Currently, the syndicated daily cartoon of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
is illustrated by John Graziano, officially the seventh artist to take up the pen
since Robert Ripley originated the panel in 1918.
John has been working as an artist and illustrator since 1983
when he received a certificate in Pictorial Illustration from the
Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. He also studied Industrial Design
Technology at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is well-versed in most
traditional artistic mediums including pen and ink, watercolors, oils,
acrylics, pastels and scratchboard as well as his first love,sculpture.
He has designed trading card sets and a portrait series based on the 1960s
cult TV show “Dark Shadows.” John has also created comic
strips for “Scream Queens” magazine, designed t-shirt graphics
and created storyboards and concept drawings for Hollywood films.
John has provided many illustrations for Ripley Publishing projects
including: Search for the Shrunken Heads, “Shout Outs” series, “twists”
book on Pirates, and most recently 6 juvenile Ripley board books and 6 illustrated picture books based on Ripley’s aquarium mascots aimed at the
younger fans of the odd and unbelievable.
During John’s “down-time” he is an avid vintage toy and pop-culture collector
specializing in the 60s and 70s and performs in a retro band called
“Feeling Groovy”playing bass and singing hits from the 60s,70s, 80s and