Artist Spotlight: Rafael Grampá

Published on October 19th, 2011

One of my favorite books since the first issue has been Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender. We have seemn a lot of amazing and talented artist work on this book, such as Jerome Opeña, Mark Brooks, Raphael Albuquerque, and Esad Ribic. Let’s not forget the amazing colors by Dean White. grampax-force

Brazilian artist and graphic designer, Rafael Grampá will join the list of talented artists who have worked on the book, but who is he? Let’s take a look at some of his artwork. Grampá will not be one of the regular artist in the book. Sadly, he is only doing one variant cover for Uncanny X-Force #19.  His art something that we don’t see often mainstream comics. His style reminds me of Paul Pope with a bit of Frank Quitely, so it’s a no brainer that I would be a fan of  his work.

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Rafael Grampá is also working on a book call Furry Water, his six-issue, post-apocalyptic, action series from Dark Horse. Grampá has post just a few image of this project on his blog, which he (sadly) never updates with more awesome artwork.

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Grampá has also done some Marvel work before. He has done work on Marvel’s anthology, Strange Tales II. It was only an eight page story, but it was some of the most amazing work of his career. His story in Strange Tales II was about  Wolverine  going up against the world. In the page  provided, you can see Wolverine going up against Deadpool. I love how Grampá redesigns both of this characters. As I was doing research for this article, I found Grampá’s pencils and ink work for the cover of Strange Tales II #1. It’s quite remarkable to look at the early pencils to this brilliant cover showing some of Marvel’s must  iconic heroes. I personally love the little Spider-Man next to his name on the cover. For more on this issue check out Sequential Sunday: Strange Tales II #1 of 3

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Grampá has also done some work for DC Comics’ imprint Vertigo. He did the variant cover of  American Vampire #6 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, who is also a Brazilian artist.

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He was also one of the many creators who worked on the Hellblazer 250 his story was with Brian Azzarello. I love how drawls on his these amazing characters. There’s something about John Constantine. Maybe because that was the first time I’d ever seen his artwork.

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If you ever heard any of our podcasts you know that Comic Impact staff member Rob loves Mike Allred’s Madman. I know that Rob has this image in his house of the main character from the Madman done by Grampá.

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Finally, here’s an amazing looking Batman he did for Rio Comicon 2011. So, I hope you enjoyed this article. Remember to get a look out  for that variant cover for Uncanny X-Force #19 and Furry Water for Dark Horse.

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Once again, look the way he signs his name. He using the Bat Symbol. Just like he did with the MadMan and the Spider-Man symbols. The man is amazing.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com