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CLAWlloween October Surprise!

Welcome ghosts and ghouls, to the October CLAW artist guild news update! OOOOH! 

CLAW 2018 ILLUSTRATOR OF THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER – congrats, Rachael Kowalski!  See some of her winning art over at the SCHOLARSHIP page!

24 HR Comic Day at Destiny City Comics Highlights: Thank you Destiny City Comics for hosting the 2018 CLAW artist guild for 24 Hour Comics drawing day, it was a blast!

GEEK GIRL COMIC CON: October 27th – 28th, come visit your favorite CLAW artists at this event! Check link for details..

October open swim: FREE CLAW pumpkin carving festival at Tinkertopia

CLAW’s 50th annual People’s Community Pumpkin Carving Festival is coming again to Tinkertopia on the 4th Wednesday of October starting at 7:30 pm. To participate you MUST bring your own pumpkin, gutted and cleaned of guts, yes a hollow pumpkin ready to be carved. Hope to see you there! [link to fb event page tba]


You see the #inktober and #drawlloween drawing prompts, but have you seen the #CLAWLLOWEEN drawing prompts?  Special thanks to CLAW member Anique Zimmer  for  making this happen!

be sure to post your photos with the #clawlloween hashtag on Instagram or the social media platform of your choice!

that’s it for now, back to the grave digging for me! (ha ha ha!)

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Big CLAW Weekend: Comics Workshop at Pierce County Reads and Tacoma Wayzgoose!

Two days of CLAW events are coming up at this final weekend of April!

Pierce County Reads

We’ll be teaching a comics workshop at the Parkland/Spanaway Library for Pierce County Reads next Saturday the 28th from 6-8 PM.
For anyone who wants to dip their toes into making their own comics, zines, or graphic novels, this will be a primer on basic art practice and visual storytelling. Check out the event page and RSVP here!
A large portion will be devoted to open drawing time, so we encourage attendees to bring their latest inspiration, ideas, and projects. There will be a Q&A, plus a show & tell showcasing some great examples of independently produced comics and zines. We hope to see you there!


Tacoma Wayzgoose 2018

And of course, the time has come again for Tacoma Wayzgoose at King’s Books.

No steamroll printing for us this year, but our booth inside King’s Books will have CLAW and member merchandise, plus a new free activity this year. Bring any light-colored blank bags, shirts, handkerchiefs of any cloth (no nylon!) for a free linoleum stamp for fabrics!

No blank things to bring? Tinkertopia has you covered with a cool batch of fabric swatches to choose from. Check out our Instagram to see one of the two stamp designs we’ll be using (new one coming soon!).


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The CLAW’s Thriftshop Painting Project


“Thriftshop Painting Project Premier”


The “Thrift Shop Painting Project” was conceived to bring a new perspective to old neglected paintings. The goal of art is to inspire the mind, to tell within it a story, persuade a new outlook, to rivet with amazement, or forge a new path of intellectual endeavor where there was none before. When a painting or object of art no longer captivates, it has all the decorative value of as spider web. What you see before you is a new story incapable of being told in the present without the efforts of a creative force in the past. These are not works brought back to life, they are the result of a wonderful metamorphous.


“Seaside Property” BEFORE

"Seaside Property" AFTER - $500

“Seaside Property” AFTER – $500

The impetus behind the Thrift Shop Painting Project was the numerous request The CLAW received from public institutions to provide an exhibit of the CLAW’s work. Talking amongst themselves the Talons of the CLAW found that few of their membership had art ready to present for a show. This lead to a discussion of gathering up frames from thrift shops to present new work. This in turn led to the idea of using the canvas that came with the frame. It wasn’t much of a leap from there to decide that incorporating the previous image into the new work would be both unique, and exciting.


"Rabbit Proof Fence" BEFORE

“Trojan Rabbit Proof Fence” BEFORE

"Rabbit Proof Fence" AFTER - $350

“Trojan Rabbit Proof Fence” AFTER – $350

The Thrift Shop Painting Project premiered at Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma on October 2nd, 2014. The paintings were well received and have since become a traveling show being seen at When not traveling the paintings can be seen at their home port: Tinkertopia. Interested parties who would like to offer their space as a venue may contact painting wrangler R.R. Anderson at Tinkertopia for scheduling.

Schedule of Venues (updated 02/26/15):
2015 March-April: Destiny City Comics
2015 January-February: Metro Coffee
2014 November-December: Bluebeard Coffee
2014 October: Tacoma Post Office


“Mattahorn Passing” BEFORE


"Mattahorn Passing" AFTER - $350 SOLD!

“Mattahorn Passing” AFTER – $350 SOLD!


“Post Mechanical Crab Apocolypse” BEFORE

The CLAW has a very limited budget for creating this exhibit. The requirements were that the framed images be paintings, not prints. Also, the budget for purchasing a painted had to be less that $20. The CLAW achieved this by buying some of the paintings in bulk. The proceeds of the sale of painting go back into the purchase of more paintings on which the artists might work to expand the exhibit. All of the paintings are for sale.


“Post Mechanical Crab Apocolypse” AFTER – $350


You can help the CLAW by donating your old landscape paintings to the project. You can drop them off or send them to Tinkertopia, 1914 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402.


“Bigfoot in Park” BEFORE


“Bigfoot in Park” AFTER – $250 • This is a flip painting with “Nessie” featured on the other side. SOLD!


The Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians founded in October 2008. This illustrious league of illustrators quickly became a Tacoma institution. The CLAW’s goal of communal enrichment through silliness and whimsy has been successful on many fronts. Through yearly activities with the Tacoma Art Museum, the Tacoma Public Library, and by the various activities of the Tacoma Art Commission the Talons of the CLAW have left their mark on young and old minds alike. Via the CLAW Student Scholarship, the tender talents of new emerging cartoonists are encouraged. But these are only a few of the many nefarious plans on the CLAW’s agenda.


“Season Two of the Walking Dead” BEFORE and AFTER – $150 SOLD!



“The Monlux Crossing the Wicked Woods” BEFORE



“The Monlux Crossing the Wicked Woods” AFTER – $350 SOLD



“Nessie” BEFORE



“Nessie” AFTER – This is the backside of “Bigfoot in Park” – $250 SOLD!



cuthulu_bless the children

“Cthulu Loves the Little Children” – $150

As the painting are sold new ones are added to the traveling exhibit.

“Aloha ‘auinala, Tiki” by Mark - Before

“Aloha ‘auinala, Tiki” BEFORE


“Aloha ‘auinala, Tiki” by Mark - $300

“Aloha ‘auinala, Tiki” AFTER  – $300




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