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The Inkwell Awards Announces it 12th Annual Award Winners

The Inkwell Awards has released the list of winners of its 12th annual awards for excellence in the art form of comic-book inking. Normally results are first made public at its live awards ceremony during its host show, The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, but the 2020 event, originally scheduled to take place on April 3-5, was rescheduled for September 4-6 and recently canceled, all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nominees were submitted by a separate and independent nomination committee both on their own and from artist submissions. Voting by professionals and fans took place in February for one week from the 23rd-29th on the official ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website. One winner was chosen in each of five categories based on American interior comic-book work printed in and cover-dated 2019.

In addition, the Inkwells’ internal committee this season decided to not limit lifetime achievement awards chosen within a given year. They selected three inductees of the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame and three recipients for the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA). There were no internal Silver Inkwell Awards recipients this year nor any internal and community-based Above & Beyond Awards. Ballot nominees are listed below with their credits and the percentage of votes received by the winners, 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 (43%) (genLOCK, Justice League [DC], Crazy, Incredible Hulk: Last Call, Marvel’s Hero Project Season 1: Mighty Rebekah, X-23 [Marvel])
Other nominees: Mark Morales, Joe Prado, Norm Rapmund.

MOST-ADAPTABLE (Artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencillers):
Walden Wong (41%) (genLOCK, Justice League [DC], Crazy, Incredible Hulk: Last Call, Marvel’s Hero Project Season 1: Mighty Rebekah, Star Wars: Age Of Republic Heroes–Obi-Wan Kenobi, X-23 [Marvel])
Other nominees: Marc Deering, Jonathan Glapion, Scott Hanna, Jay Leisten, Norm Rapmund, J.L. Straw.

PROPS AWARD (Ink artist deserving of more attention):
Eber Ferreira (32%) (Freedom Fighters, Detective Comics, Supergirl [DC])
Other nominees: Jonathan Glapion, Stefano Guadiano, Le Beau Underwood.

S.P.A.M.I. (Favorite Small Press And Mainstream/Independent  (non-Marvel//DC) inking over another penciller):
Stefano Gaudiano (22%) (Walking Dead [Image])
Other nominees: David Cabeza, Adelso Corona, Anthony Fowler, Le Beau Underwood.

ALL-IN-ONE (Favorite artist known for inking his/her own pencil work):
Liam Sharp (34%) (Green Lantern [DC])
Other nominees: Brad Krause, Sean Gordon Murphy, Stan Sakai.

THE STACEY ARAGON SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (SASRA):

Allen Bellman, Sal Buscema, and Norman Lee

Other nominees: Jack Abel, Gene Day, Bill Everett, Frank Frazetta, Graham Ingles, Dennis Janke, Michael Kaluta, Pablo Marcos, June Tarpe Mills, Bob Oksner, George Papp, Wendy Pini, Stan Sakai, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Simons, Jim Starlin, Art Thibert, Charles Vess, Al Vey, and Bob Wiacek.


THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME: 

Bob Layton, John Romita Sr., and Bernie Wrightson

Other nominees: Brett Breeding, Johnny Craig, Mike Esposito, George Klein, Steve Leialoha, Pablo Marcos, Terry Moore, Mike Royer, Chic Stone, and Bob Wiacek.

Full acceptance statements from the winners will be found in the “Award Recipients” section of the Inkwell Awards’ website.


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.

ComiXology Delivers 8 New Digital Comics For You Today

It’s a new day for digital comics and comiXology has your hookup with eight new comics for you! You can check out the full list of what you can get now or the individual issues below!

Baby Out Of The Blue

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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While staying at a hotel in Greece, Fran finds an abandoned baby. Just where did the baby come from? Could it be from the tornado the day before? According to the police, the baby’s parents are dead and her uncle Nikolos is desperately looking for her. Nikolos is the CEO of a large company, a man who lives for thrills and pleasure! Or at least that’s what the gossip magazines paint him as—a playboy. But what Fran sees when she reunites him with his niece is a person filled with sincerity. And then he says he wants Fran to accompany him and the baby back to Mykonos, where his family lives…

Baby Out Of The Blue

Marvel Action Spider-Man Vol. 4: Venom

Written by Delilah Dawson
Art by Davide Tinto
Cover by Davide Tinto
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Collects Marvel Action: Spider-Man #10-12.

