I’d begun an association with Bob Shaw’s Strong Arm Studios and had been collaborating with artists Frankie B. Washington (see the next Superman / Catwoman entry) who I inked in a commission some time back with Vertigo’s character Death of the Endless as well as Paul Gould who I worked on for the first time here. This piece here is a recreation of a published splash page that Paul originally rendered for Chaos Comics which was originally inked by Rob Stull. I used brush and marker and tweaked a few aspects of the illustration. I added some more definition and lights and shadows to the cans, bottles and glass in the background assisted by using a grainy china marker. And I used dry brush to capture the transition of candle light to the black background. I finished the 11X17 work on 11/5/03. UPDATE: Strong Arm Studios unfortunately folded January of 2004.
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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