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As I do every year, in my live ceremony speech at Heroes Con I present the Special Recognition Awards for members of the Inkwell team who are leaving the core committee after having served on good standing for at least a year and to those who have made an exceptional accomplishment. Below is an excerpt from my speech which rewards three outstanding team members for their service and contributions to our advocacy: Continue reading BOB’S BLOG: INKBLOTS: The 2014 Special Recognition Awards
The live awards ceremony where the 2014 Inkwell Awards award recipients were first publicly announced took place June 21 at Heroes Con. The results were posted online June 24 at First Comics News. Now this annual and updated information has been added to the website along with the winners’ acceptance speeches and all of the ballot nominees. The video recording of the event will be subsequently added sometime this summer.
Voting for the 7th annual Inkwell Awards (the “Inkwells”) has ended and the comic book inking advocacy group will present its live awards ceremony during this summer’s Heroes Con, held June 20-22 in Charlotte, NC, to reveal the highly-anticipated results.
Rather than just “Favorite Inker”, the Inkwells have five categories, including the “Props” award for under-recognized professionals, and the S.P.A.M.I., for favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent work. Thousands of voters came to the group’s web site to vote online from May 15-30.
“After another productive year spreading the word about the art form and its vital contribution to the industry, the Inkwell family is thrilled to celebrate with fans the culmination of that time, effort and passion by recognizing the industry’s best ink artists,” said Bob Almond, the non-profit organization’s founder and director. “We’re forever grateful to Heroes Con and their staff for making this mission an annual reality, supporting the community and giving fans an opportunity to learn more about and appreciate this often overlooked part of the business.”
Representing the Inkwell Awards, committee member Erick Korpi appeared at the Kubert School for their annual scholarship awards ceremony which took place on Friday May 2 to personally hand the 2014 Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Award of $1000 to this year’s student recipient Aysegul Sinav. Originally from Turkey, she is the fifth award recipient since the scholarship was created by the Inkwell Awards in 2010 following the passing of artist and committee member Dave Simons in 2009. Erick spoke briefly before presenting the financial award to Aysegul alongside instructors and VPs Adam and Andy Kubert. Dave’s sister Bette Simons will have a statement to be read for her at the Inkwell Awards live awards ceremony at Heroes Con June 21st. For more info about Dave Simons or the previous Kubert School student recipients from the last four years you can find that here. Continue reading 5th Dave Simons Scholarship Award Recipient Awarded at The Kubert School!
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 WAS ACTIVE FROM APRIL 15-30. VOTING HAS NOW ENDED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT! THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE INKWELL AWARDS 4TH LIVE AWARDS CEREMONY AT HEROES CON SATURDAY JUNE 21 AT 12:30. MORE INFO WILL BE POSTED AS THE EVENT GETS CLOSER.
The 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, 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.”
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!