|Born||Robert "Bob" Almond
January 4, 1967
Seoul, South Korea
|Warlock and the Infinity Watch, Black Panther, Annihilation: Conquest: Quasar|
|Awards||Squiddy Award, Best Comics Inker (2002; tied with Mark Farmer)|
Bob Almond (born January 4, 1967 in Seoul, South Korea) is an American comic book inker whose credits include the Marvel Comics publications Warlock and the Infinity Watch, Black Panther and Annihilation: Conquest: Quasar. Almond is also known for his spearheading of the Inkwell Awards to honor comics inkers.
Early life and education
Almond became interested in comics by age nine. As a young teen he began drawing the independent comic book Torpedo Comics, with his friends and his brother Mike. He majored in illustration at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and graduated in 1990 with a BFA in Illustration.
Almond's entry into the comic book industry came as a result of the efforts of fellow artists Bernie Wrightson and Jim Starlin. In October 1991 Almond met Wrightson at Wrightson's annual Halloween party. Starlin convinced his editor at Marvel Comics to hire Almond as Terry Austin's replacement as inker on Warlock and the Infinity Watch.
Almond moved on to other projects in 1999, freelancing on such titles as Warlock and the Infinity Watch, Black Panther, and Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar. He has worked for publishers including DC Comics, Penny-Farthing Press, Malibu Comics, and Acclaim Comics.
Inkblots and the Inkwell Awards
From 2006 to 2009, Almond wrote the column "Inkblots" in Sketch magazine. During those years, he also unofficially assisted the Comics Buyer's Guide in identifying and crediting inkers. This led him in 2008 to found the Inkwell Awards, to honor comic book inkers. Since January 2008, Almond has served on the Inkwell Awards committee as its founder, director, and treasurer. He introduced the concept of Ms. Inkwell, the promotional model and personification of the Awards.