Next Meeting: June 15
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drawlCongratulations Golden Toonie winners Frank Young and David Lasky! Cartoonists Northwest is proud to have had you as guest speakers and sends best wishes on your way to the Eisner Awards. I would like to thank our Toonie Awards guest speaker, Rob Salkowitz, for his valuable insights into the future of the comics industry and for giving us his valuable time. It was also a pleasure to have Hall of Fame winner Peter Bagge come out and accept his award. Special thanks for planning the evening goes to John Lustig, and thank you Vic Stredicke for running the Silent Auction. But the highest honor of all goes to Maureen VanderPas for once again organizing, hosting and running Cartoonists Northwest’s biggest event of the year. The 2012 Toonie Awards are behind us.

There is an upcoming event in July that I’m excited to announce – Cartoonists Northwest will be partnering with Barnes & Noble Pacific Place for a charity bookfair benefiting Seattle Cancer Care Alliance! Cartoonists Northwest members who have recently released children’s books will be signing and reading from their books on Saturday, July 6th. Authors slated to sign include Scott Ball, Kevin Brockschmidt and prolific children’s illustrator Jason Fruchter. My contact at Barnes & Noble is so enthusiastic about Jason’s catalogue, we’re considering renting a Dora the Explorer costume! If anyone is interested in coming downtown to dress as Dora, we’ll make sure you’re rewarded for the effort-Please contact me at

photo-mainStan! is the prolific author of two novels, fifteen short stories, more than sixty gaming products, and innumerable cartoons and comics.  Currently, he is the Senior Producer for Super Genius Entertainment, but in the past he has worked as a game designer, author, and cartoonist.  Furthermore, his work has appeared in products supporting several popular series including Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, Pokémon, and Legend of Zelda.  As if this all isn’t impressive enough, Stan! is also a founding member of both The Game Mechanics, Inc. and Super Genius Games.  Further details and information about Stan! may be viewed on his website.

At our June 15th CNW meeting, Stan! will be discussing the varied paths of his career, along with explaining the process of Kickstarter, an online threshold system for funding independent, creative projects.  Last November, Stan began a month long Kickstarter project to fund his book “The Littlest Shoggoth, a Holiday Tale of the Cthulhu Mythos.” The fifty-page story tells the tale of Squammy, the smallest of the Mythos creatures living around the lost and sunken city of R’lyeh.  Squammy experiences a failed exploration of the world above the waves, but luckily Santa Claus is available to save the day!  Originally aiming to raise a goal of $5,000, Stan!’s project was backed by an impressive 360 people who pledged a total of $11,782! He plans on divulging the many misunderstandings and mysteries about Kickstarter, which he claims to be “an interesting though very intense process.” (more…)

The Toonie Award Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 11 at Ivar’s Salmon House. Social hour begins at 6 pm, and dinner starts at 7 pm.

Our guest speaker is writer, business analyst, consultant and life-long comics fan Rob Salkowitz.

Special guest: Peter Bagge

Nominees for the Golden Toonie are:

Mark Rahner – Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars

Ellen Forney – Marbles

Donna Barr – A Little Death

David Lasky and Frank Young – The Carter Family

Register for the Toonies by May 10. Limited space available. No shows will not receive a refund. Persons who show up without a reservation will be seated on a space available basis and will be charged an additional $5 at the door.

Register now!