Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cartoonists Northwest at Emerald City ComiCon '08!

Oh, we're off to see the cartoonists,
The ones from Cartoonists Northwest!
At Emerald City ComicCon they'll be
Showing their skills at their best!
If ever, oh ever, a Con there was
Seattle's is tops because because
Because, because, because, because, because
Cartoonists Northwest is one of the draws!

That’s right! The 6th annual Emerald City ComicCon will be all the more magical this year, with the presence of many members of Cartoonists Northwest (CNW)! The Con happens on May 10-11, 2008, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Look for the following CNW folks and friends to be showing off their wizardry:

- Scott Alan (Cahoots Creations), at Artist Alley booth E04.

- W. P. Morse (Rhapsodies), at Artist Alley booth A26.

- Keith Curtis (Cyclops Unlimited, which publishes the amazing comic series 'Crater On the Moon'), at Exhibitor booth 709 (booth will also feature the fantastic works of Donna Barr, and "many and sundry valuable trinkets" from the wildly funny cartoonist Dan McConnell!).

- John Lustig (Last Kiss Entertainment), at Exhibitor booth 805 (booth will also feature cartoonist and CNW member Kevin Boze, author of the acclaimed book 'The Virgin Project')

- Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum (Creators of the library comic strip Unshelved) They won't be there in person, but don't let that stop you from dropping by Exhibitor booth 305!

- Phil Foglio (Studio Foglio), Exhibitor booth 304

- Peter Bagge, Guest (Hate, Neat Stuff, Apocalypse Nerd, MAD magazine, etc.)

- Mike Grell, Guest (Superboy, Tarzan, Green Arrow, etc., and a member of the Cartoonists Northwest Hall of Fame!)

- Steve Gallacci (Albedo Anthropomorphics, and another stellar member of the Cartoonists Northwest Hall of Fame!)

- Paul Chadwick, Guest (Concrete, Seven Against Chaos)

- Ellen Forney, Guest (I Love Led Zeppelin, Monkey Food, Lust)

If that's not enough to convince you you're not in Kansas anymore, take time on Sunday, May 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., to attend a panel discussion on editorial cartoons called "STICKIN' IT TO THE MAN", presented by and featuring members of CNW. Editorial cartooning is a great way for cartoonists to let their voices be heard. Panelists including two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner David Horsey (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), Elizabeth Pankey, Andrew Wahl ( and Dan McConnell will discuss styles of the genre, zeroing in on your target, how to craft a visual metaphor, and why editorial cartooning is vital to a healthy society. Moderated by Keith Curtis (CNW President, and creator of Crater On the Moon comics). Location: Panel Room A.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008


Saturday, April 19, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.

Friends of furry fandom, rejoice, for Steve Gallacci will be decelerating from the Rim of Known Space (where his name is forever etched upon a planet called the CNW Hall of Fame!) and landing at the meeting as guest speaker!

Steve is the progenitor of the awesome Albedo Anthropomorphics comics. He started Albedo under his own Thoughts & Images imprint, first published in 1983. Among some of the story lines in Albedo are Steve's own “Erma Felna: EDF”, a military sci-fi epic featuring elements of political intrigue, and Stan Sakai's “Usagi Yojimbo”, which first appeared in the famously-rare Albedo #2. Also under his Thoughts & Images imprint, the first three issues of Donna Barr's The Desert Peach and a single issue of his own fantasy adventure Zell, Sworddancer with art assistance by Steve Adams, were also published. Thoughts & Images also published the first edition of “Albedo RPG”, written by Craig Hilton and Paul Kidd, and based on the Erma Felna storyline from Albedo. Other cartoon material includes doing art for episodes of Elin Winkler's “Tales of the Fehnnik”, published by Radio Comix, and short bits for Ken Fletcher's “Spontoon” fanzine. He has also done Science Fiction art and illustration since the late 1970s, as well as straight technical/commercial illustration.

Irregularly, he produces silver bullets for his "Argent Small Arms" line of odd bits.
More recently, he has been creating masters for after-market scale model aircraft
detail/correction/conversion sets and is working on acrylic figures of famous comic characters.
Steve Gallaci is truly a seasoned traveler of the tooniverse! What nuggets of wisdom will he bestow upon all those who attend the April meeting?? The rules of engagement are simple: Be there, and find out!

*Recap of LEFT, RIGHT, & WRONG, the political cartoon show currently at the Burnley Gallery at The Art Institute of Seattle (ran Feb. 25 – Apr. 15).
*Recap of the TOONIES AWARDS annual banquet (Mar. 1).
*Recap of the CNW-CWAC “R. Crumb Underground” tour at the Frye Museum.
*Updates on the Emerald City ComiCon.
*Cartoonists review each others’ work and vote for ‘Best of the Northwest’. Bring your cartoons and enter the friendly competition!
*Other news and stuff, guaranteed to be of a cartoonishly edifying nature!

What: Cartoonists Northwest meeting. (Monthly meetings happen on the third Saturday of every month.)
When: Sat. April 19, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $1.00 each for CNW members; $3.00 for non-members.
Where: Art Institute of Seattle, North Campus, Room 503 (Real Networks Bldg.), 2600 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98121
Use main entrance, corner of Alaskan & Vine. Street parking is free after 6:00 p.m.