Yet another Spider-Man arrives on the scene, but this one is big, bad, and wreaking havoc all across the city. The action continues in this graphic novel adventure for middle-grade readers featuring Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, and Miles Morales!

Marvel Action Spider-Man Vol. 4: Venom

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 1

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, Russ Heath, John Romita Sr.
Cover by Carl Burgos
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Collects Marvel Boy #1-2, Astonishing #3-6 and Young Men #24-28.

As the ’50s dawned and the Atlas Era was born, the day of the Nazi-stomping super hero had passed, and in its place came a new style of hero reflective of the changing times. Heroes born of bizarre atomic science that battled otherworldly alien menaces, and patriotic poster boys that battled back the Communist hordes. Marvel Boy: Rejecting the tyranny of Earth’s governments, scientist Dr. Matthew Grayson built an experimental spacecraft and traveled to the planet Uranus with his infant son, Robert. In this incredible environment, young Robert developed marvelous powers of telepathy and superhuman strength, combined with a pair of amazing photonic wristbands. These astonishing powers made him Marvel Boy, cosmic protector of the solar system! The Hero Revival: The year was 1953, and with fear of Communism clutching the nation’s attention, Atlas Comics publisher Martin Goodman tapped Stan Lee – along with artists John Romita, Bill Everett, Carl Burgos and Russ Heath – to stage a revival of the most-famous super heroes of the era. Bursting onto the pages of YOUNG MEN, the Human Torch, Captain America and the Sub-Mariner made their explosive return to the comics scene!

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 1

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 2

Written by Dick Ayers, Bill Everett
Art by Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Mort Lawrence, Bob Powell, John Romita Sr.
Cover by John Romita Sr.
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Collects Men’s Adventures #27-28, Captain America #76-78, Human Torch #36-38, Marvel Super-Heroes #16.

The Atlas Era Hero Revival continues with the adventures of the comics’ most famous trio of Communist conquering heroes: Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner! Beginning with the Big Three’s anthology adventures in Men’s Adventures, we then dive headlong into Captain America’s complete 1954 solo series. Illustrated by Bullpen legend John Romita in some of his very first super hero stories, you’ll see Cap and Bucky fight Fifth Columnists, Commie spies and even the Soviet Electro! Next up, it’s the Human Torch and Toro! Returned from his slumber by an atomic bomb, the Torch has rejoined his young sidekick in a battle to clean up threats as amazing and entertaining as vampires, killer robots and his 1950s nemesis, the Vulture. Their crime-fighting adventures even take on a global purchase, stretching all the way to the 38th Parallel and Communist Korea! And finally, for a quick taste of what’s to come in Atlas Era Heroes’ next volume, comes an assortment of Bill Everett’s lavishly drawn tales of the lord of the Atlantis, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Considered by many to be the definitive take on the character, Everett’s ’50s Sub-Mariner is nothing less than treasure from the deep! We’d be remiss to leave you without a bevy of historical bonuses, including a rare Human Torch tale that went unprinted for more than a decade, original artwork, Atlas Era house ads and an introduction by Hero Revival scholar extraordinaire Roy Thomas.

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 2

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 3

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Mort Lawrence, Howard Post
Cover by Syd Shores
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Collects Sub-Mariner #33-42.

The Atlas Era Heroes hits the high-water mark of the 1954 revival with the sovereign of the seven seas, the Sub-Mariner! Collected for the first time ever, the Atlas SUB-MARINER series showcases Bill Everett’s most lavish, most manic and most exciting interpretation of his undersea creation. Supported by Namora, Princess Fen and intrepid love interest Betty Dean, Namor faces off against the nefarious Prince Byrrah, his own doppelganger, giant crocodiles and Communists a-plenty in issue after issue of pre-Code action and marine adventure. From all-out invasions of the surface world to the perils of exile from Atlantis, these pages define the Sub-Mariner in a way never before, and perhaps never since, captured in any comic series! Along with Dick Ayer’s Human Torch and backup stories featuring the terrors of the deep, you’ll also be treated to Everett’s tales of the young Namor and how he came to be the hot-headed protector the kingdom beneath the Antarctic ice.

