toronto Hobbystar puts on a “Fan Appreciation Event” – a wonderful convention where the set-up is a little different from most comic cons.  The admission is free, and it’s about giving back to the fans, rather than trying to gouge them of money.  This year the guest list was impressive as Hades with Ethan Van Sciver, Patrick Gleason, Koi Pham, Geoff Darrow, Chris Sprouse, Dale Keown, Bob McLeod, Marcus To, Francis Manapul, Leonard Kirk, Dave Ross, Richard Pace and too many more comic book guys to mention, along with Captain of the Enterprise (and Ferris Bueller’s best pal) Alan Ruck, Richard Hatch (the one from space, not from Survivor) and Dominic (Enterprise) Keating, and more, more, more!

And a handful of cosplayers, but only a handful.

With free admission, you’d have expected this thing to be packed to the rafters with wall to wall fanboys and girls, especially since Hobbystar is the same group that puts on the mega-convention FAN EXPO every year (Canada’s biggest con show).

So I can’t explain what happened.  It was, at best, lightly attended.  And a good chunk of the people that came by our section of Artist’s Alley were not really comic fans, but families looking for something to do on a weekend.

Templeton sketch Hulk. Hulk for young child. Child like Hulk.

When I’m at Fan Appreciation Event, my rule is that everyone gets a sketch who asks for one, so my table is usually fairly busy.  But there were some surprising lulls.  Every now and then I’d see some of the biggest names there with no one to talk to, which surprised me.  I hope we’re not oversaturating the market in Toronto with too many of these…I know when I was a kid living in the Big Smoke, we’d only get a convention every couple of years, so they were really big deals to us.

Okay, enough griping, here’s the good stuff.

I got to hang with Ethan Van Sciver for a while, and we compared notes on our calling out of the fraud-who-must-not-be-named.  The level of boyish glee in recounting how he told an armed man to “…sit the $#@! down!” was in such dichotomy to the content of the story, I couldn’t have been more charmed by it all.  As we both went back to our tables to talk to the folks waiting for us, Ethan went to shake my hand, and as I have done consistently since Obama was elected, I raised my knuckles to fist bump him.  He asked why, and I said “It was the age of Obama”.  Ethan, in classy fashion, fist bumped me back, but said with a grin, “I can’t wait to shake your hand someday”.  I burst out laughing.  And now Ethan is officially my favorite Republican, cause THAT’S how you talk politics and stay friends.

Speaking of the fraud-who-cannot-be-named….at the convention I was presented with a fraud-team hockey jersey (that the convention organizer Kevin Boyd had acquired somewhere) to do with what I wished…it’s pictured here, being held up by Pitt/New Warriors/Dream Detectives artist Richard Pace.

If you're wondering, the logo image was actually drawn by J. Scott Campbell

I didn’t know what to do with it…other than toss it in a urinal and ask con-goers is they wanted to piss on it for ten dollars a spray, all for charity.   But my wife didn’t want me to just hand it back without a plan in place,  and had a con-fab with Ethan, who agreed that they should get comic book creators to sign the shirt and then it could be handed over to a Hero Initiative rep.   (It eventually turned out that there wasn’t a Hero Initiative rep there, so event organizer Kevin Boyd–who had hoped to be done with the shirt which is why he gave it to Ty in the first place!–took it upon himself to take it with him to the next few big cons to get a few more signatures, before passing it onto Hero Initiative–Keiren)

 

Defacing clothing for charity.

To make it fun, all the artists who drew something on the shirt signed our names underneath someone else’s sketch so that they’re all sort-of fraudulent in some way.

Ethan signs his name to a blank part of the shirt.

The last I heard, the shirt is heading for a convention in Pittsburgh, where the remaining blank spots will be filled in and the whole meshuga will be donated to HERO.  I hope it goes for big bucks, as HERO is one of my favorite charities: it raises money for retired comic book professionals in dire straights (such as Gene Colan, Russ Heath and others whose medical expenses threaten their ability to make the rent each month).

I finished off the weekend’s sketching with a drawing of my website mascot “Ty-bunny” for Ethan’s wife,  Sharis Bunny Van Sciver.  Since we share a bunny in our name, and she’s an instructor for the NRA, there was little choice but to arm the furry rodent to the teeth with weapons.

Deadly, deadly rabbit.

All in all, I had a terrific time with my all my comic book peeps, including folks I talk to online all the time, but rarely get to see in person, so I’m glad I went.   If only it hadn’t put me two more days behind on all the stuff I’m always late with…sigh.  Back to the drawing board, literally.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Now, your cosplay bonus moment:

I'll bet you this woman is actually fairly shy, and would never dress like this any other day of the year.

