Klaus Janson Wins Shelf Dorf Award

The legendary inker honored at Detroit Fanfare

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By Tim Stevens

From his days working with Frank Miller on their seminal DAREDEVIL run to helping illustrate mammoth epics like WORLD WAR HULK, Klaus Janson has long been considered one of the most talented and distinctive inkers in comics. At Detroit Fanfare last weekend, the Shel Dorf Awards went ahead and made it official, recognizing Janson as Inker of the Year.

The awards, named for the founder and driving force behind San Diego Comic-Con, began last year to pay homage to the Michigan native and tremendous comics fan who passed away in 2009. The goal of the awards comes from Dorf: to give fans a voice in honoring creators and to recognize those who best maintain and promote the community of comics readers.

For Janson, that mission and the legacy of Dorf made the honor all the more special.

“I'm particularly touched by the Shel Dorf Award because he was, in addition to being a working professional, such a devoted and enthusiastic fan of this medium,” Janson explains. “It's the support and passion of people like Mr. Dorf, and all the fans, that allows me to get up every morning and do something that I really love.  And I'm extremely grateful for that.”

Fans of Janson will not have to wait long for new Marvel material to appreciate. In addition to his recent collaboration with artist John Romita Jr. on AVENGERS, the inker has two projects on the way.

“My current monthly assignment is inking Giuseppe Camuncoli on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, which is great fun,” he says. “And I'm penciling a [limited series] called DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS written by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack and inked by Bill Sienkiewicz.  It'll be out mid-2012 and it's terrific!”

Find out more about the Shelf Dorf Awards at the official web site

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