- Posted by Johanna on July 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm
- Category: Comic News
The Inkwell Awards were created earlier this year to recognize comic book inkers. Now, the winners have been announced (link to the Beat because the official site doesn’t have the information up yet).
The Inkwell Awards were created by Bob Almond and advised by a committee of six others (Adam Hughes, Mike Marts, Tim Townsend, Daniel Best, Jim Tournas, and Bill Nicols). There were 10 awards given, with 11 winners (Favorite Retro Inker was a tie). Of those 11, three went to organizers of the awards, or over 25%. Danny Miki won another three, causing some grumbling. Additionally, the Joe Sinnott Award went to (surprise) Joe Sinnott.
This is no way to run an award program that aims to be taken seriously. There are too many comic awards as it is, and creating new efforts to recognize specialty fields is the wrong way to go, in my opinion. But if you must, having the same people win a significant number of trophies shows that you either have too many categories or your voting pool isn’t very well-educated about potential nominees. (Or they don’t care, i.e. they want their candidate to sweep the awards.) Not to mention that the organizers should recuse themselves from nomination, let alone winning.