Rob Stolzer here, chief cook and bottle-washer for Inkslingers.ink. I’ve been collecting original comic strip, cartoon and illustration artwork for roughly 40 years. Along the way I’ve done a fair amount of research and written a number of articles about various artists in the field, including Bud Blake, Gregor Duncan, and Jay Irving. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing some wonderful artists, including Blake, Ralph Bakshi, Russ Johnson, Mel Casson, Creig Flessel and Rick Yager.
Through my research and interviews, I try to shine a light on artists whose work may have slipped through the cracks of comic art history. In the end, I collect what I love and write about those artists whose work resonates with me most. My love of artwork is not media-specific, but pen and ink drawing holds a special place in my heart, hence the title of this site and blog. While I appreciate technical facility in drawing, it’s the work of the ink-slingers that I find most enthralling. That work may have expressive line work, or it may be drawing with beautifully spotted blacks, creating movement throughout the piece. I don’t plan on being an ink-slinging snob on this site, as folks like Denys Wortman brought more to the table than just ink, but the focus will likely be black and white ink drawing.
In the real world, I’m a Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where I’ve been teaching since 1991. I primarily teach the painting, drawing, graphic narration and illustrations courses, and take great pleasure in introducing the works of cartoonists and graphic narrative artists to my students.
I do also create artwork. Over the past few years I’ve been combining my love of painting, drawing and the narrative arts into a body of work I refer to as Free Association Funnies. As the name suggests, the work is free associative, incorporating text and characters and symbols I’ve developed into a mixed-media mishigas. If you would care to see that body of work, please visit my website at http://freeassociationfunnies.com/
If you have any questions or comments about the blog site, please do contact me. I’m always happy to hear from other folks interested in the medium.