RIP ‘Holly Black’–Long Live Hailey! 13 QUESTIONS FOR MS. INKWELL

2016 INKWELLS @ the TerrifiCon ™ Aug.19-21, 2016 @MoheganSun GROUP PHOTO (L-R): COMPliments Program Retailing Contributor Larry Harrison of Harrison’s Comics and Pop Culture since 2009 Larry Harrison / 2008 Founding Committee Member and Senior Contributor Jim Tournas / 5-time Inkwell Awards award recipient Scott Hanna / Spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell & Senior Contributor Hailey / Founder,Treasurer,Director Bob Almond / 2016 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award recipient Josef Rubinstein / 2012 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award recipient Mark McKenna / 2014 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award recipient Thomas Palmer! (Photo: Joe Goulart)

11180298_10205531821806536_3363243803381737642_nTo celebrate the release of the long-awaited MS. INKWELL GALLERY book this fall (co-produced by Harvey Awards nominated Red Stylo Media), the Inkwell Awards decided to release it’s first interview with Holly Black AKA Hailey Skaza-Gagne, their present, fan-favorite spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell. After a brief period of artists mistaking her for her predecessor Anna White, she has carved a path and left an impression all her own. The organization has had a proud history and roster of ladies take on this role but what is it about Hailey that has made her the most prolific and fundraising successful version to date while most of the others only appeared once or twice? Hailey took a few moments to sit down and talk to us recently so you can find out more about her right here:

IA: Where are you from and what is your background with comics/conventions and cosplay?

HAILEY: I’m from New Bedford, MA, just like Bob! I am not a comic buff but I was introduced to a lot of pop culture growing up and I know a few things here and there that have always interested me, especially Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios’ films. I’ve only been attending conventions for the past 2 years or so and I’ve only cosplayed for about a year but it was loads of fun and I plan to do it in the future when I get a chance.

(Above two images) Hailey as Ms. Inkwell from her original 2015 pre-show photoshoot by Bob in historic downtown New Bedford, MA

IA: How did you hear of the Inkwell Awards and how did you become the Ms. Inkwell spokesmodel?

HAILEY: I heard of the Inkwell Awards after I became good friends with director Bob Almond through a mutual friend <Inkwell volunteer Darnel Staley>. After I expressed my interest in the comic convention world and my knowledge of geek pop culture he offered me a volunteer position which I was more than happy to take and over time I assumed the role of India Wells AKA Ms.Inkwell which I absolutely adore.

IA: Is your name Holly Black or Hailey Skaza-Gagne? You’ve been publicly listed and called both.

HAILEY: It’s Hailey:) At first I decided to take on persona of ‘Holly Black’ (which BTW was intended to contrast the previous spokesmodel alias of ‘Anna White’) because I felt like using that
alias would make it easier for me to separate my convention life and my real life but, in reality, I’d just rather be called Hailey. Trying to run two, separate Facebook accounts and trying to
keep up the whole Holly thing turned out to be more difficult than I expected so from here on out I’d rather be known now and forever as Hailey Skaza-Gagne, or just Hailey because its way
easier than trying to remember and pronounce my two last names:)

IA: What do you think of the character that you portray? Do you feel that you bring anything extra to reinforce her persona or add to her image?

HAILEY: I really love the character I portray! When I’m working as the spokesmodel I feel like me being my happy, bubbly self is the little, extra kick that I bring to the table and the character. My fangirl enthusiasm is authentic and I’m always thrilled to be at a show, whether a return visit or a new venue. It honestly never gets old.

IA: What do you like best about representing the Inkwell non-profit organization?

HAILEY: In itself, the fact that I am an essential part with raising funds for the non-profit is the best! Besides that I get to meet various artists who donate to us that are a lot of fun to chat with and know. Not just the creators, but also the fellow, volunteer Inkwell members! I’ve made many friends who I’m excited to revisit at various shows.

IA: What shows have you attended with the organization? Do you have a favorite venue and why?

HAILEY: Not counting the ones I attended as a cosplay volunteer who assisted the former Ms. Inkwell Anna White, I’ve attended 9 shows, 1 ceremony and 10 convention appearances to date- from 2015 Heroes Con, Connecticut ComiCONN, Hartford Comic Con, Albany Comic Con, and Rhode Island Comic Con, and for 2016, the Kubert School awards ceremony, Albany Comic Con, Heroes Con, and recently Twin Tiers Comic Con and the Terrificon at the Mohegan Sun <formerly CT ComiCONN>, but my all time favorite location has to be Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. It’s where I first made my debut as Ms. Inkwell and there’s always something exciting going on there wherever you look. And its also the biggest show of the year that we attend!

