Bob has been a comic book fan since elementary school and that will never change. After graduating with a BFA in illustration at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1990, Bob advanced to the professional status of an ink artist in ’92 cutting his teeth on WARLOCK & THE INFINITY WATCH for two years for Marvel Comics. This led to an unbroken stint with Marvel for the next ten years, culminating with his three year run with Priest and Sal Velluto on the critically-acclaimed BLACK PANTHER series, leading to his winning of two Squiddies awards and an Ooks award for ‘Best/Favorite inker’.
With projects at numerous publishers over the years like DC, Malibu, Wildstorm, Penny-Farthing Press, Acclaim, Harris and A First Salvo among others, Bob returned to Marvel in 2007 for ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST-QUASAR. In the last few years Bob had noticed that the credit usually designated to inkers was not as prevalent as it used to be and with the craft often misunderstood to begin with, especially with the onset of ‘digital inking’ he began writing his ‘Inkblots’ column in SKETCH MAGAZINE in 2007 in order to educate, discuss shop talk, and share his career experiences and the history of the medium.
This ultimately led to the formation of The Inkwell Awards in 2008 in his column which subsequently sprouted into what you see here today thanks especially to SKETCH editor Bill Nichols, Tim Townsend, Jimmy Tournas, and Daniel Best, the invaluable support of Adam Hughes and Mike Marts, as well as a legion of contributors and ink artists Bob is proud to know and associate with.
For over 25 years in film and television as a Background/Stunt Coordinator, Stuntman, including 11 seasons on “Unsolved Mysteries”, Jim carried a passion for drawing and inking comics. After a long time of corresponding with Will Eisner he was hooked.
Jim started by inking posters and you can see an example of this on Ron Dante of the Archie’s website where Jim’s artwork for an Archie’s poster is prominently featured. From there he progressed to providing inks to covers and pin-ups for various independent books, to inking regularly. Some of the books he has inked on include Full Moon Craze, Shylock 3, Epoch, Wild Boys, The Expendable One and his own creation Gumshoe due out in late 2008.
Jim is also the owner/moderator for “The Inkwell” a Yahoo group founded by inker Chuck Gibson. The Inkwell is a group for fledgling and professional inkers who pool their information to better themselves as well to teach.
Michael W. Kellar was born August 1971, educated in the Texas school system from which he graduated Killeen High School in 1990. Michael enlisted in the United States Navy in 1991 and served overseas in Desert Storm, 1993 saw the end of his military contract. Upon departing the Navy in 1993, Michael entered the world of comic books, inking for Gravitywell Productions until 2001 at which time he joined the Army National Guard until 2006. Michael spent the better part of 2001-2007 focused on his family along with other aspects of life and in late 2006 would come back to the world on comic book inking. March 2007 would see Michael sign with Jolly Rogue Studios/Free Lunch Comics working on “Sky Pirates of Valendor” until August 2008 at which time he would become a Freelance Inker. September 2006 Michael began working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Salisbury, NC serving the Veterans who so proudly served our great country.
In January 2009, Michael would find another way to serve Veterans by becoming an inker for Heroes Fallen Studios with good friend Clayton D. Murwin. Lastly, March 2011 would see Michael join the ranks of Inkwell Awards first as a Contributor and then as a Committee Member in June of the same year. Michael currently resides in North Carolina where he is engaged to a wonderful woman, Melissa, and they are raising his 3 children and her son together.
Sarah L. Covert is a writer, editor, and publisher living in Charlotte, North Carolina with her adorable cats Shiva and Kal-El and her wonderful husband, Henry. She grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, where her love for reading and writing began. Sarah first became aware of comics when she watched Wonder Woman on television in her underoos before she started school.
Sarah began reading Archie Comics off the rack when she was only 5 years old. She moved to DC Comics pretty quickly after that. She has always been a DC girl at heart, but took a break from comics when she tired of the tights & capes.
When Sarah was in her late teens she was introduced to The Crow and Death: The High Cost of Living simultaneously. And she once again became hooked. Although her heart still lies with DC, she developed a strong preference for indie and small press comics – with a preference for horror and “true-to-life” comics.
She lived in Portland, Oregon for a decade, where her love for comics grew deeper. Sarah even got to play around in the Dark Horse warehouse a time or two. With Periscope Studios, Oni Press, and several notable artists and writers in the area, she found it easy to let her geek flag fly. She has an extensive collection of action figures and a modest collection of comics and original art.
Sarah’s interest in the unusual has landed her many fascinating opportunities. In addition to several award winning published poems and articles for online publications, she also created an expansive mythos for an alien culture featured in a sci-fi board game entitled You’n'IT. Sarah has even worked in film and television. She was Second Assistant Director for a zombie feature film called Flesh Of My Flesh. Later, she worked as the Associate Producer of the local public access program “Northwest Artist Spotlight”, and has contributed her talents to a smattering of short films. For several years she collaborated with Lurker Films, coordinating the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Zompire: The Undead Film Festival. Currently she brings the latest in Science-Fiction, Strange Tales, and Horror – news and reviews and has an exciting new project – Double Feature Press!
Having graduated HS as a Graphics Major, Joe attended RIJC for Graphics, which was put on hold, to serve in the military. He has always had a passion for comic book art, remembering his first book he ever read being Avengers #57, the first appearance of the Vision; He was hooked forever at that point. Having served for 14 years in the military, and now currently working with the Government, his passion has never diminished. He is currently in school, studying computer science and web-design with a separate passion for Comic Conventions. He is also the Staff Photographer for the Rhode Island Comic Con. He is proud to be a Inkwell Awards Core Committee member and a lending hand to the organization. Being associated with this team of outstanding people showed him that there are still good people in this world that care.
Born/raised in metro Detroit, Mike began drawing Batman on the backs of his kindergarten papers at age four and became addicted to Jack Kirby and other great artists’ work soon after. He attended the Kubert School at 17 where he learned the foundations of inking from instructor Ben Ruiz, and drooled over the ink work of Hal Foster, Alex Raymond and Joe Kubert from originals on the school’s walls. Later, Mike earned a suitable-for-framing BFA in Art Direction from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. He then lost his way as an award-winning advertising art director/copywriter for 15 years where his work was seen in by tens of millions of consumers who had no idea who he was. This soon led to writing, drawing and publishing his own comics such as Bru-Hed™ and Nasti: Monster Hunter™. He’s currently a married freelance storyboardist/writer/artist in central CA. Mike creates a weekly online football strip, Game BUZZ™ (http://gamebuzz.smackjeeves.com/) and blogs weekly (but not weakly) on all things artistic at WednesdaysHeroes.com (http://tinyurl.com/blogapw), where commissions are also available.
FORMER COMMITTEE MEMBERS
(November 2011 – June 2012)
(January 2008 – November 2011)
Past Founding Committee Member
(July 2009-August 2011)
(November 2008-June 2011)
(December 2010-March 2011)
(December 2008- June 2009)
Committee Member Emeritus
Ad Infinitum (Deceased)
(January 2008- July 2008)
Past Founding Committee Member
(January 2008- August 2008)
Past Founding Committee Member