Congratulations 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 Georgia@bouncingballcomics.com.