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BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS: Roll Call! Meet the Season 9 New Members!




On July 6 we reported about the need for Inkwell Awards volunteers and positions sought after an exodus of volunteers.  Season 8 contained several departures, especially in the final 2-3 months prior to the big awards ceremony finale at Heroes Con. Three core committee members stepped down (including the assistant director) and multiple contributors left for reasons that included: simple resignations due to an increased ‘real job’ workload, disappearance, illness, and personal reasons, with a couple of members not departing but needing sabbaticals. So the Help Wanted press release went out this summer and I was happy with the results.  Here is where we stand to date:


Mike Pascale and I are still the sole core committee members for the time being as no one has yet inquired about that. However, for Joe Goulart, season 8 was about transition as he resigned in the fall due to personal reasons but as those matters got resolved he eventually returned to the fold as a volunteer, then as a contributor and now a senior contributor. Joe and Mike now share duties for the position of AUCTIONEER (after losing our long-enduring former one), the most essential fundraising and overall obligation on our list. Mike also resumes his COPY WORK for press releases, EDITING and PROOFREADING and he assists with some graphic design work. Joe also volunteered to help with collecting donations at shows and coordinate with me the new SINNOTT INKING CHALLENGE SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM after the last coordinator departed.


After losing our WEBSITE MAINTENANCE member after two years of service we recruited Rhys Evans who reached out to the organization first. Rhys showed great ambition and enthusiasm and within his first few days as he promptly took care of all outstanding website obligations. And now he’s cleaning up and making the site more efficient. I just don’t have enough to throw his way!

John Dixon, an overachiever like Joe, decided to take on several duties.  These include ongoing positions which are low-demand in nature like ADVERTISING (our first), the INKER RESOURCES and DATABASE sections of the site, SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT, and the seasonal spot of NOMINATION COMMITTEE LIAISON. For that position he assists me with communications and tracking NomCom members as well as ongoing recruiting since our numbers of NomCom volunteers have been low.

Lastly, we have Dorian Sinnott, Mark’s son, which means that three generations of Sinnotts are now on the Inkwell team starting with Joe since our first year in 2008!  Dorian will act as our first PRESS COORDINATOR to seek out more supportive press sites to send our announcements to, thus more exposure. Like John, he  will also be a SOCIAL NETWORKS ASSISTANT and a COPY ASSISTANT to assist with PRs and proofreading should Mike need an assist.

We can still use another alternate Auctioneer, a Volunteer Coordinator, Convention Volunteers, several Nomination Committee members, an assistant for me for the annual Sinnott Inking Challenge, and someone proficient with setting up multi-tier membership programs. But the grass is looking much greener now! (If you are interested in joining our charity/advocacy please email me at


While I am enthusiastically welcoming aboard the above members to the Inkwell family I don’t want to slight the senior contributing vets that have been faithfully and actively doing their jobs regularly and for some time and haven’t bailed on us (yet, anyway).  Mark Sinnott has been nothing but supportive as the JOE SINNOTT LIAISON with all things relating to his special ambassador dad since the very beginning. As has WEBHOST Tim Aslat. Damon Owens, a former Inkwell Forum Moderator, handles COMICARTFANS GALLERY MAINTENANCE and updates our gallery of donations before and after every eBay auction and has since 2008. Tom Schloendorn has acted as the main SOCIAL NETWORKS/PRESS member since 2009 and has assisted me on the Sinnott Challenge. Besides being a Heroes Con CONVENTION ASSISTANT, Ray Burke has also successfully overseen our MULTIMEDIA presentations since our live ceremonies debuted at Heroes Con in 2011. Jay Pillarella and Nate Machado have been diligent retailers in support of our FUNDRAISING & COMPLIMENTS PROGRAMS for the past four years. Artist Christopher Ehnot has been essential with GRAPHIC DESIGN work on our brochure updates and ceremony presentation cards since 2012. Writer/editor/publisher Enrica Jang has been doing the heavy lifting for our BOOK PROGRAM for two years. Alyn Bergstrom as been very productive with donation fundraising as a CONVENTION & MODEL ASSISTANT since 2013. Bob Shaw has been crucially crunching the numbers as our ACCOUNTANT ever since he returned to the fold in 2013.  And Holly Black has been a COSPLAY VOLUNTEER since 2014 and since Heroes Con in June she’s been acting as our spokesmodel MS. INKWELL.

