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INKWELL AWARDS LAUNCHES 8th SEASON WITH STARLIN, METH AND MARTIN AS AMBASSADORS

(New Bedford, MA/USA–August 26, 2014): The non-profit advocacy group, the Inkwell Awards, began its eighth season this summer by electing Jim Starlin, Clifford Meth and Laura Martin as its three new creator ambassadors to represent the group’s mission of promoting, educating and recognizing the art form of inking and inker artists in the comic book industry.

Jim Starlin

Jim Starlin

Jim Starlin is an iconic, fan-favorite creator whose career has earned a resurgence due to characters he created (Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora) appearing in Marvel Studios’ recent worldwide blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, with more on the way. Starlin began at Marvel Comics in 1972 and has been working on and off in comics at various publishing houses ever since, as both a writer and artist. He has created and worked on a plethora of major and minor titles and characters, many of which have become synonomous with his name in the minds of many fans, often due as much to his unique pencilling and inking styles as his writing.

Cliff Meth

Cliff Meth

Clifford Meth is a writer, editor and comics historian. A founder of Aardwolf Publishing, Meth’s work has also been published by Marvel Entertainment, IDW, the L.A. Times Entertainment Newswire, and dozens of leading publications. He is also widely known for his advocacy for comics’ professionals, including Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan and Bill Messner-Loebs.

Regarding inking, Meth said, “Regardless of their perceived status as the weaker sex, inkers are clearly half of the marriage required to produce a proper page of comic art. It’s only fair dinkum that they receive their due recognition.”

Laura Martin

Laura Martin

Laura Martin is an Eisner, Harvey, and Eagle Award-winning colorist. She has been coloring comics since joining Wildstorm Studios in 1995. Her fan-favorite work has since been published in major titles by Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and others. Her current work includes Walter Simonson’s Ragnarok (IDW) and the 2014 Axis crossover event from Marvel.

 

Martin said, “I study inks very close up and for long periods of time (while coloring), so I have a deep respect for this art form. I’ve even tried it myself from time to time…and that’s why I’m still a colorist.”

“I am truly honored that these stellar creators accepted our invitation,” said Inkwell Awards founder and director Bob Almond. “Jim Starlin was an idol of mine and one of my formative influences growing up. He’s a living legend in our industry. Cliff has been an inspiration with his passionate support of underdogs and various artists in need, and is a force to be reckoned with. Laura is multi-talented, adept at penciling, inking and painting. In the art of coloring, she’s in high demand and arguably at the top of her field.” Almond added, “We at the Inkwells are thrilled and excited to have all three in our ranks.”

Since the organization was formed in 2008, the roster of Inkwell Ambassadors has included Adam Hughes, Mike Marts, Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Brooks, Trevor Von Eeden, Sal Velluto, Cully Hamner, Joe Kubert, Eric Basuldua, Phil Jimenez, Jim Shooter and Brian Pulido. The more-involved Special Ambassadors include Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock and Mike McKone.

BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS: The 2014 Special Recognition Awards

 

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Silver Inkwells

As I do every year, in my live ceremony speech at Heroes Con I present the Special Recognition Awards for members of the Inkwell team who are leaving the core committee after having served on good standing for at least a year and to those who have made an exceptional accomplishment. Below is an excerpt from my speech which rewards three outstanding team members for their service and contributions to our advocacy: Continue reading

THE 2014 INKWELL AWARDS WINNERS RESULTS!

The live awards ceremony where the 2014 Inkwell Awards award recipients were first publicly announced took place June 21 at Heroes Con. The results were posted online June 24 at First Comics News.  Now this annual and updated information has been added to the website along with the winners’ acceptance speeches and all of the ballot nominees.  The video recording of the event will be subsequently added sometime this summer.

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Bill Sienkiewicz is Guest of Honor at the 2014 Inkwell Awards Heroes Con Awards Ceremony

Inkwells at Heroes Con

Bill Sienkiewicz

Bill Sienkiewicz

Voting for the 7th annual Inkwell Awards (the “Inkwells”) has ended and the comic book inking advocacy group will present its live awards ceremony during this summer’s Heroes Con, held June 20-22 in Charlotte, NC, to reveal the highly-anticipated results.

Rather than just “Favorite Inker”, the Inkwells have five categories, including the “Props” award for under-recognized professionals, and the S.P.A.M.I., for favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent work. Thousands of voters came to the group’s web site to vote online from May 15-30.

“After another productive year spreading the word about the art form and its vital contribution to the industry, the Inkwell family is thrilled to celebrate with fans the culmination of that time, effort and passion by recognizing the industry’s best ink artists,” said Bob Almond, the non-profit organization’s founder and director. “We’re forever grateful to Heroes Con and their staff for making this mission an annual reality, supporting the community and giving fans an opportunity to learn more about and appreciate this often overlooked part of the business.”

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5th Dave Simons Scholarship Award Recipient Awarded at The Kubert School!

20140502_141733_resizedsmall Representing the Inkwell Awards, committee member Erick Korpi appeared at the Kubert School for their annual scholarship awards ceremony which took place on Friday May 2 to personally hand the 2014 Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Award of $1000 to this year’s student recipient Aysegul Sinav. Originally from Turkey, she is the fifth award recipient since the scholarship was created by the Inkwell Awards in 2010 following the passing of artist and committee member Dave Simons in 2009.  Erick spoke briefly before presenting the financial award to Aysegul alongside instructors and VPs Adam and Andy Kubert.  Dave’s sister Bette Simons will have a statement to be read for her at the Inkwell Awards live awards ceremony at Heroes Con June 21st.  For more info about Dave Simons or the previous Kubert School student recipients from the last four years you can find that hereContinue reading

DICK AYERS: 1924-2014

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Dick Ayers showing off a recreation to the cover of Fantastic Four #12, originally rendered by Jack Kirby and Ayers. Photo with permission from J. David Spurlock.

Inkwell Awards ambassador J. David Spurlock (in the photo to the right of Dick) posted today on his Facebook wall the following news:

Rest In Peace Dick Ayers. There have never been sweeter people than Dick and his wife Lindy. Here is a photo from one of my recent visits in which Dick and I collaborated on a few recreations of early, Marvel covers by the team of Kirby and Ayers. Dick had been suffering the last year, from complications of Parkinsons disease. Richard “Dick” Ayers (born April 28, 1924) is an American comic book artist and cartoonist best known for his work as one of Jack Kirby’s inkers during the late-1950s and 1960s period known as the Silver Age of Comics, including on some of the earliest issues of Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four. Continue reading

Voting Is Open For The Inkwell Awards From April 15-30!

inkwellimage1The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to educating and promoting the art of inking, invites the public to vote for the industry’s best of the past year. The official public ballot will be available on the Inkwell Awards’ homepage from April 15 through April 30. Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professional peers. The winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC June 20-22 on Saturday the 21st at 12:30pm. Continue reading

The Inkwell Awards Announces the 2014 Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge Results And Fundraiser

The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the art of inking, will be displaying the long-awaited results of its fourth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge in a series of fund-raising online auctions beginning Saturday, April 5.

Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA “The Inkwells”), said, “Joe Sinnott is our Hall of Fame namesake and recipient, Special Ambassador, a living legend, and the embodiment of what the art form of inking is really about, with over a half-century career of work to prove it. This inking challenge has become an essential platform for us to both teach and promote the ink arts, while raising much-needed funds for operations.”

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