The 2018 RINGO Awards

The RINGO Awards are an annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Baltimore Comic Con, that celebrates the best in the comic book industry. The ceremony is named in honor of my brother in art and former Tellos collaborator, the late Great Mike Wieringo. The physical award incorporates original Tellos cover art from volume 2 of the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute by Mike, myself and Paul Mounts.

I had the honor of being a judge and presenter for the second annual RINGO awards, held on September 29, 2018 at the Baltimore Comic Con.

I presented awards to some amazing creators. The best in the industry…

The Pre-Game Show.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

The Banquet.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

2018 RINGO Awards

This one was special…

 

Presenting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic alongside amazing artist and longtime friend Gus Vazquez.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Presenting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic, alongside amazing artist and longtime friend Gus Vazquez, to the creative team of artist Sanford Greene and writer Chuck Brown for “1,000.”

Presenting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic to Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Artist Sanford Greene receiving congratulations from Tellos co-creator/writer Todd Dezago.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Shelly Nathan)

Artist Sanford Greene accepting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic with writer Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards
(photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Artist Sanford Greene accepting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic with writer Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Presenting one of many RINGO Awards to legendary artist Lee Weeks for his amazing work on “Batman / Elmer Fudd” with writer Tom King for DC comics.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by George Rodriguez)

Artist Lee Weeks and writer Tom King moments after receiving one (of many) RINGO Awards for their work on “Batman / Elmer Fudd” for DC comics.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid and Matt Wieringo presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Shelly Nathan)

Todd Dezago presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by by Bruce Guthrie)

Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid and Matt Wieringo presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Shelly Nathan)

Mark Waid, Craig Rousseau, Matt Wieringo and Todd Dezago presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

The legendary Denys Cowan presented the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award to comic book industry icon Denny O’Neil.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by George Rodriguez)

Comic Book industry icon Denny O’Neil accepting the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Rob Stull)

Comic Book industry icon Denny O’Neil accepting the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Rob Stull)

The after party…

Rob Stull, Matt and Suzanne Wieringo.
2018 RINGO Awards

ROYALTY. Matt and Suzanne Wieringo. We’re all part of a very unique and extended family.

Hip-Hop icon Dinco D from the legendary group Leaders Of The New School, Rob Stull and George Rodriguez.
2018 RINGO Awards

Lee Weeks and Rob Stull.
2018 RINGO Awards

Jamar Nicholas and Rob Stull.
2018 RINGO Awards

Rob Stull and Jerry Ordway.
2018 RINGO Awards

Sanford Greene, Rob Stull, Mark Morales and Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards

Sanford Greene, Rob Stull, Mark Morales and Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards

An amazing moment captured by my good friend Dinco D from Leaders Of The New School. RINGO Awards after party with three of the best in the business. Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown won the RINGO Award for best webcomic, and longtime friend Mark Morales won for best inker. I don’t know too many people that work harder than these brothers. Me and Mark share 26 years of friendship, and I’ve witnessed the evolution of Sanford’s career from an exceptional penciler (90s era Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC when we first met) to a creative force within the entertainment industry. Congratulations once again gentlemen. You definitely deserved the recognition.

And this guy…

Rob Stull and Gus Vazquez
2018 RINGO Awards

…I’ve known this talented individual for over two decades. We’ve collaborated over the years on mainstream & small press projects and have always had a mutual respect and appreciation for each others abilities. We were not only judges for the 2018 RINGO Awards, but also had the opportunity to share the stage as co-presenters at the ceremony. Gus Vazquez, we go back to the NYC days my brother! Much Love and Respect always.

And a big shout out to Randy Tischler, Shelly and Marc Nathan, Matt Merrit, Dustin Hovatter, Brad Tree, The RINGO Awards and the entire Baltimore Comic Con staff for making it all happen!

RINGO lives in ALL of us. Now and Forever.

R

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Mind Frame

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.” – The GOAT

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The Boston Roots Of A Worldwide Phenomenon

“These Hip-Hop Relics, Joining The UMass Archive, Show The Boston Roots Of A Worldwide Phenomenon.”

A recent interview I did for The ARTery (WBUR) promoting the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive and the official archiving event “Show ‘Em Watcha Got” taking place this Saturday, May 19th, at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square from 11am to 4pm.

