Steve Pillarella hands me his 16th commission over Tim (“family fare”) Vigil, my 2nd effort over him, but they’re all memorable. I presume Steve or Tim are not exactly fans of the “boy wonder”…just a hunch! This is my 1st time inking these characters which was on a 9X12 sheet of paper, probably from a pad. This medium is always a challenge to work on as it isn’t a flat surface as it crinkles & bubbles up from wear and moisture. I used markers and a Pitt brush marker for everything (no brush) and spattered some black ink to enhance the blood spatter. I also didn’t erase the pencils later for fear of damaging the paper. I later read a message on Facebook about how Tim’s difficult to ink because he draws like a convention sketch and you have to know how to refine/adjust the drawing (in so many words). But my thinking was that he has this energy and texture of linework in his drawing that I prefer to try to capture that essence, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t make a few adjustments along the way. This was wrapped up on 7/6/2009.
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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