Bob and Hailey putting on the goof for this selfie at the August 2016 Twin Tiers Comic-Con
Hailey in an alternate spokesmodel look at the June 2016 Heroes Con (photo: Bob Almond)

IA: What has been your favorite memory or experience? What has been you weirdest one?

HAILEY: My favorite memory was hanging out in the hotel room with Bob Almond and <former member> Joe Goulart watching ‘The Hobbit’ on tv after a long day at my first Heroes Con. We stayed up all night laughing and having a wonderful time. The weirdest thing that has ever happened to me was at my very first convention when I was still a cosplay volunteer (as Wonder Woman). I was on my break eating lunch when some guy asked to take a picture of me. Now I didn’t think anything of it because people asked to photograph me all day so I agreed and went to put down my food when he stopped me and asked that I keep eating my sandwich which I did and so he snapped his picture and disappeared! The funny thing is I never saw him again and it was a small show, the kind of place where you usually run into and see people circulate a few times…this guy completely disappeared so i’m probably on some food porn website captioned as Sexy Wonder Woman “enjoooying” her lunch or some overly sexualized title that i’d probably find hilarious!

IA: Have you become more recognized for what you do and have you made new friends at the shows?

HAILEY: Truthfully, I don’t really notice if I have or not. Each artist that I bump into that i’ve spoken to at a previous show are usually very friendly towards me so I don’t see it as them noticing me for what I do but for more of who I am… as hopefully a friend or an acquaintance. I treat these artist like they are my friends and would hope they feel the same about me. I really enjoy meeting the artists and establishing a good relationship with them and I always try to make an effort to stop by and say hello to them at other shows when I see them.

2014 Rhode Island Comic Con (L-R) Bob Almond, Hailey as a cosplay volunteer as Wonder Woman, Inkwell Special Ambassador Joe Sinnott, Anna White as Ms. Inkwell, and Inkwell Senior Contributor Mark Sinnott (Photo: Joe Goulart?)

IA: Which model do you feel captured the role/look of Ms. Inkwell best prior to you? Why?

HAILEY: I’ve never really met any of the other Inkwell models so I don’t think I can properly answer this question. But I did like the look of the first Ms. Inkwell, Chrissy Cutler <Pittsburgh Comicon, 2010 and her return was at Heroes Con, 2013>. The only model I personally encountered was Anna <White, the previously most-active spokesmodel> and it was a brief but pleasant experience.

IA: On the Inkwell table at the shows there is a huge portfolio of former Ms. Inkwell photo prints for donation/sale. How come you don’t have any photo prints of yourself for donation/sale?

HAILEY: Bob explained to me that with the exception of model Kathy <Taylor> that photo prints from the individual model photoshoots never sold well. So that while the portfolio was nice to look through, it was a waste of time and expenses and took up important table space so that idea was finally scrapped after Anna White. But that meant it was scrapped when I joined and I was the only one left out and recently I’ve been getting questions from fans, “where are my photos?”. After telling Bob, we decided to rectify that matter by offering four images for starters in 2017! I can’t wait!

IA: What is you favorite artistic rendition of the Ms. Inkwell character in the Ms. Inkwell gallery book?

HAILEY: I’d have to say Bill Sienkiewicz’s rendition of Ms. Inkwell is my all time favorite <on the book’s cover>. It’s so beautiful and i’m lucky enough to have a signed print of it!!!

Bill Sienkiewicz’ cover art for THE MS. INKWELL GALLERY book, sold for donations as a signed print since 2014
Painted portrait of Hailey by Mark Texeira which will be included in THE MS. INKWELL GALLERY book.








IA: Are you represented in the gallery?

HAILEY: Yes, I am! On the way to Albany Con last year Joe Goulart and I dropped in on Mark Texeira’s studio in Connecticut and I posed for him. The graphite, ink and painted renditions are all collected in the book. There’s also a small photo gallery of the models that I’m in.

IA: Do you have any parting comments?

