Inkwell Announces Ceremony Speakers For Great Philadelphia Comic Con
The event is scheduled for Friday, April 12 from 5:00-7:
Industry luminaries and professionals will present the voting results from the annual Inkwell Awards at the inking advocacy group‘s live awards ceremony during their new host show, the Great Philadelphia Comic Con!, in Oaks, PA.
Longtime ink artist, teacher, lecturer
In addition to Almond and Hanna, the convention‘s Panel Coordinator and traditional host, J.M. Clark, will act as
Also appearing will be veteran hostess and senior spokesmodel Hailey Skaza-Gagne as “Ms. Inkwell”, who will be joined by Kathy Denise Taylor as a co-spokesmodel.
Other related guests at the convention include Inkwell ambassadors Aldrin “Buzz” Aw and Sal Velluto. There may also be surprise appearances at the ceremony by member-creators, the award recipients and/or other supporters.
The Inkwells have five categories: Favorite Inker, Most-Adaptable Inker, the “Props” award for under-recognized professionals, the S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press And Mainstream-Independent), and the “All-in-One” Award for the artist who inks his/her own pencil art. Except for the internally-chosen lifetime achievement awards, winners were chosen by fans and professionals casting ballots on the group‘s site.
At the ceremony, Almond will also name recipients of the Inkwells‘ “Above & Beyond” Award for members, volunteers and others in the comics community who have served beyond the call of duty to educate the public and promote the
“There‘s so much turnover when you are working with unpaid members,” Almond added, “so when those rare and special volunteers stay long-term and go the extra yard for us, we thank them for their exceptional dedication.”
During the show, The Inkwells will be set up in Artists Alley. To help raise much-needed funds, they‘ll be offering (for donations) a variety of limited edition, signed and other Inkwell merchandise.
They‘ll also be displaying the blueline-inked original art for their 4th Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, which this year was on fan-favorite David Finch. There will be about 20 interpretations for attendees to study and help understand and appreciate the skills of inking.
Almond concluded, “We can‘t show enough gratitude to CEO and Promoter Christopher Wertz and Director of Artists Alley & Creator Relations Stan
From 2011 until 2018, the Inkwells‘ host show was HeroesCon as run by promoter Shelton Drum in Charlotte, NC.
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.
Web site: inkwellawards.com.