by Scott Alan 

January 2006 

H’okay gang, it’s an all new year and CNW is starting things with a bang!

First and foremost is our yearly elections. During our next meeting ON JAN 21st we will be holding elections for CNW president. I AM running again and I’ve been asked “WHY for God’s sake?!” so I’ll tell you all honestly. I’ve been in charge for 2 terms now and it’s been educational for me. My first year was really a joke as I didn’t know what I was doing and barely got things done. My second year was better as I got the swing of things and helped bring some real success to our group. I honestly feel that I’ve some strong wind in my sails now and want one more chance to prove that to you all. I’ve some grand ideas for CNW and all of us and think, if given the chance, I can take us far in 2006. That’s why I’m running again and hope that I’ll get your vote.

But you don’t HAVE TO vote for me. I haven’t heard any other candidates come forward yet but they may still. OR you can come to the next meeting and nominate someone for the job if you’d like. Should there be more than me interested in the gig we’ll have a vote via ballot to determine who gets the gig. So don’t miss your chance to take part in our yearly ritual of hot potato and cast your vote for whom you’d like to see running the show for the next year.

NEXT we all have to be aware that the TOONIE AWARDS are coming up fast! There is not a lot of time to get things ready and that means that we need your input AND YOUR VOTES ASAP!! Send your votes in via email to myself or Scott Ball or get them to us at the meeting on the 21st. Information about who you’re voting for and how to do it can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. I’ll also be posting the information on the CNW Yahoo! Group, the CNW Forum, AND on the CNW website. That means you can’t miss the info. If you have any questions though gimme a holler and ask. I’ll do all I can to make things clear for you.

You sould also know that we’ve had to change things a bit this year do to circumstance and you need all of the new info. This year the TOONIES will be held on FEBRUARY 25th! Yeah. It had to be that way and that’s why we have to move fast. Because the date changed it became necessary to change the location as well. This year we’ll be holding the event at the Yankee Grill in Ballard which is a great place and (if I remember correctly) the original location for the TOONIES which kinda makes things appropriate for this event. Here’s why.

See, something else I want to impress upon you all is that 2006 is a big deal for everyone that’s a member, past or present, of CNW. Above anything else 2006 marks the 25th year of CNW!! That’s right, it’s our SILVER ANNIVERSARY and that’s something that we should ALL be making a big deal about. Not only that, but this year also marks the 15th annual TOONIE AWARDS! For the record that is represented by either crystal or watches. How fun would that be? Decorate the place with a bunch of clocks and watches? Wow. Anyway, you should think about this for a sec. 25 years of CNW and 15 years of the TOONIES and we’re celebrating BOTH on the very same night! I don’t know about the rest of you but I see this as a very important thing and feel that you should as well. We’re going to try to take this one over the top and it’s something that you’d be a fool to miss!

This is a real big time for us all and the next few months are going to see some big deal events for our organization. Seriously. It’s all going to work but it’ll work best if we all do our part to pitch in. There’s a lot that needs to be done so if you want to help in any way contact myself or Scott Ball. At the very least make sure you get your votes in and come to the Toonies this year. Even if that’s all you do you’ll be helping us more than you know. So hop to it, get inspired, get involved, and get back to us in any way that you can. And thanks in advance for helping. This is going to be an awesome year!!

Contact: Scott Alan, President

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by Scott Alan 

 February 2006

To all of my loyal subjects in the noble land of CNW I present this much greeting.

HA!

That's right baby, I'm in again! By an overwhelming landslide and underwhelming enthusiasm by our membership (I'm teasing) I've been elected into office again. Three times in a row president of CNW. Is that unheard of? I don't know but it's cool for me. Why, it's almost like we're becoming a monarchy! At least that's a joke that's been passed around with some of you. I don't mind really. King Scott the first sounds pretty good to me. Does wonders for my already inflated ego too. Of course you won't have to call me King Scott. Just Scott will do. Or Mr. Prez. OR Dork. Or hey you! or any other thing you call me behind my back already. I don't mind 'cause I'm just happy to be here. You should be happy too 'cause I've got a lot of plans for CNW that I think are going to be great for everyone.

Before I get into that though I need to dispense of some formalities. SO, for the official record, let me announce the new CNW cabinet for 2006! It's the same CNW cabinet as it was in 2005! WOW!! Nobody wants to quit their position in the club which pleases me 'cause I like where everyone is and want to have them there. I really believe in "if it's not broke don't fix it" and I'm applying that theory to the CNW figure heads. As such it breaks down like this: Scott A. is still prez. Scott B. is still VP. Liriel M. is still the treasurer. and Georgia B. is still our web goddess and online guru. There MAY be some openings and some NEW titles available but I'll let you know once that's decided on.

On to other things. By the time most of you get Penstuff it's only going to be about (give or take) one week until the Toonies! Let me say this again for those that may have missed it or forgotten. It's CNW's 25th year! Our Silver Anniversary! This is a BIG deal! I know that a lot of you know that 'cause I've heard the buzz going around. I'm not in a position to give out too many details 'cause not everything is a done deal yet but let me assure you all that this is going to be one hell of a show! Old friends will be there. New friends will be made. We're hoping to see some great talent. We're looking to display a history of CNW for all to see ... not to mention the usual fun of the silent auction (with some great stuff this year), the clay contest, our fantastic guest speaker (the one and only Peter Bagge) whom you simply can't miss, and the always festive and highly clouted awards presentation! All of this marking 25 years of CNW AND 15 years of the Toonie Awards on the very same night! You simply owe it to yourself to be there. Don't miss this one! Details: Saturday February 25th 2006 at 6pm for the Toonie Award Banquet at the Yankee Grill in Ballard. Contact CartoonistsNW@aol.com for further information.

