Tuesday, October 19, 2010
MY GRAMPA WILL BEAT UP YOUR GRAMPA
Yea you heard me, because my Grampa is a cutting edge Brazilian juggernaut punching you in the face with awesome! Rafael Grampá first attracted widespread attention in North America in 2007 with his work on the Eisner Award-winning anthology 5, a collaboration with Gabriel Bá, Becky Cloonan, Vasilos Lolos and Fabio Moon. There has been casual references to his work resembling the kinetic line work of Frank Quitely and the dark tones of Frank Miller even one his real life heroes Paul Pope. Though Pope has said he doesnt see it, Grampa takes that a gesture of humility which makes Pope that much cooler in the comics world. This week STRANGE TALES II #1 released with great success and part of that is due to an amazing cover by Senor Grampa himself. The list of talent on this book is phenomenal but it's Grampa's cover art and introdcutory Wolverine story that turned me on, and man did it! Rafael's artwork is unstoppable and ready to explode off the page, theres so much movement and energy in his lines it makes my heart race and my life is now more enriched having experienced his awesomeness. From Daredevil to Madman to his own work, Mesmo Delivery, "a bloody story about two delivery men — Rufo, a brawny ex-boxer, and Sangrecco, an Elvis impersonator who views violence as performance art — who are hired to deliver a mysterious cargo. Everything appears to be going fine, at least until they encounter a group of drunken locals at a rest stop." (ROBOT 6) You can check out more about Rafeal at: http://furrywater.wordpress.com Rafael dances a fine line between creator owned anarachism and mainstream comics and it's in the pages of STRANGE TALES we can see how he orchestrates his own sense of comic independence when dealing with such mythical characters. So while Disney uses Marvel to push the upcoming TRON film with upcoming variant covers, Rafael doesnt seem to notice and gives us pure unadulterated adrenaline all in a 2 dimensional page, mucho gracias Grampa.