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Holiday White Elephant Gift ExchangeOur December CNW meeting will be our annual Holiday Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange!  It all begins at 6pm, on  Saturday Dec 17th, at Tutta Bella in Wallingford (where we had our holiday parties in the past) 4411 Stone Way North in Seattle.
Please RSVP to if you plan on going, as we need a head count to make the reservation.
We’ll play at least one drawing game, so be prepared to draw and be silly.
The other highlight of the evening (besides dinner and some great conversation) is the gift exchange.
Here are the gift exchange rules: Bring your wrapped (but not labeled) gift and place it in “the pile.” Gifts should be inexpensive, humorous items or used items from home.
All participants draw a number from a hat. The participant with #1 unwraps any gift from the pile and then shows it to everyone. Each successive participant can either A) “steal” an already opened gift, or B) be adventurous and pick out a new, wrapped gift from the pile.
If the participant chooses to steal, the person whose gift is stolen now repeats their turn and either A)
steals another person’s gift (They can’t immediately steal back the gift which was just stolen from them), or B) unwraps a new gift.
This cycle of stealing continues until a new gift is chosen, at which point the turn is passed to the participant with the next number from the drawing.
Since items can be stolen, the item in your possession is not yours until the game is over. However, a gift is declared “safe” after it has been stolen three times. A food item may not be eaten until the game is over or the item is determined to be “safe.”
Come join the fun and wish your cartooning colleagues “Happy Holidays.”

At our Oct. 19 meeting (5:30 p.m), Jeff Willis will discuss his work on the award-winning video game Fairway Solitaire.

It’s the most successful title that video gaming giant Big Fish has ever had. Fairway Solitaire presents players with a modified, golf-themed version of the classic card game solitaire.

Jeff, the creator of Gutsy McDivot, the game’s golf-hating gopher, will talk about doing backgrounds, in-game animation, and animated stories featuring his character.

Although he started out as a simple background artist, Jeff’s role in the game mushroomed as the character developed. Today, “Gopher Wrangler,” is Jeff’s unofficial title.

Jeff’s career has included stints doing digital and traditional illustration, concept art, character design, cartooning, and concepts and designs for video games.

He began as a Garfield and Looney Tunes T-shirt artist.   He is now primarily a video game artist, and has worked on titles for PC and Mac as well as consol.  Notable titles include Rugrats, Digimon, and Harry Potter.

Currently, Jeff is a fulltime artist at Seattle-based Big Fish, a leading casual and mobile games company.  He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

In 2002, he received Cartoonists Northwest’s highest award—the Golden Toonie.

WHAT: October Meeting of Cartoonists Northwest (Meetings on the third Saturday of every month)

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

TIME: 5:30 to about 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Artist & Craftsman Supply

4350 8th Ave. N.E.

Seattle, WA 98105

(In the University District about a block east of I-5)

Suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.

Free Parking until 7:30 PM at the parking lot

across the street from Artist & Craftsman.



Rain or shine, we’ll party on! Everyone welcome to join us at our Cartoonists Mad Hatter’s Party this Saturday Sept 28th at 4pm at Maureen and Bill’s place: 16201 128th PL SE, Renton, WA 98058.

Bring a pot luck dish to share and your favorite beverage. We’ll have hot dogs and hamburgers to BBQ.

Call if you have any questions. Maureen 206-369-2123