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Inkwell Awards

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First awarded
July, 2008

Inkwell Awards

Awarded for
Excellence in comic book inking

Presented by
The Inkwell Awards Committee

Official website

The Inkwell Award, sometimes shortened to the Inkwells, is a trophy given in the field of inking in American comic books. The awards were partially named after the Yahoo group whose members include many in the inking community, and after the personal website name of organization founder Bob Almond. The awards concept was created in an "Inkblots" column by Almond in Sketch Magazine #35 in 2007, which saw print in 2008 after the group formation. The mission statement is, "To promote and educate about the craft of comic book inking and to show recognition for ink artists."



In January 2008, Bob Almond began an online discussion on the Inkwell Yahoo Group about recognition for comic book inkers. where the topic of an award was broached. Almond invited participants from the group to form a core committee. The founding members were artists Tim Townsend, Jim Tournas, and Bill Nichols, and writer Daniel Best. Artist Adam Hughes and DC Comics editor Mike Marts were recruited as ambassadors to lend support.

For year one, the committee selected several career-retrospective categories. The resulting ballot was open and ran for two months from April through May with the committee selecting nominations for the Hall of Fame award, the "Joe Sinnott", named in honor of that veteran inker. Voting took place online and was open to the public. Following the inaugural results, Townsend departed in July and Nichols in August. The core group choose as successor artist representative Bob Shaw in November and artist-writer Dave Simons in December. An Inkwell Awards forum was created September 16, 2008.

The following year, with the partially revised ballot categories, a separate Nomination Committee was selected to choose nominees whose work had appeared in the previous year. The election took place for one month in June 2009. Following Simons' death, the core created the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship for students attending the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. Artist Nathan Massengill joined the core after the 2009 awards were announced. In January 2010, artist Ethan Van Sciver joined as ambassador.

Wizard Entertainment announced in February 2010 that it would support the Inkwell Awards through promotion and space at its shows, and by sponsoring the awards' first live presentation, scheduled to take place at The New England Comic Con on October 1–3, 2010. Voting was rescheduled from June to August. This presentation did not take place, however. In 2011, Heroes Convention took up the position of host show for the annual live presentation ceremony.

In March 2010, the organization introduced its spokesperson character, Ms. Inkwell, conceived by Almond and designed by artist Randy Green with assistance from Massengill. The character debuted publicly at the Pittsburgh Comicon on April 23, 2010.


Inker Michael Kellar is assistant director of the Inkwell Awards, overseeing auctions and fundraising. Mike Pascale (storyboardist, writer, and artist) is the copy & graphics assistant, handling public relations announcements, proofreading, and fundraising. Erick "the Guru" Korpi oversees the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund. He has been the Ms. Inkwell Model Liaison in 2011 and 2013.

Some committee members do not currently serve full-time. They include Stacey Aragon (who served on the committee from November 2011 to June 2012, handling social networking, press release circulation, and fundraising); Sarah L. Covert (who was technical consultant from November 2011 to August 2013), and Joe Goulart (who was the administrative assistant for conventions, Ms. Inkwell model liaison, and fundraiser from January 2013 to September 2014).


The Inkwell Awards are self-funded and rely entirely on donations. A 2010 donation book produced by Jimmy Tournas debuted at the Boston Comic Con that April.

Award winners

Favorite Inker
Favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist from award year cover-dated, interior, American comic book material.

  • 2008 (retro) Terry Austin & Joe Sinnott (tie)/ (modern) Danny Miki
  • 2009 Wade Von Grawbadger
  • 2010 Mark Morales
  • 2011 Scott Hanna
  • 2012 Mark Farmer
  • 2013 Klaus Janson
  • 2014 Norm Rapmund
  • 2015 Victor Olazaba
  • 2016 Joe Prado
  • Favorite Finisher / Embellisher

  • 2008 (retro)Tom Palmer/ (modern) Kevin Nowlan
  • Most-Prolific Inker

  • 2008 Danny Miki
  • Most-Adaptable Inker
    Ink artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists in award year interior, cover-dated, American comic book material.

  • 2008 Danny Miki
  • 2009 Tim Townsend
  • 2010 Scott Hanna
  • 2011 Scott Hanna
  • 2012 Scott Hanna
  • 2013 Jonathan Glapion
  • 2014 Walden Wong
  • 2015 Walden Wong
  • 2016 Walden Wong
  • Props Award
    Ink artist deserving of more attention for their work over other pencilers from award year interior cover-dated American comic book material.

