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“To promote and educate about the art form of comic book inking and to show recognition for ink artists.”
“To promote and educate about the art form of comic book inking and to show recognition for ink artists.”

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Due to Unforeseen-scene circumstances the start of this years Inkwell Awards Auctions has been delayed.
We're hoping to have them up soon and thank you for your patience.
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(New Bedford, MA/USA—December 26, 2018) The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, has released the list of 24 artists participating in its fourth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight. This year’s Challenge features artist David Finch‘s take on DC’s iconic Batman. The artwork will be auctioned afterwards for fundraising.

The artists (in alphabetical order) are:

Gerry Acerno

Brett Breeding

John Beatty

Keith Champagne

Kevin Conrad

Marc Deering

John Dell

John Floyd

Scott Hanna

Scott Koblish

Tony Kordos

Jay Leisten

Criss Madd

Mark McKenna

Andrew Pepoy

Joe Prado

Rodney Ramos

Victor Olazaba Serna

Bill Sienkiewicz

Andy Smith

Mark Stegbauer

LeBeau Underwood

Keith Williams

Walden Wong

According to founder/director Bob Almond, the Spotlight Challenge, which grew out of its original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge, showcases other contemporary, fan-favorite talents on a more limited scale with veteran published inkers who may or may not have participated in other challenges. The previous three pencillers were Jim Lee, Neal Adams and Erik Larsen.

“We are thrilled to have such a positive response from such a great group,” Almond said. “We realize schedules are tight and ever-changing so we are grateful to those able to step up for this one.” He added that the list may change somewhat if schedules change but there will be 24 participants in total. “If there’s one thing we’ve learned during our decade-plus operation, it’s flexibility.”

The Challenge Spotlight furthers the inking advocacy’s dual mission of promoting the artform and educating the public. Blue-lined art files featuring a tightly pencilled David Finch Batman pinup are sent to the artists to finish and/or embellish in ink. Each inked page will be signed by Finch and the inker, and include a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Almond. All pages will then be auctioned off at a later date as a fundraiser. Fans will be able to see the difference in the pencilled and inked versions to better understand how much inkers contribute to the artform.

“On behalf of the Inkwells,” said Almond, “our sincerest thanks to DC, David, Erick Korpi for setting things up with myself and David, the inkers, and all involved for their cooperation, support of our program, and appreciation of ink artists.”

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.
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Inkwell Awards Changing Host Show Location from HeroesCon to the Great Philadelphia Comic Con!
The Inkwell Awards are so excited to announce this arrangement update! The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! is now our new, ongoing host show and they're rolling out the red carpet for us in April 2019! Please SHARE and spread the news!
https://www.firstcomicsnews.com/inkwell-awards-changing-host-show-location-from-heroescon-to-the-great-philadelphia-comic-con/?fbclid=IwAR3wEmellfPsk4wJp88s5JA0r9vTCEYae1M7ZO27Z6_udtZ9FM--vFPILtA
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INKWELL AWARDS FUNDRAISING AUCTIONS:
For those of you interested, they will be further delayed until after the new year, resuming early to mid-January. We’re so sorry for this schedule delay but we’ve had personal schedule conflicts leaving us unable to maintain this obligation at this time. Thank you for your patience and we will announce when the biweekly auctions resume again in a few weeks. Happy holidays to you all!
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Inkwell Awards Adds New Special Ambassadors


(New Bedford, MA/USA–9/27/2018): The 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy group, the Inkwell Awards, elected artists Rags Morales and Dan Parsons as new Special Ambassadors to help further the group’s mission of public promotion, education and recognition of the art form of inking and ink artists in the US comic book industry.


Both ambassador artists are award-winning industry veterans. Rags Morales has worked for 29 years as an artist for Marvel, DC, Valiant, TSR and others. In addition to drawing popular characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and The Avengers, he was an instructor at The Kubert School. Dan Parsons, who began his career in the 1990s, is an artist known for his work in comics (“Star Wars,” “Nightwing,” “Harpy”), film (“Game Of Thrones,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and related fields (Ayn Rand's “Anthem,” Edgar Rice Burroughs properties cover artist).


Morales issued the following statement: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest inkers this industry had to offer–Bob Almond among them–and every one of them had hidden strengths that aren’t readily apparent when seeing them gloss over other talents...Inkers are the final word; and it’s my pleasure to be working with Bob as an ambassador for the Inkwell Awards, shedding light on an often misunderstood and completely necessary, great and unique craft that is comic-book art."