Read the full interview here:  http://www.wbur.org/artery/2018/05/16/boston-hip-hop-relics-join-umass-archive

More information on “Show ‘Em Watcha Got” official archiving event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/167739440675910/

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“Show ‘Em Whatcha Got!”

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CODE RED: Unarmed and Dangerous

“CODE RED: Unarmed and Dangerous – Changing the world through Leadership, Education and Empowerment” conference and panel discussion. Had a great time talking to young men at the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Thank You to the Boston Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for the invitation!

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Dawn

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.

All things break. And all things can be mended.

Not with time, as they say, but with intention.

So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.

The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

L.R. Knost

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Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive

“Hip Hop happened, it was Not invented.” – PHASE 2

I’m an archivist! I kinda always have been, but now it’s official. The Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive is a reality in the making and long overdue for Boston, MA.  Big shout-out to Pacey Foster, Cindy Diggs, Akrobatik, UMass Boston, The Boston Public Library and ALL the hometown heroes, local legends, sponsors, supporters and volunteers! Stay Tuned. It’s happening…

The Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive
Local Legends: Akrobatik, Rob Stull (Note), Float and DashBoogy (Floor Lords Crew)

The Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive
Local Legends: John Brewer, Cindy Diggs, ProBlak, Fabian Murray, G. Valentino Ball and Rob Stull.

The Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive
Local Legends: Lisa Lee, Rob Stull (Note) and Tony Rhome from The Almighty RSO Crew (in the background).

RAGAMUFFIN HIP HOP ’89
Poster by Rob Stull (Note) promoting NY recording artist Shinehead and local legends T.I.C., The Choice Dancers, Peter Righteous and Wallace T. (1989)

BOSTON 80’s Hip-Hop History
T.I.C. (Treacherous Individual of Capability) denim jacket (in the middle) by Rob Stull (Note).

“NOTORIOUS” (1985)
Black Book Piece by Rob Stull (Note).

“INNER CITY ENERGY” (1984)
Mural by Rob Stull (Note).

The BOSTON chapter from The History of American Graffiti by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon (2010)

…PEACE!

R

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Panel Discussion

More Info:  https://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/csgs/event/community-forum-screening-black-panther/

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Studio

DRAW:  https://eliotschool.org/classes/figure-drawing-drop-all-levels

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The year of RINGO

10 years ago the comic book industry lost a legend, and many of us in the professional community lost a friend. Mike Wieringo was an Artist that drew comic books. And he drew them exceptionally well. However, to simply refer to him as a comic book artist or a penciler would not be sufficient. In my opinion, the best writers, pencilers, inkers and colorists, can write, pencil, ink and color…or should at least have a solid understanding of the entire process of comic book creation. Sequential Art is a story-telling medium. Mike Wieringo was a master story-teller. And 2017 was, without a doubt, the year of RINGO.

As an Artist that inks comic books, I’ve collaborated with Mike many times over my 20-plus years working as a professional in the comic book industry. TELLOS was Mike’s creator-owned project with co-creator, partner and writer Todd Dezago. I was part of the original Tellos creative team and inked Mike’s pencils on the initial 10-issue series run. Paul Mounts and Ken Wolak of Bongotone provided the amazing color. Sometimes individual creators get thrown together on a new project and “mesh” over time. Sometimes they don’t mesh at all. I can honestly say, even after all this time, we knew we had something special…

“In all our years, nothing is more rewarding or enjoyable than TELLOS. Mike and Todd are two of the finest people I’ve ever met, and Ken and I feel lucky to have been allowed to apply our trade on such a great project. I think that with Todd’s scripting, Mike’s incredible pencils and Rob’s inks (in my mind one of the two or three BEST inkers in the industry—Bravo, Rob!), we all form one of the strongest teams in comics today.” – Paul Mounts (’00)

“Comic books, for the most part, are a collaborative art form. If I were to look back on the books I enjoyed as a child, I would recall a sense of care and attention to detail in the visuals that got me hooked from the beginning. That’s no accident. In fact, it’s the very same feeling I felt each and every time I worked with Mike. He had me hooked from the beginning. As collabs go, each artist is a complement to the other. The penciler complements the writer, the inker complements the penciler, and the colorist complements everybody. When artists work together, who have a mutual love, respect, admiration and appreciation for each other’s abilities, you get beautiful work. Period.” – Rob Stull (’07)

