(New Bedford, MA/USA—July 6, 2015) The non-profit Inkwell Awards, the sole advocacy for promoting the artform of comic book inking and recognizing its artists, is looking for dedicated volunteers within the comic book community.
As the organization begins its ninth season, it needs extra hands as well as heads. “While we’ve retained devoted members for years at a time, turnaround is common amongst charitable organizations and we’re no exception,” said Bob Almond, the Inkwells’ founder and director. “Finding volunteers is tough enough but finding capable and dedicated ones to last long-term is the challenge.”
Positions/skills of immediate need (and their requirements) include:
- eBay Auctioneer (helps set up and run fundraising auctions; some original comic art/collectibles experience necessary)
- Press Coordinator (interacts with/expands press contacts and forwards PR announcements; public relations experience a plus)
- Volunteer Coordinator and convention volunteers (collects donations for both operational/program expenses and scholarship fund; the Coordinator reaches out to creators via email)
- Nomination Committee Liaison (to oversee, communicate with and recruit new members of the “Nom Com,” who research and nominate candidates for the ballot)
- Nomination Committee volunteers (retailers, bloggers, podcasters, creators, etc. Prefer those who are familiar with current comic book titles, ink artists and their work)
- Website Assistant (to help perform maintenance and back-ups; must be familiar with Word Press)
- Advertising (specializing in recruiting advertisers for our books and website)
- Ballot Nominations Supervisor (reviews ballot-nominated candidates and their cited work; must be well-informed regarding current published comic books)
- Inker Resources/Inker Database Assistant (researches inker-related data and posts to the website- must be familiar with Word Press)
- Any charity professional proficient in setting up and running a multi-tier membership incentive program
- Social Networks (to handle circulating all announcements and boost membership)
These positions are voluntary (unpaid) but part-time. Requirements range from annually, quarterly, intermittently, to semi-regular frequency. A résumé and/or references are required in most cases. Scheduling flexibility is negotiable. Communication, reliability, professionalism, altruism, stability and passion for the art form are required; being a team player is a must. Serious inquiries only, please.
Any interested parties can contact Bob Almond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. The advocacy is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.