Michael’s 19th assignment was a challenge. He had an Al Rio prelim, rendered loosely with only outlines for a suggested cityscape and he asked me to “finish” it. Unlike some inkers who dive right in over the prelim with ink, I needed to better render the pencil drawing first so I finished it loosely in pencil and then I finished it in ink, further adding & editing from the pencil guide. This art filled up the entire board which was larger than 11X17, but the board didn’t lend itself well to inking because when I was lifting a low-tack frisket sheet from it (after spattering the rooftop) some surface paper lifted off the board around Spidey’s left thigh and I did my best to recreate that section. I used my brush, Pitt brush marker, markers, zip, drybrush and black ink spatter. My 4th Spider-man commission met fruition on 11/10/2007. “Thwip!”
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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