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September 16, 2012

New Bedford man builds a career in comics

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — If you read or collect comic books, chances are you’ve seen Bob Almond’s work.

The Black Panther, Warlock, Avengers, Aquaman, Supergirl, Blade, Spiderman and Vampirela are just a few of the comics that Almond has “inked” over the past two decades.

With pens, markers, brushes and pencils, the veteran comic book artist works in a spare bedroom in his New Bedford home. Always nearby are his wife and son, along with their two Chihuahuas, Maine Coon cat, and pet rabbit and rat.

“People are still under the impression that comics are for kids,” said Almond surrounded by drawings and shelves of comic books.

But, that’s far from the truth.

Almond makes a living creating commissioned work for grown-ups. Comic book fans generally want drawings of their favorite characters or events, sometimes with an interesting backdrop, or sets of characters that may or may not generally be seen on the same page.

Almond creates one-of-a-kind editions and reinterprets some work in ink.

“A lot of comic book fans grow up ... but never grow out of the love of the medium,” Almond said.

Almond has worked for Marvel and DC Comics, among many others like Dark Horse, Blue Line and Dreamsmith.

Comics are a passion for Almond that started when he was 9 years old.

Almond said he got a comic book every week and soon started drawing his own comics on white paper.

“We made homemade comics,” Almond said. “I knew right then and there.”

Born in Seoul, Korea, Almond came to the United States as a baby. He’s lived in New Bedford all his life and graduated from New Bedford High School.

He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1990 from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Breaking into the field of comics is no easy task and practically requires a set of superhero skills.

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