FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (New Bedford, MA/USA—January 11, 2024) The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, after having released the list of artists participating in its seventh annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, can now announce the dates that these pages will be on the eBay auction block and the final roster of artists. This year’s Challenge features legendary creator Walter Simonson‘s take on Marvel Comics’ Ben Grimm, the Thing from the Fantastic Four. Ultimately 27 artists participated to support this educational and fundraising program, turning in their interpretations of his blueline drawing printed up on board. A gif of over half of the submitted images is attached below.
Adriano di Benedetto
Guy Dorian Sr.
Chris IvyWAVE 2 will launch on Saturday January 27:
Jose Marzan Jr.
Oclair Alberto Silvério
“These days, I mostly ink my own pencils. It was a delight to be able to participate in the Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight for the Inkwell Awards. I penciled a portrait of the Thing and inked it myself after scanning the pencils. The scan was provided to over two dozen inkers and I was able to see how each of them would interpret my pencils, providing a look at the craft of inking and seeing so many unique results created from a single drawing. Thank you, one and all.”
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.