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 3

Omega: The Unknown

Written by Jonathan Lethem, Karl Rusnak
Art by Farel Dalrymple, Paul Hornschemeier
Cover by Farel Dalrymple, Paul Hornschemeier
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Collects Omega The Unknown (2007) #1-10.

The story of a mute, reluctant super hero from another planet, and the earthly teenager with whom he shares a strange destiny — and the legion of robots and nanoviruses that have been sent from afar to hunt the two of them down. Created in 1975 by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes, the original Omega the Unknown lasted only ten issues, but was a legend to those who recall it — an ahead-of-its-time tale of an anti-hero, inflected with brilliant ambiguity. One of Omega’s teenage fans was award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem, who has used the original as a springboard for a superbly strange, funny and moving graphic novel in ten chapters.

Omega: The Unknown

Power Pack: The Kids Are All Right

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Gurihiru
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Power Pack #1-4, X-Men And Power Pack #1-4, And Avengers And Power Pack Assemble! #1-4.

It’s all-ages action in the mighty Marvel manner! Marvel’s youngest team of super heroes returns for more awesome action, family fun and Snark-stomping adventures – and this time they’ve brought some very special friends! Hot on the heels of four fun-filled, all-ages solo adventures, everyone’s favorite super-powered siblings team up with Marvel’s merry mutants, the X-Men! Featuring Wolverine, Beast, Nightcrawler and Cyclops! Then, Power Pack returns for another titanic team-up – and this time, it’s Earth’s Mightiest Heroes leading the charge! Featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and more!

Power Pack: The Kids Are All Right

The Wedding Ultimatum

Written by Helen Bianchin
Art by Misuzu Sasaki
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Danielle is the daughter of a Spanish aristocrat. Following her father’s death, she and her mother find themselves on the verge of financial ruin. She’s been supporting her mother on her own, but then skilled businessman Rafe offers her a helping hand. Rafe grew up dirt-poor but exudes a dangerous charm and sophistication. He offers her a devilish proposal in exchange for a massive sum of money and support. He wants Danielle to marry him and produce an heir with noble blood!

The Wedding Ultimatum

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People’s History of the Marvel Universe, Week 18: The Social Worker and the COP

When we last left our heroes, Captain America and the Falcon had returned to New York City after liberating a Caribbean island from Nazis and once again foiling the Red Skull’s Cosmic Cube machinations. Upon their return in #120, the question became what the status quo would be for the new partnership in their new environment.

(Pictured: two bros just broing around, casually shirtless.
It’s not like they do this all the time or anything.)

The new status quo would take a few issues to show up, but starting with #139, for almost two years – two years which saw Captain America and the Falcon handed off from Stan Lee[1] to Steve Englehart (by way of Gary Friedrich and Gerry Conway)[2] – Cap writers went back to one of the oldest scenarios in comics.

By night, Captain America and the Falcon would patrol New York City as vigilante superheroes. By day, they would adopt civilian identities that spoke to their ideas of civic engagement: Sam Wilson returned to his job as a social worker, Steve Rogers took up a new job as a cop. Both worked the Harlem beat.[3]

These are their stories.

Gerry Conway Wants to Take Back the Punisher Logo and is Raising Money for Black Lives Matter

The Punisher skull logo has been adopted by the police and their supporters despite the character being a vigilante working outside of the law. The extrajudicial handling of crime seems to be the draw with the symbol blended with the “Blue Lives Matter” coloring and displayed in support. The symbol has been seen sported by police recently and has a long history within the police. Disney and Marvel have done nothing to curtail the use of the symbol as it’s been coopted and proliferated online and in the real world.

The Punisher debuted in 1974 and was created by Gerry Conway, John Romita, Sr., and Ross Andru. The character debuted as a villain targeting Spider-Man and over the years has generally evolved into an anti-hero though his exact depiction has varied. Conway has been vocal against the use of the symbol by the police and others and is currently attempting to take the symbol back.

