Next Event: January 21, 2017
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tackett art 03Bezango, Wa., a film in production about Northwest Cartoonists, will
involve a number of interviews with Northwest cartoonists. Here is an
excerpt of one conducted recently by Louise Amandes via email with the
former Seattle PI cartoonist Ray _Collins:

1. How did you get your start?

We were dirt-poor during the Great Depression and sometimes my big bros
would swipe a Sunday newspaper. For me, the color comics were lust at
first sight. I started drawing.

2. How did you start working at the P.I.?

In my high school senior year (1949), I won a Gold Key for cartooning in a
National Scholastic competition. The winners were exhibited at the
downtown Frederick & Nelson and my boss saw the show. I was hired as a
part-time copy boy; six months later; staff artist —- staff artists in
those days were, primarily, photo retouchers. I excelled at painting
genitals off household pets. (more…)

book-coverComics and country music rarely overlap.

But our January 19 meeting will feature a rare, harmonious mix when David Lasky and Frank Young discuss their new book “The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song.

Declared one of the seven best graphic novels of the season by Time Magazine, the book tells the true story of early country music superstars: A. P. (Alvin “Pleasant”) Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter.

Lasky was winner of CNW’s 2008 Golden Toonie Award. Young is a former “Comics Journal” managing editor and a music journalist. They previously collaborated on the 2011 graphic novel “Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny.”

The pair did intense research on the Carters (consulting with surviving family members) as well as their Virginia culture. After studying the time period, Lasky and Young based the storytelling and graphic appearance of the book on comic strips from the early 20th Century.

“Comic strips and country music are uniquely American products, and it just seemed to work well to tell the story this way,” explained Young in an interview with “The more deliberate pacing and framing of the early comic strips suited the atmosphere and characters.”

Included in the book is a CD featuring music by the Carter family.

WHAT:             January meeting of Cartoonists Northwest

DATE:            Saturday, January 19

TIME:            5:30 to 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 p.m. at the parking lot across the street from Artist & Craftsman.

The Bureau of Drawers is a loose-knit Seattle-based group of cartoonists and illustrators with a love for comics and sequential art, working in any number of media and every venue we can imagine.

We invite all happy wanderers to come join us for our weekly drink ‘n’ draw at Cafe Racer (5828 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle • 206.523.JAVA), every Wednesday night from 8:00pm-10:00pm. Hope to see you there!

The third volume of our digital anthology, Bureau of Drawers Quarterly Volume C,  is absolutely free to download!

The 56-page volume features stories and artwork by Carl Nelson, Adam Watson, Ed Trumbule, Vince Aparo, Amanda Robinson, Jon Morris, Sarah Taylor, Adam Eivy, Angela Boyle, Tyler Hill and Scott Faulkner.