The Inkwell Awards, a nonprofit organization that celebrate the art of comic book inking and finishing art, reported earlier today that they had a box full of fundraising materials stolen in the mail. The package included dozens of their Donation Books, including variants and signed editions, which might be easy to spot if the show up in large numbers on the secondary market. Keep an eye out for it and, if you're a retailer or fan approached to buy this material, it might not hurt to contact the organization.
Here's the Inkwell message, as reported by the Organized Readers of Comics Associated's Facebook page:
STOLEN! Got back parcels of our Inkwell Awards materials following Heroes Con from the USPS and one box was empty although it had the stamp for $13.44 and had been resealed.
Problem is we didn't insure the box so I could only get the postage reimbursed and place a report with the inspector general.
Stolen items include 1) The final three out of the five limited and numbered Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge editions (signed by Joe, Terry Austin, Daniel Best and myself), 2) (6?) copies of the Joe Sinnott signed & numbered editions of the book, 3) Several regular edition copies, 4) Regular editions of our Donation Books from 2010 (Randy Green cover), 5) 2010 (Craig Rousseau cover), and 2011 (Louis Small cover) including almost half of the signed and numbered copies of the Craig Rousseau 2011 edition, the 2010 (Rousseau cover) multi-signed edition (Craig Rousseau, Bob Almond, Enrique Savory, Jr., Sara Richard, Brian Kong, Jim Tournas, Joe Sinnott, Mike McKone, Nicole Hansche, Ethan Van Sciver and Joe Haley), and 6) The last three Joe Sinnott signed 2010 blank variant printer defect editions.
This may not seem like much but we're still a small non-profit with a meager budget at best so this hit after so many recent financial losses are crippling to the organization. I won't hold my breath but hoping for a miracle. Developing....