BALLOT VOTING IS NOW OPEN FROM APRIL 1-15!

 

THE BALLOT BOX IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU FOR TAKING PART IN VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE INK ARTISTS IN THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY! ALL WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED ASAP AND PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED AT OUR AWARDS CEREMONY AT HOST SHOW HEROES CON ON FRIDAY JUNE 15 AND IN PRESS ANNOUNCEMENTS THE DAYS TO FOLLOW THAT.

Ballot Voting for the 2017 Inkwell Awards categories is now open.
 
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The Inkwell Awards Voting Open From April 1-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Inkwell Awards Voting Open From April 1-15

(New Bedford, MA/USA—March 29, 2018) Who’s your favorite inker? The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to public education and promotion of the art of comic book inking, invites all to vote for the industry’s best of the year. The official public ballot will be available on the Inkwells’ homepage from April 1 through April 15.

Voting is open to fans and professionals alike. In addition to “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 pencilers who ink their own work.

As a courtesy, also listed on the ballot are the nominees for the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame (“HoF”), a lifetime achievement honor for an outstanding inking career of 25 or more years in American comics, whose winners are chosen by an internal committee (to avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters). Two nominees are awarded each year.

Also to be chosen internally is the Special Recognition Award. This lifetime achievement honor 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 might otherwise limit them from being nominated for a traditional HoF award. The SRA nominees are not listed on the ballot but will be discussed at the awards ceremony. As announced at last year’s ceremony, the award has been renamed the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA) in honor of the longtime member of the non-profit who succumbed to cancer a year ago after a 10-year battle.

“We’re as excited as ever 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. “Though inkers have their own fans and followers, many often go unnoticed or are glossed over by most awards events. Ours caters specifically to ink artists and allows them to be recognized and appreciated in various categories. We encourage everyone who appreciates good work to participate; the more voters, the better.”

Once voting ends after April 15, the winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC on Friday, June 15th.

 

SAMPLE BALLOT

THE INKWELL AWARDS are for 2017 cover-dated
interior American comic-book material.

Favorite Inker: Favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist.

A) John Dell: The Clone Conspiracy (Marvel)

B) John Floyd: Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil (DC)

C) Jonathan Glapion: Action Comics, Dark Nights Metal (DC); Reborn (Image)

D) Mick Gray: Superman/Justice League (DC)

E) Dan Green: The Sandman Special (DC)

F) Scott Hanna: All-New Wolverine, Black Panther, Black Panther & The Crew, Great Lakes Avengers, Ultimates 2, X-men Blue (Marvel); Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special, DC Holiday Special, Justice League Of America, Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special, Superman, Trinity (DC)

G) Seth Mann: Batman, Trinity (DC)

H) Bill Sienkiewicz: Batman, Black Racer And Shilo Norman Special, Deathstroke (DC)

Most-adaptable: Artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists. (Every nominee must have at least two sources cited.)

A) Jonathan Glapion: Action Comics, Dark Nights Metal (DC); Reborn (Image)

B) Scott Hanna: Booster Gold & Flintstones Special, DC Holiday Special, Justice League Of America, Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special, Superman, Trinity (DC); All-New Wolverine, Black Panther, Black Panther & The Crew, Great Lakes Avengers, Ultimates 2, X-men Blue (Marvel)

C) Jay Leisten: Green Lantern, Suicide Squad (DC); Incredible Hulk, Monsters Unleashed, Secret Empire, Weapon X, X-men Gold (Marvel)

D) Mark Morales: Aquaman, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special (DC); Immortal Brothers: The Tale Of The Green Knight (Image); Astonishing X-men, Spider-Man/Deadpool (Marvel)

E) Dexter Vines: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 (Dark Horse), Batman Beyond, Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps, (DC); Invincible, The Wild Storm (Image); Black Panther (Marvel)

F) Walden Wong: All-New X-Men, Astonishing X-men, Black Panther, Inhumans, Kingpin, Star Lord, Venom X-Men Blue (Marvel); Harbinger: Renegade (Valiant)

Props award: Ink artist deserving of more attention for their work over other pencil artists.

