Thank you Kees. I completely agree.
I've experimented with both tube and dry pallets, there are benefits to both and the more expensive ones don't always have better results. But I still wonder what specific combination Mike uses. For both paint and paper.
When it came to inking I used so many different pens for so long, sticking with one for a while and dealing with the problems they had, eventually Microns were my pen of choice despite the bleeding/smudging that would occur. But back in 2009 at SDCC I asked Mike what pen he uses to ink and he showed me the Staedtler sketch pens. I bought some, tried them out, and will never go back to anything else. They are perfect for what I do. No bleeding no nothing just perfect ink..
Hence why asking a industry professional what tools they use can be a good thing.