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Rich Buckler Made Inkwell Awards Ambassador, Roster Changes

The following press release was released today at First Comics News:

(New Bedford, MA/USA—January 7, 2016) Legendary “Bronze-Age” comic-book artist Rich Buckler (Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Thor, creator of Deathlok, et al.) has agreed to support the artform of inking by joining the ranks of professional ambassadors for the Inkwell Awards inking advocacy.

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Rich Buckler

In a statement, Buckler said:
“Let’s hear it for the ink artists of the comics! And they are artists. And you know, I have so many favorites! I will even go so far as to say that a capable and skillful inker is, for pencil artists, a veritable treasure. I have written a lot about inkers and the craft of inking comics. Many pencillers do not appreciate them enough. That’s what I think.
“As a comics industry insider, I have endeavored in my writings on various blogs and websites to increase comics fandom’s awareness of the valuable contributions of these craftspeople who devote their careers to drawing in ink. I sincerely hope I have shed some light on just what these artists contribute to the pencil art and what it is that they actual do.
“I love to collaborate. I always have. And over the years I have had the pleasure to team up with many of the very best! For that I am grateful. Yes, I do also ink my own comic art. But comics, when it comes to the covers and interior art and the sheer magic of the medium, are for the most part a collaborative art.
“So let’s hear it for the comic book inkers!”
Ambassadors have been recruited since the formation of the organization in 2008, starting with artist Adam Hughes and editor Mike Marts. The most recent recruits were author Clifford Meth, writer-artist Jim Starlin and color artist Laura Martin. Members are drawn from various community skills and professions in a display of support and solidarity for the promotion of the art form of comic-book inking.
Season 8 began last summer with a “Help Wanted” announcement to replace departed volunteers from the previous season. “We were able to reorganize and fill some vacant roles and train them on the job over the fall,” said Inkwell Awards director Bob Almond. “We can always use more capable, dedicated people to help build and strengthen our organization, especially with matters related to fundraising. But there were also some advancements in the ranks from those members who’ve been paying their dues.”
Among those is the promotion of artist-writer Mike Pascale to assistant director. Pascale, a committee member since 2013, fills a position left by outgoing assistant director Michael W. Kellar. Besides administrative matters, Pascale handles copy and graphics, proofreading, and assists with fundraising. Joining the committee as contributors are two new members recruited from last fall’s membership drive: Rhys G. Evans, who handles website maintenance and has been acting as auctioneer (along with Pascale), and inker John T. Dixon, a disabled veteran who’s taken on the duties of Inker Resources & Database updates, advertising, and Nomination Committee Assistant.
In addition, Holly Black, who portrays the company spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell, is now a senior contributor after attending and fundraising at shows in that role for nearly a year. Daniel Best, a founding committee member, also returns to the organization as a senior contributor after a several month absence.

Start off the New Year with the 6TH ANNUAL JOE SINNOTT INKING CHALLENGE!

This is a copy/paste of the invitation that went out earlier today. But all the relevant info is there for those interested. Bob Almond

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WHAT IS IT?

The Inkwell Awards invites you to the sixth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge. Our Hall of Fame Award is named after Joe and, with his approval and support, we have taken a couple of his pencil donations intended for our fundraising, originally rendered on blank variant cover comics, and blown them up and converted them to bluelines for inking. We have chosen ink artists who are A) part of our organization, B) Inkwell award recipients, or C) notable for their career inkwork ranging from the veteran embellishers of the

sinnottchallengedeadpoolbl72silver-age through to the respected delineators of today, but any inker can take part, including novices. Since last year some of you who missed previous Challenges asked me to be added to the list and you are included here. For fundraising and educational purposes, we’d like to know if you would be willing to voluntarily participate in inking one or both of these pieces. We will take the final images and post them on our Comic Art Fans gallery in comparison to Joe’s initial pencil art in order to showcase to the public the contributions of various ink artists and what they bring to the table. Secondly, these pieces would be auctioned off to raise funds for our vital operational needs and philanthropic programs like the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund to the students of the Joe Kubert School and our COMPliments Program which allows HoF inkers who are singled out from receiving collections of their work from publishers to receive them through us and not have to purchase them. Last year’s successful program brought in over $3000 on our eBay auctions and this year we anticipate an even better outcome. You can see previous samples of donations from our first four years at our Comic Art Fans gallery (top left labeled links): http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=35444

WHAT TO DO?

If you are interested in contributing please REPLY back to myself <dmralmond@gmail.com> and senior contributor Tom Schloendorn <tom_schloendorna4@comcast.net letting us know if you have the tools/capabilities to print up a hi-res blueline file on 11X17 2-ply Strathmore vellum board to ship back to me and we will promptly email you the hi-res file of either one or both images– please specify what you want…files will be emailed out within 24 hours of requests in most cases (THE SAMPLES BELOW ARE LO-RES SIMPLY FOR REFERENCE)…or if you don’t and are an established, published professional and you’d like us to ship either or both pages of bluelined boards to you, please forward your shipping address to us in your reply. If you cannot participate, no need to reply, we totally understand about your busy schedules and lives making it a challenge (plus, if we do this again, we’d probably touch base with you again). But should you know of another notable inker willing to participate please pass on their email address so we can invite them….however, we have the right to not include a request and please be aware that no work is guaranteed to be included in our subsequent book collection. We will be following-up with friendly reminders prior to the deadline. The working deadline is March 1, 2016 (7.5 weeks). Please ship the art to Mark Sinnott at:

Mark Sinnott

44 Spaulding Lane

Saugerties, NY 12477

Joe Sinnott will sign every page, then he will ship them to me, Bob Almond, to scan and make out item descriptions. Auctions will run subsequent to that in 2-4 waves in late March/early April.

