A LOVE/HATE OBSERVATION I MADE ON FACEBOOK TODAY: I’ve been continuously working the past few years on either assignments or commissions but they’ve not been mainstream assignments so to the comics community my status is probably MIA or ‘dead’;-) But thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe my earlier work has been making the rounds in overdrive since this year and doesn’t seem to be slowing down (Black Panther, Warlock, Thanos, Infinity or Starlin-related, Guardians, etc.). The Complete Priest Black Panther vol. 3 is solicited for April release and it collects the end of my run with Sal. And now it looks like they’re collecting the Warlock and the Infinity Watch series from start to finish starting with Infinity Watch vol. 1 tpb solicited for release in March. On one hand I’m proud of the Panther work and I’m thrilled to see my career flash before my eyes (maybe I AM dead <g>) and the reprint fees are always much-appreciated but, being my earliest work, it’s rough on these old eyes to see the raw mess that was my inking then. Thankfully, I got better;-)
Speaking of those ‘non-mainstream assignments’, since my last update below (“Two Bob Bits”) for those ‘fans of faith’ who may be interested: I have inked two stories so far for Kingstone Comics for their ‘Kingstone Bible’, both over the pencils of Richard Bonk- ‘Amos’ and ‘Habakkuk’. And I will be getting more work coming up over some SURPRISE pencil artists. I’m also doing a short ‘Jittery Tales’ story for my former boss at Ravesnake Comics. Between these gigs, Inkwell Awards obligations and the holidays, I’m glad I don’t have any shows to attend for the immediate future! So as the note says in my newsflash above, sorry, my commissions list is closed. But 2016 is looking brighter;-)
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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