HAILEY: I really enjoy being Ms. Inkwell. Over time Bob has made many allowances former models weren’t allowed in order to keep the character appearance consistent, like allowing me to change my hair color and wear a different, glamorous outfit on the 3rd day of a three-day show. India Wells was created and designed as a fashionista so it fits the character. I’m especially proud of the fact that I am the longest running Ms. Inkwell so far and have made the most appearances than any spokesmodel before me. I fully intend to continue working with the Inkwell Awards and Bob Almond for as long as I can (I’m only 19 so I can go long and far!). I sincerely love doing what I do and I am extremely excited for each new show I attend…. every stop is just like my first one all over again! So come hell or high water I will be Ms. Inkwell for as long as I possibly can!

INKWELLS: While the 2016 Inkwell convention tour has come to a close she’ll be back for more shows in 2017 starting in April to sign your books. The book will feature the gallery interpretations of Ms. Inkwell by artists Joe Sinnott, Bill Sienkiewicz, Tommy Castillo, Elias Chatzoudis, Trevor Von Eeden, Fred Hembeck, Dean Kotz/Tom Schloendorn, Alex Saviuk, Chris Campana/Mark McKenna, Louis Small Jr., Joe Orsak, Mike Okamoto, Sara Richard, Roger Andrews/Bob Almond, Michael Netzer, Tim Estiloz, Gerry Acerno, Howard Chaykin, Tod Allen Smith/Almond, Johnny B. Gerardy, Mike Pascale, Ed Coutts, Charles Barnett III, Jay Fife/McKenna, Neil Vokes, Phil Moy, Leonardo Gondim/Mike Kellar, Jeff Austin, the late Jeremy Dale/Schloendorn and Mark Texeira. It will also feature donated work by Dan Panosian, Buzz, Mike Lilly, Billy Tucci/Jim Tournas, others and the printed Ms. Inkwell covers by Randy Green/Nathan Massengill, Craig Rousseau, Louis Small Jr.,  Mike McKone, Ed Coutts and Franchesco. It will collect unseen prelim design art, variant art and colors, a roll call of all the spokesmodels, a photo gallery of many of them, and more!  Have you ordered yours yet?


UPDATE, JULY 12: While we waited for the ceremony video to be uploaded and prepared, I posted the full, original transcript on June 23 below. Tech-God Rhys Evans was able to set up the video above today and upon viewing you’ll see that I clearly had to improvise and cut out most of my prepared speech to make time for all of our guest speakers and award recipients who made statements. Now we have the best of both worlds. (Video taken by James McGee) Bob


Welcome to the Inkwell Awards 9th annual, and 6th live, awards ceremony! To all the new attendees, a sincere thanks for your support for the recognition of and promotion for the art form of comic book inking, and for returning attendees and members, much gratitude for your ongoing solidarity. This year we have a special treat and privilege to share with you. We are tossing the script and usual structure of the ceremony for a more than worthy reason as we will be starting off with a milestone, special appearance and presentation by Jim Steranko. But before I officially present him, I want to make a request and a note: please refrain from using any flashbulb photography while Jim is on stage. And second, Jim will be discussing a variety of things related to inking and among those things will be mentioning of a couple of notable ink artists who happen to be the latest lifetime achievement award recipients. They will be further mentioned later when I present all of the 2016 award winners. So now that we have that all covered, I am truly honored at this time to call to the podium, illustrator, publisher, author, musician, escape artist and Eisner Hall of Fame comics creator, Jim Steranko!”

<Jim speaks>  

Before proceeding I want to give a Heroes’ thank you to Shelton Drum who reached out and welcomed us six years ago for this convention to be our host show. I also want to pass the love on to Andrew Mansell, Rico Renzi, Trey Alexander, Karla Marsh and the entire Heroes Con staff. Unlike some, Shelton and company are not dismissive of ink artists. They are true supporters, friends and fans of inkers and it’s thanks to them that we get our own day to be heard and recognized.



Abbreviated version: the full article was posted today at FirstComicsNews.


(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 20, 2016) The Inkwell Awards has released the names of the winners of its ninth annual awards for excellence in the art form of comic book inking. As before, nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee. Voting via live ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website ran from April 15-30. One winner was chosen in each of five categories based on American-based interior comic-book work cover-dated 2015.

