“Uber-Namor fan Jeff makes a return to the Inkwell Gallery with his 4th Namor & Sue number. It’s my 2nd commission inking over Scott Jones and my 22nd for Jeff. He asked me if I could work out a way to make Sue look more defined as being partially under water. Scott’s pencils are on the top left (file 1) and my ink resolution is on the top right (file 2), and the two variant ideas are shown on the bottom row over photocopies. (But I admit that I do also like the bottom left version (file 3) almost as much as my top choice. The only “loser” is inking the pencils as is and adding some white dot zip over her parts under water (as opposed to the swirling water) -file 4). The request, though, was NOT the challenge for me, it was working on the 1-ply Blue-line brand board again- UGH! – It bleeds like hell! I used brush, markers, and various kinds of white & black dot zip. This 11X17 job was done on 4/6/2006.
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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