While this is my 7th job for the Pillarella Brothers from Rubber Chicken Comics and my 2nd shot at Jeff Moy’s pencils, it is my 1st crack at Buffy! My family members and I are huge Mutant Enemy fans so whether it’s BUFFY, ANGEL, FIREFLY/SERENITY, DOLLHOUSE or Joss Whedon’s comics work we follow it. Jeff had Buffy posed with “Mr. Pointy” and a vampire in silhouette lunging at her. I felt that I could add more to the image than the circles in the background so I chose to spatter the backdrop in gradated black ink to play on the black figure as if it was materializing from out of the dark of night. I added some white paint spatter & smudges as an atmospheric element. I razor-scraped lines to make the vamop’s eyes more demonic & piercing and I added some zip to add stockings to her attire. I’m happy with the results. Inked with brush, markers & everything else mentioned above, this 8.5X11 image was completed on 7/18/2006.
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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