On Monday November 13 the comic book community lost one of it’s best. He wasn’t an ink artist. Nor was he a contributor to the Inkwell Awards officially. Kevin Brogan was a volunteer of the Hero Initiative and he was a friend to the Inkwells. I’ve been too busy with assignments and obligations to post this article until now but to bring you up to speed I posted the following on my Facebook feed once I got wind that he was no longer with us on Tuesday the 14th. Later I heard from his niece Colleen Moore after reading my post. She had an email thread forwarded to my inbox filling in the details from family and Heroes Initiative members. From that I posted an update on 11/20:
“UPDATE: regarding the passing of The Hero Initiative’s Kevin Grogan, it turned out that this morning at 10am EST was his funeral mass livestream. I missed it but it was saved and can still be viewed here: https://youtube.com/live/A7DI5cAjXAU?feature=share
I did receive and read the email threads that many of Kevin’s peers and friends that discussed his status from having first caught Covid through his back & forth hospital visits and stay over the course of over a month until he developed an infection and was put on a ventilator. It all filled in gaps I was missing to his tragic story. His niece Colleen Moore who’s been the point person for the family and the comic book creator community also announced there will be a memorial service for Kevin in January in the DC area. I’ll share here as soon as I know more. I will also post this info on the Inkwell Awards website once my schedule allows. He was a friend of the non-profit and supported us through his actions and spirit all the while a very active member of HI. That makes him family.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Artist Submissions Open For The 2023 Inkwell Awards
(New Bedford, MA/USA—November 21, 2023) The non-profit Inkwell Awards is requesting professional submissions for its annual recognition event. Submissions are open for ink-work samples of two to four interior pages (no covers or pinups) of any US-published and printed comic-book. Webcomics are permitted as long as they have also been printed. Inks may be either traditional or digital (as long as done by hand and not by software). Artists much choose one or more of the following categories for each submission:
1. Favorite Inker: favorite ink artist over the pencils of another artist. (Cannot be nominated for the “Props” category.)
2. Most-Adaptable: showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists (Minimum two pages per penciller, up to six.)
3. Props award: ink artist deserving of more attention for their work over other pencillers.
4. The S.P.A.M.I: for favorite Small Press And Mains
5. All-in-One award: for favorite artist inking his/her own pencils.
Submissions must be from comics cover-dated 2023 and sent to email@example.com to be received no later than January 20, 2024.
“As the only non-profit organization devoted to public education and promotion of the art of comic book inking, we want the process to be open and fair,” said Bob Almond, founder, and director of the only The Inkwell Awards. “While our volunteer nomination committee (the ‘NomCom’) can still submit their choices, they just can’t see all the wonderful work during the year from all publishers large and small. Submissions help both voters and artists to hopefully make the process easier and fairer. It’s up to the artists to be recognized for their talent, skill and hard work.”
The Inkwell Awards requires all submissions to meet certain rules and guidelines, which can be found on their website, or by emailing them at the above address, which may also be used for questions.
Ray Burke: Submissions, assistant director
The Inkwell Awards is the only official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and educate regarding the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Established in 2008, the Inkwells are overseen by a volunteer committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.