In August of 2007, I received the news that Mike had passed away. Overcome with shock (he was only 44) and sadness, I immediately began drawing. Don’t know why, just started drawing. No clear idea or concept in mind, no preliminary sketches, none of that. All I remember is that I stayed in the moment of the deep sadness I was feeling, ultimately producing a very somber piece. I wanted to draw myself as I believe Mike would have, if I were a character that existed in the Tellos Universe. So, the guy at the drawing board is me. The light in the background is Mike’s spirit and the folks surrounding me are characters from the book. It conveyed what I was feeling at the time, and that’s what I needed it to do. It was personal. My tribute to Mike long before any official tribute was ever announced. I had no intention of ever showing it to anyone, other than close friends.

Speaking with Todd Dezago a short time later, we confirmed that we all (the professional comic book community) were feeling a sense of loss, and the desire to do something special in Mike’s honor. What followed was a series of independent efforts in the form of tributes over the years. But something much bigger was on the horizon, and it was important that it be kept a “secret.”

Todd, whether he realizes it or not, is one of my closest friends in the industry. I’ve always considered the Tellos crew as my brothers and extended family. So, when he and I first started talking about a serious tribute to Mike, a little over 3 years ago, I was all-in from jump.

We would call ourselves ‘The Secret Friends of Ringo” and everything we did, in regard to this project, would be…a secret. We were not to tell anyone. And for the most part, we didn’t.

What Todd accomplished with this massive two volume hardcover tribute was an amazingly beautiful and unprecedented thing. The job of an editor is never easy. Yet somehow, he was able to write 500 pages of content, manage the individual progress (and personalities) of over 200 incredible contributors, put it all on a schedule and get it done! The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute is an historic outpouring of respect, appreciation, gratitude and love for our brother in art. And it all came together to properly commemorate the 10 year anniversary of his passing.

I had the honor of penciling and inking a chapter in volume 1, in addition to providing inks for both tribute covers. The covers were a reuniting of the original Tellos team. I got the chance to collaborate with Mike and Paul again! We used a variety of Mike’s old Tellos sketches and pieced them together with the aid of photoshop (and Craig Rousseau) to create a collage type of style. They were then printed onto comic art boards for the physical “blue line” pencil art that I would use to ink.

Once the inking was completed…

…Paul Mounts worked his Magic! Paul is one of the best in the industry, and has been for many years. Always in demand and always very busy. If you’ve ever collaborated with him you are among the fortunate and blessed.

Process…

During the 2017 convention season, both Heroes Con and Baltimore Comic Con provided special programing to celebrate the launch of The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute.

The Baltimore Comic Con publishes an annual full color, hardbound book featuring the work of the artists attending the show. The theme for 2017 was TELLOS and featured awesome cover art by Mike’s brother Matt Wieringo.

The 2017 Baltimore Comic Con Yearbook featuring TELLOS.
Cover art by Matt Wieringo.

My contribution to the 2017 Baltimore Comic Con Yearbook.

The 2017 Baltimore Comic Con Yearbook featuring TELLOS.
Artwork by Rob Stull with Thom Mason.

Several artists and contributors attended the shows and participated in the official Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute panel and book signing.

The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute Panel
Left to Right: Rob Stull, Wilson Ramos Jr, Jim Calafiore, Todd Dezago, Thom Zahler, Val Staples and Jamar Nicholas.
Photo by David T. Tilley (2017)

The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute Panel
Todd Dezago
Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Comic Con (2017)

The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute Panel
Rob Stull and Wilson Ramos Jr.
Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Comic Con (2017)

The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute Panel
The Secret Friends of RINGO
Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Comic Con (2017)

Baltimore Comic Con hosted the inaugural “RINGO awards.”

The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute volume 2 cover art was used as the face of  the RINGO awards!

The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute volume 2 cover art by Mike Wieringo, Rob Stull and Paul Mounts used as the face of the inaugural RINGO awards.
(Jeff Parker’s RINGO award)

I’d like to think Mike is very proud of ALL of us…

We did it RINGO! Happy New Year brother!

Much Love and Respect always,

R

December 2017

 

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