Ok, something different this time! I met Jeff Lavezoli at a Pittsburgh Comicon one year and we kept in touch with the goal of doing a commercial job together. His client- Bryant, a heating & oil cooling system company using comic book style characters such as “Bryantman” in their promo images. “Dr. Contaminator”, meant for an online coloring series of print-ups, was inked by me in blueline on 2-ply board on 1/5/2008. The other images were for a promotional pitch and completed in late February. Most were inked with brush, markers and Pitt brush marker but there’s a bit of drybrush on Dr. Contaminator (file 2), some white ink spatter on the cover (file 4), some Hunt 102 quill in file 7 & file 11, and the “back cover” pup pic was all in markers (file 9). The cover was digitally colored by a 3rd party, “Splashcolors” and adjusted by Jeff.
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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