The comic creator has launched a charity fundraising effort through CustomInk where the sales will benefit Black Lives Matter.

For too long, symbols associated with a character I co-created have been co-opted by forces of oppression and to intimidate black Americans. This character and symbol was never intended as a symbol of oppression. This is a symbol of a systematic failure of equal justice. It’s time to claim this symbol for the cause of equal justice and Black Lives Matter.
–Gerry Conway

Currently, over $24,000 has been raised for the organiztion through four designs and over 1,800 shirts sold.

You can get an awesome shirt now for a good cause and help “take back” the Punisher from those who clearly don’t understand the character.

Review: Decades Marvel in the ’50s “Captain America Strikes”

Marvel continues to celebrate 80 years with Decades Marvel in the 50s which takes a look at the publisher during that decade.

Entitled “Captain America Strikes,” the trade includes Young Men #24-28, Captain America #76-78, Men’s Adventures #27-28, and Captain America: Theater of War – America First! by John Romita, Sr., Mort Lawrence, Jack Abell, Howard Chaykin, Edgar Delgado, Dave Lanphear, and more.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on February 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle
TFAW

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Review: Marvel Knights Daredevil: Guardian Devil

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a return to a classic, the launch of Marvel Knights.

Marvel Knights Daredevil: Guardian Devil collects issues 1-8 and 1/2 by Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, Richard Isanove, Dan Kemp, J.G. Jones, Steve Dillon, David Mack, Kevin Nowlan, John Romita, Sr., Jae Lee, Amanda Conner, John Cassaday, Laura Depuy, Drew Yackey, and Chris Sotomayor.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores September 25. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man #800 Gets a Variant Cover from John Romita, Sr. and Richard Isanove

It’s all been building to this – the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time, and the first Marvel comic EVER to hit 800 issues! In celebration of the 800th issue of The Amazing Spider-Man and the now historic run of Dan Slott, Marvel is excited to show a variant cover from industry great John Romita Sr. and Richard Isanove!

Witness the culmination of the Red Goblin story as Slott is joined for his final issue by epic artists such as Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Jim Cheung, and a cover by Alex Ross.

The Amazing Spider-Man #800 comes to shelves May 30th.

John Romita Sr.’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 Variant

This November, the Parker family is wallcrawling and webslinging their way into hearts and minds in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1! Legendary Spidey scribe Gerry Conway returns to pen the adventures of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man alongside blockbuster artist Ryan Stegman – and Marvel is celebrating by revisiting one of the most iconic Marvel covers of all time! As this family of spiders swing headlong into Marvel NOW!, relive the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson with a variant cover by comics legend John Romita Sr. (AUG168911)! Masterfully recolored by Richard Isanove – this iconic classic comes to life once again!

Be there when being Spider-Man becomes a family affair as Peter, MJ and Annie swing into action.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 (SEP160946)
TOP SECRET ARTIST VARIANT by JOHN ROMITA SR. (AUG168911)
Written by GERRY CONWAY
Art & Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
FOC – 10/17/16, On-Sale – 11/09/16

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New York Comic Con 2014: Spider-Man Swings Into the Library of American Comics & IDW Publishing

The Amazing Spider-ManAdding to IDW Publishing’s ever-growing partnership with Marvel, the publishers announced at New York Comic Con they will be teaming up to bring the world’s most popular Super-Hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, to IDW’s Library of American Comics (LOAC) imprint.

The wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and others will be collected in a series of deluxe new hardcover editions that are sure to leave Super Hero fans and comic-strip collectors equally delighted. Consistent with the other newspaper strip reprints in the Library of American Comics line, each volume in the Spider-Man series will include full-color Sunday pages.

