Next Event: January 21, 2017
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Our Toonies 2013 guest speaker is Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture. Rob is something called a “business futurist,” which essentially means he analyzes business trends and presents future economic scenarios based on those trends. His previous books, Young World Rising and Generation Blend, explored the impact of the youngest generation on the workplace and reflected his role as a digital media teacher at the University of Washington. Those that knew Rob as a worldwide speaker and founding partner of a communications firm might not have known that he is a dedicated comics fan; his latest book brings these powerful insights to the business of making comic books.

The book ties one pivotal summer at the industry’s most influential convention with the background of sequential art and the current state of the medium, leaping effortlessly between fascinating anecdotes, personal experience and historical context. His friends are key players, able to offer insight into the artistic struggle of independent creators, the plight of the retailer, small press marketing and big publisher numbers; he even takes us behind-the-scenes of the highly-regarded Eisner Awards! His familiarity with both mainstream comics and alternative comics, combined with his international perspective, allows the book to compare markets rarely discussed in the same volume. (more…)

drawlIt’s that time of year again when thoughts begin to turn to the Toonies. We’re concentrating our 2012 efforts on the Golden Toonie itself, dispensing with the additional category awards and going for the glory. The final list is a compilation of the works with the most nominations. This year I’ve decided to devote my March column to giving you, the voter, more information about the nominees. (more…)

drawlEmerald City Comic Con is March 1-3, less than one month away. Cartoonists Northwest will have a booth, and I’m looking for volunteers to fill it. The booth comes with two badges, and anyone who volunteers is guaranteed one or more full day at the con at no cost to you! Just time spent telling convention attendees that there is a local cartooning group that would love to see them at our next meeting. Email me at if interested.

For those of you who will be attending ECC, Cartoonists Northwest is hosting a special panel on March 2, Saturday at 5pm. “Working with Licensed Characters” will feature writers and artists from popular all-ages comics and books. Panelists will include Katie Cook (“My Little Pony”), Allen Gladfelter (“Cars”), Amy Mebberson (“Strawberry Shortcake/My Little Pony”), James Silvani (“Darkwing Duck”) and this year’s CNW vice-president Jason Fruchter (“Dora the Explorer/Dinosaur Train”).  This is not something you will want to miss; it promises to be an insightful look into meeting the expectations of licensors, the creation process and working against tight deadlines. Come help us fill up the audience with local talent! (more…)