The Inkwell Awards is getting a new look! We all know Bob Almond is an incredible spokesman and ambassador for the Inkwell Awards, but even he thought something else was needed. After all, how many would buy a shirt with Bob one it? As he was selling raffle tickets he had an idea!
“I joked about how if we had a female mascot wearing an inkwell bottle outfit and stopper on her head we could sell more tickets. And that idea percolated but I still needed a design for my idea. All I knew was that I didn’t want anything campy like what I originally joked about. We certainly didn’t want any silly super-heroine costumes or her riding a giant brush or pen quill, or even a scantily-dressed ‘booth babe’ as we were concerned how we would be perceived and we wanted to be taken seriously.”
What followed was an idea and an artist search that ended with Witchblade and Cable artist Randy Green. Randy took Bob’s basic concepts and with the help of inker Nathan Massengill came up with the final look. Nathan inked the final piece and with the addition of the logo underneath (designed by Gina Kerlew), Ms. Inkwell was born. The model chosen for the lovely Ms. Inkwell is Chrissy Culter. Look for Chrissy to be making appearances at some up coming shows!
But not just a pretty face, Ms. Inkwell has a story! She is India Wells, a businesswoman who runs India Wells, Inc. “She will be on our new brochure and the ‘narrator’ in our upcoming 2010 Inkwell Awards Donation book (an annual collection of donated art from the comic book art community), debuting at The Boston Comic Con (http://www.bostoncomiccon.com) April 10-11,” continues Bob, “and she will appear on future promotional material as well as exclusive prints, t-shirts and other merchandise.” .