Separately, the Inkwells selected internally the two recipients of the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the Special Recognition Award (SRA) category. Winners were contacted and some invited guests were present to receive their trophies at North Carolina’s Heroes Con, the host show for the Inkwells, for the sixth live ceremony on Friday, June 17. Winners and nominees are listed below, along with the percentage of vote received, where applicable. Continue reading POST-SHOW: THE 2016 INKWELL AWARDS AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED!

A Special Appearance by Jim Steranko to Highlight the 2016 Inkwell Awards Ceremony at Heroes Con

Trophies from 2015
Trophies from 2015
Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko









(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 9, 2016) Results from the 9th annual Inkwell Awards will be presented at the inking advocacy group’s 6th live awards ceremony this June 17-19 at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. Eisner Hall of Fame award-winning creator Jim Steranko will be making a special appearance at the event.

“Graphic artist, comic book writer/artist, historian, magician, editor, publisher and film production illustrator….Jim is a modern Renaissance Man, globally recognized and respected in the sequential art medium for his epics and innovations in the field” said Bob Almond, the non-profit organization’s founder and director. “Having a legendary icon like him speaking on behalf of ink artists and the art form of inking is an immense honor.”


The Inkwells have five categories: Favorite Inker, the “Props” award for under-recognized professionals, the S.P.A.M.I., for Small Press And Mainstream-Independent work, Most-Adaptable Inker and the “All-in-One” for the artist who inks his/her own pencil art. Thousands of voters visited and voted from April 15-30 at the group’s website to show their support.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday (not Saturday as in the past), June 17, 5:00 PM at the Charlotte Convention Center in room 209-210. In addition to Steranko, other speakers include host and presenter Almond, hostess Holly Black as spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell, legendary creator Mike Grell and award-winning author (and Inkwell special ambassador), J. David Spurlock. Announced with the award-winners will be the two recipients of the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the second recipient of the Special Recognition Award.

Continue reading A Special Appearance by Jim Steranko to Highlight the 2016 Inkwell Awards Ceremony at Heroes Con

Gifs Galore! Sinnott Inking Challenges Get Attention!

Gifs have really taken off on Facebook lately. And after we launched our Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge spin-off program The Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight (the first one being on JIM LEE), I was impressed to see that FB friend and artist Patrick Blaine had cobbled together the Superman images by starting with Jim’s pencils and flashing like a dozen inked versions in succession for the viewer to visualize what each inker brought to the table. This gif, posted 4/13, went viral and was shared 1037 times (to date) for the first, incomplete version and 854 times (to date) for the updated version posted the next day! I contacted thanked Patrick for creating this brilliant tool for bringing exposure to our eBay auctions and for capturing and displaying within seconds to anyone not in the know exactly what the unique contribution of ink artists is. As an anonymous FB observer posted on Facebook on April 15:

“Very cool. I’ve always understood how penciling, coloring and even lettering styles can differ from person to person. Never could quite wrap my head around inking though. This shows the same pencilling inked by different inkers. I think I finally get it.”

Continue reading Gifs Galore! Sinnott Inking Challenges Get Attention!



Ballot Voting for the 2016 Inkwell Awards categories is now open at the following link

Click HERE to vote.

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

As reported today at FIRST COMICS NEWS:

New Bedford, MA/USA—April 13, 2016) The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the education and promotion of the art of comic book 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 April 15 through April 30.
Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professionals. Besides “Favorite Inker,” categories include “Most Adaptable,” “PROPS” (inkers deserving more attention), the “S.P.A.M.I.” (Small Press And Mainstream Independent) and “All-In-One” for pencillers who ink their own work.
As a courtesy, the ballot also lists the nominees for the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame (“HoF”) and the Special Recognition Award (SRA) lifetime achievement awards for an outstanding inking career of 25 or more years in American comics, whose winners are chosen by an internal HoF committee to avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters.
The SRA differs from the HoF award due to one or more factors such as the artist being out of the “public eye,” having limited name-recognition due to semi- or full retirement or death, limited-yet-influential output, social barriers such as gender/race, or other factors that would otherwise possibly limit them from being nominated for a traditional HoF award. This award was also chosen internally.
“We’re always thrilled for this event, where the best of the best ink artists and their work get the recognition they deserve,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards. “Inkers have their own fans and followers, yet often go unnoticed or glossed over by most awards events. Ours caters specifically to ink artists and allows them to be recognized and appreciated in various categories. We hope to have even more voters than last year.”
Once voting closes after April 30, the winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC on Friday, June 17th.
The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its ninth year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.