Launched in 1977, the Spider-Man newspaper strip begins with Peter Parker’s arachnid alter-ego facing off against the deadly menace of Doctor Doom! Classic Spidey villains, including Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, and the Kingpin,  make appearances in pulse-pounding tales drawn by master Spider-artist John Romita Sr. and written by none other than Spider-Man co-creator Stan “The Man” Lee! As the series unfolds, the artistic torch was passed to Larry Lieber (Stan’s younger brother), Paul Ryan, Alex Saviuk, and legendary inker “Joltin’” Joe Sinnott. No matter the artistic interpretation on display, The Amazing Spider-Man comic strip features the kind of fast-paced action and genuine human emotion that has made Peter Parker a star in movies, theatre, TV, video games, and the comic books that started it all back in 1962 with Amazing Fantasy #15.

LOAC’s Spider-Man series is designed by Dean Mullaney and edited by Bruce Canwell, both winners of multiple 2014 Eisner Awards for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth.

The Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1 goes on sale in early 2015, so plan a visit to your favorite comics shop or bookseller so you can enjoy the special Lee/Romita storytelling magic and learn with Peter Parker once again that, “With great power comes great responsibility”.

John Romita Sr. Joins Stan Lee for Panel at the Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced John Romita Sr.will join Stan Lee for his panel, to be held Saturday afternoon, September 8th at 4:30pm. John is appearing on behalf of the Hero Initiative.ASM692 watermark

Best known for his work at Marvel Comics on the Amazing Spider-Man, John began working for the company at Atlas Comics in the 1950s on war, romance, horror, and other genres.  He freelanced at DC Comics in the mid-1950s on romance titles and cover art, eventually leaving to work as a commercial artist before being lured back to Marvel full time where he spent time working on Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and eventually his long run on Amazing Spider-Man, defining for many the look of the Spider-Man characters.

In addition, Stan Lee Collectibles is pleased to announce that they will have a limited edition poster for sale at the show.  A small number of these limited edition posters have been reserved for VIP and VIP GOLD ticket holders to ensure they are able to purchase one.  Limited quantities are available for purchase by attendees.  The posters may be purchased at booth 1507-1508 on the showroom floor.

Finally, the convention has announced Stan’s Appearance Schedule while at the Baltimore Comic-Con:

Saturday (times are approximate)
10:30 -12:00 – SIGNING
12:30 –  1:30 – PHOTOS
2:00 –  3:30 – SIGNING
3:45 –  4:25 – PHOTOS
4:30 –  5:30 – PANEL
5:45 –  TBD – SIGNING

Sunday (times are approximate)
10:00 – 11:00 – PHOTOS
11:00 – 12:00 – SIGNING
1:00 –   4:00 – SIGNING & PHOTOS – EXACT TIMES TBD

The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans.

For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit www.heroinitiative.org.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce that John Romita Sr.will join Stan Lee for his panel, to be held Saturday afternoon, September 8th at 4:30pm. John is appearing on behalf of the Hero Initiative.ASM692 watermark

Best known for his work at Marvel Comics on the Amazing Spider-Man, John began working for the company at Atlas Comics in the 1950s on war, romance, horror, and other genres.  He freelanced at DC Comics in the mid-1950s on romance titles and cover art, eventually leaving to work as a commercial artist before being lured back to Marvel full time where he spent time working on Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and eventually his long run on Amazing Spider-Man, defining for many the look of the Spider-Man characters.

In addition, Stan Lee Collectibles is pleased to announce that they will have a limited edition poster for sale at the show.  A small number of these limited edition posters have been reserved for VIP and VIP GOLD ticket holders to ensure they are able to purchase one.  Limited quantities are available for purchase by attendees.  The posters may be purchased at booth 1507-1508 on the showroom floor.

Finally, we are pleased to announce Stan’s Appearance Schedule while at the Baltimore Comic-Con:

Saturday (times are approximate)
10:30 -12:00 – SIGNING
12:30 –  1:30 – PHOTOS
2:00 –  3:30 – SIGNING
3:45 –  4:25 – PHOTOS
4:30 –  5:30 – PANEL
5:45 –  TBD – SIGNING

Sunday (times are approximate)
10:00 – 11:00 – PHOTOS
11:00 – 12:00 – SIGNING
1:00 –   4:00 – SIGNING & PHOTOS – EXACT TIMES TBD

The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans.

For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit www.heroinitiative.org.

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