14 Feb 2019

VOTING HAS ENDED. THANKS TO ALL WHO TOOK THE TIME TO PARTICIPATE. THE AWARD WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. AT THE GREAT PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON! (April 12-14) THE RESULTS WILL BE REVEALED AT THE INKWELL AWARDS LIVE AWARDS CEREMONY (date/time TBD).

2019 Ballot Voting for the 2018 Inkwell Awards categories is now open.

Click HERE to vote!

24 Dec 2018

<Copy/pasted from my Facebook page>

To celebrate the 501(c)(3) non-profit INKWELL AWARDS 10th anniversary just before the year ends here is the 11”x14” anniversary limited print on 100lb. cover stock! It is the first time spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell co-creator RANDY GREEN has rendered the character since he designed her with me in 2010. We were also fortunate to get Inkwell special ambassador and multiple award winning color artist LAURA MARTIN to do her palette magic on it. Asst Director and artist MIKE PASCALE handled the copy and design. All related parties, including me and senior live spokesmodel HAILEY SKAZA-GAGNE have signed the signed & numbered Artist Prints limited to only ten (pictured) which comes with a certificate of certification. There are also unsigned but numbered regular prints limited to 50. These will not be offered for sale once they sell out. If you find us at a show Hailey, myself and spokesmodel KATHY DENISE TAYLOR can sign the regular editions.

I hoped to have these for sale earlier as an option for holiday sale but all participants had assignments and obligations to fill up their time. At least it was finished in 2018, unlike the 6th and final Sinnott Inking Challenge/Anniversary album as mentioned a few days ago. Thanks to all involved, and especially GOOGLEPLEX COLLECTIBLES who turned these around and shipped them quickly! They came out GREAT!! Owner Dean Morris has been my vender, a supporting vender of the non-profit and is producing something special for us in 2019! #googleplexcollectibles

*Regular numbered version = $10 donation +s&h
*Limited numbered/signed version w/ CoA = $20 donation + s&h

These are available immediately and will soon be added to our website store or straight from me (at shows or to ship) dmralmond@gmail.com. Our next show will be the GREAT PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON! April 12-14! #greatphiladelphiacomiccon!

While supplies last! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Bob Almond

24 Dec 2018

<copy/pasted from Facebook> I’d like to apologize for the 6th (and intended to be final) JOE SINNOTT INKING CHALLENGE book which dually acts as a 10th anniversary album. It was delayed in 2017 for our anniversary in 2018 and it missed the June host show release. With only days remaining the completed sections put together by many gracious and supportive members and associates have barely been collected and developed beyond a proof. The buck stops with me and I apologize to not only anyone looking forward to seeing it but all the Challenge artist participants, the authors Cliff Meth and Tim Lasiuta, the various folks who fed Mike Pascale celebratory statements, Michael Netzer who painted a cover portrait of Joe Sinnott and Joe and Mark Sinnott themselves. We are making plans to try to get the book produced for 2019, preferably early on, through contacts. It will be something special so it’d be a shame if it were to languish in limbo indefinitely. I’ll report any updates here and please contact me if you can help or know someone that can!

Bob Almond

dmralmond@gmail.com

05 Oct 2018

Hello–

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! After 10 years and much feedback, the one-of-a-kind, non-profit Inkwell Awards is changing its nominating procedure so everyone gets a fairer shot. 

Now YOU, the ink artist (or your agent/publisher), can submit your work for nomination in any of our five categories. (Unlike some other awards, we will not charge a fee.) While our volunteer nomination committee (“NomCom”) can still submit their choices, they just can’t see all the wonderful work during the year from all publishers large and small. So it’s up to YOU! The specifics:

WHO WE ARE: 

In case you still haven’t heard, The Inkwell Awards (inkwellawards.com) is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now entering our 11th year, the organization is overseen by a volunteer committee of industry professionals and assisted by various pro ambassadors, numerous contributors and supporters. We sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

WHAT TO SEND:

  1. Up to THREE interior pages of professional comic-book ink work you’ve done from any USA-published comic book (per categories below) COVER-DATED 2018. Send links to your sample(s) (not general site links), or low-res image files. Do not send large 300ppi files–we’re not a printer!
  2. (Make sure you read and understand the ADDITONAL RULES below before sending.)
  3. Your NAME, preferred EMAIL ADDRESS, the TITLE/ISSUE #(s) and PUBLISHER.
  4. The CATEGORY(-IES) to which it belongs. (You may submit the same or different work to different categories, EXCEPT “Favorite Inker” and “Props”–pick one or the other.) Categories are:

1) Favorite Inker: favorite ink artist over the pencils of another artist. (Can’t be nominated for “Props.”)