Upon accepting the position of Inkwell ambassador as reported last month Rich Buckler graciously offered the non-profit organization to share this new, fascinating material on his thoughts on the art form of inking and his career experiences with it. Rich is an accomplished teacher on sequential art storytelling and master of many of the necessary skills involved in comic book production including INKING.  He has had several comic How-To books published in ’80s-’90s on these crafts.

Thanks, Rich!



Inking As Drawing…

©2015 Rich Buckler

Most comic book art is a collaboration of a pencil artist and an ink artist. Two artists who produce, in separate stages, the finished art that (after being lettered and colored) goes to the printer. So really, every printed page has actually been drawn twice.

Most comics fans do not have a good understanding of that creative process and what that involves. Misunderstanding what an inker does can can cause all sorts of distorted ideas. Comic book pencillers have all sorts of ideas about inking. Some think inkers are only tracers (which is not accurate) or, at best they are a necessary evil (which is very inaccurate). Sometimes the inker gets too much credit for the look of the final art–sometimes, not enough.

I see the penciller/inker collaboration as a team effort. Inkers are artists. And every team effort of pencillers and inkers on a comic book is almost always a compromise.

There are no “super inkers” who make every penciller look great no matter whose art they ink (I wish there were!). That is just a gross exaggeration. Some combinations do work better than others. Generally inkers do a judicious amount of embellishing and make “improvements”–but not all of them do this. And nobody is perfect.
So let’s take a look at what inkers do.

The inker is responsible for the final look of the art–to make it as sharp and attractive for reproduction as possible. In that sense, they do correct things as they work. For example, a stray line, a missed detail, or some appropriate added black areas here and there–things like that. Pencillers who ink their own work do this too.

Nobody even attempts to duplicate exactly all of the subtleties and nuances of the pencil work. That is not only not desirable, it is practically impossible. What the inker is expected to do is faithfully render the drawings effectively in ink. He/she is expected to know good draftsmanship but not expected to redraw what has already been drawn.

Which is not to say that that doesn’t involve drawing; of course it does! So, ideally, every professional inker should have a good grasp of the basics of drawing. Why is that essential? When the inker comes on board everything has already been drawn, right?

Well, consider this: A good professional inker will never merely trace pencil lines with a pen and brush. That’s not inking; it’s just tracing. Trust me, that approach is amateurish and only produces mediocre results. A really substandard inker (one who is not competent or whose drawing skills are not up to professional standards, that is) may get work, but not for long–and certainly not on a regular basis! Okay, in the comics a few bad inking jobs may happen. (And it’s a wonder that there are not more!) But that almost never occurs on a top book. And I don’t know of a single instance where a totally inept artist was ever afforded the opportunity to make a career out of it.


BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS: See what’s new at the Inkwells for 2016…



We now have a  Tumblr account to our line-up of social networks! When the Inkwell Awards started out we used to have accounts with MySpace and ComicSpace and even our own forum, but those venues lost popularity so we changed with the times for maximum exposure. Our Facebook (group page and fan page) and Twitter accounts have expanded and thrived over time and members Stacey Aragon and Sarah Covert later added both a YouTube and Google+ account.  (And this doesn’t count our Comicart Fans Gallery maintained by Damon Owens, entry on Wikipedia, eBay Store, and our subsidiary page on DeviantArt, The Inkers Challenge which is maintained by JL Straw.) While Dorian is still in the early stages of designing it please drop in from time to time as he refines the look of the page.


shop-cart-icon-clipart-1.jpgAnother huge development is that our Store is (finally) upgraded to modern levels! For years I dreamt of having shopping carts and being able to calculate shipping and payment for online shopping but there was either never the time or tech-skill capabilities, or both. But now that our book line and inventory of products has expanded committee member and the latest website maintenance supervisor Rhys Evans has been working on this option over the past several weeks and as of a few days ago finally completed it.  Please feel free to check it out and browse down the aisles to see if anything catches your fancy to assist us in fundraising.  Let us know if anything doesn’t work proper or if you have any questions.  All we ask is patience as we’re a bare bones operation, meaning that  I’m the cashier, bagger, stocker, manager, heck, I’m the entire crew working in the store…and I only can devote part-time hours– LOL!  But you will hear from me.

I’ll keep you posted about any further social network or website updates.


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.

Rich Buckler
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.