At a later date prior to the book production Senior Contributor Enrica Jang, our book editor, will contact all of those who will be included in the book and inform you of how to give us your bio/link, photo and statement.

SPECIFIC INKING NOTES: You can ink it ‘as is’ or reinterpret it, bringing something extra to the table….this year we will have a tightly-penciled version Spider-Gwen and a breakdowns version for inkers to finish of Deadpool. Please be aware that Joe’s Deadpool drawing referenced Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars since that was the blank variant cover edition that he worked on. This is why the costume is faux-retro in appearance. You can choose to either fully render that look or specify it as one of his other more contemporary costume designs (a Google search should turn up every design). And the character on the left of the Deadpool sketch is a non-descript creature which you can ink faithfully or interpret as you wish…this event is not called a Challenge without reason;-) You are encouraged to ink the logos to motivate more auction bids but you don’t have to.

Please LMK if you have any questions.

SUMMARY:

* reply to myself and Tom if interested and request the hi-res blue line file(s) to be emailed or the blueline print up(s) to be mailed with your shipping address.

* ship the art back upon completion to the Mark Sinnott address above …please send a lo-res file once done if possible in that same email. After that you can post it online publicly as long as you plug that it’s for the 6TH JOE SINNOTT INKING CHALLENGE for the INKWELL AWARDS (http://www.inkwellawards.com) to promote and educate about the art form of inking and to raise funds for their non-profit organization and their annual Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund to the Kubert School.
* we will be happy to mail you tax-exempt receipts upon request for your contribution.

* we will contact you later if we plan to include you in the book collection and get your bio/photo/comment information

Thanks much for your time, effort, and support, especially those who have been involved in this program for several years (you know who you folks are;-)).

Sincerely,

Bob Almond

1/9/2016

Murphy Anderson: 1926-2015

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It was reported today that Murphy Anderson passed away this Friday morning at the age of 89. He was recognized by the Inkwell Awards with a Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award in 2013 (alongside Dick Ayers) but he was not well enough at the time to travel to the host show at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC.  Mike Pascale wrote up a wonderful tribute article on account of this accomplishment at our website. Inkwell director Bob Almond wrote the following today on his Facebook page:

My sincerest condolences to the family of Murphy Anderson who it’s been reported to have passed away this morning at 89. I was always more of a Marvel guy growing up so I didn’t follow a lot of the silver-bronze age DC artists/inkers but he was recognized even by me at that time as the top tier of their house assortment of talent since the ’50s. Perhaps their DC inker version of Joe Sinnott….or he was to Curt Swan (as ‘Sanderson’) what Joe was to Jack Kirby as a team. I met him a couple of times at conventions, always professionally dressed in a suit, and he was a true gentleman in public. My son Nathan Almond sat next to him at a Boston Comic Book & Toy Spectacular show from 2005 (the same show he posed with Joe Sinnott) and Murphy was gracious about letting his play make believe and sketch alongside him. He was recognized with a prestigious Inkwell Awards’ Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame award in 2013 and Mike Pascale wrote up a wonderful tribute on his life and career. Rest in peace and thanks for all of the accomplishments and entertainment, kind sir.

Joe Sinnott w/ Murphy at the 2005 Boston Comic Book & Toy Spectacular Show

Joe Sinnott w/ Murphy at the 2005 Boston Comic Book & Toy Spectacular Show

A 9-year old Nathan Almond side-by-side with Murphy at the same show.

A 9-year old Nathan Almond side-by-side with Murphy at the same show.

BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS: Introducing the Sinnott Inking Challenge SPOTLIGHT on JIM LEE!

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It’s been mentioned from time to time and images have begun appearing on Facebook but some of you may be asking exactly what is the Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight?

It’s an Inkwell Awards spin-off of the popular and successful original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge that has been an annual event since I introduced it in 2011.  Named and focused on the Inkwell special ambassador and Hall of Fame namesake, Joe Sinnott renders a character in tight pencils and another in loose pencils (breakdowns) and the challenge is for other inkers to interpret his work in ink. This idea has worked on two fronts. First, the artists donate their page, inked over blue lines of the pencils and signed by both Joe and the inker, to the Inkwells and we auction them off on eBay for fundraising. Second, between the event and the subsequent book collection we visually reinforce what the ink artist brings to the table in a ‘before & after’ comparison. The goal meets our mission state about educating what the art form of inking is. The first collection debuted in 2012 and the fifth and latest came out this past June 2015. All are available in our Store (with free signatures by Joe). Continue reading

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

 

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RECRUIT, REORGANIZE, REBUILD

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:

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INKWELL AWARDS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS!

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 dmralmond@gmail.com.

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

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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!

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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

MOST-ADAPTABLE INKER: Walden Wong

PROPS: Wade von Grawbadger

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

ALL-IN-ONE: Fiona Staples

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (SRA): Bernie Wrightson

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.

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(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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VOTING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2015 INKWELL AWARDS!

UPDATE 2/15: VOTING HAS ENDED. THE BALLOT BLOX IS CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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.

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