2) Most-adaptable: showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists. (Minimum TWO pages, up to three.)

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 Mainstream-Independent comic book ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC).

5)All-in-one award: for favorite artist inking his/her own pencils.

WHERE TO SEND: Email samples to inkwellawards@yahoo.com, with the Subject “2018 Inkwell Awards.” (Questions? Same email or ask us on Facebook or Twitter @inkwellawards.)

WHEN TO SEND: The deadline is DECEMBER 31st, 2018 (we’ll post reminders, but earlier is better).

Since this is our first try at this, we have to be strict. PLEASE help us help you by following the directions specifically. If not, your work cannot be considered. We are merely a few working professionals who volunteer when time allows so we don’t have the time/manpower to micro-manage. 

ADDITIONAL RULES: 

-Inks can be with traditional or digital tools (e.g., brush, pen, marker, stylus, Apple Pen, Wacom, etc., but NOT pencils darkened/manipulated via Photoshop or other software).
-Our volunteer NomCom may also submit their choices. All entries will be considered equally and tallied. 

The core committee is not permitted to nominate, nor vote, for anyone (so save your bribes). 

-All links sent must be to the specific pages being considered. Any general site links will be ignored.

-If work does not meet the criteria above or is not submitted in accordance with these rules, it will not be considered. Fraudulent entries will be voided and will result in your not being considered for any future awards (and any awards won will be forfeited and given to the runner-up.) 

-The Inkwell Awards is not responsible for any power outages, server issues, software or hardware malfunctions, human error, acts of God, zombie apocalypses and any other stuff beyond our control. 

Again, if you have questions or need more info, send an email to either inkwellawards@yahoo.com, or to me directly at the address below.

Thank you and good luck!

Sincerely,

Bob Almond (and The Inkwell Awards Committee)

dmralmond@gmail.com

inkwellawards.com

@inkwellawards

25 Aug 2018

Photo by Pat McGreal

As reported by Newsarama yesterday on August 24, 2018, Russ Heath has passed away after a battle with cancer. Russ had just received the lifetime achievement award, the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award, this past June 15 at the final live awards ceremony at Heroes Con. Bob Almond shared the following at his Facebook account timeline:

Sad way to start a day. My only memory to share regarding Russ Heath was fairly recent and, apparently now, during a serious decline in his health this year. Russ was living at home last January when we contacted his close friend Steven L. Wyatt (who unofficially acted as a handler for conventions) that he had won the Inkwell Awards’ Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award. Russ was in a wheelchair but he wanted to attend Heroes Con to receive it and Steve hoped he could travel with him. Promoter Shelton Drum was ready to assist in any way for us to get him there. After some communication delays regarding travel plans I finally reached Steven in early April to sadly hear that Russ had to go to assisted living in Long Beach 140 miles away due to some mobility issues and would not be able to attend shows anymore. Communications were few and infrequent after that but we were able to ship the trophy to Steve and then waited for a follow-up. A pal of Steve’s, Pat McGreal, later contacted me saying that he lives near the home and Steve asked him if he could record on video Russ receiving the award. The recording was ultimately not used because Russ couldn’t think of anything to say and he was also dealing with hearing problems and confusion. So Pat captured a shot from the video to be used as a photo for the award ceremony slideshow by Inkwell contributor Ray Burke who was able to add it like 2 days from the event (shown below in comments). Much like Dick Giordano, Bernie Wrightson, Dick Ayers and Murphy Anderson before him, the Inkwell Awards were so relieved to be able to show appreciation for these masters’ works through a lifetime achievement award while they were still around to appreciate it. (Due to technical problems we weren’t able to add his name to our site yet so he wasn’t credited for our award on Wikipedia. That is being handled now.) Rest in peace, Russ!

The Inkwell Awards organization sends it’s sincere condolences to Russ’ family and loved ones.

01 Jun 2018

In our efforts to continue to promote the art form of inking and to educate the public on exactly what it is that we do and the quality standards we bring to the comic book sequential medium, as a service we are always willing to run an ink artist’s instructional classes ads here as an FYI. On Facebook I found this ad being sponsored by the London-based Orbital Comics posted by veteran and award-winning (and Inkwell nominated) inker Mick Gray yesterday and offered a helping hand which he enthusiastically approved. Hopefully some of you in the UK region or artists interested in doing the traveling for the event will consider attending this. Any questions? You can either ask them at the Orbital Comics website or Mick himself through his Facebook page/Messenger. DISCLAIMER: Otherwise we are not in any way affiliated with this event or the sponsor.

