On Sunday our first 2010 Inkwell Awards eBay auctions wave will wrap up after six weeks so check them out now while you still can, here! They will resume by late March for wave two so bookmark the page and check back later (or simply keep yourselves tuned in at casa Almondink.
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I discovered this poster recently which include a Black Panther shot from Sal and my work from Black Panther#36 (2001) and, me being the completist that I am, I checked with my local retailers to see if they could get it for me and they regrettably could not. I’ve seen it on eBay but, honestly, I don’t have an eBay account anymore so that would be more complicated than I want going that route. So if anyone can get this for me please contact me and I can reimburse you via Paypal for the poster and shipping ($10 plus $6 rolled in a tube) AND I can ship you $35 or so in merchandise from my store or art from my rep’s site Comic Art House and I’d handle the s&h fee. Thanks!
In 1999 I finally got my first computer, the first iMac model (tangerine for those who care) and within a year I had created my Bob Almond Inkwell thanks to the vital assistance of Craig Rousseau and helpful guidance of Christopher Griffen. Eventually I was able to ween off of the savvy tech guys and handle stuff solo. But as time went on my program hot old and outdated and I never upgraded. This led to my new operating system not being able to accomodate the program so I had to do all my updating on an old Mac G4 and use a flash drive to transfer the files to my Mac OS10 in order to fetch and upload the items online. This is why many of my updates in 2008-9 were so tardy and sporadic, thus testing my efforts to acchive monthly updates as stated on the site.
Enter the generous Rich Lane who handles sites for a living. He offered to use an efficient program that would not need FTP and help me rehaul my site which, left on it’s own, would have eventually collapsed in on itself. So now we have, on the site’s anniversay natch, an upgraded website as well as the old site archived for those nostalgists: the best of both worlds! For those sections that never need expanding, like the Sal & Bob Gallery and Altered Art Gallery, the pages are the original pages. For those areas that get the occasional updates like Special Features, once there’s an update, which could be in a month or in 2 years, we’ll create a new page for the new material.
Everything else will be self-contained new pages (Bio, Contributors, etc.) or slowly expanding sections like Credits, Weblinks, Store, Photos, etc. The lastest updated section, previously known as Gallery2, the commissions gallery, will now be simply the Commissions Gallery and you can check that out here on the 15th page (the previous 14 pages are accessible through a link on the page to the archived gallery section). So no more galleries one, two, and three. This site will always be a work in progress and things will still be getting tweaked in the coming weeks but for the most part it is now ready to roll and interactive as well. So kick the tires and give it a roll and let me know what you think!
FOR PREVIOUS NEWS ITEMS CLICK HERE TO THE INKWELL ARCHIVED NEWS.
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.
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).
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