NOW, for those of you wondering what I mean when I say I've got a lot of plans for CNW ... you're going to have to wait a bit longer to find out! HA! I will tell you this much. Your elected CNW cabinet has been meeting and planning to the point that I feel a few small changes are going to make a big difference for this organization. I'd tell you more but I don't want to crunch all the space Dick has provided me for this column so I'm going to stop here. I realize that doesn't mean much to those of you reading this online but I'm stopping here all the same. FOR NOW! Look to this article again next month for more information about the future of CNW and how my third term as president will (hopefully) lead to many bigger and better things for everyone.

The future is bright my loyal subjects so prepare to wear your shades!

Contact: Scott Alan, President

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by Scott Alan 

 March 2006

 

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by Scott Alan

April 2006

WHooooooo! What a whirlwind these last two weeks have been! Personally I've been working my magic and busting my tail to get everything I needed to do for my own personal presence at Emerald City ComiCon done on time. That's why I'm so very very VERY grateful for the extraordinary help that was given to me by Luke Martin and Stephen Prescott who valiantly stepped forward like the knights of old to sit at the CNW table all weekend telling everyone who passed by how great our group is. That saved me a lot of extra leg work and stress and I simply can't thank you two enough. Great great job guys!

Speaking of CNW matters, I hope you didn't miss the great meeting we had before the con. The great folks at RandomPirateComics.com stopped in to show off what they had and tell us all about what they do. This was fun! They have a neato comic out called "Here there be Robots" which is all about aliens landing to make peaceful contact with us in the 21st century just as robots are about to take over the world. An explosion ensues sending the entire lot of them back to the 1700's where they must now find a way to survive as the pirates did. It's like a fun wacky sitcom of the 1980's and is well worth the read. They also shared their info about how they get stuff done for their books and the cons and such like that. It was greatly informative and I really appreciate them stopping in.

This brings me to a topic for our group that I'm excited about. If I've learned nothing else from this weekend it's that you can get some amazing things done on a short time table if you've got the know how, the cash, and the resources at hand. For example. Thanks to the info shared by our last guest speakers I had many great one inch buttons made in time for the show with only 2 weeks to get them done thanks to Modbuttons.com. This was a great service that went over very well at the con. It's great to have leads like that, eh? Knowing where to go for stuff like that is invaluable to self publishing and promoting folks like us. So that's what I want to get from all of you.

I want to get a database set up for great leads, contacts, shops, and services that we know of and have had success with. Part of the real value of CNW is this sort of networking and sharing of information with one another. I'll share mine if you share yours. Soon we'll have a meeting about this so gather your notes and such about marketing concepts, services, shops, printers, and so forth and bring that with you to the next meeting or email that info right to me. We'll gather it all together and share with everyone these hidden gems. It's going to be so worth it for everyone so let's pool together and share the wealth!

Contact: Scott Alan, President

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by Scott Alan

August 2006

Two months without talking to all of you is too long. I'm happy to be back. As I sit down to write this months article on the eve of my big move from one house to another I can't help but reflect on change. An old saying goes "the more things change the more they stay the same" and that's true on many levels. My life has changed dramatically in the past 2 months alone and yet many things are as they ever were. A great example is my move to a new home. My house my surroundings and even lifestyle to some extent are changing in a substantial way but moving still sucks no matter how many years go by.

I can't help also to think of the changes taking place within CNW. In this past year we've all changed to some level or another and have also grown. I've seen the membership grow. I've seen the members themselves grow. I've seen changes in everything from attitudes to art styles to what we do as a group and how we do it. Within all of these changes though I can't help but to notice that many things have indeed stayed the same. Mainly our camaraderie as a group. We all are there for one another in many ways. Friendships have been formed and casual acquaintances have formed respect. Overall I know that no matter where life takes me I can always count on CNW
and its membership to be there with open arms, an inviting atmosphere, and a creative outlook on life. This is a reality of CNW and a strength within the group that means more to me than I can put into words. I thank you all for that as it's you who make that so. My life has kept me busy for some time now and away from writing these monthly columns to you. Writing here again makes me realize that in some ways I miss it. It's like talking to an old friend again after years of separation or going to a family reunion that you're actually looking forward too. It's also a warm and happy feeling. I don't know how many of you actually read what I write here but writing this for CNW brings me this good feeling and all of you are CNW so I hope that you share that feeling with me in some way.

Meanwhile there are big CNW things to discuss. Most importantly is CAMP KaNaW! (c'nw) That's right, CNW's own summer camp of sorts. We've been planning a big group camping trip for some time now and are excited about the response that we've received. Still, we're looking for more people to come and have a good time. If you're interested in joining us we'll need your confirmation no later than the next CNW meeting on August 19th. This is going to be something that you'll not want to miss. We're planning many wonderful and fun things to do including a Scavenger Hunt, Potluck Dinner, Quickdraw Contest, Charades, Hiking, Swimming, Campfire with gourmet S'mores and more. All in beautiful Sequim Bay on September 8-10.

This is really going to be a fantastic time away from it all with many of your fellow CNW members. I mean, think of it, a big group of cartoonists taking up campsite space in the woods for a weekend! If only for curiosity or to just say "I saw it happen" you know you need to go. So drop us a line if you want in. Let us know if you want to help. Or if you need help. Many of us are pulling resources to make this all happen smoothly for everyone so don't be shy about speaking up. We want you there! You want to be there! Get in touch with us via the info below and look for the special insert with all the current info in this very issue of Penstuff.

Many more great things are in the works for CNW. As always your suggestions, comments, and participation is greatly appreciated. We are all CNW and together we're at least a successful partnership if not a family. We'll work for you as best we can if you let us know what you'd like from us.

See you all in the funny pages!

Contact: Scott Alan, President

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