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Written by Bob Almond   
Monday, 23 August 2010 08:55

"The Dilemma of Deviant Art"



Last Updated on Monday, 23 August 2010 08:59
Inkwell Awards voting is now LIVE! Print E-mail
Written by Bob Almond   
Monday, 16 August 2010 14:23

Yes, it's that time of year again!  For the third time our Inkwell Awards ballots are now accessible for voting on as of August 15 for another month until September 15 at the IA website homepage at and anyone is welcome to participate.  Please show the ink artists some love and take a moment to recognize their contribution to quality comic art. 

For more info on this and the upcoming first live awards ceremony at Wizardworld: New England, please read the press release posted at Newsarama.



Last Updated on Monday, 16 August 2010 14:24
Black Panther notes Print E-mail
Written by Bob Almond   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 13:29

1278714520For those BP fans who might be interested, there's an interview with editor Tom Brevoort and mention is made of upcoming Panther projects (sorry, but not with my involvement;-)) such as 'Klaws of the Panther'. What I find interesting are the covers previewed.

The first one (artist?) shows the Black Panthers fighting dinosaurs in the Savage Land.  One of my proposals to Priest about a year before our run ended was to visit the Savage Land, perhaps to connect the dinosaurs there with those in Wakanda, (perhaps running into Stegron who BP fought in Marvel Team-up#20). 1278714638 But we ran out of time before it was used so I mentioned it in a couple of interviews post-series.  Nice to see that location tapped for this story, even if obviously a different story.  Also, I liked the other cover previewed (don't know the artist) with a montage in the background of various Panther series' covers, something we did on BP#36.  On this one, several images are shown from our series with four by Sal Velluto and three with my inks over Sal, which I thought was cool.  It's always neat to be recognized.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 15:03
Black Panther merchandise stuff Print E-mail
Written by Bob Almond   
Friday, 09 July 2010 22:56

300042For those Panther fans who may be interested: at Heroes Con a fan brought to my attention this Black Panther statue for sale because it partially utilizes the Sal&Bob design.  Also, a fan (maybe the same one) showed me a Johnny Blaze brand shirt with Black Panther art on it (some by Sal&Bob) that was different than the one I own (the one I own is shown below).  If anyone knows how I can buy that other one please LMK and I'll gladly work out a reward for you.  Thanks!


Last Updated on Friday, 16 July 2010 14:33
Grief Print E-mail
Written by Bob Almond   
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 09:47

I share in the grieving for my friend Michael Rankins at the loss of his wife KJ two days ago at the age of 44 after a 3+ year battle with breast cancer and liver disease.  I 'met' Michael via my friend Damon Owens, both art collectors who became my two most-prolific clients ever.  But that wasn't what impressed me the most.  It was their sincere respect, courtesy and consideration.  I have never met truer gentlemen in my life....although I have never actually MET them as correspondence was striclty online and later with a couple of phone calls.  Michael is a true renaissance man with natural ambition to match.   From Michael's Swanshadow blog:

"So… who is this SwanShadow guy, anyway?

I’m a husband, a father, a writer, a speaker, a voice actor, a professional raconteur, a teacher, a pop culture analyst, a baseball fanatic, a trivia maven, a student of comic book history (especially Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age superhero comics), a collector of original comic art, and a second tenor in a world-class a cappella chorus.

I was also an undefeated champion on Jeopardy!, back before some guy named Ken Jennings made it look easy.

The regulars here call me Uncle Swan. Feel welcome to do likewise.

In fact… just feel welcome!"


And welcome did I always feel reading his posts and having conversations with him.  Another talent he has is a natural wit that never failed to make me howl, and he displayed that charm and comic skill online even as KJ was deteriorating, raising his friends' spirits when he was often in pain.  A somewhat private man (which is why his wife and daughter are known only by their initials), Michael shared the occasional update to his friends on his blog and his Facebook page, to my perception holding back much of the details and agony he was feeling.  His latest post on his blog is as follows:


Posted July 6, 2010 by swanshadow

Not to get all depressing on you, but I need to tell you something.

At 11:49 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2010, my wife of 25 years — and my relationship partner of 29 years — departed this life after a lengthy, hard-fought battle with metastatic breast cancer and a progressive, degenerative liver disease the doctors were never able to fully diagnose.

She passed from this world holding my hand, before taking the hand of One greater and stronger than I, who welcomed her into the next.

KJ (as I’ve always referred to her in this space) was 44.

I will write much more about KJ, and our life together, in the days and weeks to come. But right now, my emotions are summarized by the words of this song, written by Tristan Bishop and recorded by one of KJ’s and my favorite a cappella groups, the House Jacks:

And now you’re gone
Somehow you’re gone
You were my midnight
You were my dawn
You were the shoulder that my life leaned on
You were my world
You were my song
You’re everything I could depend on
And now all you are is


I grieve for Michael and the woman he loved and shared a life with. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with him.  Feel free to share your condolences at his blog or Facebook page.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 July 2010 09:52
New gigs for the summer! Print E-mail
Written by Bob Almond   
Friday, 25 June 2010 19:31

Out of the blue I was contacted by the editor of DC's First Wave series and artist Rags Morales to assist with the inking for the late issue, originally schedule for May 5, now looking like a July release (see solicitations on the left sidebar).  Rags had fondly remembered my brush work from Bloodshot inking Sal Velluto over twelve years ago!  I got seven pages inked and had lotsa pulpy fun with Batman, Doc Savage, The Avenger, and The Spirit.  Check it out!


I also have a new assignment starting in July that will run for two months with me inking over a few artists, some familiar and some new to me.  Regrettably, I cannot speak a word of it to a living soul until the publisher officially announces it but trust me when I say that it'll be a high-point in my career. I'll keep you posted here!


And in a sort of related 'Handbook Hunt' entry, I discovered recently that the magazine that accompanies the Eaglemoss Adam Warlock lead statue has three panels that I inked over both Mike Lilly and Angel Medina.


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Avengers: Supreme Justice tpb (April '01)
Original wraparound cover design. Pencils: George Perez, Inks: Thor & Wasp- Bob Almond, Ant-Man & Iron Man- Norman Lee, Scarlet Witch- Scott Hanna, Cap- Tim Townsend, Colors: Tom Smith

Cover art for Black Panther #43. Originally intended as the cover for The Comic Reader Magazine, now defunct. Pencils: Sal Velluto, Inks: Bob Almond, Colors: Tom Smith.

Heroes Con, June 9th 2001. (Clockwise) Bob, Mike Avon Oeming, Norman Lee, and Tom Smith. Photo by Mark Bagley.

Detail from the cover of Black Panther #28. Pencils & inks by Sal Velluto.  Loose visual/symbolic representation of the creative team:  Left to right: Pasquale (Lino) Viapiano (ink assistant), Bob, Sal Velluto, Tom Brevoort, Mark Sumerak, Priest, and Tom Smith (cover colorist).

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