Inkwell Awards Announces 2021 Honorees
by Brendan M. Allen
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 cancelled.
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 Inkwell 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 Comics.
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 Comics.
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 Sinnot 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.