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The Inkwell Awards announces its 2023 winners

Inkwell 2023 Awards

The Inkwell Awards has announced the winners of its 16th annual awards for excellence in the comic-book inking art form.

Nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee based on their own research as well as from artist submissions. Voting by professionals and fans took place for two weeks in April-May on the official ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website. After 2748 ballots were tallied, one winner was chosen in each of five categories for 2022 cover-dated interior American published comic-book material.

The winners are listed below in bold with their credits, votes and the percentage of votes received, along with the other nominees in alphabetical order.

FAVORITE INKER (Favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist; cannot also be nominated for the “Props” award): Walden Wong (857 votes, 31%)Amazing Spider-Man, Darkhold Omega, Edge of Spider-Verse, Marvel Voices: Community, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Wakanda, What-if? Miles Morales [Marvel]

Other nominees: Jonathan Glapion, Cam Smith, Dexter Vines

MOST-ADAPTABLE (Artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencilers): Walden Wong (688 votes, 25%)Amazing Spider-Man, Darkhold Omega, Edge of Spider-Verse, Marvel Voices: Community, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Wakanda, What-if? Miles Morales [Marvel]

Other nominees: Scott Hanna, Matt Santorelli, Cam Smith, LeBeau Underwood

PROPS AWARD (Inker deserving of more attention. The same inker cannot be nominated for this award and Favorite Inker; nor past Favorite Inker recipients): Adriano Di Benedetto (1687 votes, 61%)Batman [DC]

Other nominees: Andrew Hennessy, Matt Santorelli, Le Beau Underwood

The S.P.A.M.I. AWARD (Small Press And Mainstream Independent, non-Marvel or DC work): David Cabeza (866 votes, 32%)Rivers of London [Titan]

Other nominees: Terry Moore, Chuck Morgan, Andrew Pepoy

ALL-IN-ONE AWARD (Favorite artist known for inking his/her own pencils): Nir Levie (1042 votes, 38%)BioRipple [Heavy Metal]

Other nominees: Andrew Pepoy, Greg Smallwood

Full acceptance statements from the award recipients and much more can be found in the EXPANDED 2023 Winners Results article and found in the “Award Recipients” section of the Inkwell Awards’ website in the near future. 

The internal/community Above & Beyond Awards were announced recently. The internally-chosen lifetime achievement accolades, the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA), were announced earlier on March 9th.

Since the pandemic the Inkwells have been reporting annual results online (as it originally did from 2008-2010) and will continue to do so until another convention offers to be a new host show for the live ceremony.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #17

Amazing Spider-Man #17BEFORE “DEAD NO MORE”! The Prowler (and readers) meet the new Electro! Who is this woman and what does she have to do with the Man in Red?!

Want to know who the new Electro is? You may have to go back into your long box to 2014 (I had to look it up) to find out about this one as Dan Slott has appeared to have played the long game here as things that I had forgotten about or referenced (well played).

There’s a big Spider-Man event coming, Dead No More, which is seeing classic Spider-Man villains being raised from the dead in a crazy experiment that Slott seems to know is crazy. There’s a panel in this comic that shows that Slott is letting his mad scientist fly in a good way for his storytelling and just having fun with it. It’s almost a wink and a nod to the reader for them to just roll with it and have fun.

And fun is a key word here as the comic is fun and full of energy in a good way. I’ve enjoyed Slott’s work on Spider-Man since before Superior and been following him here too looking to see what he does. I haven’t been a fan of Peter’s new role, but this build up to me has a vibe about it that’s… fun. I’m not sure how else to describe it. From the banter back and forth to the pacing, to the events, there’s a tone about it that works really well, especially for a Spider-Man comic.

What’s really interesting is the comic mostly does not involve Spider-Man. He’s there in the beginning and Peter makes an appearance, but the red and blue is at a minimum, yet the comic still feels like a Spider-Man comics. There’s also interesting twists of who the heroes are here and the end of the comic has me scratching my head wondering where things are going.

Slott is helped by R.B. Silva‘s pencils, Adriano Di Benedetto‘s inks and Marte Garcia‘s colors. The art looks fantastic with a great sense of motion, breaking the panels, and some views that are beautiful to look at. I think the colors especially sticks out to me, it all just pops and adds to the exciting vibe.

The debut of a new Electro! The “death” of a character! This is a lead up to Dead No More that’s getting me excited to see what comes next.

Story: Dan Slott Art: R.B. Silva
Story: 8.15 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics has provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review