I was blessed to be invited by Marvel to the world premeire of Black Panther in LA for Monday January 29! (Keeping this a secret since the 16thy was the hardest thing for me!) My wife Diane and I flew in the Sunday before for the first time to Los Angeles and roomed with my longtime art and BP partner Sal Velluto with his son Alex until we left Tuesday. As you can probably imagine, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! In the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard Sal, myself and our Plus 1s sat in a section with other fellow creators and their guests such as Don McGregor, Rich’s widow Mila Buckler, Denys Cowan, Gerry Conway, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze and the man himself, Christopher Priest! This was Sal & my first time ever meeting the seclusive and brilliant scribe and we got to introduce ourselves but sadly little else as cameras were secured for the sake of squashing piracy and we tragically didn’t see him at the after party. The film was OUTSTANDING, and I don’t say that just because I got a special thanks credit in it. <pinches myself> For the full story and a plethora of pics you can check out my photo album on Facebook!
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”), DC’s JSA and Penny-Farthing Press’ CAPTAIN GRAVITY & THE POWER OF THE VRIL.
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