Welcome new client Tim Cornwall to the Inkwell Gallery! And he brings with him my 3rd Quasar job (Phylla-Vell, not Wendell Vaughn), the last two being a remarque for Bob Shaw and a Secret Invasion sketchcover Inkwell Awards donation over Mike Lilly, the pencil artist for THIS piece here and my 6th commission over him. But I have more history with Mike than that as we worked together on 2 pages for an unpublished project called “BOOK”, then 17 pages for an unpublished Captain Gravity story (where Mike was replaced by a Sal Velluto published version), and then the (finally) published VAMPIRELLA: REVELATIONS series for Harris Comics and the ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST- QUASAR series for Marvel…which is what unites us here. At the November 2008 Boston Comic Con Tim commissioned Mike at the show to render the pencils as seen in the first attached file. Then he subsequently emailed me a file that I printed up at home as a blueline on 2-ply 11X17 board to ink and asked me to also add a background to it. I then did up 2 rough marker prelims on photocopies to give Tim options (see files 2 & 3) and he chose option 3. From there I inked the blueline art with brush, marker, Pitt brush marker, drybrush, Hunt 102 quill, white paint spatter for the stars, rub-on Instantex and various zip screens for the wall monitor FX and planetary textures, improvising by adding a lot of elements to the image along the way from both prelims. I completed this on April 9, 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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