While it’s my 39th job overall for him, Damon sent me his 2nd “Brotherhood” commission, this time clashing with “ANIA”, and it’s my 2nd effort at inking Geof. Damon’s Brotherhood theme consists of cross-company characters made up of super-people of color; in this example we have Green Lantern, Icon & Black Panther. Their rivals, ANIA, is named after a short-lived publisher by the same name and some of their characters are part of this group’s lineup: Heru, Omega Man & Ebony Warrior. The art was a killer to ink due to the meticulous details but it was also loads of fun….I don;’t mind at all doing a lot of work if something sweet comes of it. I slightly adjusted Icon’s hair and added lines to Black Panther’s gloves and boots. Inked with my normal tools of brush and markers with some Pitt brush marker, this 11.25X16 image was completed on 12/22/2005. Tom Smith was subsequently commissioned to add color to it. That digital work was done on 12/30/2005. Happy New Year!
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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