Written by and ©2014 Mike Pascale
It’s time for another Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge to help raise needed funds for the non-profit Inkwell Awards (on which I serve as a committee member). Each year for the past four, the legendary artist, Kirby inking partner, brush-master and namesake of our Hall Of Fame Award pencils a couple mighty Marvel characters for others to interpret in ink. As of last year, one is a rough sketch (aka a “breakdown”) and the other is a tighter pencil.
This year, Joe chose the industry’s first black superhero, The Black Panther, for the tight pencil and The Incredible Hulk for the rough. I then added logos to each to enhance their collectibility and displayability (not a word, but you know what I mean). Here they are in b/w:
Hi-res images were either emailed to a variety of inkers (the widest yet!) who could print them on blueline board, or bluelines were made and sent out. Others, like me, just printed in black and lightboxed the image.
The art is then sent to “Joltin’ Joe” who generously hand-signs all of them, and they’re auctioned off on eBay to raise money for the non-profit group, whose mission is to educate the public about inking and promote the art form wherever possible. (You’d be surprised how many people, especially younger ones, have no idea what an inker does.) The Inkwells also use the money for The Dave Simon Inkwell Memorial Scholarship to the Kubert School and other outreach efforts.
The results are always fascinating and fun. Though most of the Black Panthers were auctioned off last week (my apologies for being late!), there are a couple notable exceptions:
As for the Hulks, there are quite a few variations:
There are plenty of others, including greats like Joe Rubenstein, Keith Williams, Dan Parsons and other top talents.
BEST thing of all is that YOU can OWN one of these one-of-a-kind treasures! Please check out the Inkwells’ eBay store to bid. (Also offering a great DVD bio of Joe himself, as well as a low-priced autographed baseball card!) And if you can’t bid right now, please share the link on Facebook, Twitter and any other place where you think fans would be interested; we really appreciate your help!
And don’t forget, you can now vote in this year’s Inkwell Awards themselves!