A) Marc Deering: All-New Wolverine, Black Panther, Star Wars: Dr. Aphra (Marvel)

B) Michelle Delecki: Catwoman: Election Night, The New Gods Special (DC)

C) Daniel Henriques: Green Lanterns, Justice League, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Supergirl (DC)

D) Tony Kordos: Batman & Robin Eternal, Cyborg, Flash, Justice league: Darkseid War (DC)

E) Jason Paz: Deathstroke, Justice League, Wonder Woman (DC)

F) Joe Prado: Justice League Of America: Rebirth, Green Lanterns, Superman (DC)

The S.P.A.M.I: Favorite Small Press And Mainstream/Independent ink work over another pencil artist (non-Marvel or DC work).

A) Sal Buscema: Rom (IDW)

B) Irene Flores: Hi-Fi Fight Club/Heavy Vinyl (Boom Studios)

C) Stefano Gaudiano: Manifest Destiny, Walking Dead (Image)

D) Mark Morales: Immortal Brothers: The Tale Of The Green Knight (Image)

E) Rodney Ramos: Normandy Gold (Titan Comics)

F) Robin Riggs: Black (Black Mask Comics)

G) Ryan Winn: Eternity, Divinity III (Valiant)

All-in-one award: Favorite artist known for inking his/her own pencil work.

A) Mitch Gerads: Mister Miracle (DC)

B) Joelle Jones: Lady Killer 2 (Dark Horse); Batman (DC)

C) David Marquez: Civil War 2, The Defenders, (Marvel)

D) Terry Moore: Motor Girl (Abstract Studios)

E) Dan Panosian: Slots (Image)

F) Stan Sakai: Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

G) Liam Sharp: Justice League, Wonder Woman (DC)

H) Mico Suayan: Bloodshot Salvation (Valiant)

NEW MS. INKWELL DEBUTS AT THE GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST: ATLANTIC CITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW MS. INKWELL DEBUTS AT THE GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST: ATLANTIC CITY

(New Bedford, MA/USA–March 27, 2018) The non-profit Inkwell Awards will debut a new spokesmodel, Skylar Lauren Godwin, as Ms. Inkwell at the Garden State Comic Fest: Atlantic City Edition on April 7-8, the next stop on their 2018 10th Anniversary show tour.

The Ms. Inkwell role is to serve as the advocacy’s public face, meet and greet creators and fans at shows, help with fundraising and raise awareness for their mission of education and promotion for the art of comic-book inking. Skylar, an avid cosplayer from North Carolina, was scheduled to debut at a later show to work beside the current Ms. Inkwell, Hailey Skaza-Gagne, who would train her. Skaza-Gagne had to cancel and Godwin was asked to start early.

“Hailey had a private family issue and needed to take a break for at least this appearance,” said Bob Almond, the Inkwells’ founder and director. “She’s been our exclusive Ms. Inkwell for a record 21 events and nearly three straight years of exemplary service and work ethic. She just hates disappointing the fans and creators whom she truly cherishes, but is confident Skylar can do the job. Skylar has a sincere enthusiasm and passion for this role and can’t wait to start.”

Said Godwin,”I was so excited when Bob Almond asked me to be apart of the Inkwell family this year as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. Heroes Con 2014 was actually the first time I met Bob and was introduced to the Inkwell organization. Little did I know that 4 years later I would be asked to be a part of this wonderful non-profit and have the great opportunity to work with such amazing people.”.

One or both Ms. Inkwells will also appear at the East Coast Comicon in Seacaucus, NJ, on April 27-29 and at the organizations’s eighth annual live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC, on June 15-17.

The character of Ms. Inkwell was created by Almond and Randy Green to garner more attention for their booth at shows. Since the spokesmodel’s first live appearance in April 2010 at the Pittsburgh Comicon, the role has been taken up by over a dozen talented women at various venues. The Inkwell Awards recently published the fundraiser “Ms. Inkwell Gallery Book,” featuring the character’s history along with exclusive pinup art from many contributing artists.