14 May 2018

The 8th Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge Wave One with Loki pages ran 2 weeks ago but the Hela listings for Wave Two are now up with 4 late and remainder Lokis in tow, 16 listings in all (plus two unrelated Rob Liefeld donations to celebrate the release of Deadpool2 this week). Lots of creativity and diversity here from Joe Sinnott as inked/embellished by participating artists such as Joe Orsak, Thomas Stocker, Ken Branch, Noah Barrett, Ariel Aguire, Charles Barnett III, Ed Eargle, Keith Williams, Mike Pascale, Mark Sinnott, Nick Papadimitriou, Rusty Gilligan and Tom Schloendorn! The eBay Store Page is here and these Challenge auctions will end Sunday evening May 20!

Last month we launched the 3rd Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, this year shining on Erik Larsen. Those Savage Dragon pages will be offered again in two weeks with season remainders, the final fundraising auctions before we celebrate the end of our 10th anniversary season with our 8th live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC the weekend of June 15-17.

The Joe Sinnott Challenge program debuted in 2011 by Inkwell founder & director Bob Almond which was inspired by art rep/promoter Steve Morger’s Big Wow Comicfest’s “Inking Panels” who consented to using the idea to meet the non-profit’s mission of educating about at the oft-misunderstood art form of comic book inking. The event is open to everyone, from established professions to small press/indie artists to fans and amateurs who want to try it out and ink the legendary Joltin’ One and Inking God Joe.  It also because a major, annual fundraiser for the organization. Due to it’s success, the spin-off Spotlight program launched in in late 2015, a brainchild of Bob and senior contributor Jim Tournas who imagined pulling in other master artists from yesteryear and contemporary “rockstars” to offer their pencil work for a limited number of veteran, published pros, invite only. The first two years were focused on Jim Lee and Neal Adams. Committee member Erick Korpi got the fledgling program off the ground with convincing Jim Lee to agree to be involved with DC Comics’ full support and former committee member Joe Goulart spearheaded the Neal Adams operations initially with Bob later taking over and running year three with Erik Larsen on his own. Unlike the original Sinnott Inking Challenge, no book collections have been approved from the Spotlight program to date. But they can all be seen at the Inkwell’s ComicArtFans gallery.

An earlier announcement featured Stefan Kalscheid’s Savage Dragon gif so here we present his Waves One and Two with Hela and Loki (edited to add in 2 late submissions).

 

25 Mar 2018

 

For your info the Inkwell Awards’ first wave of Larsen Challenge eBay auctions have completed today and we just launched the second wave on our eBay Store Page. After that ends we’ll have a consecutive third week made up of Erik Larsen pages that didn’t initially sell so they’ll be delisted at a slightly discounted starting bid.  There will follow the 2-3 waves of the original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge after that. There will probably be a late third/fourth Larsen wave for some who shipped pages to me late, hopefully including mine, after the Sinnott ones. Special thanks to Stefan Kalscheid from the Official Savage Dragon Website who produced this file image above and the Larsen Challenge gif below. The tentative plan is that he’ll produce another one (or two) for the Sinnott pages. Thanks to all for their sharing our auction announcements on social media, for those who participated in the events and those who bid on and won these unique items!

CONTESTANTS

01 – Andy Smith
02 – Richard Clark
03 – Neil D Vokes
04 – Chris Madd
05 – Lebeau Underwood
06 – Joe Prado
07 – Tom Schloendorn
08 – Dee Fish
09 – Keith Williams
10 – Scott James
11 – Geof Isherwood
12 – Rodney Ramos
13 – Andy Owens
14 – Mark McKenna
15 – Scott Rosema
16 – Keith Champagne
17 – Mark Stegbauer
18 – Richard Bonk
19 – Rudy Nebres
20 – Idan Knafo Kerbis
21 – Rusty Gilligan
22 – Mike Sellers
23 – Kevin Conrad
24 – Don Hillsman
25 – Alex Saviuk

19 Mar 2018

From Comics for Sinners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Bedford, MA/USA—March 15, 2018
Inkwell Awards 10th Anniversary treat has been announced with Randy Green revisiting the spokesperson and mascot!

It’s been eight years since Randy Green co-created and designed their spokes-model Ms. Inkwell and he just finished penciling & inking a new image of Ms. India Wells; jungle girl on the prowl!

This sneak peek will be colored down the road and be available at each Inkwell Awards show appearances and on the Inkwell Awards site’s Store page as a signed & #’d “Inkwell Awards 10th anniversary” color print.

UPDATE: Inkwell ambassador Laura Martin has agreed to color the image.

10 Jan 2018

WHAT IS IT?

The Inkwell Awards invites you to the eighth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge. With his approval and support, we have taken a couple of his pencil art fundraising donations and converted them to bluelines for inking. 

