I was commissioned at the Boston Expo in November 2002 to ink a piece from the client’s selection of various penciled Hawkeye commissions. I chose this one since Warren, besides being a fine illustrator within or without the comic book biz for years, had a 3 1/2 year working relationship to date, assisting me with inking assignments (most notably on the Black Panther run) yet I’d never inked over his pencil work before. Warren’s pencils were from a project in 1996 where he was hired to render that year’s series of Marvel Overpower cards. They printed the card art from his pencils which they airbrushed the color over. But the client wanted the art to have that special inked finish given to it and he came to me and, always the Avengers fan, I was more than happy to oblige. The art was on a letter-sized board which I inked about 50/50 with brush and markers. It was completed on 1/7/03.
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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