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Grampa's Wolverine

Grampa's Wolverine

And it involves Wolverine.

Robot 6 Q&A | Rafael Grampá discusses Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Brazilian artist 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.

Grampá, a former art director for the respected motion-graphics studio Lobo, followed that in 2008 with Mesmo Delivery, his first full-length comics work.

Initially published in the United States by AdHouse Books, the graphic novella is a beautifully illustrated, energetic and 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.

Next week Dark Horse will release a new edition of the critically acclaimed Mesmo Delivery with a new cover, an extended sketchbook, an introduction by writer Brian Azzarello (who collaborated with Grampá on a story for Hellblazer #250), and pin-ups by Eduardo Risso, Mike Allred, Craig Thompson and Fabio Moon.

Grampá took time over the weekend to discuss Mesmo, his influences, graphic design and his next Dark Horse release, Furry Water and the Sons of the Insurrection.

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Straight for the art | Mesmo Delivery fan art blog

by Andrei Bressan and Marcelo Maiolo

by Andrei Bressan and Marcelo Maiolo

Mesmo Delivery creator Rafael Grampá has set up a separate blog where he plans to post “fan art” based on his creation. And I use quotations because so far it includes some very professional-looking pieces by folks like Bill Sienkiewicz and the above piece by Andrei Bressan. Go check it out.

SDCC ’09 | 15 announcements that make us happy

Bone: Quest for the Spark

Bone: Quest for the Spark

San Diego Comic-Con is always a wild ride filled with crazy cosplayers, Hollywood hype and just generally somewhat-controlled chaos. In the midst of it all, a few comic book announcements managed to sneak out.

Here are 15 of those announcements (in no particular order) that Kevin Melrose, Chris Mautner and I were happy to hear:

1. New Bone books
So it looks like one of those new books isn’t going to be comics but a novel written by Tom Sniegoski and illustrated by Smith. Which is a bit of a bummer, but only a bit. I’m still pretty psyched to see more stories set in that universe and Sniegoski has proven himself to be an able and witty writer on stuff like the Stupid Stupid Rat Creatures mini series, which, by the way, will be included in the Tall Tales book. So yeah, this is great news all around. I’m eager for more Bone. –Chris Mautner

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Straight for the art | Mike Allred’s Mesmo Delivery pin-up

Mike Allred draws Mesmo Delivery

Mike Allred draws Mesmo Delivery

Along with the news that Dark Horse Comics will publish Rafael Grampá’s next project, Furry Water, came word that they will reprint his Mesmo Delivery book, originally published by AdHouse Books. On his blog, Grampá reveals that the Dark Horse version will include 22 pages of extras, like sketches and pin-ups by other artists such as Mike Allred, shown above.

SDCC ’09 | Dark Horse Comics signings and panels

darkhorseDark Horse Comics has a full signing schedule for their booth on all five days of the show, as well as several panels. As Kevin mentioned earlier this week, they’ll be formally announcing Rafael Grampá’s Furry Water, and there’s also a big super secret announcement involving Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan. The trio will sign at the booth about 45 minutes after the Gerard Way panel on Saturday.

No doubt Dark Horse will have all sorts of cool stuff to buy, look at and pick up for free at their booth as well. Check out their complete schedule after the jump.

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Straight for the art | Rafael Grampá draws Madman

Madman

Madman

So, honestly, I try not to focus too much on the same artists in these posts, and we just had two posts featuring Rafael Grampá’s art … but this one I just couldn’t pass up.

That Rafael Grampá sure can draw, part II

Tito Nobunaga

Tito Nobunaga

Once again Mesmo Delivery creator Rafael Grampá teases the new book he’s working on with writer Daniel Pellizzari — Furry Water — with an illustration of one of the characters, Tito Nobunaga. The book and its publisher will officially be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month.

Special delivery: Mesmo Delivery action figures in the works

Rufo from Mesmo Delivery

Rufo from Mesmo Delivery

Here’s a scary sentence: the characters from Rafael Grampá’s Mesmo Delivery will soon jump off the printed page. On his blog, Grampá shows action figure models for Sangrecco and Rufo, the two main characters from the story. The figures are being designed by 3D modeling artist and character designer Rafael Grassetti, and so far they look absolutely stunning.


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