We couldn’t do it without you guys. Thanks, all!  INKWELLERS ASSEMBLE!!!


As reported at FirstComicsNews:

(New Bedford, MA/USA—July 6, 2015) The non-profit Inkwell Awards, the sole advocacy for promoting the artform of comic book inking and recognizing its artists, is looking for dedicated volunteers within the comic book community.

As the organization begins its ninth season, it needs extra hands as well as heads. “While we’ve retained devoted members for years at a time, turnaround is common amongst charitable organizations and we’re no exception,” said Bob Almond, the Inkwells’ founder and director. “Finding volunteers is tough enough but finding capable and dedicated ones to last long-term is the challenge.”

Positions/skills of immediate need (and their requirements) include:

*eBay Auctioneer (helps set up and run fundraising auctions; some original comic art/collectibles experience necessary)
*Press Coordinator (interacts with/expands press contacts and forwards PR announcements; public relations experience a plus)
*Volunteer Coordinator and convention volunteers (collects donations for both operational/program expenses and scholarship fund; the Coordinator reaches out to creators via email)
*Nomination Committee Liaison (to oversee, communicate with and recruit new members of the “Nom Com,” who research and nominate candidates for the ballot)
*Nomination Committee volunteers (retailers, bloggers, podcasters, creators, etc. Prefer those who are familiar with current comic book titles, ink artists and their work)
*Website Maintenance (to help perform maintenance/updates; must be familiar with Word Press)
*Advertising (specializing in recruiting advertisers for our books and website)
*Ballot Nominations Supervisor (reviews ballot-nominated candidates and their cited work; must be well-informed regarding current published comic books)
*Inker Resources/Inker Database Assistant (researches inker-related data and posts to the website- must be familiar with Word Press)

*Social Networks (to handle circulating all announcements and boost membership)

*Any charity professional proficient in setting up and running a multi-tier membership incentive program
These positions are voluntary (unpaid) but part-time. Requirements range from annually, quarterly, intermittently, to semi-regular frequency. A résumé and/or references are required in most cases. Scheduling flexibility is negotiable. Communication, reliability, professionalism, altruism, stability and passion for the art form are required; being a team player is a must. Serious inquiries only, please.

Any interested parties can contact Bob Almond at

BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS: The 2015 Silver Inkwell Awards



I annually discuss the recipients of the Silver Inkwell Awards (formerly the ‘Special Recognition Awards’ before an actual award was named that this year). Sometimes the silver inkwell trophy is given to nomination committee members who’ve served five years as a reward for that hard work. But there weren’t any of those this year. This year it went solely to core committee members who resigned in good standing…and we had three members with this status this season. This is regrettable but it’s life. And this is about celebrating the good they did for our organization.

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2015 Inkwell Awards Award Winners Announced!


The press release was released first thing Monday morning at FirstComicsNews following the live event that took place Friday June 19 at the Inkwell Awards’ host show Heroes Con. The 4th Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge book also has it’s own, different report of the results in it.  The only development that changed following the press release being sent to FCN was that Erick Korpi and Michael Kellar did indeed show up and attend the ceremony and accept their silver inkwells. Regrettably, while the full results and related info like statements will be added to the website this summer, there was a problem with recording the ceremony so we do not have a video of it, which is tragic because this was our best ceremony yet. We’ll probably do like five years ago and add the transcript to my speech.  Here is a quick rundown of the winners:

FAVORITE INKER: Victor Olazaba


PROPS: Wade von Grawbadger

S.P.A.M.I.: Dan Parsons

ALL-IN-ONE: Fiona Staples


JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME AWARD: Joe Kubert and Steve Ditko

Guest of Honor Klaus Janson to speak at the 2015 Inkwell Awards Ceremony during Heroes Con

First Comics News just ran this press release announcement for us.

Inkwells at Heroes Con


Klaus Janson

(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 10, 2015) Results from the 8th annual Inkwell Awards will be presented at the inking advocacy group’s 5th live awards ceremony this June 19-21 at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. Legendary ink artist Klaus Janson will be one of the speakers.

“It’s exciting and rewarding to celebrate with fans in recognizing the industry’s best ink artists,” said Bob Almond, the non-profit organization’s founder and director. “Since one of the major awards organizations dropped their ‘best inker’ category years ago and later began awarding ‘best penciller/inker team’ to individuals, we’ve been proud to pick up the slack and show the world the vital and varied contributions made by inkers.”

