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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.

As with last year, the ballot will still list the nominees for the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award, which were chosen by the internal and separate Hall of Fame Nomination Committee (made up of the core committee, former committee members, ambassadors, contributors and existing Hall of Fame award recipients). To avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters, the two winners have been chosen by the HoF Nomination Committee rather than the public and will be announced at the ceremony. Current nominees are listed as a courtesy. Past Hall of Fame award recipients include Joe Sinnott, Terry Austin & Dick Giordano, Klaus Janson & Al Williamson, Wallace Wood & Kevin Nowlan, Mark McKenna & Scott Williams, and last year, Dick Ayers & Murphy Anderson.

“We’re so excited for this event, where everyone’s hard work will pay off and the best of the best ink artists and their work will be recognized,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA “The Inkwells”). “Inkers have their own fans and followers, and often go unsung or glossed over in traditional awards events. Ours caters specifically to ink artists and allows several to be recognized and appreciated in various categories.”

Ballots and instructions can be viewed HERE beginning on tax day, Tuesday April 15. A direct link will additionally be posted on their Facebook group page, where people may also ask any questions.


Inkers Challenge Joins Inkwell Awards!




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On April 5  artist J.L.Straw made the following statements in three announcements at different locations at DeviantArt (various content edited and combined):


“I am pleased to announce that ‘Inkers Challenge’ is now the official DeviantArt division of The Inkwell Awards!


Last year I set up Inkers Challenge, a group for inkers of all levels, to learn and hone their skills using various challenges. This year the group finally kicked off but before the first challenge was even posted I got into talks with Bob Almond from the Inkwell Awards and we started talking about the group and affiliating it with Inkwell. After approaching (them) to promote IC on their Facebook page, Bob was very interested in the group becoming part of the Inkwell family. After a few brief but in-depth discussions it was agreed that IC will become an Inkwell Awards subsidiary and presence on DeviantArt…. and I was named as Inkwell’s DA rep….and Inkwell Awards’ assistant director Michael W. Kellar will be joining the group as ‘co-founder’.


This is an awesome opportunity that will be mutually beneficial to both parties helping IC grow as a community and learning place for inkers while contributing to the Inkwell Awards mission of celebrating inkers and the craft of inking. It will provide the group with greater access to inking material, blogs, tutorials and input from professionals in the industry beyond my present capabilities.


It’s really exciting news and will benefit the group greatly; I had great ambitions for the group and Inkwell will be able to help me realise them. If you haven’t checked the group out, please do and join in the fun.”




Bob Almond made the following statement on behalf of the Inkwell Awards in response to Straw’s announcements:

“For some time now DeviantArt has established itself as a significant social and promotional venue for artists from all callings. In an effort to further expand our public presence, setting up a ‘base of operations’ at DA seems like a no-brainer.  Leading that charge to raise awareness is our new Inkwell Awards contributor J.L. Straw, a U.K.-based inker who will continue to run operations at the Inkers Challenge DA group.   I have utmost confidence that she is the perfect person for the job as, unlike me, she knows the DA venue and it’s policies, is connected to our various members with DA accounts, and shares our mission to promote the art form of inking through education and recognition.  And with the Inkwells being the sole official 501(c)3 non-profit advocacy organization for the promotion of inking and ink artists, she has access to all of our many inking resources for her needs.  I am ecstatic about this merger as the best of both worlds and I sincerely look forward to the start of a long-term and progressive relationship.”


The official link is here.  J.L. Straw was made added to the website as an Inkwell Awards Contributor: DeviantArt Representative on April 5 and links to the group page were also added that week.


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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At Last…The 2014 Nomination Committee Revealed!

Thanks to our Inkwell Awards website maintenance contributor Noël Rosenthal our complete 2014 Nomination Committee (including the Sinnott Hall of Fame internal NomCom) is now listed with all credits and link info on the website.

Their ballots have been tallied by myself and validated by committee member Erick Korpi.  Our public ballots will be officially posted online April 15-30.  This would not be possible without the precious time, effort and dedication of all of the volunteers listed on that page link above.  Thanks to all!

The 2014 Inkwell Awards official convention tour list!