  • 2008 Danny Miki
  • 2009 Matt Ryan
  • 2010 Jonathan Glapion
  • 2011 Art Thibert
  • 2012 Scott Hanna
  • 2013 Eber Ferreira
  • 2014 Walden Wong
  • 2015 Wade Von Grawbadger
  • 2016 Wade Von Grawbadger
  • MVP Award

  • 2008 Danny Miki
  • The Call of Duty Award

  • 2008 Bob Almond
  • The "SPAMI" Award (Small Press and Mainstream-Independent)
    Favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent award year interior, cover-dated, American comic book ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work).

  • 2009 Tim Townsend
  • 2010 Dan Parsons
  • 2011 Cliff Rathburn
  • 2012 Dexter Vines
  • 2013 Sal Buscema
  • 2014 Andrew Pepoy
  • 2015 Dan Parsons
  • 2016 Stefano Gaudiano
  • The All-in-One Award
    Favorite artist known for inking his/ her own pencil work in award year interior, cover-dated, American comic book material.

  • 2009 Mike Mignola
  • 2010 Amanda Conner
  • 2011 Francis Manapul
  • 2012 J.H. Williams
  • 2013 Skottie Young
  • 2014 Stan Sakai
  • 2015 Fiona Staples
  • 2016 Jason Fabok
  • Special Recognition Award

  • 2015 Bernie Wrightson
  • 2016 Vince Colletta
  • The Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award
    A hall of fame designation for an inking career in American comic books of outstanding accomplishment (lifetime achievement, 25 years minimum; two winners chosen annually).

  • 2008 Joe Sinnott
  • 2009 Terry Austin & Dick Giordano
  • 2010 Klaus Janson & Al Williamson
  • 2011 Wally Wood & Kevin Nowlan
  • 2012 Mark McKenna & Scott Williams
  • 2013 Dick Ayers & Murphy Anderson
  • 2014 Joe Simon & Tom Palmer
  • 2015 Joe Kubert & Steve Ditko
  • 2016 Frank Giacoia & Josef Rubinstein
  • Ambassadors

    The position of ambassador is one of honor and appreciation. It recognizes creators for their support for the Inkwell Awards. Unless noted otherwise, all ambassadors continue to hold this position.

    Special Ambassadors

  • Joe Sinnott, 2008. (Artist) The position of special ambassador was actually offered on June 23, 2012. Almond offered it retroactively in appreciation for Sinnott's support of the Awards.
  • Mike McKone, July 2010. (Artist)
  • J. David Spurlock, March 2011. (Publisher, editor, author, artist, advocate)
  • Clifford Meth, August 2014. (Writer, advocate)
  • Ambassadors

    The Inkwell Awards have supporting artists who support inkers. These artists who help advocate for inkers are called ambassadors.

  • Adam Hughes, February 2008. (Artist)
  • Mike Marts, February 2008. (Editor)
  • Ethan Van Sciver, January 2010 (Artist)
  • Sal Velluto, July 2010 (Artist)
  • Mark Brooks, June 2010 (Artist)
  • Trevor Von Eeden, July 2010 (Artist)
  • Cully Hamner, June 2011 (Artist)
  • Joe Kubert, September 2011 until his death in August 2012 (Artist, cartoonist, letterer, colorist, author, editor, legend)
  • Eric Basaldua, September 2011 (Artist)
  • Phil Jimenez, September 2011 (Artist)
  • Jim Shooter, January 2012 (Writer, editor)
  • Brian Pulido, October 2012 (Artist, writer, editor, publisher)
  • Jim Starlin, August 2014 (Artist, writer)
  • Laura Martin, August 2014 (Colorist)
  • Rich Buckler, 2015 (Penciller)
  • Guests of honor and keynote speakers

    At many of the live ceremonies, notable comic book creators are invited as guests of honor and keynote speakers.

  • 2011: Dan Panosian, Keynote Speaker
  • 2012: Bob McLeod, Keynote Speaker
  • 2013: Jimmy Palmiotti, Keynote Speaker
  • 2014: Bill Sienkiewicz, Guest of Honor
  • 2015: Klaus Janson, Guest of Honor
  • 2016: Jim Steranko, Special Appearance
  • Contributors

    Volunteer contributors include artist Dan Panosian, who designed the Inkwell Awards logo. In January 2010, artist Randy Green was added as visual designer of the Ms. Inkwell charity spokesperson character, personified by model Chrissy Cutler.


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