Parsons added, “Since I am an overworked and underpaid artist these days, I don’t get down to the comic-book store as much as I used to. But when I do, it’s the inking I am going there for! No offense to painters, writers, pencillers, colorists or letterers, but it has always been the inking that has inspired me. I am truly grateful that there is an institution like the Inkwells that shares my inspiration!”


Since the organization was formed in 2008, the roster of Inkwell Ambassadors has included Adam Hughes, Mark Brooks, Sal Velluto, Cully Hamner, Eric Basuldua, Phil Jimenez, Jim Shooter, Brian Pulido, Jim Starlin and Laura Martin along with the late Joe Kubert and Rich Buckler. The more-involved Special Ambassadors include Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock, Mike McKone, Clifford Meth, Pat Broderick and Aldrin Aw, aka “Buzz.”


For more statements from the two artists and Bob please visit their website.


The Inkwell Awards is the only official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to publicly educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Now beginning its 11th year, 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.



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INKWELL AWARDS FUNDRAISING AUCTION CLEARANCE SALE ON REMAINDERS! Launching now are about 2 dozen affordable deals on neat items to help clear out the inventory of signed original art and signed prints (and because the Dreaded Deadline Doom has made it impossible to prepare new auction listings at the moment). Arthur Suydam (2), Rags Morales, Josh Adams, Dexter Vines, Brian Kong, David Williams, Zeea Adams (2), Michael Golden, Robert Bruno, Bob Petrecca, Jason Casey (2), Michael J Zeck, Kim DeMulder, Christopher Ivy, Diana Leto, Will Torres, Jay Fosgitt, Ken Branch, Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding and Paul Mounts! PLEASE TAKE A LOOKSIE AND PLEASE SHARE!!! https://www.ebay.com/str/inkwellawardsstore

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NOW LIVE IS ANOTHER WEEK OF NEW INKWELL AWARDS FUNDRAISER AUCTIONS ON EBAY! 14 donations collected from San Diego Comic Con (thanks to Mike Pascale) and something different offered: MINI-SKETCH ORIGINAL ART! Several listings are for small-sized sketches for much less than what a variant blank cover sketch or 11X17 page of original art would cost. The generous donors who support the 501(c)(3) non-profit this week include Frank Cho w/ Gerhard(2), Victor Olazaba Serna, Zander Cannon, Paul Dale, Aaron Lopresti, Scott Williams, Josef Rubinstein, Ron Lim, William Stout, Patrick Block, Mark Sparacio and Dan Parsons Art!!! PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AND *SHARE*!!! https://www.ebay.com/str/inkwellawardsstore


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Inkwell Awards Changing Host Show Location from HeroesCon to East Coast Comicon
https://www.firstcomicsnews.com/inkwell-awards-changing-host-show-location-from-heroescon-to-east-coast-comicon/
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IT'S ANOTHER, NEW INKWELL AWARDS SEASON AND THE FIRST FUNDRAISING AUCTIONS ARE NOW UP! 13 listings in our eBay store this week of items generously donated to support the 501(c)(3) non-profit Inkwells from Joe Jusko(3), Joe Prado (w/ Ivan Reis), Rags Morales, Keith Giffen, Doc Shaner(3), Simon Bisley, Diana Leto and Tom Chu (w/ Roger Andrews)! PLEASE TAKE A LOOK! AND PLEASE SHARE! https://www.ebay.com/str/inkwellawardsstore?_dmd=1&rt=nc
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**FINAL INKWELL AWARDS FUNDRAISING AUCTIONS OF THE SEASON are now on eBay! Besides the recently announced new items (2 Spider-man OA strips signed by STAN LEE, ALEX SAVIUK, JOE SINNOTT & JANICE CHIANG) that end in 4+ days, and the relisted Spider-man splash pencilled by Joe Sinnott and inked by Alex Saviuk ending in 3+ days! We also have a new Mark Texeira Ghost Rider sketch card, and 22 more discounted relisted items, including the final 8 Loki/Hela Sinnott Challenge pages, all ending in 7 days and these will be the final season auctions for at least 2-3 weeks. Zeea Adams(2)! Jay Fosgitt! Timothy Truman! Reilly Brown! Will Torres! Josh Adams! JK James Kenneth Woodward! Steve Uy! Jason Casey(2)! David Williams! CP Charles Paul Wilson III! Brian Kong! Sinnott & Thomas Stocker! Sinnott & Michael Munshaw! Sinnott & Tom Schloendorn! Sinnott/Rusty Gilligan! Sinnott/Nick Papadimitrious! Sinnott & Keith Williams! Sinnott & Joe Orsak! PLEASE BID/ PLEASE SHARE!**https://www.ebay.com/str/inkwellawardsstore

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