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So news came down that comic book inker Joe Sinnott passed away the morning of June 25th, 2020. Sinnott was best for his work with Marvel comics. The legendary artist drew for iconic titles such as Fantastic Four, Captain America, and The Avengers. The comic book industry, such as the Inkwell Awards has been paying their respects to a legend. (Sinnott was involved with the Inkwell Awards)


Last year I was lucky enough to meet him at an Upstate NY comic con, IncrediCon. That day was a good day. My table was in between two talented artists, sold some of my own comics, did a commission, and met an Instagram friend.


Legendary comic book inker Joe Sinnott, with his son Mark. Photo taken last year in Upstate, NY, during the IncrediCon comic con. June 2019.

As things were winding down, I decided to pop by Joe Sinnott‘s table. Sinnott, the guest of honor was sitting next to his son. Taking a chance, I asked if Mr. Sinnott was still doing commissions. Surprise – he was! So I got a commission as a birthday present for Ben. Sinnott drew one of the classic Marvel characters, Thor.


After I picked up the commission, I believe his son told me Joe was still drawing everyday. Apparently he drew everyday until the end. That itself, is inspiring to any artist. Age really is just a number. Age only matters when you allow yourself to be limited.

With that, my condolences to the Sinnott family. Thank you Joe Sinnott for the many years you spent creating. Godspeed.

*Thanks to Ben Herman for images of comics featuring Joe Sinnott’s signature. 


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Friday, June 15, 2018 was the 11 annual Inkwell Awards, taking place at Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. For those who don’t know much about comic book inking, here’s a good blog post to explain. This year, not only was it the 10th anniversary, but also the debut of the “Above & Beyond” Award. Above & Beyond was created to honor members, volunteers and others who exceptionally served in promoting the art form of comic book inking and ink artists. In addition there were the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the annual Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award.

The Inkwell Awards was created by comic book artist and inker Bob Almond. Assisting him was two Ms. Inkwell spokes-models, Hailey Skaza-Gagne (formerly known as Holly Black) and Kathy Taylor. We finally had the chance to meet Bob Almond earlier this year at East Coast Comicon. He was accompanied with gorgeous Ms. Inkwell spokes-model, Skylar Lauren Godwin.


The 2018 Inkwell Awards.

Here’s sending congratulations to all the winners.

Inkwell Nominees 2018: Newsarama 

Inkwell Winners 2018: Newsarama


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It’s official. The 2016 Inkwell Award winners have been announced. The Inkwell Awards was founded by Bob Almond to promote and honor inkers in the comic book industry. This year’s winners was announced this past June 17th at the Heroes Con in North Carolina.


You can read the First Comics article about the 2016 Inkwell Awards here.

This year, I was also among the Silver trophy award winners for serving five years as a nomination committee member. It’s been an honor to have helped with the awards process.


Silver trophies from The Inkwell Awards for five years of nomination committee member service. 2016. 

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We interrupt this blog for an important announcement.

inkwellbanner1Starting from April 15 to April 30th, 2013 you can vote in the Inkwell Awards.


The Inkwell Awards is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of the art of inking. Inking is a much over-looked but crucial element to the comic book process. Everyone is encouraged to vote, whether you’re a fan or professional. The only difference this year is that the public is not allowed to vote in the The Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement category. The winners will be announced live at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC June 7-9 2013. For more information, please click on the above Inkwell Awards link.

My previous post about the Inkwells: https://witchesbrewpress.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/inkwell-awards/

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There’s nothing wrong with modern technology. Yet even conveniences at our fingertips, sometimes the old fashioned methods are the best. Take for example with music and art. Particularly with comic book inking.

Inking is one of the key elements that makes the artwork pop out. It helps establish atmosphere through lighting and textures. It’s also important to note that not all inking styles are the same. For example, difference in inking styles range between a very polished finish and a rough, gritty mood. Therefore it is important to recognize the vital role inkers have in crafting the final, finished look of a comic book story.


The Inkwell Awards is a non-profit organization that brings this kind of recognition to comic book inkers. You can click on this link for more  information: http://www.inkwellawards.com/

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