It’d been a LONG time since Bob Shaw commissioned me 7 gallery pages ago but he more than made up for it by having me ink several images in his Death (of The Endless)-themed sketchbook. The pencils are (left-right, top tier): Paul Gould (2), Alex Saviuk (1), Alitha Martinez (1) and (left-right, bottom tier): Casey Jones (2) and Tania Del Rio (1). The numbers after the artist names stand for the number of times I’ve been commissioned to ink these artists. I inked Paul’s art mostly in marker, Alex’s mostly with brush, and the rest a combo of both tools. I’d only inked Dream’s sister one time before (also for Bob). These 9X12 pages, my 8th-12th requests by the client were finished on January 6, 2009 except for Tania’s done on 1/15/2008. As my art rep at the time I don’t think I asked for any compensation so these are more gifts than commissions.
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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