We’ve chosen ink artists who are A) part of our organization, B) Inkwell-Award recipients, or C) notable for their career inkwork, but any inker can take part, including novices. Some of you who missed previous Challenges asked to be added to the list and you are included here.

For fundraising and educational purposes, would you be willing to participate in inking one or both of these pieces? We’ll take the final images and post them on our Comic Art Fans gallery for comparison to Joe’s initial pencil art to showcase to the public the contributions and talents of ink artists. These pieces would also be auctioned off to raise funds for our vital operational needs and philanthropic programs. These include: 

—The Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund to the Kubert School; 

—The COMPliments Program (allowing HoF inkers who are not receiving collections of their work from publishers to receive them through us instead);

—Expenses for our live awards ceremony every June at Heroes Con, such as purchasing winners’ trophies, flights for award recipients, etc.

Thanks to generous artists like you, last year’s successful program (not counting the Neal Adams Spotlight spin-off) brought in over $2,100 and this year we anticipate an even better outcome. You can see samples of donations from our previous years at our Comic Art Fans gallery (top left-labeled links): http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=35444

ALL PROCEEDS RAISED go 100% to the non-profit and the only members paid for any services are legal, accounting and spokesmodels, as needed. NO Inkwell Committee Members or Volunteers have EVER received payment for their services.

WHAT TO DO?

If you are interested in contributing please REPLY back to myself <dmralmond@gmail.com> and senior contributor Tom Schloendorn <tom_schloendorna4@comcast.net> to confirm that you have the tools/capabilities to print up a hi-res blueline file on 11×17 2-ply Strathmore vellum board to ship back to me and we will promptly email you the hi-res file of either one or both images– please specify WHICH attached character you want. Files will usually be emailed within 24 hours of requests. (THE SAMPLES BELOW ARE LO-RES SIMPLY FOR REFERENCE ONLY). If you don’t have the printing capabilities and are an established, published professional but you’d like us to ship either or both pages of bluelined boards to you, please forward your shipping address to us in your reply. 

ONCE YOU ARE FINISHED, PLEASE EMAIL ME A 300dpi SCAN OF YOUR WORK BEFORE SHIPPING THE PAGE if you want to be included in any subsequent book collections.

If you cannot participate we totally understand about your busy schedules and lives making it a challenge but PLEASE LMK ASAP, REGARDLESS (if we do this again, we’d probably touch base with you again…BUT NOT IF YOU DIDN’T RESPOND). Should you know of another notable inker willing to participate, please pass on their email address so we can invite them; however, we have the right to not include a request and please be aware that no work is guaranteed to be included in our subsequent book collection. But to be eligible for the book you MUST send us a 300ppi hi-res scan at full size upon completion and before shipping. We will be following-up with friendly reminders prior to the deadline. 

WHAT’S THE DEADLINE?

The deadline is MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (12+ weeks). THE ART MUST BE SHIPPED AND RECEIVED by Mark Sinnott at:

Mark Sinnott

Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge

44 Spaulding Lane

Saugerties, NY 12477

***Joe Sinnott will sign every page. If you leave his blueline signature blank, he will sign it there (but it won’t be in the scan if used in the book). If you ink in his sig, he will sign the page outside the borders or wherever there is a good spot. Mark Sinnott will subsequently ship them to me for the auctions, which will run subsequent to that in 2-4 waves in April. (The less-inclusive Erik Larsen Spotlight Challenge art will run in late February-early March.)

SPECIFIC INKING NOTES: You can ink it ‘as is’ or reinterpret it, bringing something extra to the table….this year we will have a tightly-drawn LOKI and a loosely-drawn HELA.  You are encouraged to ink the logos to motivate more auction bids but you don’t have to.

Please LMK if you have any questions.

SUMMARY:

* reply to myself AND Tom if interested and request the hi-res blue line file(s) to be emailed or (vets only) the blueline print up(s) to be mailed with your shipping address.

* ship the art back upon completion to the Mark Sinnott address above. After that you can post it online publicly as long as you plug that (you may copy/paste): “It’s for the 8th JOE SINNOTT INKING CHALLENGE for the INKWELL AWARDS (http://www.inkwellawards.com) to promote and educate about the art form of inking and to raise funds for their non-profit organization and their annual Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund to the Kubert School.” (NOTE: Again, any art that is not hi-res scanned can NOT be scanned by us and will NOT used in a book.)

* we will be happy to mail you tax-exempt receipts upon request for your contribution.

* we will contact you later if we plan to include you in the book collection for the previous year’s contributions and get your bio/photo/comment information.

THANK YOU for your time, effort, and support, especially those who have been involved in this program for several years (you know who you are!).

Sincerely,

Bob Almond, director: The Inkwell Awards (w/ special thanks to asst director Mike Pascale)