Jim Starlin has been a hero to me since I was in elementary school and he was the man who directly got me hired as a comics professional and who was long overdue to get a prestigious coffee table-style art book on his life and work. So after picking up this book today from my retailer I was riveted in reading his career history retrospective and surprised that they used one of the covers I inked over Angel Medina for Warlock and the Infinity Watch issue 20 in the section where he talks about this work he wrote at Marvel in the early ’90s. (Incidentally, I had an opportunity to ‘go home again’ and recreate this cover recently.) Regrettably, this is one of the early covers I cringe at when I see it so thankfully the image is reproduced small, and while I normally bawk at books not crediting the ink artists, in this case I can forgive them;-) Regardless I am sincerely honored to be included in Jim’s art book, even if not by name.
Handbook Hunt: In the recently-released AVENGERS: THE ULTIMATE CHARACTER GUIDE from DK Publishing (USA), there are sample art images inked by me for the entries on Black Panther (recolored), Klaw, and Man-ape, all over Sal Velluto’s pencils.
Sketch Magazine#30 update: as reported back on December 11 a year ago (when it was already many months late) Sketch Magazine’s site announced that they would be getting back on schedule with this issue shipping in January. I recently inquired with the editor and they said that because it is so late they will not be shipping it to the stores who ordered it but will be sure to send it to subscribers who paid for it (also posted at their site on July 11, 2010). So if you see this one around you may want to pick it upsince it’s a low-supply/distribution edition.
For those interested there’s a new show in my backyard and I’ll be attending this Sunday. The Southcoast Toy and Comic Show run by Mark Gomes debuted earlier this year in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and December 5 will mark their third convention outing. I live in New Bedford, the next town over, and had been invited back in May on Free Comic Book Day to attend twice but my work schedule made that impossible…until now, as just last week I finished the Guardian Project after many months (and announced here last month). I haven’t yet even unpacked from the WW: New England show in Boston from October but I’ll need to do so this week. I will also be representing the Inkwell Awards. Check out their website for guest and other info.
Bob is the inking half of the Sal Velluto art team collaboration on such projects as Marvel’s critically-acclaimed BLACK PANTHER,’99-’02 leading to a 2003 Comicboards “Ooks” Award for “Best Inker” & two “Squiddies” awards for “Best Inker” (2001 along with “Best Creative Team” win and 2002 tied with Mark Farmer and tied for “Best Multi-Part Story”), and many other projects with Sal since 1997 and other artists at Marvel, DC, Acclaim, Malibu, Penny-Farthing Press, Power Comics, IDW, Kingstone, Thrilling Nostalgia Comics, Harris Comics, Topps, Wildstorm, New England Comics, Valiant and several others. While he’s been primarily an ink artist he’s also been a columnist for Sketch magazine and First Comics News. Bob’s a comic book collector and unofficial historian who has acted as a “Master of the Obscure” at the Marvel Appendix site, been a longtime member of the “Jarvis Heads” and a “group expert” at Facebook groups. He’s the founder/director of the official non-profit Inkwell Awards and advocate since 2008. Bob has been credited with “Special Thanks” along with his “Storyteller” colleagues Christopher Priest & Sal Velluto in the record-breaking film BLACK PANTHER (2018) and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022).
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