SINNOTT INKING CHALLENGE SPOTLIGHT on ERIK LARSEN AUCTIONS

 

For your info the Inkwell Awards’ first wave of Larsen Challenge eBay auctions have completed today and we just launched the second wave on our eBay Store Page. After that ends we’ll have a consecutive third week made up of Erik Larsen pages that didn’t initially sell so they’ll be delisted at a slightly discounted starting bid.  There will follow the 2-3 waves of the original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge after that. There will probably be a late third/fourth Larsen wave for some who shipped pages to me late, hopefully including mine, after the Sinnott ones. Special thanks to Stefan Kalscheid from the Official Savage Dragon Website who produced this file image above and the Larsen Challenge gif below. The tentative plan is that he’ll produce another one (or two) for the Sinnott pages. Thanks to all for their sharing our auction announcements on social media, for those who participated in the events and those who bid on and won these unique items!

CONTESTANTS

01 – Andy Smith
02 – Richard Clark
03 – Neil D Vokes
04 – Chris Madd
05 – Lebeau Underwood
06 – Joe Prado
07 – Tom Schloendorn
08 – Dee Fish
09 – Keith Williams
10 – Scott James
11 – Geof Isherwood
12 – Rodney Ramos
13 – Andy Owens
14 – Mark McKenna
15 – Scott Rosema
16 – Keith Champagne
17 – Mark Stegbauer
18 – Richard Bonk
19 – Rudy Nebres
20 – Idan Knafo Kerbis
21 – Rusty Gilligan
22 – Mike Sellers
23 – Kevin Conrad
24 – Don Hillsman
25 – Alex Saviuk

Randy Green Draws Inkwell Awards 10th Anniversary Print

From Comics for Sinners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Bedford, MA/USA—March 15, 2018
Inkwell Awards 10th Anniversary treat has been announced with Randy Green revisiting the spokesperson and mascot!

It’s been eight years since Randy Green co-created and designed their spokes-model Ms. Inkwell and he just finished penciling & inking a new image of Ms. India Wells; jungle girl on the prowl!

This sneak peek will be colored down the road and be available at each Inkwell Awards show appearances and on the Inkwell Awards site’s Store page as a signed & #’d “Inkwell Awards 10th anniversary” color print.

UPDATE: Inkwell ambassador Laura Martin has agreed to color the image.

FEBRUARY IS “INKWELL MONTH” AT AARDWOLF—Publisher Donates 10% of Sales to Advocacy Group

BOOKS FROM COCKRUM, COLAN & OTHER COMICS ICONS BENEFIT INKER AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS

(New Bedford, MA/USA—January 1, 2018) “February sales from Aardwolf Publishing will directly benefit the advocacy group, the Inkwell Awards” announced Jim Reeber, president of Aardwolf Publishing. The specialty publishing house said it was proud of the work that the Inkwell Awards does and happy to help the non-profit group as it begins its 10th anniversary of advocacy.

“Tithing makes sense to those who comics are practically religion to,” quipped author Clifford Meth, a co-founder of Aardwolf and a Special Ambassador to the Inkwell Awards. “We only recently entered an epoch where comics creators began receiving due recognition and fair compensation for their work. Bob Almond and the Inkwell Awards are a vital part of that paradigm shift; they are solid advocates who are making a difference and I’m proud to be affiliated with their mission and accomplishments.”

Bob added “The Inkwells are extremely fortunate and grateful to have the altruistic financial support of Aardwolf Publishing behind us in February. Cliff and Jim are the real deal and have been fighting the good fight as advocates in our community since I discovered them when I contributed to The Uncanny Dave Cockrum: A Tribute book in 2004 long before I formed my own non-profit. I was honored when Cliff accepted the position of Inkwell special ambassador in 2014 and I am again honored and thrilled by this generous gesture.”

Aardwolf Publishing has published art and stories from some of the industry’s iconic creators including Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, Joe Kubert, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Gene Colan, Marie Severin, Gray Morrow and Dave Cockrum, with new collections slated from Joe Sinnott, Don Perlin and the late Rich Buckler.

