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Tschloendorn
05-19-2009, 12:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The INKWELL AWARDS have returned for their second big year. More information can be found at the official and regularly updated and expanded web-site (http://www.inkwellawards.com)

THE COMMITTEE

After the results of the first Inkwell Awards much has changed. Two of the founding members, inker Tim Townsend and publisher Bill Nichols, chose to step down. Replacing both men are inker Dave Simons (Ghost Rider, Army Of Darkness) and art representative Bob Shaw (Comic Art House). Both men have brought vision and energy to the Awards.

THE CATEGORIES

After the 2008 Awards it was decided, by committee, that the Awards would be streamlined and no longer career retrospective in theme (except for the Hall of Fame). As such there are new categories for 2009 and they are as follows:

Favorite Inker: favourite inker over another's pencil art from '08 material

Most Adaptable: showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists in '08

Props Award: inker over others' pencil art deserving of more attention from '08

The SPAMI: favourite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent: '08 cover-dated ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work)

All In One Award: Favourite artist known for almost-exclusively inking his/her own pencil work and rarely the work of others in '08

The Joe Sinnott Award: Hall Of Fame designation for an inking career of outstanding accomplishment. Lifetime achievement (minimum 15 years) not limited to '08 material.

THE VOTING

The voting process has also been refined. Instead of an open ballot, ala 2008, this year has seen a collection of nominators consisting of notable industry experts, journalists and professionals alike who have elected to vote for artists in those categories. The nominators will elect the artists they believe fit the categories, the committee will validate those choices, and voting will then be open for the general public. The overall winners will be those artists with the most votes at the end of the process. A full list of the nominators can be found at the Inkwell Awards web-site (http://www.inkwellawards.com/friends.html). The nominators will be a rotating list, changing from year to year, to ensure diversity and fairness in both the nominating and voting process.

May 2009 will see the final tallying of the nominations as the ballots are received. The official ballot of nominations will be posted on June 1st and voting will run for the entire month, ending June 30th.


SUPPORT AND FUNDRAISING

2009 has seen the Inkwell Awards connecting with a growing list of supporters and affiliates within the comic book industry. Notable artists who have donated their time and art include Whilce Portacio, Steve Rude, Alan Weiss, Dave Simons, Trevor Von Eeeden, Scott Wegener, Steve Rude, Walter Simonson, Paul Gulacy, Dick Ayers, Mark Texeria, Bob Layton, Jim Starlin, Paul Ryan, Joe Sinnott, Norm Breyfogle, Alan Kupperberg and many more. The outpouring of support for these awards has been heartening and warmly welcomed. To additionally raise revenue for expenses, a collection of '08 sketch donations signed by multiple contributors, are free with a donation of $10. In addition to this The 2009 San Jose Super-Con will be selling an ashcan for their annual Inking Panel to also raise funds.

THE INKWELL AWARDS are an all new, exciting award set up to celebrate the often overlooked and under-appreciated artistry of inking within the comic book industry. THE INKWELL AWARDS have been established and overseen by a number of professionals from all aspects of the comic book industry, including such artists as award founder and director Bob Almond (Black Panther, Annihilation: Conquest-Quasar, Warlock), James Tournas (Full Moon Craze, Shylock, Epoch), Dave Simons (Ghost Rider, Army Of Darkness) along with Bob Shaw (Comic Art House) and Daniel Best (Andru & Esposito: Partners For Life) and fully-supported by Adam Hughes (Tomb Raider, Justice League, Wonder Woman, All Star Wonder Woman) along with senior DC Editor Mike Marts (Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, Wolverine, All Star Wonder Woman).

Tschloendorn
06-03-2009, 04:24 AM
Just wanted to bump this and let you know that voting has started.
https://inkwellawards.justsurvey.me/546882e6579

BJLG
06-03-2009, 06:29 AM
I voted!

SKAtoons
06-03-2009, 07:41 AM
i'm a non-voting felon....lol

Tschloendorn
07-06-2009, 06:09 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 6th, 2009


Voting for the second annual Inkwell Awards officially ended on the 30th of June and the results are now posted on the official web-site (http://www.inkwellawards.com)

This year saw the voting process refined, streamlined and no longer career retrospective in theme (except for the Hall of Fame). New categories were added and redundant ones removed. Instead of an open ballot, ala 2008, this year has seen a collection of nominators consisting of notable industry experts, journalists and professionals alike who have elected to vote for artists in those categories. The nominators will elect the artists they believe fit the categories, the committee will validate those choices, and voting will then be open for the general public. The overall winners will be those artists with the most votes at the end of the process. A full list of the nominators can be found at the Inkwell Awards web-site (http://www.inkwellawards.com/friends.html). The nominators will be a rotating list, changing from year to year, to ensure diversity and fairness in both the nominating and voting process.
Voting again was fierce and without any further ado, here are the results:

FAVORITE INKER (favourite inker over another's comic book pencil art from '08 material)

Wade Von Grawbadger (Ultimate Spider-Man) winner

Mark Morales (Thor, Secret Invasion) runner-up


MOST ADAPTABLE (showing exceptional ink style versatility over other comic book pencil artists in '08)

