Welcome back to the Inkwell Gallery the prolific Michael Rankins with his 39th piece! Speaking of prolific, this is my 15th DooneyGirl, which puts him in the running with M.C. Wyman and both following Sal Velluto for the most-commission pieces I’ve inked over. The pencils were very light on the 11X17 smooth 1 or 2-ply board and my markers and brush bled a bit, and my Hunt 102 quill bled A LOT (so I switched to my Pitt brush marker for THOSE lines). This is my 6th Supergirl and 2nd Powergirl, but it’s the first combination of the 2 comparable gals. Completed on 2/26/2009.
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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