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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: Outskirts of Vision

bbbd31fef0052edd5710271a0aef96f5dfbb7a34_1“There’s a place that exists on the outskirts of your visual field, between your peripheral range and that which is unseen…It’s always there and disappears only upon blinking.  You cannot see it, and yet you can approximate what occupies it.”

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to review a graphic novel by Nir Levie called Outskirts of Vision. I was drawn to this title as I have not had much experience with the graphic novel medium. I have always been fascinated by the use of text and picture to tell a story and I was excited to explore that in long form.

Outskirts of Vision is a story embedded within the themes of architecture, urban planning, sustainability, cooperation and competition. The story reads like a love child of the movies Inception, and the Matrix. It also uses elements of metafiction to great effect. SPOILER ALERT (Highlight to see the hidden text) Essentially the story explores a team of architects/ researchers who  use dream recording technology to explore the individual subconscious. This project is carried out in order to uncover insight into building the perfect city. END SPOILER

Reading Outskirts of Vision was like pulling away layers of an onion. It was rich, complex , and very thought provoking. The story was rife with philosophical hooks, addressing planned vs unplanned growth, isolation, conflict and physical space. I could not help but consider pressing urban issues facing the world, such as deviant (unchecked) globalization, waste and anomie.  As I mentioned earlier the story made excellent use of metafiction. The author plays with the fourth wall in order to punctuate the plot. At several points previous panels read in the story,  become an object of the story itself blurring the line between participant and observer of the plot itself (for the reader). It was very surreal and very poignant considering how timely and pertinent the subject matter of the story is.

The art of Outskirts was very quirky and unlike anything I have enjoyed before. The author’s creative and versatile use of such a simple pallet (whites, blacks greys and red) was very impressive especially over 200+ pages. If you’re looking for something unexpected and stimulating look no further. In a world where space is increasingly more important yet so limited, seeing what it means to be human in the context and mediation of that is a very reflective opportunity.

Memorable quotes

“Our design is too dense and binding”

“Alright, so what? What are we so afraid of?  That’s the beautiful thing about cities.  Cities are alive. They evolve. They take on a life of their own…strict planning inhibits that.”

Story: Nir Levie: Art: Nir Levie
Story: 9 Art:8 Overall 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Nir Levie provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review