Tim Townsend (Amazing Spiderman) winner

Danny Miki (Incredible Hercules, Ultimate annuals) runner-up


PROPS AWARD (inker over others comic book pencil art deserving of more attention from '08)

Matt Ryan (Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman) winner

Stefano Gaudiano (The Immortal Iron Fist, Daredevil) co-runner-up

Steve Leialoha (Fables) co-runner-up


THE SPAMI (favourite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent: '08 comic book cover-dated ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work))

Tim Townsend (Witchblade) winner

Tom Van Zandt (Unhappy Gran’ma) runner-up


ALL IN ONE AWARD (Favourite artist known for almost-exclusively inking his/her own comic book pencil work and rarely the work of others in '08)

Mike Mignola (Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch) winner

Simone Bianchi (Astonishing X-Men) runner-up


THE JOE SINNOTT AWARD (a hall of fame designation for an inking career of outstanding accomplishment (lifetime achievement, 15-years minimum- not limited to '08 comic book material)- two winners chosen annually)

Terry Austin (winner)

Dick Giordano (winner)

Tim Townsend (runner-up


In addition the Inkwell Committee will also be presenting a Silver Inkwell Award to Bette Simons, in appreciation and recognition for her brother Dave Simons. Dave passed away recently and is greatly missed by many, both as a colleague and as a friend. The committee honors past members with such an award for their contributions and time served. In the past a Silver Inkwell was also bestowed to founding member Bill Nichols upon his departure.
The Inkwell Award Committee would like to formally extend congratulations to all the winners and runners up. Winners will be presented their awards in about a month via mail. A full list of the winners and runners up received is posted on The Inkwell Web-Site (www.inkwellawards.com)

I am very flattered to receive this award that, up till a couple days ago, I didn't even know existed. This means a lot since I'm getting this for CHAPEL OF MOLOCH, the first comic I've actually drawn in a few years--I will take this as a very clear sign that I should get back to drawing comics as soon as possible. Thanks for the nudge.

--Mike Mignola July, 2009


As I get older, I find I more appreciate having my lifetime accomplishments recognized. It is even more exciting when I am recognized by an award given by a body of my peers!


Thank you one and all!


--Dick Giordano


I'm very happy and honored to receive the Joe Sinnott Award for two reasons: first, I'll be proud to display this award named for one of my great, good friends (it was Joe who I sprang to the telephone to call when I learned that I had won the other day and I think he was more tickled than I was), and secondly, sharing the award with my old friend and mentor Dick Giordano is especially meaningful to me, for if not for Dick's gentle guidance when I learned the ropes from him as background inker on CONAN, THOR, DRACULA, SUPERMAN VS. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and so many others, I sincerely doubt that anyone would judge my work worthy of this or any other award today.


Thanks very much!


--Terry Austin


It is a great honor for me to receive this award. It is so gratifying to be recognized for my work as an inker, and I thank InkwellAwards.com and all of those who voted for me. And of course, thanks to Aaron Lopresti for giving me such fantastic pencils to ink over. He makes my job easy.


--Matt Ryan


Thank you so much for this experience! I appreciate the chance to represent my craft in some way and am grateful to all the people who took the time to place a vote! I also must thank Stuart Immonen for providing such wonderful pencils! It's truly a privilege to be given the opportunity to not mess them up!!! It's an awesome feeling to have been nominated at all and to have been chosen from this field is a great honor!



Thanks again,


--Wade von Grawbadger


I am both thrilled and honored to accept these awards and would like to thank not only those who voted for me but those who took the time to participate across the board. Inking is an art form as valid and deserving of recognition as any other. All of you who participated in this have helped to further its cause. Inking is finally coming out of the shadows! Lastly, I'd like to dedicate these awards to Inkwell Committee member and friend, Dave Simons, who left us too soon.


--Tim Townsend



The remainder of 2009 will see the Inkwell Awards reach new heights with the continuation and expansion of features for the web-site including interviews, articles, inking tutorials, examples of art in both pencil and ink form and much more, all of which will help make the Inkwell site one of the most comprehensive information portals for inkers and artists on the internet. All of the committee members have given their full commitment for future, so keep watching the web-site leading up to the 2010 awards!


THE INKWELL AWARDS are a new and annual tradition set up to celebrate the often overlooked and underappreciated artistry of inking within the comic book industry. THE INKWELL AWARDS have been established and overseen by a number of professionals from all aspects of the comic book industry, including such artists as award founder Bob Almond (Black Panther, Annihilation: Conquest-Quasar, Warlock), James Tournas (Full Moon Craze, Shylock, Epoch), Dave Simons (Ghost Rider, Army Of Darkness), Bob Shaw (Art Dealer: Comic Art House) and Daniel Best (Andru & Esposito: Partners For Life, The Amazing Rise & Spectacular Fall of Newton Comics!) and fully supported by Adam Hughes (Tomb Raider, Justice League, Wonder Woman, All Star Wonder Woman) along with senior DC Editor Mike Marts (Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, Wolverine, All Star Wonder Woman).


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, SCANS OR TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW PLEASE CONTACT:

BOB ALMOND: almondink@comcast.net

DANIEL BEST: snoopy967@gmail.com

SKAtoons
07-06-2009, 08:43 PM
i don't get these awards...it's always feels like the same people get voted in and win......