This is my 4th job for Officer Mike (“Off”) White, last seen on page 8 (“Green Lanterns by Mark McKenna”) of my commissions gallery with his Green Lantern-themed commissions. This time it wasn’t so much a commission as a request for a “Sal&Bob” auction donation for his charity at the Bridgewater P.B.A. Local 174, the township police department that he works at as an officer. He asked for a sketch by us on a comic book backer board so as to be in the same format as other donations already submitted. I informed mIke that Sal was too busy for such a request, however, Sal had given me an 8.5X11 1-ply backer board a decade earlier with a blueline bare layout on it of Acclaim’s Bloodshot whom we worked on for 9 months in the late 1990s just in case I wanted to use it to sell at a show. This fit Mike’s format and by finishing the image he would still get a “Sal&Bob” job. While only my 1st Bloodshot request, this is my 40th time over Signore Velluto. I inked this, like the last commission, without any brush, using only markers, Pitt brush marker and a Copic wide marker for the background. It was a ball going down memory lane with this and there are good feelings about this past gig as it was Sal & my first assignment together. Completed 7/8/2009.
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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