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BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS- Neal Adams & Joe Sinnott Unique Auction Collectible!

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Scan of a photocopy by Mark Sinnott of Neal's loose sketch prior to Joe's embellishment in ink.

Scan of a photocopy by Mark Sinnott of Neal’s loose sketch prior to Joe’s embellishment in ink

45 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

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Neal with Joe holding the collector’s item at the Rhode Island Comic Con on 11/1/14

Please check out this preview of an exciting and historic donation collaboration between NEAL ADAMS & JOE SINNOTT on a BATMAN blank cover sketch variant for the non-profit INKWELL AWARDS!  They have not been paired up for almost 45 years (and NEVER on Batman) and this epic event is now being authenticated, graded & slabbed by CBCS- Comic Book Certification Service thanks to Inkwell former member and supporter Joe Goulart. This unique collector’s item will run on the Inkwell Awards eBay store on either the week of November 22 or December 6 at this link above so please bookmark it and we will keep you posted!

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. Continue reading

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

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