Neil Vokes and Rich Rankin are gracing us with the opportunity to present Gauntlet, their first published work which first appeared in Comico Primer #6. Neil and Rich were regular faces around the Comico studio mostly because they were fun guys to be around and true comic enthusiasts like the rest of us. We had no idea at the time that they would each play a role in the huge success of the ROBOTECH line of comics. Neil’s dynamic pencil work and Rich’s finely inked lines became staples in the craftsmanship that epitomized the series. While Neil was finely focused on the ROBOTECH series and graphic novel Rich spread his wings a bit and inked Matt Wagner’s Grendel DEVIL BY THE DEED and Bill Willingham’s ELEMENTALS as well as the ROBOTECH line.
Both moved on to publish their own work Eagle with writer Jack Herman which they produced under the Crystal imprint. Eagle is currently back in print and available as a POD through Lulu.com
Rich later ventured on to start Comic Zone Productions producing a variety of somewhat controversial black and white comics. Today he is a performer in the Atlantic City area.
Neil has been a prolific penciler working continually since those early days. He is a regular on the convention circuit.
GAUNTLET is an opportunity for us to witness raw talent in action. It is the first work by two great talents and genuinely fine friends. We hope that we will have the opportunity to share more of their work in the future. Thanks Guys!
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