I was asked to submit an ink sample over a blueline file for Martin Shapiro, publisher of Night Owl Productions on 11/26/2005. The pencil artist was Martin Montiel who’s work I knew from the early issues of THE VICTORIAN while I was working for Penny-Farthing Press. The project was called “CHOPPER” and it would be a horror book. Martin asked that I NOT use thick ink lines but instead approach the work with a delicate line, much like John Cassaday. He also asked me to try to make the girl in panels 6&7 look younger. I submitted the 11X17 inked file on 3/17/2006 and received a professional rejection message on 4/13. Martin had previously mentioned that he was also testing other inkers and I’m aware that Bob McLeod was one of them. Artist Rodney Ramos ultimately got the job and I congratulated him.
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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