Rob Granito tries to lie his way into money…AGAIN!

I know I said I wouldn’t go back to this garbage heap another time…but he tasks me…. He tasks me… and I shall have him! I’ll chase him ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round Perdition’s flames before I give him up!

By now we all know the piece of human litter who stuck to our collective shoe last month:  Rob Granito: thief, impostor, pathological liar.

Pictured, the work of John Delaney, Tim Sale, and Rob Granitos parents.

Wait until you read this email that was sent around to a number of Comics blogs (Duy Tano of The Comics Cube alerted us on Facebook)  last night from Granito…your jaw will unhinge.  (Oh, and I’m mentioned by name!  I’m famous!  I’m famous!)

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

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Forget asking for money to do interviews, or claiming that Rob’s internet aliases and sock puppets are “fans” -  forget not mentioning the  facebook page with so many members is called “Rob Granito is a Fraud” – forget all that – he repeatedly offers guarantees of being candid and living up to commitments and talking about what really happened.  THAT’s what I love most.  These wacky kids’ only notoriety comes from being proven liars and frauds, but this time, when there’s money involved…this time they’ll tell the truth.

By far, the best photograph. The one where dumbass smears paint on the face, but not on the hands!

Two quick last notes:

1)If you’d like to know how Rob really feels about the way Al Rio,” Jamar Igle” and myself are treating him online, I’ll save you the hundred bucks.  He doesn’t like it, and he thinks we’re big bullies.

2)  The primary reason I posted this blog is because of something emailed to Duy Tano’s COMICS CUBE website last night.

“Please don’t do another newsstory or headline about Rob Granito on your website then without consulting us.”

In light of Granito’s heartfelt plea to not do another headline about the Granito family shame unless we consult with them first, I feel it’s my duty to post another headline about Rob Granito without consulting them.

He can go to hell.

Ty the Guy.

Fan Appreciation Event

So just a few more days until Toronto ComiCon Fan Appreciation Event. Yes, it’s not that long after that last con, but this one promises so much more! More comic book artists, more special guests,  more exhibitors…and there are workshops too. Ty will be doing a one hour “taste” of his TCW workshop, Drawing the Human Figure from Memory, (the actual seven week worskhop begins May 2–check TCW’s website for more info and to contact Sean Menard to register).  That will be Saturday April 9 at 3:00pm.

The next day will feature a workshop with Leonard Kirk, based on his TCW course, Comic Book Pencilling and Inking (the full course starts May 5).

Artists will be doing sketches, selling pages, and telling stories…and we’re not yet sure what will happen exactly but the Joe Shuster Awards‘ Kevin Boyd is contemplating the future of his Rob Granito hockey jersey. Boyd says he was given it a couple years ago and given the events of the last few weeks, does not wish to hang on to it. He is entertaining suggestions as to it’s possible end/demise and finding a way to use that demise to raise funds for charity. While Japan would clearly seem the obvious choice to many, especially as Toronto comic creators plan a fundraiser for Japan, it has been suggested by others, Ty amongst them, that The Hero Initiative would also be a good choice. As Ty commented (on Boyd’s FB wall), “I’d say Hero Initiative so Rob can contribute to the Comics Industry instead of stealing from it.” (He also said a lot of stuff about urination but we don’t need to discuss that right now!).  Stay tuned for further details on the hockey jersey…

Keiren

I know I shouldn’t Granito…but…

My friend, Eden Bachelder sent me this delightful image by email last night, and it so cracked me up, I just had to share.

She chose my favorite Rob Granito “look-I-can-prove-I-painted-that” image as her basis for my portrait, too.  This is the one with paint smudges all over his face, but not on his hands (or the brush, for that matter), and the collection of children’s poster paints to the side, the brand of choice for pro illustrators everywhere.

I know the ROB GRANITO scandal is over, and I know I shouldn’t have brought it up again…but…the way Eden incorporated the look on my face as I glare back at Rob for his naughty shenanigans, it’s like a Norman Rockwell treasure.

We’ll consider this my April Fool’s Day Joke, I just couldn’t wait.

Ty the Guy

Just so you know, Eden’s does some delightful “legitomite” artwork when not creating insider meta jokes for your entertainment, and you should check out her website at http://www.edenbachelder.com/

 

Rob Granito Comic Fraud Funnies! YAY!

Sue me! Sue me! Please sue me!

Sorry internet, I couldn’t resist.

Ah.  It’s funny because he’s a dick.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your Rob Granito moment of dickery:

This is a print rob offers for sale at his convention booth.

and….

Here's the page from Batman and Robin Adventures #1 that Rob traced part of, and claimed was his work.

For those who’ve never heard of this fecal jackass, here’s a link to more about him…

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