I annually discuss the recipients of the Silver Inkwell Awards (formerly the ‘Special Recognition Awards’ before an actual award was named that this year). Sometimes the silver inkwell trophy is given to nomination committee members who’ve served five years as a reward for that hard work. But there weren’t any of those this year. This year it went solely to core committee members who resigned in good standing…and we had three members with this status this season. This is regrettable but it’s life. And this is about celebrating the good they did for our organization.
The press release was released first thing Monday morning at FirstComicsNews following the live event that took place Friday June 19 at the Inkwell Awards’ host show Heroes Con. The 4th Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge book also has it’s own, different report of the results in it. The only development that changed following the press release being sent to FCN was that Erick Korpi and Michael Kellar did indeed show up and attend the ceremony and accept their silver inkwells. Regrettably, while the full results and related info like statements will be added to the website this summer, there was a problem with recording the ceremony so we do not have a video of it, which is tragic because this was our best ceremony yet. We’ll probably do like five years ago and add the transcript to my speech. Here is a quick rundown of the winners:
FAVORITE INKER: Victor Olazaba
MOST-ADAPTABLE INKER: Walden Wong
PROPS: Wade von Grawbadger
S.P.A.M.I.: Dan Parsons
ALL-IN-ONE: Fiona Staples
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (SRA): Bernie Wrightson
JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME AWARD: Joe Kubert and Steve Ditko
(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 10, 2015) Results from the 8th annual Inkwell Awards will be presented at the inking advocacy group’s 5th live awards ceremony this June 19-21 at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. Legendary ink artist Klaus Janson will be one of the speakers.
“It’s exciting and rewarding to celebrate with fans in recognizing the industry’s best ink artists,” said Bob Almond, the non-profit organization’s founder and director. “Since one of the major awards organizations dropped their ‘best inker’ category years ago and later began awarding ‘best penciller/inker team’ to individuals, we’ve been proud to pick up the slack and show the world the vital and varied contributions made by inkers.”
UPDATE 2/15: VOTING HAS ENDED. THE BALLOT BLOX IS CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
UPDATE 2/16: THE INKWELL AWARDS VOTING RESULTS ARE IN AND THE AWARD RECIPIENTS CONTACTED! We are now awaiting responses from them in regards to attending our Heroes Con awards ceremony. Thanks to all who voted and spread the word. Congratulations to the nominees and especially the confidential winners who will be announced in Charlotte on June 19 and subsequent press and social network announcements.
The ballot for the 2015 Inkwell Awards is now live and will remain so from May 1st until May 15 at midnight EST. Voting is open to anyone but only one ballot per ip address will be recognized. Thank you and good luck to all nominees!
*NOTE: we’ve learned that the ballot is not accessible when using the Chrome browser. Other browsers seem to work fine as far as we know.
As reported today at First Comics News:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Voting Is Open For The Inkwell Awards From May 1-15
(New Bedford, MA/USA—April 30, 2015) The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the education and promotion of the art of inking, invites everyone to vote for the industry’s best of the past year. The official public ballot will be available on the Inkwell Awards’ homepage from May 1 through May 15. Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professionals.
The ballot also lists the nominees for the internally-chosen Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame (“HoF”) lifetime achievement award. To avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters, the two winners have been chosen by a separate, pre-arranged Hall of Fame Nomination Committee. Current nominees are listed as a courtesy. Past HoF award recipients can be found on the organization’s web site.
It’s been almost exactly two years since I last ran an Unsung Heroes article (on Larry Dempsey) for my Inkblots column so I’m obviously overdue (former articles were on Michael Netzer & Bob McLeod and Serge LaPointe & PJ Magalhaes). This time I wanted to give special recognition to our retailer associates who we never want to take for granted. They have assisted us in two crucial programs, the COMPliments Program and Fundraising. Early on Bob Shaw helped establish our general fundraising system where we not only acquire donations from artists at conventions to auction off on eBay but to purchase at cost the blank cover variant comics that suddenly became the rage at Marvel soon after we started up. We received these from a number of retailers at the time but most-notably Larry Harrison of Harrison’s Comics & Pop Culture, Ernie Pelletier Jr. of Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Jay Pillarella of Rubber Chicken Comics, and Nate Machado from New England Comics.