2014 INKWELL AWARDS SCHEDULED CONVENTION TOUR: these are official appearances that myself, the Inkwell Awards and some members/volunteers and our spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell will be attending. This does not count tentative appearances at other venues where a model or volunteer like Stacey Aragon will attend as Ms. Inkwell for fundraising in the midwest…those will be announced at a later date;-) Come see us and show your support for inking and inkers like the generous promoters and staff do at these shows! Please visit their websites as they support charities and give back to the comic book community. Thank you!



MAY 31-JUNE 1: HARTFORD COMIC CON, Ms. Inkwell: Anna White






JUNE 20-22-HEROES COMIC CON, Annual Awards Ceremony, Ms. Inkwells: Laura Beihl & Anna White, and many members and ambassadors





SEPTEMBER 26-28: PITTSBURGH COMICON, Ms. Inkwell: Laura Beihl, and several members in attendance

NOVEMBER 1-2: RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON, Ms. Inkwell: Anna White, and several members in attendance


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As a generous donation to the Inkwell Awards, Robin Dale of Amdale Media  (with Renee Witterstaetter of Evaink) has offered a dozen signed copies of the CREATOR CHRONICLES PIONEER SERIES: JOE SINNOTT “A GUY NAMED JOE” DVD.  3-4 of these will be reserved for Heroes Con and their Sunday charity auction but the other 8-9 signed DVDs will be auctioned off in March in conjunction with the 4th Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge fundraising auctions (nothing running now but please bookmark this link). The unsigned DVD goes for $29.95 from Amdale.  The Inkwell has not yet determined the auction bid for the signed copies at this time.

Tentative participants this year for the 4th annual Inking Challenge include John Floyd, Keith Williams, Scott Koblish,  Jack Purcell, Gerry Acerno, Kent Archer, Marc Deering, J. E. Lozano, Le Beau Underwood,  Noah Barrett, Neil Vokes, Mark Stegbauer, Tom Schloendorn, Michael W. Kellar,  Mark McKenna, Ken Branch, Tod Allen Smith, Jim Tournas, Travis Miller, Joe Goulart, Charles Barnett III, Mike Pascale,  Johnny B. Gerardy,  Rusty Gilligan, Bob Wiacek, Scott Hanna, Ian Chase Nichols, Dave Beaty,  Dan Parsons, Jaime Mendoza, Cory Hamscher, Diana Greenhalgh,  Anthony L. Fowler,  Robert Doan, Bob Almond,  Jane Straw and  Tim Estiloz.




On behalf of the Inkwell Awards I want to congratulate my friend and former editor Mike Marts for his recent monumental change and promotion resulting in his return to Marvel for the third time, this time as an Executive Editor, as reported at Newsarama this week.  In 2008 Mark (and Adam Hughes) were the first two ambassadors that the Inkwel founding core committee chose for this prestigious position and he generously accepted (Adam did, too;-)).  He had just transferred over to DC  in 2006 as Batman Senior Editor after a stint at Marvel as X-men Senior Editor.  In the face of all of this progress and advancement he has stayed true as a supporter of this non-profit now for five years!  Much continued success now that he has returned HOME where he belongs;-)


Fundraising to Benefit Jim Sanders III

Following two recent reports on the fate of inker Jim Sanders III, the Inkwell Awards can now announce that the first of the fundraising auctions for Jim are up with Wave One starting Saturday the 9th. A second wave will tentatively take place on the 16th as auctioneer Michael W. Kellar anticipates receiving late donations from a couple of artists.

All funds raised will go directly to assist artist Jim Sanders III.



On Wednesday writer Clifford Meth posted an article on his popular blog in response to the Jim Sanders III story reported some days ago. He included info that Inkwell Awards director Bob Almond had posted on Facebook in regards to the upcoming fundraising auctions to run November 9 at their eBay store page.  Almond shared on his FB wall “Clifford Meth is known for his generous efforts in riling up the community to help comic book creators/artists in need (Gene Colan, William Messnor-Loebs and Dave Cockrum being but a few examples). We couldn’t have a greater advocate on our side. Please SHARE and donate if you can. Jim has been helped in the past by a well-known community charity but they can only help so much so we’re up at bat now to lend a hand to one of our veteran inkers.”


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