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UPDATE 2/16: THE INKWELL AWARDS VOTING RESULTS ARE IN AND THE AWARD RECIPIENTS CONTACTED! We are now awaiting responses from them in regards to attending our Heroes Con awards ceremony. Thanks to all who voted and spread the word. Congratulations to the nominees and especially the confidential winners who will be announced in Charlotte on June 19 and subsequent press and social network announcements.

The ballot for the 2015 Inkwell Awards is now live and will remain so from May 1st until May 15 at midnight EST. Voting is open to anyone but only one ballot per ip address will be recognized. Thank you and good luck to all nominees!

*NOTE: we’ve learned that the ballot is not accessible when using the Chrome browser.  Other browsers seem to work fine as far as we know.




As reported today at First Comics News:

Voting Is Open For The Inkwell Awards From May 1-15
(New Bedford, MA/USA—April 30, 2015) The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the education and promotion of the art of inking, invites everyone to vote for the industry’s best of the past year. The official public ballot will be available on the Inkwell Awards’ homepage from May 1 through May 15. Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professionals.
The ballot also lists the nominees for the internally-chosen Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame (“HoF”) lifetime achievement award. To avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters, the two winners have been chosen by a separate, pre-arranged Hall of Fame Nomination Committee. Current nominees are listed as a courtesy. Past HoF award recipients can be found on the organization’s web site.

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BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS: “Unsung Heroes”-Our Retailers


It’s been almost exactly two years since I last ran an Unsung Heroes article (on Larry Dempsey) for my Inkblots column so I’m obviously overdue (former articles were on Michael Netzer & Bob McLeod and Serge LaPointe & PJ Magalhaes).  This time I wanted to give special recognition to our retailer associates who we never want to take for granted.  They have assisted us in two crucial programs, the COMPliments Program and Fundraising. Early on Bob Shaw helped establish our general fundraising system where we not only acquire donations from artists at conventions to auction off on eBay but to purchase at cost the blank cover variant comics that suddenly became the rage at Marvel soon after we started up. We received these from a number of retailers at the time but most-notably Larry Harrison of Harrison’s Comics & Pop Culture, Ernie Pelletier Jr. of Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Jay Pillarella of Rubber Chicken Comics, and Nate Machado from New England Comics.















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As was reported back in November and December, The non-profit Inkwell Awards have obtained a historic and unique CBCS-graded collectible by legendary artists Neal Adams & Joe Sinnott for fundraising to the inking advocacy. This slabbed Batman sketch art (graded 9.4) was previously described in detail at the blog of author and Inkwell special ambassador Clifford Meth and it was reserved until the spring due to the then-upcoming holidays and winter off-period. This auction will now debut March 13 along with donations from other community artist supporters to inaugurate an event that the charity organization has dubbed The Sinnott Spring Celebration from March through May.

Every week to two weeks, in addition to other donations, there will be a unique donation item from or relating to Inkwell Awards Hall of Fame namesake, special ambassador and iconic ink artist Joe Sinnott. Other such items include a Wolverine ink sketch on a blank variant cover comic, original inked Deathlok art over a pencil sketch and donation from the creator of the character Rich Buckler, and a painting of Joe by artist Joe Orsak that will be used for the 4th Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge book that collects most of the pages donated from last year that will debut at Heroes Con June 20. In April the 5th Sinnott Inking Challenge event (used to educate about inking) auctions will run with inked original art pages for sale for fundraising by the likes of participants John Dell, Andy Smith, Mark McKenna, Neil Vokes, Keith Champagne, Jack Purcell, Keith Williams, Mark Pennington, Gerry Acerno, Jeff Austin, and many more surprises from over twenty-five artists including even family participation from Joe Sinnott’s son Mark and daughter-in-law Belinda! So please bookmark our eBay store and check in weekly for some real milestones!


Fred Fredericks: 1929-2015

Fred Fredericks (Harold “Fred” Fredericks Jr.) was a artist/cartoonist/inker known for his work on the King Features properties The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician. In the late 1980s-early 1990s he inked many titles for Marvel Comics including Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja, Punisher War Journal, Daredevil, Quasar, G.I. Joe and Defenders of the Earth. He passed away Sunday March 8 after a long illness. The Inkwell Awards express their condolences to Fred’s family and loved ones for their loss.