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 DICK AYERS: 1924-2014

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

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

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

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

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

SIGNED JOE SINNOTT DVDs TO BE AUCTIONED IN MARCH WITH THE SINNOTT INKING CHALLENGE!

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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.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO INKWELL AMBASSADOR MIKE MARTS!

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;-)

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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.