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The Inkwell Awards has announced the winners of its 14th annual awards for excellence

Inkwell Awards

The Inkwell Awards has announced the winners of its 14th annual awards for excellence in the comic-book inking art form. Results are normally first made public at its live awards ceremony during its host show, The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, but at present, due to uncertainties with the Covid-19 pandemic, the show status is unknown and the ceremony is canceled.

Nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee on their own as well as from artist submissions. Voting by professionals and fans took place for one week in March on the official ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website. After 1587 ballots were tallied, one winner was chosen in each of five categories based on printed American interior comic-book work cover-dated 2020.

As begun last year, the Inkwells’ internal committee chose to not limit lifetime achievement awards within a given year. They selected four inductees for 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 but there were two internal Above & Beyond Awards given to Bob Bretall and Johnny B. Gerardy for 10 years of Nomination Committee service.

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): Ruy Jose (41%) (Immortal Hulk [Marvel]).
    Other nominees: Jonathan Glapion, Klaus Janson, Joe Prado.
  • MOST-ADAPTABLE (Artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencillers): Norm Rapmund (42%) (Batman Beyond, Detective Comics, The Flash, Flash Forward, Dark Nights Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs (one-shot), Wonder Woman [DC]).
    Other nominees: Marc Deering, Daniel Henriques, Matt Santorelli, LeBeau Underwood.
  • PROPS (Inker deserving of more attention): Eber Ferreira (41%) (Speed Metal (one-shot), Freedom Fighters, Justice League [DC]).
    Other nominees: Adriano Di Benedetto, Daniel Henriques, Le Beau Underwood.
  • S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press And Mainstream Independent): Adelso Corona (69%) Snake Eyes [IDW]; Bloodshot [Valiant]).Other nominees: Le Beau Underwood.
  • ALL-IN-ONE (Favorite artist known for inking his/her own pencils): Chris Samnee (40%) (FirePower [Image]).
    Other nominees: Marco Santucci, Liam Sharp.

In alphabetical order, the lifetime achievement awards were as follows:

THE STACEY ARAGON SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (SASRA): Alfredo Alcala, Frank Frazetta, and Wendy Pini.

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, Pablo Marcos, and Mike Royer.

Mark Sinnott, Joe’s son/agent, said, “It is an honor for me to keep with the tradition that my dad, Joltin’ Joe Sinnott started over 10 years ago. On behalf of the Inkwell Awards, I would like to welcome its four newest members to its hallowed halls: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, Pablo Marcos and Mike Royer. It is great to have you all as members of the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame class of 2021. Welcome to the Inkwell family! You have all brought a great deal of talent and class to the comic book world, and we thank you for that. Keep slingin’ ink, and never let your inkwell run dry!”

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

Preview: Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 2: Beast on the Planet of the Apes HC

Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 2: Beast on the Planet of the Apes HC

Release Date: 12/13/2017
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Doug Moench
Artists: Dan Adkins, Alfredo P. Alcala, Mike Esposito, Rico Rival, Sal Trapani, Herb Trimpe, and George Tuska
Cover Artist: Bob Larkin
Price: $59.99
Synopsis:

Experience Marvel Comics’ legendary 1970s Planet of the Apes Magazine with new eyes. Remastered and collected here for the first time, this prestigious hardcover edition chronicles the complete adventures of Derek Zane, a technological genius bent on using time travel to find the whereabouts of Colonel Taylor and the crew of the Liberty 1.

Live the movies like never before with the original adaptations based on the acclaimed Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone) and Michael Wilson (Lawrence of Arabia) screenplay for Planet of the Apes, and the Paul Dehn (Murder on the Orient Express) screenplay for Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Preview: Haunted Horror: Candles for the Undead and More!

Haunted Horror: Candles for the Undead and More!

Various (w) • Bob Powell, Joe Orlando, Warren Kremer, Howard Nostrand, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Rudy Palais, Lee Eias, Lou Cameron, Jack Katz (a) • L.B Cole (c)

In this bizarre, lawless, ghoulish, gruesome, terrifying frightfest of a book you’ll read: “Candles for the Undead,” “The Monster’s Ghost,” “Pray for the Vampire Horde,” “The Witches Come at Midnight,” “Your Head for Mine” and many more mind-rotting comics!

HC • FC • $24.99 • 148 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-671-3

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Preview: Archie 75 Series: Jughead

ARCHIE 75 SERIES: JUGHEAD

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Script/Art: Samm Schwartz, Frank Doyle, George Gladir, Marty Epp, Vince DeCarlo, Barry Grossman, Al Hartley, Stan Goldberg, Mike Esposito, Craig Boldman, Bill Golliher, Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Bill Yoshida, Jack Morelli, Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson
On Sale Date: 2/19
75-page, digital comic
$2.99 U.S.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with this special retrospective presentation! Starting WAY back in 1949, Archie’s weird pal Jughead ventured out in his own series. Getting a new #1 in 1987, Riverdale’s human vacuum cleaner has starred in over 560 issues! In this collection, we’ll check out some of the funniest stories of the series, and get a look at his NEW series! Dig in!

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Preview: Pep Digital Vol. 179: Archie’s Touchdown Tales

PEP DIGITAL VOL. 179: ARCHIE’S TOUCHDOWN TALES

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Script/Art: George Gladir, Stan Goldberg, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Kathleen Webb, Bob Smith, Mike Pellowski, Pat Kennedy, Vickie Williams, Dan DeCarlo Jr., Jim DeCarlo, Rex Lindsey, Joe Edwards, Jon D’Agostino, Ken Selig & Mike Esposito
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 2/5
62-page digital comic
$2.99 U.S.

It’s time to hit the football field once again with Archie and friends! We’ve collected some of our favorite football stories for you in this issue of Pep Digital. Can Archie score the winning touchdown? Will Reggie be a team player? Will Moose crush the entire rival team single-handedly? Find out inside!

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