The Inkwell Awards wants to welcome the addition of author, illustrator, agent and publisher J David Spurlock to their line-up of ambassadors that also include Adam Hughes, Mike Marts, Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Brooks, Mike McKone, Sal Velluto and Trevor Von Eeden.
"David is a long-respected renaissance man in the industry who adds even more credibility and recognition to our ranks" said Inkwell founder and director Bob Almond "and we are proud to welcome him to the team as we reveal our 2011 voting ballot next week (April 1st) and prepare for our fifth year of carrying out our mission to promote and educate about the art form of inking and to recognize ink artists in the comic book community".
J. David Spurlock is an award winning author, illustrator, agent, educator, advocate for artists’ rights, and associate to star talents Frazetta, Neal Adams, Steranko, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Wally Wood and more! Spurlock's recent guest speaking engagements include: interviewing Stan Lee Sept. 4, 2010 for Dragon Con TV and a live audience if 4,600; The Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine re-launch and convention in Indianapolis; the May 2010 LA Rockin' Comic-Con with Stan Lee; the Sept. 2010 Art of Neal Adams book premiere; the Al Williamson-Frank Frazetta tribute event at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con; Rutgers School of Law; University of the Arts in Philadelphia (Oct. 16, 2009); Canada's Where Monsters Dwell radio show; and Spurlock served as Guest Curator of the 2010 Steranko exhibit at the Geppi Entertainment Museum (GEM) in Baltimore.
Works by Spurlock include, Wally's World: Life & Death of Wally Wood, RGK: Art of Roy G. Krenkel, The Space Cowboy, Frazetta: The Definitive Reference, Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos, and Joe Kubert: Draw From Life. Spurlock has founded multiple scholarship funds at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has taught at the university level since 1986. Spurlock's works have been acclaimed by The New York Times, IPPY Awards, Entertainment Weekly, Eisner Awards, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, Library Journal, the Rondo Awards, Publishers Weekly, the Hugo Awards, The Village Voice, Locus Awards, and more.
Spurlock's film/TV credits include: Frazetta Painting With Fire; STARZ network's Comicbooks Unbound; Freelast
TV's 2005 documentary,The Batman Story, for BBC Five; directing BBC-star Jonathan Ross in his recent interview of Jim Steranko; and serving as a consultant to Morgan Spurlock on the documentary Comic Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope. Spurlock is currently writing a book on how to draw monsters for Random House imprint Watson-Guptill and working on a Superheroes documentary for PBS.
The Inkwell Awards (www.inkwellawards.com)
is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and educate about the art form of comic book inking and to annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in the midst of their fourth year, the organization is overseen by a number of industry professionals such as founder & director Bob Almond, Jimmy Tournas, Bob Shaw, Nathan Massengill, Daniel Best and Kris Fenol who make up the IA core committee and Adam Hughes, Mike Marts, Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Brooks, Sal Velluto, Mike McKone, and Trevor Von Eeden who make up their IA ambassadors, and numerous contributors such as Mark McKenna, Dan Panosian, Louis Small, Jr. and Randy Green among others. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame.