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February CLAW NEWZ

LIVE from CLAW Studios, This is special FEBRUARY 2018 coverage of South Puget Sound cartoon news and events! This is action news reporter RR Anderson, your eye on the street and your ear to the door. First up: DESTINY CITY ZINE SYMPOSIUM poster is complete I hope you enjoy…

SCHOLARSHIP: Did you know The CLAW likes to give money away for free to young illustrators of the future? Do you like to draw and are you a college art student? APPLY NOWDUE March 15th! STAY TUNED FOR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS!

CARTOONISTS WANTED: Our own benevolent force for good, Sonics Guy, spotted this add in the The Tacoma Weekly, I’ve sent in my samples and so should you idle reader!

CLAW COMICS NEWSPAPER: Members voted unanimously to start self-publishing a daily semi-monthly CLAW ARTIST GUILD (aka the group formerly known as the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians) Newspaper.  Original articles! Original Comics! Scholarship/Artshow updates! You name it, it will be in there and friends, it will be glorious… like the burning starships off the shoulder of Orion..



CLAW presents Artist’s Best Business Practices!

FEB 28 AT KINGS BOOKS… Jennevieve Schlemmer reporting on the scene from king 5 helicopter:Join CLAW and panel host Jennevieve Schlemmer for an informative and fun panel about what it takes to be a working artist. We will cover best practices for creating a schedule, finding consistency, pricing your work, balancing your books, motivating yourself, and creating your own creative community.  Panel includes amazing local artists Mindy Barker, Michaela Eaves, Steve Garvin, and Mark Monlux. Mindy Barker is a muralist who wrangles color and wrangles lines. All for, what she likes to call, “my interventions of urban spaces’. Michaela Eaves currently focuses on graphite illustrations where animals and creatures cross paths with fairy tales. Occasionally, some of these turn into watercolor and gouache paintings or books. Five years ago, Steve Garvin left corporate accounting to rediscover his creative side. Today, he’s a rebranding expert who helps creative thinkers plan a business they love by tapping into their hidden gold. Mark Monlux, Grand PooBah of Monlux Illustration, is freelance illustrator with decades of experience. Since 1985 his art had been on everything from magazines to ice cream cartons. He’s currently doing a lot of graphic recording, storyboarding and whiteboard videos.”  Thanks Jennevieve!


STAN! SAYS: “I don’t know if it counts as newsworthy, but I continue to do my Today’s Doodle sketch-blog 5 days a week via Instagram: I co-created a cartooning game show called “Dungeons & Doodles” for the Official Dungeons & Dragons Twitch channel. It currently happens about once a month as part of their “Dragon+” program. There have been two episodes so far. Episode 1: Episode 2:

RR Anderson: COMICS GRINDER was kind enough to feature/review my Tinkertopia Comics on their Seattle blog! Did you know TINKERTOPIA has a digital newsletter? You can subscribe by emailing with ‘subscribe’ in the subject line! ALSO ALSO, did you know we now have a print edition newsletter? Stop by the shop to pick up a copy!

Laurence Erhardt: this Claw member qualified to join phi theta kappa.

and now here is Corey Macourek with your moment of zen..

Three Second Something: 25 Shoe from Corey Macourek on Vimeo.

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The Talons of the CLAW are paying dues and preparing for the end of the year ceremonial white elephant gift exchange. The Fez are all neatly arranged over the burning yule tire, while visions of shaving plumb sharpeners dance disturbingly over the sleeping pencil sets. HARK! Now is a good time to join and ease-in before another turbulent year of drawing and mystery begins to pick up velocity!
MEMBER NEWS YOU CAN USE: You’ve read about the CLAW, but do you know of two spin-off groups form by the founders James Stowe and Mark Monlux?

Freelance Fandango

Open to all creatives Freelance Fandango has no dues and no officers. What it does have is a time and place where freelancing creative professionals can gather, do show-and-tell, exchange tips, prove counsel and generally hob-nob with each other. Time: Every Monday [except federal holidays] at 11:00am Location: Meeting Room at the Red Elm Cafe 1114 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405. Contact James Stowe: to be added to the reminder email.

Epic Sketch Time

Hosted by Mark Monlux, Epic Sketch Time is an online drawing group. It doesn’t matter where you are, you can be a part of a drawing group without leaving the comfort of your house. Meetings are held via Google Hangout. Artists work on their projects while discussing pop-culture and sharing tips and tricks. Meetings are held weekly on Monday at 4:30pm Pacific. To participate send your gmail address [or email address you use to create your gmail account] to You will then be added to the attendee list. Reminders for the event are sent out that morning via twitter. Folks on the attendee list are sent an invite into the hangout a few minutes before 4:30pm. Have a problem getting in? twitter mark at @markmonlux. This group averages between 4-6 attendees each week. Should less than 3 show the event is cancelled. All events are recorded via YouTube. You can see some of them at:


Why not head over to Tinkertopia to visit your old pal “Commander RR” and pick up some new kits for the kids! Tacoma Paint-by-Numbers is sure fire to please!

Or maybe a new build your own  Elf Tree-house? Shucks howdy, they even have a Robo Space Ship kit!  Tinkertopia! The Tinker-est Place on Earth!

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CLAW November November Remember November 2017

return on pumpkin carving festival investment by CLAW

No CLAW open swim in November, Hope everyone takes this opportunity to have a lovely ThanksGiving holiday with friends and family. Let’s have a great November everybody!  Try to get some drawing time in too.  Else-while…  You can prep for our December member-only White Elephant Gift Exchange!  ARE YOU A CARTOONIST or ILLUSTRATOR? JOIN THE CLAW!

CARTOON NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Claw Cartoonist Anique Zimmer has a nice recap of the CLAW Jet City Comic book convention in Tacoma Washington here!

Meet local zine/indie comic self publishers!

CLAW MEMBER Stan Brown SHOW AND TELL: Today’s Doodle sketch-blog 5 days a week via Instagram:

CLAW MEMBER RR Anderson SHOW AND TELL: I have a new DIY Tinker Zine edition titled “Board Game Design” which is now available for purchase only at Tinkertopia (1914 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402) or FREE with purchase of our new edition of the GAME DESIGNER PROTOTYPE KIT!

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