Visit Aardwolf Publishing at www.aardwolfpublishing.com and the Inkwell Awards at http://www.inkwellawards.com/

 

Inkwell Awards Announces Joe Sinnott Challenge and Erik Larsen Spotlight Contributions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(New Bedford, MA/USA—February 22, 2018) The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, is having their eighth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge, beginning in April. They also have their third annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, which focuses on the pencil art of a legendary creator/artist/writer/publisher. This year it’s Image Comics’ co-founder Erik Larsen. Artwork from both will be auctioned afterwards for fundraising.

“Due to the ongoing success of the original Sinnott Challenge, we expanded the program to include the Spotlight Challenge two years ago, with even better results,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA “The Inkwells”). “We chose to showcase other contemporary, fan-favorite talents on a smaller scale with published and established inkers who may not have participated in the original challenge. We proudly featured the amazing pencils of DC co-publisher Jim Lee for 2016 and last year we were thrilled to have the great Neal Adams.”

The original Inking Challenge educates the public about inking by having industry legend and Inkwell Special Ambassador Joe Sinnott do a tight pencil of a character plus a “breakdown,” or rough sketch of another. This year, the characters are from Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” hit film with Loki and Hela. Sinnott’s art was scanned and the file sent in blue-line form to various inkers around the globe to finish and/or embellish in ink.

Ink artists contributing their skills this year include Ken Branch, Anthony Fowler, Jason Moore, Joe Orsak, Terry Pavlet, J.L. Straw, Scott Rosema, Tom Schloendorn, Mark Stegbauer, Neil Vokes, Keith Williams and dozens of others, plus members of the Sinnott family. Submitted art may be viewed at The Inkwells’ ComicArtFans gallery. All pieces will be personally signed by Sinnott and include a certificate of authenticity.

Coordinated by Almond, this year’s Challenge Spotlight on Erik Larsen is different. Unlike previous years which featured a published art page, Larsen is the first to create a cover-quality drawing, featuring his “Savage Dragon” creation and cast members, exclusively for this Inkwell event. All pages will be signed by Larsen and the inkers, and include a COA. Completed pages at press time include those by Keith Champagne, Richard Clark, John Dell, Geof Isherwood, Mark McKenna, Rudy Nebres, Andy Owens, Joe Prado, Rodney Ramos, Scott Rosema, Alex Saviuk, Mike Sellers, Andy Smith, Le Beau Underwood, Neil Vokes, Keith Williams and several students from the Kubert School.

Almond added, “Much kind thanks to Erik, Joe and Mark Sinnott, and all involved for their cooperation, support of our program, and appreciation of ink artists.”

Auctions for the Larsen Challenge original art will commence in February (date to be announced) on eBay and every other week thereafter, followed by the Joe Sinnott Challenge art and other late additions. The Sinnott art will eventually be collected into a book (the sixth such edition). Tentative plans are to also release a Larsen “Savage Dragon” book. Previous editions, along with other merchandise, are available for donations to the organization through their web store.

The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, 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.

 

 

INKWELL AWARDS CELEBRATES MILESTONE 10th SEASON WITH BUZZ/ALDRIN AW AND PAT BRODERICK AS AMBASSADORS

Inkwell Awards spokesmodel Hailey Skaza-Gagne with Pat Broderick (2017 Boston Comic Con)

(New Bedford, MA/USA–January 12, 2018): The 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy group, the Inkwell Awards, began its 10th season anniversary by electing artists Aldrin Aw (aka Buzz) and Pat Broderick as new creator ambassadors to help further the group’s mission of public promotion, education and recognition of the art form of inking and ink artists in the US comic book industry.

Both ambassador artists are veterans of Marvel, DC and other publishers, illustrating covers and interiors of many popular characters. Broderick began his career in the 1970s, Buzz in the 1990s.

