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May (the CLAW be with You) 2016

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May Started off with a bang!  Or maybe a crunchy, squishy sound would be more appropriate as we began the first day of the month creating our annual steamroller print for the Wayzgoose Hand Press Festival hosted by King’s Books on St. Helens in downtown Tacoma!  As part of the yearly 2-day street party honoring and demonstrating the skills and wares of many local small press artists, like our friends at Beautiful Angle, for example, the CLAW is one of the teams selected to produce a giant-sized (4′ x4′) print created by inking the large square of linoleum into which our design was intricately carved reversed out and backwards, and then placing it in the parking lot next to the building where a piece of dampened paper is laid over it and cushions are added over the top and it is then SQUASHED by a massively heavy steamroller!  It’s always an amazing spectacle to witness and the various designs this year followed a theme of literary classics and creators!  The CLAW’s design honored Tacoma-born author Frank Herbert, the science fiction master behind the DUNE series!  I was especially excited about this year’s print because my design was chosen for the event!  (It should be noted, of course, that the actual carving was done by several diligent members of CLAW!  Mark Monlux, our VP James Stowe, Anique Zimmer, R.R. Anderson–and his son Max–and myself, Mark Brill, were the main CLAW Talons responsible for transferring the art to the large linoleum block!)  Jennevieve Schlemmer and Larry Erhardt were on hand to help the a fore mentioned members with the inking and printing!
Everything came off without a hitch–even my silly idea for a special effect to add a second color to the piece to give Mr. Herbert the blue eyes of his Spice addicted characters in his most famous work!  Our print was very favorably received and everyone had a blast creating it!  And our thanks to Destiny City Comics, right next to King’s and part of the festivities for finding a place for the CLAW table, where we handed out zines and showed the kids how to make mini-comics of their own!
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Not too much other news, except that out usual 4th Wednesday Open Swim event, which we are now referring to as the “CLAW Community Art Project” is happening on the 25th of the month at King’s Books and everyone is invited to come down at 7:30 and draw and hang out with the wacky folks of The Cartoonist League of Absurd Washingtonians!
One last item–Crypticon, an amazing horror convention will be held over the last weekend of May, from the 27th to the 29th at the Hilton Convention Center in SeaTac and 2 of the CLAW’s Talons will be on hand to keep the Creepy CLAW flag flying!  Travis Bundy will be there with his partners promoting his Creator’s Edge horror titles!  And Mark Brill will be there in his Brillustrator guise creating monstrous caricatures!  (Hopefully meaning caricatures of people as monsters, and not just really horrible drawings!)  See you in June!!  **Watch for the June notice of “Captain Picard Day!” **

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Brooks Dental Studio hosts Art of the CLAW during Art Walk


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has opened its walls to The Art of CLAW. The Cartoonists’ League of Absurd Washingtonians is a not so secret society of cartoonists headquartered in Tacoma, WA. Their monthly sponsored drawing sessions and public centric art projects have made them a very fun part of Tacoma’s art scene. For this art show members have raided their archives to show off personal projects, art completed at drawing sessions, and art created through community involvement. Please stop by Brooks Dental and take in this unique show and meet the colorful characters that created them. They will be easy to spot. They are the ones wearing fez. There will be refreshments.
 
Enter our drawing! Literally! Stop by the Art Show during art walk and enter our drawing. Prizes are caricature drawing of you by; Mark Brill, the artist behind “The Power Within” and anti-bully themed comic, James Stowe, creator of “Sidekick Quest,” and Mark Monlux who will draw a picture of you in a scene of your favorite movie inside a signed copy of his book “The Comic Critic Presents Blockbusters.”
 
Mark the date on your calendar, Thursday, March 17th, Art Walk & St. Patrick’s Day. 5 pm to 7 pm.
Drawings for the drawing will be at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30. You must be present to win. At 7:00 a final drawing for a gift basket from Mad Hat Tea will be held.

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Happy NewYear from The C.L.A.W.!

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Dateline Decmeber 31, 2015, Tacoma — The C.L.A.W. dominates First Night festivities in downtown Tacoma with it’s annual caricature drawing event hosted by Brooks Dental Studio on Broadway right in the middle of the proceedings! Well, I say dominated…but we were definitely one of the top draws for the year-end block party, in addition to the Circus and the food trucks and the live bands. It was a heck of a swaray, as always!

CLAW members who donated time and hand cramps to the proceedings were James Stowe, Stan Brown, Mark Brill, Steve Bernard, Corey Macourek and Mark Monlux! Here are a few samples of the night’s employment!

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Also, it should be noted that members of the Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians will have artwork on display at Brooks Dental Studio throughout January! Come in, check it out! And get you teeth cleaned…

Happy NewYear from The C.L.A.W.!

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