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Rafael Grampá offers the most disturbing Joker yet

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This week’s Batman Black and White #2 features a short story by Rafael Grampá. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the first time the Brazilian comic-book multi-threat has ever drawn the interiors for any Batman story, despite having produced several illustrations of the character that proved popular enough for Grampá to be given the job of designing one of the DC Direct black and white Batman statues. I was a big fan of his Mesmo Delivery (so much so that I gave away a couple of copies to assorted pals over the years), and have been waiting and wondering patiently for his planned post-apocalyptic project Furry Water, despite radio silence on that one since posting an image from it to his Flickr in 2011.

Grampá is, like Paul Pope, possibly getting distracted from his core business by new and glamorous multimedia offers of work, like working on vodka advertising. He plays drums in a band, and he’s now a highly sought-after cover artist both in the United States and in his native Brazil. The lack of traction on Furry Water is understandable, even if it does set the teeth on edge of my inner spoiled-and-entitled fanboy. Anyway, he posted this page from “Into the Circle,” his Joker-centric story, on his Facebook page:

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Earlier this year, he posted this image there, too, with a hint at a story detail (“My version for The Joker for a DC Comics project! Pay attention and try to see the two mouths. He wants to make you think that he is laughing all the time, but he isn’t”):

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Now, ironically after saying how eagerly I’ve been waiting for Furry Water, I’m just going to u-turn and suggest that DC offer Grampá an opportunity to create a long-form Batman project. He has produced a version of the character that appeals to my sensibilities like none since Pope’s Year 100. C’mon Dan DiDio, start waving that massive check book around!

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The Boy With A Herve Villechaize Tattoo

October 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

My GOD, I cannot wait to get my copy!!! Of the few DC comic books I still have on my pull list after my recent mass culling, Batman: Black & White was a MUST ADD. Enjoyed the hell out of the old one and LOVED the 1st issue of this current one a LOT! Grampa’s Joker just adds to my anticipation to get my copy!

Someone is a Guy Davis fan…

At first it looked like the Joker has no lips, finally I noticed the trick and it’s a painted smile (originally I thought the real mouth was tongue)

The guy is a GENIUS! I’m sure that Furry Water will DESTROY!

Also:

http://instagram.com/p/epvHS3Qh8d/#

I’ve stopped waiting for Furry Water, but whenever it’s ready, I’ll be ready too.

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