“It’s always thrilling to have two veteran and fan-favorite creators like Buzz and Pat accept our invitation to add further credibility and exposure,” said Inkwell Awards founder and director Bob Almond. “I grew up enjoying Pat’s work. It’s been wonderful the last few years seeing him and his wife Pat return to convention touring, working on commissions and being back on comic assignments. He has been nothing but respectful of our mission and supportive of our non-profit. Buzz, meanwhile, has been a top professional and prolific Inkwell donor over the years. I was pleasantly stunned last year when, unsolicited, he offered to join us as a Special Ambassador to assist with fundraising and maximize those efforts. Buzz’s massive show exposure, his recognition, contacts and influence make him a worthy and extraordinary asset to us. With improved funding and resources, we can aspire to accomplish more than ever before.”

Inkwell Awards spokesmodel Hailey Skaza-Gagne with Aldrin Aw/Buzz (2017 Terrificon)

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, Eric Basuldua, Phil Jimenez, Jim Shooter, Brian Pulido, Jim Starlin, Laura Martin along with the late Joe Kubert and Rich Buckler. The more-involved Special Ambassadors include Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock, Mike McKone and Clifford Meth. Inkwell seasons commence in late summer and end with their awards ceremony at the annual host show of HeroesCon in June.

The Inkwell Awards is the only existing official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to publicly educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors from within the community. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Jim Sanders III: 1963 – 2017

Today family members and close friends reported on his Facebook wall that Marvel Comics’ ink artist Jim Sanders III had passed away yesterday, Monday the 20th of November. It was not reported what he died of but Jim had been sick for quite some time. The Inkwell Awards first became aware of Jim’s misfortunes when Josef Rubinstein brought it to Inkwell director Bob Almond’s attention in 2013. Hero Initiative had assisted Jim earlier but they do not normally assist return requests for help due to budget limitations. Jim and Bob had correspondence thereafter and the Inkwells circulated a message to the comic book community showing need, and subsequently, with the essential help of Inkwell special ambassador Clifford Meth, the non-profit was able to run two weeks of fundraising auctions to assist him with living conditions and expenses thanks to auctioneer Michael Kellar. Longtime Inkwell member Danny Best also assisted with this situation on his blog. Regrettably, requests for news/social media support fell short and the non-profit advocacy was only able to raise $455 not counting private donations. He again contacted Bob in 2016 after divorcing his wife, their last correspondence, and he said “thank you-I am overwhelmed by the support from those who gave it-very difficult time for me emotionally-disappointed by some but overall very greatful for those who helped and came thru-especially you knowing things have been rough for you these last months.” He was living in a nursing home but was soon actively taking on private commissions.

Born in Jacksonville, FL James Sanders would enter the comic book industry as a professional artist in the 1980s and would work for several publishers, primarily as an inker, over the years and into the 1990s such as Marvel/Marvel UK/Malibu/Epic, DC Comics, AC Comics, Valiant Comics, Image Comics and First Comics. “The Colonel”, as he was affectionately called by his friends, listed the following as his career summary on his Facebook account (edited): “freelance artist-formerly for Marvel and DC comics-primarily an inker, but has done coloring and character design- has worked with pencillers Ron Lim, Bryan Hitch, Todd McFarlane, and Erik Larsen- I am now open for commissions, both pencil and/or inks of comic book and fantasy characters-no nudity or porn plz”.

The Inkwell Awards offers our sincerest condolences to Jim’s family and loved ones for their loss.

Two New additions to the 2017 Inkwell Awards Convention Tour!

Right at the end of he year I was taken for a pleasant surprise when special supporter Spencer Beck called and invited Inkwell spokesmodel Hailey Skaza-Gagne and myself to two, new shows as guests. A couple of weeks back it was for the New Jersey Comic Expo in Edison, NJ on November 18-19 and the latest is that we’re attending the first Ace Comic Con on Long Island, NY on December 8-10. That’s a record 9 shows for the year (and 20 consecutive appearances for Hailey since she started her journey as Ms. Inkwell.  The exposure and demand has clearly increased and I truly anticipate our tour for 2018 on our 10th anniversary.