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The Inkwell Awards: THE RESULTS

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THE VOTES ARE IN!

Voting for the first annual Inkwell Awards officially ended on the 31st of May and the results are now posted on the official web-site.

Voting was fierce and an incredible 5,000 votes in total were cast across all the different categories, however clear winners have emerged. Without any further ado, here are the results:

FAVORITE INKER (RETRO)
TERRY AUSTIN (winner-tie)
JOE SINNOTT (winner-tie)
Tom Palmer (runner-up)
FAVORITE INKER (MODERN)
TIM TOWNSEND (winner)
Danny Miki (runner-up)
FAVORITE FINISHER/EMBELLISHER (RETRO)
TOM PALMER (winner)
Joe Sinnott (runner-up)
FAVORITE FINISHER/EMBELLISHER (MODERN)
KEVIN NOWLAN (winner)
Norm Rapmond (runner-up)
MOST-ADAPTABLE INKER
TIM TOWNSEND (winner)
Danny Miki (runner-up)
MOST PROLIFIC INKER
DANNY MIKI (winner)
Joe Sinnott (runner-up)
PROPS AWARD
DANNY MIKI (winner)
Mark Irwin (runner-up)
THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD
BOB ALMOND (winner)
Tim Townsend (runner-up)
MVP AWARD
DANNY MIKI (winner)
Tim Townsend (runner-up)
THE JOE SINNOTT AWARD
JOE SINNOTT (winner)
Al Wil…

Original Art Stories: Ric Estrada

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If you read DC comics at any point during the past, ooooh say fifty or sixty years, then you know both the name and art of Ric Estrada. A native of Havana, Ric broke into the comic book world in 1948 and remained there since he retired (or was retired - take your pick) in the 1980s. In the 1940s and 1950s Ric worked for a lot of the smaller comics in the 1940s and 1950s - Hillman, Ziff-Davis, St John, Better, Feature, E.C. - and managed to forge a reputation as being a versatile artist. Be it anything from romance to war, Ric was there and ready to draw, and he did a lot of his work operating out of a studio with his contemporaries, Dan Barry, whom he assisted with Flash Gordon, Sy Barry, George Roussos, Don Perlin, Alex Toth, Frank Frazetta and Lee Ames.

He became one of Bob Kanigher's war artists in the 1950s, along with the likes of Joe Kubert, Ross Andru and Russ Heath, and it was at DC that he made his real mark. At DC he worked on a variety of titles, again, from war to roman…