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Has another Toonies already come and gone? The longer I’m in Cartoonists Northwest, the more I begin to associate the character of a year with what happened at the Toonie™ Awards. Saturday night’s event ran smoothly and entertained many, offering all of the familiar traditions alongside some welcome surprises.

The Amazing Martin Brothers upped the ante this year with contribution’s from not one, but two additional members and a longer playlist. Members swept the Art Auction table and nearly every item was gone by the end of the evening. Participation in the Clay Contest was high; perpetual Clay Contest winner Mark Monlux took the prize again, and received a PVP collection for his efforts signed by our guest speaker, . (more…)

Last weekend’s CNW banquet, The Toonies, was funny, fabulous and just plain fun. I’m sure we’ll be posting more about it here and on the CNW site, but here’s a quick recap on whom won what…

Category Awards:

Comic Strips- Tie Jeff Hawley and T Lewis

Comic Books: Tie-Georgia Ball and Chuck Messinger

Illustration: Steve Greenberg

Editorial cartoons: Milt Priggee

Books and Publications: Shannon Wheeler

Publisher: NW Press “Zan” Christensen

Golden Toonie Award to T Lewis and Shannon Wheeler (tie)

Hall of Fame Award to Scott Kurtz

Best Cartoon of the NW to Kevin Boze

People’s Choice for the Creative Clay Award to Mark Monlux

Emerald City Con is over and how quickly it came and went! ECCC reported attendance so high, some latecomers were denied tickets to entry for several hours at a time. With crowds like this, make sure you reserve your table for next year well in advance. It would also be smart to get your tickets online in 2013, where they”re offered at an additional discount. (more…)