My 24th commission for Jeff, this is the 2nd “Namor & Namorita” combo that he’s sent to me to ink but it’s my 1st time inking Shane. I used brush, markers and a stone floor zip. This 11X17 image was on a 3-ply ‘rough’ board which may not take gestural or ruled line strokes as well as ‘smooth’ board, but it’s not too bad; it just adds some tooth to the lines. I tried using my quill Hunt 102 to rule the lines along the top but it didn’t work out so I just used markers instead. I’ve learned that a pencil artist may sometimes use a rough board to ‘guide’ the inker into using mostly brush over the art but this may not be the case here. This job was completed on 4/10/2006.
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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