An ever-growing show in my back yard, this Boston Comic Con was the final one at the original venue and I have attended every scheduled one except one if memory serves. I did ok but the Inkwell Awards did much better and we collected some really great donations for our fundraising that weekend.
Amy Fletcher assisted me on Saturday at the table (pic#1) and nearby was my pal and occasional, longtime ink assistant Warren Martineck who generously rendered a color card for us (pic#2). Plus I got to catch out with my NY/New Jersey connection of buds like Mark McKenna, Jim Calafiore, and Mike McKone (pics3&4) seated next to Tim Sale to also gave us an excellent Batman sketchcard. It’s also where I hang out with my local pals like Ernie Pelletier of Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Jay & Steve of Rubber Chicken Comics, Zeke & Alyn, Frankie B. Washington, Mike Doherty, Scott Hamilton, Juli Mayers, Scott Ambruson, Norman Lee (as seen here in pic#5 with Geof Darrow and Walt & Louise Simonson) along with his wife Jan, and surely more people that I’ve forgotten to mention. Oh yeah, and Bob Shaw (pic#6). He’s one of the primary reasons that every BCC weekend rocks! (And I don’t say that simply because he’s on the Inkwell Awards Committee;-))
I even ran into Bob Cambra who I haven’t see since childhood as another member of my Torpedo Comics Group (see my bio) (pic#7). That was THE highlight for me.
For more photos you can check out the Inkwell Awards Appearances page.
FOR PREVIOUS NEWS ITEMS CLICK HERE TO THE INKWELL ARCHIVED NEWS.
The one and only New England Comic Con on September 20 (it’s name has been changed to The North East Comic Con as of the upcoming January 10, 2010 show) was a modest but promising event (hey, everything has to start somewhere, right?) I only took two photos (actually Jay Pillarella of Rubber Chicken Comics did the first one) and it was an Inkwell Awards– related one with Committee members Jimmy Tournas and Bob Shaw joining me alongside artist Amy Fletcher who would act as booth mascot at the subsequent and nearby Boston Comic Con. The other photo was of Amy and Zeke Savory, Jr. But I will surely rock in the New Year at Jimmy and Larry Harrison‘s next NECC show on January 10 with more images.
Bob Shaw has resumed The Inkwell Awards auction fundraising (they ended late fall for the first Dave Simons Scholarship) and you can bookmark this link to check them out: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/theinkwellawards
The initial week, having begun as of Sunday December 27th, is an ALL CARD theme from the various donations made from within the community at the Boston Comic Con, Dragon*Con, and Baltimore Con. The artists this week include Tim Sale, Warren Martineck, Jim Calafiore, Geof Darrow, James Nguyen, David Peterson, David Mack, Walter Simonson, Stephane Roux, and Steve Lieber! New auctions will resume every Sunday for the near future and they will consist of more sketchcards, sketchcover variants, original art, signed prints, and remarked & signed comics and trades.
The next updated section at this site is the Store page, previously known as the Art For Sale section on the archived site.
It now can inform interested parties about Original Art, Commissions, Color Prints, Discounted Collections, and Sketchbooks- all for sale and all available! Looking for a comic by me that you cannot find? Ask me…I might have it and at a lot cheaper than the local retailer, and signed! You can also ship books/merchandise to me to autograph if you’d like. Just click the ‘Store’ link on the top of this page’s navigational links and LMK what I can help you with!
These go back a couple of months but, as you already know, I wasn’t exactly on top of stuff at this site a couple of months ago
Yeah, some of my site regulars know that I’ve always taken pride in having monthly updates, which I honored most of the time. But just as Rich Lane and I started to construct the new pages, my pal Sal (Velluto) came a callin’ asking me to help him out again on the Phantom (“The Phantom: Johnny Hotwire- The Outlaw Days”) for Sweden’s Egmont Publishing.
This took me out of the picture for 6 weeks and just as a finished that commercial artist contact Jeff Lavezoli (whom I met at Pittsburgh Comic Con a few years ago and for those familiar with my commission gallery knows I did some ‘Bryant Man’ work inking him) emailed me and hired me to ink a Christmas card assignment for a company (don’t worry, it’ll eventually show up in the same-mentioned gallery). And I’ve been playing catch-up ever since around the house (holiday greeting cards, taxbook, shopping, appointments, etc.) and with The Inkwell Awards regarding the newly appointed ’10 Nomination Committee, new site additions, and boy, you won’t believe what’s been in the works for our 3rd year- no exaggeration!
And I’ll be tackling commissions in a few days. But this site will take up much of my time. Now that the Bio, Credits, Contributors, and Web Links sections are done, Rich and I are now eagerly working on getting this Homepage and News/ solicitations format all laid out. Following that we’ll tackle the remaining sections one at a time in no particular order: the Store, Photos, Special Features, and the prolific Galleries. So be patient and I’ll keep you posted and before long I’ll be back to monthly updates as we enter my site’s 10-year anniversary in 2010. In the meantime, feel free to post comments and ask questions. Do you have any suggestions or requests? And happy holidays to all!!!
As reported at their site Sketch Magazine will be back on track by next month after a several month absence since issue 39 shipped. For issue 40 my ‘Inkblots’ column will correct the 2-part article “Getting There: My very Own Origin” and “Staying There” as part 2 was printed in issue 38 without a part one preceding it! Number 40 will have both. Then issue 41 will finally post the ’09 Inkwell Awards results and some words on Dave Simons and 42 will print a tutorial on inking a sequential Sal Velluto page on The Phantom for Sweden’s Egmont Publishing.
For those interested, the next show that I’ll be attending is the North East Comic Con (formerly the New England Comic Con that I attended this past fall) in Boston on Sunday January 10, 2010 with headliners Billy Tucci and Ethan Van Sciver in attendance. Besides my Inkwell Awards, local talent will also be in attendance. For more info:
http://www.necomiccon.com/ I’ll also be at the Boston Comic Con on April 10 & 11 and the Pittsburgh Comic Con on April 23-25 but I’ll post more about those shows as the dates get closer.
Bob is the inking half of the Sal Velluto art team collaboration on such projects as Marvel’s critically-acclaimed BLACK PANTHER,’99-’02 leading to a 2003 Comicboards “Ooks” Award for “Best Inker” & two “Squiddies” awards for “Best Inker” (2001 along with “Best Creative Team” win and 2002 tied with Mark Farmer and tied for “Best Multi-Part Story”), and many other projects with Sal since 1997 and other artists at Marvel, DC, Acclaim, Malibu, Penny-Farthing Press, Power Comics, IDW, Kingstone, Thrilling Nostalgia Comics, Harris Comics, Topps, Wildstorm, New England Comics, Valiant and several others. While he’s been primarily an ink artist he’s also been a columnist for Sketch magazine and First Comics News. Bob’s a comic book collector and unofficial historian who has acted as a “Master of the Obscure” at the Marvel Appendix site, been a longtime member of the “Jarvis Heads” and a “group expert” at Facebook groups. He’s the founder/director of the official non-profit Inkwell Awards and advocate since 2008. Bob has been credited with “Special Thanks” along with his “Storyteller” colleagues Christopher Priest & Sal Velluto in the record-breaking film BLACK PANTHER (2018) and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022).
180 Park Street
New Bedford, MA 02740