As was reported back in November and December, The non-profit Inkwell Awards have obtained a historic and unique CBCS-graded collectible by legendary artists Neal Adams & Joe Sinnott for fundraising to the inking advocacy. This slabbed Batman sketch art (graded 9.4) was previously described in detail at the blog of author and Inkwell special ambassador Clifford Meth and it was reserved until the spring due to the then-upcoming holidays and winter off-period. This auction will now debut March 13 along with donations from other community artist supporters to inaugurate an event that the charity organization has dubbed The Sinnott Spring Celebration from March through May.
Every week to two weeks, in addition to other donations, there will be a unique donation item from or relating to Inkwell Awards Hall of Fame namesake, special ambassador and iconic ink artist Joe Sinnott. Other such items include a Wolverine ink sketch on a blank variant cover comic, original inked Deathlok art over a pencil sketch and donation from the creator of the character Rich Buckler, and a painting of Joe by artist Joe Orsak that will be used for the 4th Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge book that collects most of the pages donated from last year that will debut at Heroes Con June 20. In April the 5th Sinnott Inking Challenge event (used to educate about inking) auctions will run with inked original art pages for sale for fundraising by the likes of participants John Dell, Andy Smith, Mark McKenna, Neil Vokes, Keith Champagne, Jack Purcell, Keith Williams, Mark Pennington, Gerry Acerno, Jeff Austin, and many more surprises from over twenty-five artists including even family participation from Joe Sinnott’s son Mark and daughter-in-law Belinda! So please bookmark our eBay store and check in weekly for some real milestones!
Fred Fredericks (Harold “Fred” Fredericks Jr.) was a artist/cartoonist/inker known for his work on the King Features properties The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician. In the late 1980s-early 1990s he inked many titles for Marvel Comics including Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja, Punisher War Journal, Daredevil, Quasar, G.I. Joe and Defenders of the Earth. He passed away Sunday March 8 after a long illness. The Inkwell Awards express their condolences to Fred’s family and loved ones for their loss.
Artist/Inker Norman Lee was announced as having disappeared March 5th while vacationing on the Cayman Islands with his wife of five years Jan. They were snorkeling when she lost sight of Norman and presumed he’d returned to shore. When he wasn’t found the authorities were called in, resulting in a search & rescue, and later a search & recovery, which was called off by Cayman police on Saturday the 7th. People.com has coverage on this tragedy.
Here’s the edited invitation with info on the 2015 Challenge below as it was emailed out to many artists on January 8. For those artists interested they can contact us with the info below but only for a limited time.
WHAT IS IT?
The Inkwell Awards proudly invites you to the fifth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge!
Our Hall of Fame Award is named after Joe. With his approval and support, we have taken a couple of his pencil fundraising donations, originally rendered on blank variant cover comics, enlarged and converted them to bluelines for inking. Interested?
We’ve chosen ink artists and embellishers who are 1) part of our organization, 2) Inkwell award recipients, and/or 3) notable for their career inkwork, whether veterans of the past or present. However, any inker can request to take part. We may ask for your credentials and have the right to refusal in the project or in the subsequent book.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Simple! First, for fundraising and educational purposes, we invite to ink one or both of these pieces–your choice, our honor. We’ll take the final images and post them on our online gallery alongside Joe Sinnott’s initial pencil art in order to educate the public as to what ink artists like you actually do and how much you contribute to the artform.
Secondly, these pieces will be auctioned to raise funds for our vital operational needs and philanthropic programs like the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund (for selected students of the Kubert School) and our COMPliments Program which allows HoF inkers who are no longer on publishers’ comp lists to receive collections of their work through us and not have to purchase them.
Finally, if and when we publish a print collection of the pieces like we’ve done in the past, your art, bio and info may be included (space-willing and not guaranteed) and, if so, we’ll gladly ship you a comp copy at our expense.
Last year’s successful program brought in over $2,800 from our eBay auctions and this year we anticipate an even better outcome. You can check out previous samples of donations from our first four years at our Comic Art Fans gallery: (See top left labelled links.) Continue reading The 5th Annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Launches!