The 2019 Inkwell Winners
2019 marks the 11th year of the Inkwell Awards. The awards look to put a spotlight on the great comic book inkers of the year and celebrate past inkers. Inkers are able to send in what they considered their best work to be nominated for a category. It was also noted that “Nominators could also submit their own nominees and include inkers from both sources. For the first time, the same candidate could no longer be nominated for both the Favorite Inker and the Props categories.” The Inkwell Awards celebrates five different categories and all the work must be dated in 2018. So without further ado here are the winners!
For the Favorite Inker Category, Walden Wong took home the most votes with 48%; Wong also took home the award for most adaptable inker with 50% of the votes. Following that was the PROPS award or inker deserving more attention; Elisabetta D’Amico took home the award with 30% of the votes. Then to the S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press and Mainstream Independent) category; Stefano Gaudiano took home the top prize with 37% of the votes. Now the legendary Lee Weeks was the winner in the All-In-One (penciling and inking together) category with 31% of the votes in a tight race.
There were some great artists who barely missed out. Liam Sharp and Joelle Jones were both on the cusp of winning.
The Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA) went to Jack Davis and Marie Severin. Last but not least, inducted into The Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame were Neal Adams and Dan Adkins.
Inking is a tough job and it is great that these creators are getting some good recognition. Is there anybody you would have nominated for an Inkwell Award in 2018? How about right now? We are almost mid-way through 2019—who is standing out in comic books? Who would you possibly nominate for their 2019 work? Who is a legend that deserves an award? Let us know in the comments.